IBM and AMD Announce Joint Development Agreement to Advance Confidential Computing for the Cloud and Accelerate Artificial Intelligence

New col짯la짯bo짯ra짯ti짯on will also build on open soft짯ware eco짯sys짯tems for AI and acce짯le짯ra짯ted workloads in the cloud

ARMONK, N.Y. and SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 11 2020 // IBM (NYSE: IBM) and AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today announ짯ced a mul짯ti-year joint deve짯lo짯p짯ment agree짯ment to enhan짯ce and extend the secu짯ri짯ty and Arti짯fi짯ci짯al Intel짯li짯gence (AI) offe짯rings of both com짯pa짯nies. The joint deve짯lo짯p짯ment agree짯ment will expand this visi짯on by buil짯ding upon open-source soft짯ware, open stan짯dards, and open sys짯tem archi짯tec짯tures to dri짯ve Con짯fi짯den짯ti짯al Com짯pu짯ting in hybrid cloud envi짯ron짯ments and sup짯port a broad ran짯ge of acce짯le짯ra짯tors across high-per짯for짯mance com짯pu짯ting (HPC), and enter짯pri짯se cri짯ti짯cal capa짯bi짯li짯ties such as vir짯tua짯liza짯ti짯on and encryption.

The com짯mit짯ment of AMD to tech짯no짯lo짯gi짯cal inno짯va짯ti짯on ali짯gns with our mis짯si짯on to deve짯lop and acce짯le짯ra짯te the adop짯ti짯on of the hybrid cloud to help con짯nect, secu짯re and power our digi짯tal world, said Dario Gil, Direc짯tor of IBM Rese짯arch. IBM is focu짯sed on giving our cli짯ents choice, agi짯li짯ty and secu짯ri짯ty in our hybrid cloud offe짯rings through advan짯ced rese짯arch, deve짯lo짯p짯ment and sca짯ling of new technologies.

This agree짯ment bet짯ween AMD and IBM ali짯gns well with our long-stan짯ding com짯mit짯ment to col짯la짯bo짯ra짯ting with lea짯ders in the indus짯try, said Mark Paper짯mas짯ter, exe짯cu짯ti짯ve vice pre짯si짯dent and CTO, AMD. AMD is exci짯ted to extend our work with IBM on AI, acce짯le짯ra짯ting data cen짯ter workloads, and impro짯ving secu짯ri짯ty across the cloud.

For many com짯pa짯nies, secu짯ring high짯ly sen짯si짯ti짯ve data still remains a chall짯enge: cyber짯se짯cu짯ri짯ty is curr짯ent짯ly the top bar짯ri짯er for adop짯ti짯on as well as the top cri짯te짯ria for sel짯ec짯tion of cloud pro짯vi짯ders, accor짯ding to data from IBM셲 Insti짯tu짯te for Busi짯ness value.

Accor짯ding to Gart짯ner, Con짯fi짯den짯ti짯al Com짯pu짯ting poten짯ti짯al짯ly remo짯ves the remai짯ning bar짯ri짯er to hybrid cloud adop짯ti짯on for high짯ly regu짯la짯ted busi짯nesses or any orga짯niza짯ti짯on con짯cer짯ned about unaut짯ho짯ri짯zed third-par짯ty access to data in use in the public cloud.

Con짯fi짯den짯ti짯al Com짯pu짯ting is a tech짯no짯lo짯gy, enab짯led by hard짯ware, that allows the data asso짯cia짯ted with a run짯ning vir짯tu짯al machi짯ne (VM) to be encrypt짯ed, inclu짯ding while workloads are run짯ning. This capa짯bi짯li짯ty helps pre짯vent would-be atta짯ckers and bad actors from acces짯sing con짯fi짯den짯ti짯al infor짯ma짯ti짯on, even in the event of a break-in. Con짯fi짯den짯ti짯al Com짯pu짯ting for hybrid cloud unlocks new poten짯ti짯al for enter짯pri짯se adop짯ti짯on of hybrid cloud com짯pu짯ting, espe짯ci짯al짯ly in regu짯la짯ted indus짯tries such as finan짯ce, health짯ca짯re and insurance.

Enga짯ge짯ment bet짯ween AMD and IBM rese짯ar짯chers on joint deve짯lo짯p짯ment acti짯vi짯ties under the agree짯ment is now underway.

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