Novatech is pleased to announce that we’ve earned a 2019 IBM Beacon Award for Power Systems. Revealed at the IBM PartnerWorld at Think conference in San Francisco, California on February 11, 2019, we were selected by a panel of expert judges consisting of IBM executives, industry analysts, and industry experts. The award recognises Novatech’s exceptional work in driving business value by delivering world-class solutions.

Founded in 1987, Novatech is one of the UK's most trusted technology providers. We deliver the latest IT hardware and software solutions to overcome the challenges our customers face.

One of the fastest growing areas of the IT market is artificial intelligence, with deep learning currently paving the way. Our experience, along with vendor relationships has enabled some of the most pioneering organisations within the UK to maximise their budgets and ultimately remove the risk of purchasing the wrong solution.

This is achieved through an intensive collaboration with leading data scientists, partnered with our Tier One vendors making the best use of the resources they can offer, providing fully working proof of concepts among much more. Working with one of the UK’s most influential neurological organisations, we positioned the IBM Power9 AC922 as the device that would offer them the best performance. This was due to the unique features not offered on any other platform, and NVLINK 2.0 delivering up to 300MB/s - not only between GPU’s - but also from CPU to GPU. This foundation enables IBM’s unique Large Model Support (LMS), pivotal in allowing deep learning with enormous images, removing the need to fragment, compressing images, and ultimately maintaining accuracy.

The scalability of the system was also as important with IBM’s distributed Deep Learning. The AC922 has been proven to scale up to 256GPU’s with up to 95 percent efficiency. Combined with the enterprise level support from IBM and a proven track record, there were no concerns of a large deployment into the NHS. Research teams from within IBM were able to give early access to technologies, not yet released which took the project to a whole new level.

Novatech was selected among dozens of global applicants based on an in-depth application process that included customer testimonials. This win is a testament not only to our commitment to innovation but also to our customers and their satisfaction and business growth. 

Novatech's Director of Deep Learning receiving an award on behalf of Novatech at the IBM Beacon Awards in San Francisco

Novatech was one of 18 award winners and dozens of finalists for categories encompassing a wide range of solution and services areas – from analytics and cloud to security and customer engagement. The IBM Beacon Awards program recognizes IBM Business Partners that deliver exceptional solutions to help drive business value and transform the way clients and industries operate. This year’s program is especially remarkable as the 20th anniversary of the IBM Beacon Awards. Winning an IBM Beacon Award will forever mark our place in IBM’s storied tradition of constant innovation. For more information about the 2019 IBM Beacon Awards, including details on all winners and finalists, please visit:

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