IBM and\u00a0Hewlett Packard Enterprise this week introduced new servers optimized for artificial intelligence, and the two had one thing in common: Nvidia technology.\nHPE this week announced Gen10 of its HPE Apollo 6500 platform, running Intel Skylake processors and up to eight Pascal or Volta Nvidia GPUs connected by NVLink, Nvidia\u2019s high-speed interconnect.\nA fully loaded V100s server will get you 66 peak double-precision teraflops of performance, which HPE says is three times the performance of the previous generation.\nThe Apollo 6500 Gen10 platform is aimed at deep-learning workloads and traditional HPC use cases. The NVLink technology is up to 10 times faster than PCI Express Gen 3 interconnects.\nFor its part, IBM held its OpenPOWER Summit in Las Vegas this past week and announced that more than 325 member companies are working on products and services for A.I.-themed workloads in the enterprise.\nThe event highlighted more than 50 vendors that have built new OpenPOWER-based products, including Google. Google announced that it is deploying Zaius, a server custom-built by Rackspace and using IBM\u2019s POWER9 RISC processor within its data centers.\nThis is huge for IBM because it breaks the x86 stranglehold on Google data centers with its RISC-based POWER9 processor. Up to 2013, if you wanted a POWER-based server you had to buy an IBM Power system. IBM created the OpenPOWER consortium to get POWER processors adopted by other vendors. Getting Google is the technical equivalent of the Pope\u2019s blessing for the POWER processor.\nIBM launched its first POWER9 chip late last year. It uses Nvidia\u2019s NVLink as a high-speed interconnect in part because the PCI Express Gen3 interface was several years old and just not fast enough. POWER9 systems also use PCI Express Gen4, which doubles performance over Gen3. Overall, IBM claims a tenfold improvement in performance over POWER8 processors.\nA number of customers announced their plans to use POWER9 in their data centers, including Uber, PayPal, Tencent, Ali Cloud, and LimeLight, a digital content provider, which specifically cited using POWER9 to get around the PCIe Gen3 performance bottleneck on x86.\nAs for Nvidia, it\u2019s GPU Technology Conference runs March 26 to 29 in San Jose and is sure to feature plenty of HPC and A.I.-related news.