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  • 1.  OpenShift and Merlin on Power

    IBM Champion
    Posted 12 days ago

    Who's doing Merlin on Power?

    How's your OpenShift experience in that environment?



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    Jack Woehr
    IBM Champion 2021 -2022
    IBM Qiskit Advocate
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  • 2.  RE: OpenShift and Merlin on Power

    Posted 12 days ago
    Hi, Jack!

    Are you referring to Merlin as it relates to nVidia, eg:  https://github.com/NVIDIA-Merlin/Merlin?  If so, the answer may seem a little disappointing, although I'm not specifically familiar with Merlin and hadn't seen any prior requests.  However, with the newer Power10 launch, the Power brand chose to move away from a training focus for AI and ML which was focused on GPUs and instead to a more enterprise focused AI model which makes use of the Power10 intrinsics around mma and related accelerations to do more AI and ML processing rather than training/learning.  As I understand it, the rate of scaling GPUs to the rate of scale of Power10 made GPUs more cumbersome and inefficient to make use of, hence the focus on enterprise AI and the elimination of work around embedded GPUs and nVidia solutions in general.

    Are there other workloads that Merlin is suited for that do not relate to GPUs or if there is any way my answer is incomplete let me know, but thanks for the (hard! ;-) question!

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    Gerrit
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  • 3.  RE: OpenShift and Merlin on Power

    IBM Champion
    Posted 12 days ago
    @Gerrit Huizenga I was referring to the new IBM i Merlin offering which runs in OpenShift on Power or x86.


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    Jack Woehr
    IBM Champion 2021 -2022
    IBM Qiskit Advocate
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  • 4.  RE: OpenShift and Merlin on Power

    Posted 12 days ago
    AHA!  I don't know if you remember in my presentation but one thing I mentioned is that figuring out what packages/offerings we are talking about when porting and such is one of the first challenges!  ;)  So, I'm not familiar with the IBM i offerings but we'll get someone to take a look.  They most likely also have their own community somewhere but let's see if we can find someone who can give you a solid answer there!

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    Gerrit
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  • 5.  RE: OpenShift and Merlin on Power

    IBM Champion
    Posted 12 days ago
    Thanks, Gerrit ... My question was really "user experience". I wondered if there was anyone in the community already installing and/or using Merlin and how their interactions with OpenShift on the Power platform were going. I'll be presenting on IBM i Merlin at COMMON NAViGATE in a couple of weeks and was curious what people are experiencing.

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    Jack Woehr
    IBM Champion 2021 -2022
    IBM Qiskit Advocate
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  • 6.  RE: OpenShift and Merlin on Power

    Posted 12 days ago
    Hey Jack,  Linda mentioned that internally, Steve Will is a good person to ask about Merlin.  We are going to see if we can get him to peek in here and give you a response or any other pointers.

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    Gerrit
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  • 7.  RE: OpenShift and Merlin on Power

    IBM Champion
    Posted 11 days ago
    Thanks, Gerrit, IBM i CTO Steve Will and I are acquainted and do communicate from time to time.
    I'm doing a presentation and was looking for user experience.

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    Jack Woehr
    IBM Champion 2021 -2022
    IBM Qiskit Advocate
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  • 8.  RE: OpenShift and Merlin on Power

    Posted 11 days ago
    Jack,
    Tim Rowe, is one of the leaders on Merlin, you can reach out to him to see what he has been hearing. timmr@us.ibm.com

    Bruce

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    Bruce Anthony
    Distinguished Engineer and CTO OpenShift and Hybrid Cloud for IBM Power
    IBM
    Pine River MN
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  • 9.  RE: OpenShift and Merlin on Power

    User Group Leader
    Posted 7 days ago
    @Liam Allan May also be able to help with IBM i Merlin​.

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    Michael Neuling
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  • 10.  RE: OpenShift and Merlin on Power

    IBM Champion
    Posted 7 days ago
    Thanks, @Michael Neuling, @Liam Allan indeed can help and has been helping :)

    ​​​Again, I was sorta looking for user experience if there's any out there within the sound of my keyboard here in IBM Community!

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    Jack Woehr
    IBM Champion 2021 -2022
    IBM Qiskit Advocate
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