IBM, AMD Team to Accelerate Artificial Intelligence
November 11, 2020
and AMD have started a multi-year joint development agreement to enhance
and extend the security and Artificial Intelligence (AI) offerings of
both companies. The joint development agreement will expand this vision
by building upon open-source software, open standards, and open system
architectures to drive Confidential Computing in hybrid cloud
environments and support a broad range of accelerators across
high-performance computing (HPC), and enterprise critical capabilities
such as virtualization and encryption.
"The commitment of AMD to technological innovation aligns with our
mission to develop and accelerate the adoption of the hybrid cloud to
help connect, secure and power our digital world," said Dario Gil,
Director of IBM Research. "IBM is focused on giving our clients choice,
agility and security in our hybrid cloud offerings through advanced
research, development and scaling of new technologies."
"This agreement between AMD and IBM aligns well with our long-standing
commitment to collaborating with leaders in the industry," said Mark
Papermaster, executive vice president and CTO, AMD. "AMD is excited to
extend our work with IBM on AI, accelerating data center workloads, and
improving security across the cloud."
many companies, securing highly sensitive data still remains a
challenge: cybersecurity is currently the top barrier for adoption as
well as the top criteria for selection of cloud providers, according to
data from IBM's Institute for Business value.
According to Gartner, Confidential Computing potentially removes the
remaining barrier to hybrid cloud adoption for highly regulated
businesses or any organization concerned about unauthorized third-party
access to data in use in the public cloud.
Confidential Computing is a technology, enabled by hardware, that allows
the data associated with a running virtual machine (VM) to be encrypted,
including while workloads are running. This capability helps prevent
would-be attackers and bad actors from accessing confidential
information, even in the event of a break-in. Confidential Computing for
hybrid cloud unlocks new potential for enterprise adoption of hybrid
cloud computing, especially in regulated industries such as finance,
healthcare and insurance.
Engagement between AMD and IBM researchers on joint development
activities under the agreement is now underway.