IBM Visual Insights V1.2, previously called IBM PowerAI Vision, extends support to GPU-accelerated AI software on x86-based servers

IBM Europe Software Announcement ZP20-0133
March 10, 2020

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OverviewOverviewOrdering informationOrdering information
Planned availability datePlanned availability dateTerms and conditionsTerms and conditions
Program numberProgram numberPricesPrices
Technical informationTechnical informationAnnouncement countriesAnnouncement countries


Overview

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To accommodate the diversity of infrastructures used for AI solutions, IBM® has expanded support of its award-winning software beyond POWER® architectures to include Intel™ platforms. To avoid confusion in the marketplace, IBM PowerAI Vision has been renamed IBM Visual Insights.

In addition to its current functions, IBM Visual Insights V1.2 now offers:

  • Support on x86-based servers with GPUs for training and inference
  • Availability on IBM Cloud™ as a client-managed service


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Planned availability date

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March 13, 2020



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Reference information

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For additional information on IBM Visual Insights prior to the name change, see the following Software Announcements:



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Program number

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Program number VRM Program name
5765-TAI 1 1.2.0 IBM Visual Insights
5737-H10 2 1.2.0 IBM Visual Insights

1 IBM configurator for e-business

2 Passport Advantage®

Program number Subscription and Support number
5765-TAI 5771-TAI
  5773-TAI
  5771-TAA


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Services

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Global Technology Services

Contact your IBM representative for the list of selected services available in your country, either as standard or customized offerings for the efficient installation, implementation, or integration of this product.



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Technical information

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Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements
  • Power® System S822LC (8335-GTB) for HPC servers
  • Power System AC922 (8335-GTG and 8335-GTH) for HPC servers
  • Power System IC922 (9183-22X)
  • x86-based servers
  • Minimum system RAM 128 GB
Software requirements
  • Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® 7.6-Alt (POWER9™)
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.7 (POWER8® and x86)
  • Ubuntu Server 18.04
  • NVIDIA GPU driver
IBM Support

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Planning information

Packaging

IBM Visual Insights V1.2 is distributed by electronic download from Passport Advantage in multiple eAssemblies, and from Entitled Systems Support. Included are:

  • IBM International Program License Agreement in multiple languages
  • Required installation files

No physical media is available.

This offering is available from IBM Marketplace. On IBM Marketplace, you can discover, try, and buy software, hardware, and services from IBM and third-party providers.

This program, when downloaded from a website, contains the applicable IBM license agreement and License Information, if appropriate, which will be presented for acceptance at the time of installation of the program. For future reference, the license and License Information will be stored in a directory such as LICENSE.TXT.



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Ordering information

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Products announced as dual-pipe are available for ordering by program number and feature number or by part number. Products can be obtained by part number through Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express®.

For more information, contact your IBM representative or IBM Business Partner.


Passport Advantage

IBM Visual Insights (5737-H10)

New part numbers

The following part numbers are new:

Program name/Description Part number
IBM Visual Insights Training and Inference per Virtual Server Committed Term License D27PBLL
IBM Visual Insights Inference for Servers per Virtual Server Committed Term License D27TPLL

Previously announced part numbers

The following part numbers have already been announced, but they are repeated here with updated descriptions to address the program name change:

Program name/Description Part number
IBM Visual Insights Training and Inference per Virtual Server License + SW Subscription & Support 12 Months D1Y6BLL
IBM Visual Insights Training and Inference per Virtual Server SW Subscription & Support Reinstatement 12 Months D1Y6CLL
IBM Visual Insights Training and Inference per Virtual Server Monthly License D1Y6DLL
IBM Visual Insights Training and Inference per Virtual Server Annual SW Subscription & Support Renewal 12 Months E0PCCLL
IBM Visual Insights Inference for Servers per Virtual Server License + SW Subscription & Support 12 Months D20AVLL
IBM Visual Insights Inference for Servers per Virtual Server SW Subscription & Support Reinstatement 12 Months D20AULL
IBM Visual Insights Inference for Servers per Virtual Server Monthly License D20AHLL
IBM Visual Insights Inference for Servers per Virtual Server Annual SW Subscription & Support Renewal 12 Months E0PJGLL
IBM Visual Insights Training and Inference-Basic Edition for Non-Production Virtual Server Initial Fixed Term License + SW Subscription & Support 12 Months D22V6LL
IBM Visual Insights Training and Inference-Basic Edition for Non-Production Virtual Server Subsequent Fixed Term License + SW Subscription & Support 12 Months E0Q2ILL
IBM Visual Insights Training and Inference-Basic Edition for Non-Production Virtual Server Monthly License D236TLL


IBM configurator for e-business (e-config)

IBM Visual Insights V1 (5765-TAI)

The following feature numbers have already been announced, but they are repeated here with updated descriptions to address the program name change:

Feature description OTC feature number
IBM Visual Insights Training and Inference- Single server, License per Virtual Server V8JPBG
IBM Visual Insights- Inference for Servers, License Per Virtual Server V8KDBG

The feature number descriptions for the Software Subscription and Support programs are not affected by the name change and therefore are not repeated here.

Software Subscription and Support program number Description
5771-TAI Software Maintenance 1-year registration + 1-year renewal
5773-TAI Software Maintenance 3-year registration + 3-year renewal
5771-TAA Software Maintenance After License

Charge metric

The charge metrics for this licensed product can be found in the following License Information documents and below:

Program identifier License Information document title License Information document number
5737-H10, 5765-TAI IBM Visual Insights V1.2, production license L-CKIE-BL43TM
5737-H10, 5765-TAI IBM Visual Insights V1.2, non-production license L-CKIE-BL43TN

Select your language of choice and scroll down to the Charge Metrics section. Follow-on releases, if any, may have updated terms. See the License Information documents website for more information.

Virtual Server

Virtual Server is a unit of measure by which the Program can be licensed. A server is a physical computer that is comprised of processing units, memory, and input/output capabilities and that executes requested procedures, commands or applications for one or more users or client devices. Where racks, blade enclosures, or other similar equipment is being employed, each separable physical device (for example, a blade or a rack-mounted device) that has the required components is considered itself a separate server. A virtual server is either a virtual computer created by partitioning the resources available to a physical server or an unpartitioned physical server. Licensee must obtain Virtual Server entitlements for each Virtual Server made available to the Program, regardless of the number of processor cores in the Virtual Server or the number of copies of the Program on the Virtual Server.

Managed Virtual Server

Managed Virtual Server is a unit of measure by which the Program can be licensed. A server is a physical computer that is comprised of processing units, memory and input/output capabilities, and that executes requested procedures, commands or applications for one or more users or client devices. Where racks, blade enclosures, or other similar equipment is being employed, each separable physical device (for example, a blade or a rack-mounted device) that has the required components is considered itself a separate server. A virtual server is either a virtual computer created by partitioning the resources available to a physical server or an unpartitioned physical server. Licensee must obtain Managed Virtual Server entitlements for each virtual server managed by the Program.

Install

Install is a unit of measure by which the Program can be licensed. An Install is an installed copy of the Program on a physical or virtual disk made available to be executed on a computer. Licensee must obtain an entitlement for each Install of the Program.

System Program Order (SPO)

An order for SPO 5692-A6P is mandatory for shipments of program distribution, electronic, and preload. The individual licensed program orders are for registration and billing purposes only. No shipment occurs under those orders.

To receive shipment of machine-readable materials, the order needs to include SPO 5692-A6P and the program feature:

SPO program number Program name Supply feature number
5692-A6P IBM Visual Insights Training and Inference V1.2 2363
5692-A6P IBM Visual Insights Inference for Servers V1.2 2364


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Terms and conditions

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The information provided in this announcement letter is for reference and convenience purposes only. The terms and conditions that govern any transaction with IBM are contained in the applicable contract documents such as the IBM International Program License Agreement, IBM International Passport Advantage Agreement, and the IBM Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance.

Licensing

IBM International Program License Agreement including the License Information document and Proof of Entitlement (PoE) govern your use of the program. PoEs are required for all authorized use. Part number products only, offered outside of Passport Advantage, where applicable, are license only and do not include Software Maintenance.

Software Maintenance

The IBM Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance (Z125-6011) applies for Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) and does not require client signatures.

Licenses under the IBM International Program License Agreement (IPLA) provide for support with ongoing access to releases and versions of the program. IBM offers one year, or three years if available, of Software Subscription and Support with the initial license of each program aquired. The initial period of Software Subscription and Support can be extended by the purchase of a renewal option, if available. Two charges apply: a one-time license charge for use of the program and an annual renewable charge for the enhanced support that includes telephone assistance (voice support for defects during normal business hours), as well as access to updates, releases, and versions of the program as long as support is in effect.

License Information number

The following License Information documents apply to the offerings in this announcement:

Program identifier License Information document title License Information document number
5737-H10, 5765-TAI IBM Visual Insights V1.2, production license L-CKIE-BL43TM
5737-H10, 5765-TAI IBM Visual Insights V1.2, non-production license L-CKIE-BL43TN

Follow-on releases, if any, may have updated terms. See the License Information documents website for more information.

Limited warranty applies

Yes

Limited warranty

IBM warrants that when the program is used in the specified operating environment, it will conform to its specifications. The warranty applies only to the unmodified portion of the program. IBM does not warrant uninterrupted or error-free operation of the program or that IBM will correct all program defects. You are responsible for the results obtained from the use of the program.

IBM provides you with access to IBM databases containing information on known program defects, defect corrections, restrictions, and bypasses at no additional charge. For further information, see the IBM Support Guide.

IBM will maintain this information for at least one year after the original licensee acquires the program (warranty period).

Program technical support

Technical support of a program product version or release will be available for a minimum of two years from the general availability date, as long as your Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) is in effect.

This technical support allows you to obtain assistance (by telephone or electronic means) from IBM for product-specific, task-oriented questions regarding the installation and operation of the program product. Software Subscription and Support also provides you with access to versions, releases, and updates (CD releases, Long Term Support Releases or fixes) of the program. You will be notified, through an announcement letter, of discontinuance of support with six months' notice.

If you require additional technical support from IBM, including an extension of support beyond the discontinuance date, contact your IBM representative or IBM Business Partner. This extension may be available for a fee.

For additional information on the IBM Software Support Lifecycle Policy, see the IBM Software Support Lifecycle Policy website.

Money-back guarantee

If for any reason you are dissatisfied with the program and you are the original licensee, you may obtain a refund of the amount you paid for it, if within 30 days of your invoice date you return the program and its PoE to the party from whom you obtained it. If you downloaded the program, you may contact the party from whom you acquired it for instructions on how to obtain the refund.

For clarification, note that (1) for programs acquired under the IBM International Passport Advantage offering, this term applies only to your first acquisition of the program and (2) for programs acquired under any of IBM's On/Off Capacity on Demand (On/Off CoD) software offerings, this term does not apply since these offerings apply to programs already acquired and in use by you.

Volume orders (IVO)

No

Passport Advantage applies

Yes, information is available on the Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express® website.

Usage restrictions

Yes

This offering is subject to usage restrictions.

  • Use of IBM Visual Insights Training and Inference, when licensed per virtual server, is limited to bare-metal, non-ICP environments.
  • Use of IBM Visual Insights Training and Inference, when licensed per install, is limited to an ICP environment and includes a maximum of 1 worker node on a virtual server.

See the License Information documents for details. These restrictions are current as of the date of announcement. Follow-on releases, if any, may have updated terms. See the License Information documents website for any new or revised restrictions.

Software Subscription and Support applies

Yes. Software Subscription and Support, also referred to as Software Maintenance, is now included in the Passport Advantage Agreement. Installation and technical support for the products announced in this announcement is provided by the Software Subscription and Support offering of the IBM International Passport Advantage Agreement. This fee service enhances client productivity by providing voice or electronic access into the IBM support organizations.

IBM includes one year of Software Subscription and Support with the initial license acquisition of each program acquired. The initial period of Software Subscription and Support can be extended by the purchase of a renewal option.

While your Software Subscription and Support is in effect, IBM provides you assistance for your routine, short duration installation and usage (how-to) questions, and code-related questions. IBM provides assistance by telephone and, if available, electronic access, only to your information systems (IS) technical support personnel during the normal business hours (published prime shift hours) of your IBM support center. (This assistance is not available to your users.) IBM provides Severity 1 assistance 24 hours a day, every day of the year. For additional details, see the IBM Support Guide. Software Subscription and Support does not include assistance for the design and development of applications, your use of programs in other than their specified operating environment, or failures caused by products for which IBM is not responsible under this agreement.

For additional information about the Passport Advantage Agreement, go to the Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express website.

All distributed software licenses include Software Subscription and Support for a period of 12 months from the date of acquisition, providing a streamlined way to acquire IBM software and assure technical support coverage for all licenses. Extending coverage for a total of three years from date of acquisition, may be elected.

Variable charges apply

No

Educational allowance available

Yes. When ordering through the program number process, a 15% education allowance applies to qualified education institution clients.

Education software allowance program applies when ordering through the program number process.

For the part number ordering process, special education prices are available for qualified clients through Passport Advantage.

ESAP available

Yes, to qualified clients.



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Statement of good security practices

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Important: IBM does not warrant that any systems, products, or services are immune from, or will make your enterprise immune from, the malicious or illegal conduct of any party.



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IBM Electronic Services

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Electronic Service Agent and the IBM Electronic Support web portal are dedicated to providing fast, exceptional support to organizations that have IBM Systems. The IBM Electronic Service Agent tool is a no-additional-charge tool that proactively monitors and reports hardware events, such as system errors, performance issues, and inventory. The Electronic Service Agent tool can help you stay focused on your company's strategic business initiatives, save time, and spend less effort managing day-to-day IT maintenance issues. Servers enabled with this tool can be monitored remotely around the clock by IBM Support, all at no additional cost to you.

Now integrated into the base operating system of AIX® V5.3, AIX V6.1, and AIX V7.1, Electronic Service Agent is designed to automatically and electronically report system failures and utilization issues to IBM, which can result in faster problem resolution and increased availability. System configuration and inventory information collected by the Electronic Service Agent tool also can be viewed on the secure Electronic Support web portal, and used to improve problem determination and resolution by you and the IBM support team. To access the tool main menu, simply type smitty esa_main, and select Configure Electronic Service Agent. In addition, ESA now includes a powerful web user interface, giving the administrator easy access to status, tool settings, problem information, and filters. For more information and documentation on how to configure and use Electronic Service Agent, go to the IBM Electronic Service Agent website.

The IBM Electronic Support portal is a single internet entry point that replaces the multiple entry points traditionally used to access IBM internet services and support. This portal enables you to gain easier access to IBM resources for assistance in resolving technical problems. The My Systems and Premium Search functions make it even easier for organizations that are Electronic Service Agent tool-enabled to track system inventory and find pertinent fixes.

Benefits

Increased uptime: The Electronic Service Agent tool is designed to enhance the Warranty or Maintenance Agreement by providing faster hardware error reporting and uploading system information to IBM Support. This can translate to less wasted time monitoring the symptoms, diagnosing the error, and manually calling IBM Support to open a problem record. Its 24 x 7 monitoring and reporting mean human intervention is not required to report errors.

Security: The Electronic Service Agent tool is designed to be secure in monitoring, reporting, and storing the data at IBM. The Electronic Service Agent tool is designed to securely transmit either through the internet (HTTPS or VPN) or modem to provide organizations a single point of exit from their site. Communication is one way. Activating Electronic Service Agent does not enable IBM to call into an organization's system.

For additional information, go to the IBM Electronic Service Agent website.

More accurate reporting: Because system information and error logs are automatically uploaded to the IBM Support Center in conjunction with the service request, you are not required to find and send system information, decreasing the risk of misreported or misdiagnosed errors. Once inside IBM, problem error data is run through a data knowledge management system and knowledge articles are appended to the problem record.

Customized support: Using the IBMid entered during activation, you can view system and support information in the My Systems and Premium Search sections of the IBM Electronic Support page.

My Systems provides valuable reports of installed hardware and software using information collected from the systems by Electronic Service Agent. Reports are available for any system associated with your IBMid. Premium Search combines the function of search and the value of Electronic Service Agent information, providing advanced search of the technical support knowledgebase. Using Premium Search and the Electronic Service Agent information that has been collected from your system, you are able to see search results that apply specifically to your systems.

For more information on how to utilize the power of IBM Electronic Services, contact your IBM Systems Services Representative, or go to the IBM Electronic Support website.



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Prices

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The prices are unchanged by this announcement.



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Announcement countries

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All European, Middle Eastern, and African countries, except Islamic Republic of Iran, Sudan, and Syrian Arab Republic.

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