Date Added: March 25, 2016

Revision: 1.0

OpenPOWER Ready Definition and Criteria


Level One

  • Developer Resources

Level Two

  • OpenPOWER Documents

Level Three

  • General Architecture
  • Specifications
  • Hardware Focus
  • Software Focus
  • System Software



OpenPOWER Ready™

The OpenPOWER Foundation set up the OpenPOWER Ready™ program in 2016.   Within the program, developers identify products for use by members of the OpenPOWER ecosystem.    The OpenPOWER Ready mark indicates that a product should work with other OpenPOWER Ready products.  Because of this the OpenPOWER Foundation is suggesting that entities providing such products join the foundation.

The OpenPOWER Ready Definition and Criteria document describes the details of the program.    Since there are several types of products categorized in the document they are listed below.  Because of the differences between the categories of products the criteria varies between them.  Developers will find the categories and criteria described in the document.

OpenPOWER Ready Product Categories

  • IO Adapters – storage controllers and network controllers are examples of IO Adapters
  • Systems
  • CAPI Accelerators – Heterogeneous accelerator attached via a CAPI enabled PCIe Adapter
  • Operating Systems
  • Applications
  • System Support Components


Companies and other entities can make a strong statement about their support of the OpenPOWER technology as an alternative to other server solutions by becoming a member of the OpenPOWER Foundation membership.

Interested readers can find information about the OpenPOWER Foundation at the foundation’s website: