OpenPOWER Summit 2015 Media Coverage

OpenPOWER Foundation Technology Leaders Unveil Hardware Solutions To Deliver New Server Alternatives


“IBMs effort to challenge Intel’s data-center dominance by getting hardware makers to use its Power architecture is gaining steam.” – PC World

“An OpenPOWER/NVIDIA alliance targeting this young segment with massive potential could change the market and on this vector Intel is vulnerable.” – IT Business Edge

“I’ve argued before that OpenPOWER is the biggest threat to Intel in the server market.” – Motley Fool

“IBM, which has been reducing its reliance on revenue from selling hardware, uses its Power microprocessor line, of which Power8 is the latest, in one of two remaining computer lines. The Power8 is known for extremely high performance.” – Wall Street Journal

“Overall, these new announcements from the OpenPower Foundation and its members look like good news all around,” King said. “The organization’s continued growth and progress, along with these first commercial solutions, underscore IBM’s original decision to open its Power architecture.” – CIO Today

“The one thing that is for certain is that when it comes to servers in the cloud, it’s starting to look like IT organizations may soon have a lot more options in terms of where they decide to host any given application workload.” – IT Business Edge

“For now, IBM can revel in kicking HP’s butt down the block yet one more time as it trains to do the same to Intel, which will definitely kick back.” – IT Business Edge

“Having OpenPOWER at the NVIDIA GDC may be a bigger deal than otherwise thought.” – IT Business Edge

“OpenPower Foundation officials used the group’s first conference to show off more than a dozen new pieces of hardware from its members, to talk about how the consortium operates and try to recruit new members, and to position itself as an alternative to Intel in the data center.” – eWEEK 

“This is the first time that we can recall since the advent of Linux-based Beowulf clusters that a technology approach will trickle up to the stratosphere of supercomputing.”The Platform 

“The launch will give costumers more choice, customisation and performance and has been built by OpenPOWER members including Google, Nvidia, IBM and Samsung.” Computer Business Review

“Sullivan says that Samsung, Avago Technology, Mellanox Technologies, PMC, IBM and a few others are working on the Barreleye system design with Rackspace, adding that the resulting machine will be much more efficient for Rackspace applications than anything it has in its datacenters today.” – The Platform


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OpenPower Sees Momentum Going Into 2015

Source: eWeek
By Jeffrey Burt, December 15. 2015

The foundation’s president says the wins in 2014 will lead to more milestones next year, including new systems and the group’s first summit.

Tyan OpenPower

When IBM and several partners launched the OpenPower Foundation in 2013—and with it, the promise of Power-based scale-out systems built by companies other than Big Blue—the question arose as to whether the tech giant was too late to the market.

Cloud- and Web-based companies like Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft—organizations that run huge scale-out data centers populated with massive numbers of servers to deal with such trends as mobile computing, big data, social networking and analytics—are having an increasingly larger influence on server and processor design and sales, due to the sheer number of systems they buy.

For these businesses, density, power efficiency and affordability are as important as performance, and often more so. It’s an area on which both Intel and ARM are focusing a lot of their efforts, and systems OEMs also are targeting. For example, Hewlett-Packard not only is building out its Moonshot portfolio of dense, low-power server modules, but also is teaming with contract manufacturer Foxconn to build Web-scale servers. The rise of hyperscale environments is also fueling the growth in the server market share by white-box makers like Tyan, Quanta and Wistron; IDC analysts earlier this month said that in the third quarter, original-design manufacturers (ODMs) had about 9 percent of server sales worldwide, a 44 percent jump over the same period in 2013.

It’s a crowded and increasingly competitive space, but IBM and its OpenPower partners are working to ensure that they’re heard above the din. The foundation has made significant strides since it was launched in August 2013—there are reference designs in the works, the embrace of accelerators and advanced networking in the Power architecture, Google testing its own Power-based motherboard—and 2015 promises even more advancements, according to Brad McCredie, an IBM Fellow, vice president of IBM Power systems and president of the OpenPower Foundation.
The group will hold its first OpenPower Summit March 17-19 in San Jose, Calif. In addition, more Power-based servers from vendors other than IBM will be hitting the market next year, McCredie told eWEEK. Since its founding, membership in the group has grown. On its Website, the group counts more than four dozen companies as members.

Such momentum should indicate to the industry that the OpenPower Foundation is not late to the game, he said.

“The growth that we’ve seen and the number of partners that have product plans with the architecture show that it is on time,” McCredie said. “It’s always better to do it early, but I don’t think it’s late.”

When IBM officials in April rolled out new Power8 systems and expanded on their goals for OpenPower, Patrick Moorhead, principal analyst with Moor Insights and Strategy, wrote a blog for Forbes praising the thrust of the group’s efforts but questioning whether IBM’s timing was off. However, Moorhead likes what he’s seen to this point.

“In the last year, OpenPower has made a lot of headway in developing its ecosystem compared to the ARM ecosystem and Intel ecosystem,” he told eWEEK. “They’ve grown quickly from zero to 60.”

Of key importance is the foundation’s adoption of accelerators, such as GPUs from Nvidia and field-programmable gate arrays from Altera and Xilinx, which plays to the demand within scale-out environments for heterogeneous infrastructures that are workload-optimized. The foundation also is putting efforts behind networking (with members like Mellanox Technologies) and memory (with Micron, Hynix and Samsung).

“We’ve opened up the platform to advanced networking and accelerators, a lot of what the warehouse guys [like Google and Facebook] want to do,” McCredie said.

The ecosystem is increasingly active, he said. There are between eight and 12 partners that are developing their own Power-based systems, and some already area showing off what they’ve created. Tyan in October unveiled the GN70-BP010 OpenPower single-socket customer reference system, and Google is running tests on its own two-socket board. Wistron officials also are talking about their upcoming two-socket Power system.

In addition, the program got a boost last month when the Department of Energy awarded IBM, Nvidia and Mellanox a $325 million contract to build two supercomputers for two national laboratories that will leverage technologies from the OpenPower Foundation.
It’s all good news for a group that understands the competition its faces.

“We know we’re going into a place where x86 is a dominant solution,” McCredie said.

Moorhead agreed. Intel has been aggressive in building out its capabilities for scale-out environments, not only with its low-power Atom platform but also through such technologies as its upcoming 14-nanometer Xeon D system-on-a-chip (SoC) and its Xeon Phi coprocessors. In addition, the company is integrating FGPAs into the same package as Xeon CPUs and growing its custom-chip capabilities.

It’s pushing back at the challenge by ARM and its partners—including Advanced Micro Devices, Applied Micro, Cavium and, most recently, Qualcomm—on the low end and, now, IBM and OpenPower on the higher end. It’s the system makers and their customers that stand to benefit. Not being Intel is an advantage for IBM, he said.

“People are looking for an alternative to Intel,” Moorhead said. “The industry likes to see competition out there.”

IBM’s McCredie said OpenPower is a growing option for OEMs and ODMs as the architecture challenges x86 in such important areas as price performance and energy efficiency and the ecosystem around it grows.

“There are a lot of things influencing the industry that will get them to [adopt] OpenPower,” he said. “People are looking for alternatives. People are looking for heterogeneity in the data center.”

For the full article go to eWeek

IBM, Forschungszentrum Jülich und NVIDIA gründen POWER Acceleration and Design Center

IBM, NVIDIA und das Forschungszentrum haben heute die Gründung eines neuen Kompetenzzentrums bekannt gegeben. Das POWER and Design Center wird Wissenschaftler und Ingenieure dabei unterstützen, auf -kompatiblen Systemen mit -Beschleunigern durchzuführen. Experten von IBM, NVIDIA und dem Forschungszentrum Jülich bündeln darin ihre technologischen und wissenschaftlichen Kompetenzen, um die Programmierung, Portierung und Optimierung wissenschaftlicher Codes für ein breites Anwendungsspektrum, von den Energie- und bis hin zur Informationstechnologie und Hirnforschung, voranzubringen.

Die gemeinschaftlich betriebene Einrichtung wird neue Softwarelösungen schaffen und den Aufbau einer neuen Supercomputerarchitektur vorantreiben, die auf den POWER-Prozessoren von IBM und Grafikprozessoren von NVIDIA aufsetzt. Die Entwicklungsarbeiten erfolgen im Rahmen der 2013 gegründeten OpenPOWER-Foundation, an der sich mittlerweile über 70 Unternehmen und Forschungseinrichtungen beteiligen. Die OpenPOWER-Foundation setzt sich für die Verwendung offener Technologien rund um die IBM POWER-Architektur ein, um innovative Hard- und Softwarelösungen für Rechenzentren zu ermöglichen.

Experten der IBM Forschungs- und Entwicklungszentren in Böblingen (Deutschland) und Rüschlikon (Schweiz), des Jülich Supercomputing Centre sowie NVIDIA bringen im POWER Acceleration and Design Center ihre Expertise aus gemeinschaftlichen Kollaborationen ein, in denen Anwendungen für die nächste Generation vonn entwickelt werden. IBM und das Forschungszentrum Jülich pflegen eine langjährige Partnerschaft über die Entwicklung und Installation mehrerer Rechnergenerationen hinweg und arbeiten seit 2011 im Innovation Center an neuen Lösungen für die künftige Exascale-Klasse. Mit NVIDIA betreibt das Forschungszentrum Jülich seit 2012 das analog ausgerichtete NVIDIA Application Lab.

Stimmen zur Gründung des POWER Acceleration and Design Center

“Die Einrichtung dieses neuen Centers untermauert das IBM Engagement für die Verwendung offener Technologien und ist der nächste Schritt bei der Vertiefung unserer strategischen Partnerschaften im Supercomputing-Bereich. Die Zusammenarbeit mit NVIDIA und dem Jülich Supercomputing Centre ermöglicht es uns, gemeinsam von unseren Stärken zu profitieren, um Innovationen voranzutreiben und einen Mehrwert für unsere Kunden auf der ganzen Welt zu erbringen”, sagte Dave , Vice President of Technical Computing OpenPOWER bei IBM.

“Skalierung der Anwendungen und Energieeffizienz sind große Herausforderungen in der aufkommenden Exascale-Ära. Im POWER Acceleration and Design Center, deren Gründung heute bekannt gegeben wurde, wird NVIDIA gemeinsam mit dem Forschungszentrum Jülich und IBM Entwickler bei ihren Anwendungen unterstützen. Die innovative , mit der sich IBM-POWER-Prozessoren mit Tesla-Grafikprozessoren via High-Speed NVLink-Technologie verbinden lassen, schafft eine neue Basis für künftige Entwicklungen. Wir sind hocherfreut, Teil dieser Kooperation zu sein, die Wissenschaftlern dabei hilft, ihrer wissenschaftlichen Ziele zu erreichen”, sagte Stefan Kraemer, Director HPC Business Development EMEA bei NVIDIA.

“Das POWER Acceleration and Design Center wird Wissenschaftler und Ingenieure dabei unterstützen, modernste Architekturen und Technologien für Superrechner zu nutzen, um die großen gesellschaftlichen Herausforderungen in den Bereichen Energie und Umwelt sowie Information und Gesundheit anzugehen”, sagte Prof. Lippert, Direktor des Jülich Supercomputing Centre.

OpenPOWER Foundation

OpenPOWER ist eine offene Organisation für Technologie-Entwickler auf Grundlage der POWER-Architektur, die gemeinschaftliche Entwicklungen ermöglicht und Mitgliedern gleichzeitig Freiraum zur Differenzierung und Wachstumsmöglichkeiten bietet. Das Ziel der Stiftung ist es, ein offenes Ökosystem zu schaffen, das die POWER-Architektur einsetzt, um Know-how, Investitionen und serverbezogenes geistiges Eigentum zu teilen und dazu beiträgt, besser auf die sich verändernden Anforderungen von Anwendern einzugehen. Die Ende 2013 gegründete Organisation hat aktuell weltweit über 70 Mitglieder.

IBM, FZ Jülich und Nvidia kooperieren

IBM, Nvidia und das Forschungszentrum Jülich haben die Gründung eines gemeinsamen neuen Kompetenzzentrums bekanntgegeben.

Das Power Acceleration and Design Center soll Wissenschaftler und Ingenieure dabei unterstützen, Simulationsrechnungen auf Openpower-kompatiblen Systemen mit GPU-Beschleunigern durchzuführen. Experten der beiden IT-Anbieter und vom FZ Jülich bündeln darin einer Mitteilung zufolge ihre technologischen und wissenschaftlichen Kompetenzen, um die Programmierung, Portierung und Optimierung wissenschaftlicher Codes für vielfältige Anwendungen voranzubringen.

Auf Basis der Power-Prozessoren von IBM und Nvidia-Grafikbeschleunigern soll die gemeinschaftlich betriebene Einrichtung neue Softwarelösungen schaffen und den Aufbau einer neuen Supercomputer-Architektur vorantreiben. Die Entwicklungsarbeiten erfolgen im Rahmen der 2013 gegründeten Openpower-Foundation, an der sich mittlerweile über 70 Unternehmen und Forschungseinrichtungen beteiligen, darunter auch Jülich.

Mit dem Forschungszentrum verbindet die IBM eine langjährige Partnerschaft über die Entwicklung und Installation mehrerer Rechnergenerationen hinweg; seit 2011 gibt es ein gemeinsames Exascale Innovation Center. Mit Nvidia wiederum betreibt das FZ Jülich seit 2012 das analog ausgerichtete Nvidia Application Lab.

Un nuovo centro per il supercalcolo basato su Power

Sfrutta l’architettura IBM Power e gli acceleratori grafici dio Nvidia e aiuterà gli scienziati e gli ingegneri ad affrontare le grandi sfide nel campo dell’energia e dell’ambiente, dell’informazione e della salute, sfruttando le architetture e le tecnologie di HPC più avanzate

Dalla collaborazione tra l’OpenPOWER Foundation la comunità tecnica aperta per lo sviluppo collaborativo dell’architettura POWER, IBM, NVIDIA e il Jülich Supercomputing Center nasce un nuovo centro di competenza per l’High Performance Computing per promuovere la creazione e l’ottimizzazione di codici di calcolo su sistemi OpenPOWER dotati di acceleratori grafici.

Questa nuova collaborazione conferma l’impegno di IBM a promuovere un ecosistema software e un ambiente di collaborazione aperto basato su architettura OpenPower e, inoltre, consentirà di sviluppare competenze di High Performance Computing (HPC) e favorire la creazione di nuove tecnologie.

IBM e il centro Jülich vantano una colaborazione da lunga data legata a diverse generazioni di supercomputer Blue Gene e dal 2011 stanno effettuando congiuntamente attività di ricerca sulle architetture su scala di Exaflops ovvero in grado di eseguire un numero di operazioni a virgola mobile per secondo pari ad almeno 10 elevato alla diciottesima potenza.

“La scalabilità delle applicazioni e l’efficienza energetica sono le sfide per l’High Performance Computing verso l’era degli Exaflops – ha osservato Stefan Kraemer, Director HPC Business Development EMEA per Nvidia -. L’innovativa architettura di sistema, che collega la CPU POWER8 di IBM e l’acceleratore GPU Tesla di NVIDIA attraverso la tecnologia NVLink ad alta velocità, fornirà la base per i nuovi sviluppi”.

IBM, Jülich und NVIDIA entwickeln neue Grafik-Beschleuniger

Die Programmierung, Portierung und Optimierung von Workloads sowie wisschenschaftlicher Codes soll über Beschleuniger-Karten, die auf Grafikprozessoren basieren weiter beschleunigt werden. IBM, das Forschungszentrum Jülich und NVIDIA rufen nun das POWER Acceleration and Design Center ins Leben.

IBM, NVIDIA und das Forschungszentrum Jülich geben die Gründung des Kompetenzzentrums ‘POWER Acceleration and Design Center’ bekannt. Dieses Zentrum soll Wissenschaftler und Ingenieure unterstützen, Simulationsrechnungen auf OpenPOWER-kompatiblen Systemen mit Grafikprozessoren-Beschleunigern durchzuführen.

In dem neuen Zentrum sollen technologische und wissenschaftliche Kompetenzen der drei Mitglieder der OpenPOWER-Foundation zusammenfließen und die Programmierung, Portierung und Optimierung wissenschaftlicher Codes auf diese Beschleuniger zu verbessern. Neben NVIDIAs Tesla-Grafikprozessoren kommt dabei unter anderem auch die High-Speed NVLink-Technologie zum Einsatz. Simulationen aus den Bereichen Energie- und Umweltwissenschaften bis hin zur Informationstechnologie und Hirnforschung sollen von diesen Beschleunigern profitieren können.

Neben neuen Softwarelösungen soll die Einrichtung auch neue Supercomputerarchitekturen, die auf den POWER-Prozessoren von IBM und den Grafikprozessoren von NVIDIA basieren, hervorbringen.

Die Entwicklungsarbeiten erfolgen im Rahmen der 2013 gegründeten OpenPOWER-Foundation, an der sich mittlerweile über 70 Unternehmen und Forschungseinrichtungen beteiligen. Die OpenPOWER-Foundation setzt sich für die Verwendung offener Technologien rund um die IBM POWER-Architektur ein, um innovative Hard- und Softwarelösungen für Rechenzentren zu ermöglichen.

IBM und das Forschungszentrum in Jülich hegen seit Jahren eine intensive Partnerschaft. So stattet IBM regelmäßig die Hochleistungsrechner in Jülich aus. So stammt auch JUQUEEN, derzeit Deutschlands schnellster Superrechner von IBM. Seit 2011 gibt es an dem Forschungsstandort auch das gemeinsam betriebene Exascale Innovation Center. Seit 2012 existiert in Jülich auch das ähnlich ausgerichtete NVIDA Application Lab.

“Das POWER Acceleration and Design Center wird Wissenschaftler und Ingenieure dabei unterstützen, modernste Architekturen und Technologien für Superrechner zu nutzen, um die großen gesellschaftlichen Herausforderungen in den Bereichen Energie und Umwelt sowie Information und Gesundheit anzugehen”, so Professor Thomas Lippert, Direktor des Jülich Supercomputing Centre.
Auch Dave Turek, Vice President of Technical Computing OpenPower bei IBM kommentier die neue Partnerschaft: “Die Einrichtung dieses neuen Centers untermauert das IBM Engagement für die Verwendung offener Technologien und ist der nächste Schritt bei der Vertiefung unserer strategischen Partnerschaften im Supercomputing-Bereich.”

“Skalierung der Anwendungen und Energieeffizienz sind große Herausforderungen in der aufkommenden Exascale-Ära. Im POWER Acceleration and Design Center, deren Gründung heute bekannt gegeben wurde, wird NVIDIA gemeinsam mit dem Forschungszentrum Jülich und IBM Entwickler bei ihren Anwendungen unterstützen. Die innovative Rechnerarchitektur, mit der sich IBM-POWER-Prozessoren mit Wir sind hocherfreut, Teil dieser Kooperation zu sein, die Wissenschaftlern dabei hilft, ihrer wissenschaftlichen Ziele zu erreichen”, kommentiert Stefan Kraemer, Director HPC Business Development EMEA bei NVIDIA.

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Jülich Tag Teams With IBM, Nvidia On Data Centric Computing

The Power Acceleration and Design Center that has just been launched at the Jülich Supercomputing Center in Munich, Germany, is not just about focusing the system research and software development around IBM’s Power processors and Nvidia’s Tesla GPU accelerators. More importantly, the center is hanging out a shingle and letting organizations in Europe know where to go to get help to solve their peskiest “data centric” application problems.

The center will draw on an existing partnership between Jülich and Nvidia, which was established in 2012, and the long-standing relationship between IBM and the German supercomputing center that saw Jülich deploy multiple generations of Big Blue’s BlueGene massively parallel Power-based systems. Since 2011, IBM and Jülich have been collaborating on future exascale system designs, and Dave Turek, vice president of technical computing and OpenPower at IBM, tells HPCwire that the new center will formalize and enhance the three-way collaboration that the parties have already been engaged in.

“We have a plan, of which this is really just the first step, in getting a variety of skills brought to bear to focus on new code development and accelerating existing codes to take advantage of the architectures that IBM is facilitating with our OpenPower partnership with Nvidia and, over the course of time, with others as well,” explains Turek. Jülich, he says, is at the forefront of research in physics and materials science and does a lot of work in life sciences as well, and the work to accelerate its workloads will have a bearing on similar applications at major supercomputer centers around the globe.

“This is meant to carve up the application domain and really put some muscle behind it to get the kind of acceleration we are hoping to see out of the new architectures,” Turek adds. This is not a once shot deal, and is meant to be a long-term relationship between the three parties.”

Jülich and Nvidia have been working together to build accelerator programming skills at the supercomputing center. IBM’s Research and Development Lab in Böblingen, Germany, will bring its expertise on the Power8 architecture and systems design in general to bear on the collaboration effort, and IBM Research Zurich in Switzerland will add its software expertise to the mix. Turek says that the Zurich center will eventually become a focal point for other Power acceleration and design centers that Big Blue hopes to establish in Europe. IBM’s plan calls for the establishment of similar centers in North America and Asia, and the idea is to put them near existing IBM Research facilities to make collaboration easier. But, in this modern Internet age, physical proximity is not an absolute necessity for good collaboration. As the effort evolves, Turek expects for other members of the OpenPower Foundation community will participate, coupling other kinds of accelerators and storage to Power Systems to reduce latency or increase bandwidth or both.

One of the key future technologies for the collaboration between Nvidia and IBM is the NVLink interconnect, which Nvidia revealed at the GPU Technology Conference back in March. NVLink is a point-to-point interconnect that is a superset of the PCI-Express protocol that allows for multiple lanes to be ganged up to hook multiple GPU accelerators to each other or to link GPUs to CPUs that have NVLink ports added to them. The bandwidth between devices linked by NVLink can be increased by somewhere between a factor of 5X and 12X, according to Nvidia, which plans to have NVLink ready for the “Pascal” family of GPUs sometime around early 2016. The Pascal GPUs will also have unified memory addressing between GPUs and CPUs, which will make programming hybrid machines quite a bit easier. (This unified memory feature was originally expected in the “Maxwell” family of GPUs, but has been pushed out to Pascal chips. This is a very difficult thing to do, and IBM would be the first one to admit it.)

IBM has its own means of tightly coupling accelerators to its Power8 processors, called the Coherent Accelerator Processor Interface (CAPI), which is an overlay on top of the PCI-Express 3.0 bus on the Power8 chip that eliminates a lot of the driver overhead for PCI devices and also allows them to directly link into the memory (main and cache) of the Power8 processor complex. This is something that IBM Research called a “hollow core” as CAPI was being designed and prototyped.

IBM is intent on using both CAPI and NVLink in future Power-based systems, so don’t think of it as an either-or scenario. CAPI is already being used to link FPGA accelerators and flash storage to the Power8 processing complex, and it seems likely that with Mellanox Technologies being a founding member of the OpenPower Foundation, we will see a tightly coupled network interface card that reduces latencies even further than the Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) protocol does with InfiniBand.

“The way to think about it is that we are taking a direct attack on latency through CAPI and making a direct attack on bandwidth through NVLink,” explains Turek. “All of these things are really meant to deal with data movement issues, which are part of our data centric systems designs.” The goal with the data centric designs IBM is working on is to eliminate data movement as much as possible and to enable processing on data whether it is at rest in storage or in flight in the network. This is an idea IBM has been playing with for several years, and it will be interesting to see what system architectures it delivers embodying this approach. “Data movement is never going away, but having a dramatically improved highway into the chip, either through NVLink or CAPI, as a vehicle for those circumstances when data movement is required. And of course it brings along coherence, which makes programming a lot easier over the course of time.”

As for the Power8 platforms, IBM is shipping the CAPI interface and the firmware that unlocks it now, and customers who want to pair Power8 processors over plain vanilla PCI-Express 3.0 ports with Tesla GPU coprocessors from Nvidia can also do so. Turek added that he expected that first Nvidia GPUs exploiting CAPI could come to market before the end of 2015 and that the earliest parts from IBM and Nvidia that exploit NVLink could come out around that same time.

“So it is not dramatically that far off into the future, and certainly from the perspective of the design center we are setting up in Germany, which is of course informed on all of these matters, their work will be split across doing real-time enablements and optimizations on conventionally attached GPUs while in the background setting out the planning and other things to get us ready for the availability of these other pathways.”

Tyan Preps $2,753 OpenPower Reference Server

In other OpenPower news, storage adapter maker QLogic last week announced that it has joined the foundation. QLogic plans to work with the group to ensure that its Ethernet and Fibre Channel adapters function as promised within the OpenPower community of compatible systems, components, and software.”QLogic will enhance functionality for highly virtualized, open standards-based, cloud and Web-scale data centers based on the IBM Power platform,” QLogic’s vice president of marketing Vikram Karvat says. QLogic competes directly with Emulex, another OpenPower member, and somewhat with Mellanox, which is a founding member. As the OpenPower Foundation grows, it will invariably invite more competition for existing members, which will broaden what’s available and ultimately make the foundation stronger.

Non-IBM Power8 servers to challenge Intel in 2015

Source: TechRadar UK

Servers powered by IBM’s Power8 architecture are expected to reach the market early 2015 as Big Blue announced that it will license its technology to others.

Ken King, general manager, OpenPower alliances at IBM’s Systems and Technology Group, confirmed that the servers would initially target cloud and high-end applications.

First non-IBM Power8 servers set to emerge early in 2015

Source: KitGuru

Last year IBM established the OpenPower consortium and opened up Power8 processor specifications and architecture to its partners. The goal of the organization is to create an eco-system of Power8-based servers designed for future data centers and cloud computing. The first fruits of the collaboration may become available already early next year.

Who Controls the Power?

Source: EE Journal

Open Power Foundation Aims to Make PowerPC More Plentiful

by Jim Turley

Once upon a time, there were many little RISC processors frolicking in the deep green microprocessor forest. There was the jaunty little ARM. The bright little SPARC. The mighty little MIPS. The aristocratic little PowerPC. And so many others. They all played and laughed and had ever such a good time.

IDC: Cloud, big data prompts infrastructure spend revolution in EMEA

Source: Business Cloud News

Research published by analyst house IDC suggests increased uptake of cloud and big data technologies is significantly disrupting infrastructure sales in EMEA with sales of cloud infrastructure expected to exceed $4bn by the end of 2014, with the expectation that spending will increase 19 per cent annually.

According to IDC, 15 per cent of the overall infrastructure spend in EMEA will be related to cloud environments in 2014, up from 8 per cent in 2011. $3.4bn was spent on hardware going to cloud environments in EMEA in 2013, up 21 per cent from 2012.

The firm said that in Northern Europe spending on hosted private and public cloud deployments has accelerated over the past two years, driven mostly by large multinational providers primarily rather than smaller regional players.

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IBM Power System S814 server now available through First Distribution for proof-of-concept projects

Source: ITWeb

As an IBM business partner, First Distribution has extensive expertise in POC projects, allowing the distributor to assist partners with fundamental prerequisites such as pre-site surveys, environmental viability studies and individual product positioning in order to ensure an effective product fit. Now, First Distribution offers the IBM Power System S814 server for such proof-of-concept (POC) projects.

First Distribution actively encourages proof of concept projects with customers. A POC conducted in a customer’s environment allows potential stumbling blocks to be identified and successfully negotiated, leading to a fully optimised solution. It also emphasises the benefits of the product concerned and often highlights the potential return on investment encountered by utilising such technology.

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IBM launches smart cities R&D in Sichuan with OpenPower partner

Source: Business Cloud News

IBM is set to launch an R&D facility based in Southwest China’s Sichuan province with its Chinese partner Sichuan Huaxun Zhongxing Technologies, which has also joined the IBM-led OpenPower Foundation. The facility will focus on developing the latest smart cities and Internet of Things technology, a major initiative of the Chinese government over the past few years.

Open Sourced BIOS Helps Power8 Compete With X86

Source: Enterprise Tech

IBM is deadly serious about fostering an open ecosystem around the Power8 processor and its follow-ons, and has taken the next step in advancing its OpenPower cause by open sourcing the microcode that manages the boot sequence on the Power8 chips.

This may sound like a small thing, but it has important ramifications for IBM and the OpenPower Foundation partners who are making motherboards based on the Power8 processor.

IBM launches Chinese smart city R&D base

Source: China Daily

CHENGDU – IBM and its Chinese partner will launch a base in Southwest China Sichuanprovince to research and develop “smart cities,” futuristic urban centers where computingtechnology will improve infrastructure and public services, they announced on Sunday.

IBM hopes its enhanced Power8 chip will take on Intel’s x86

BANGALORE, JUNE 27: IBM will use its huge India software developer base to work on its new Power8 chips to challenge Intel’s dominance.The world’s largest software company has launched its new Power8 chip architecture, an enhancement over its earlier version, to take on Intel’s Xeon chips or x86 widely used in data centres and server computers worldwide.

IBM Offers Glimpse into Future of HPC Investments

Source: HPC Wire

This week at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC14) one of the more frequent topics of conversation has been the revised role that some expect IBM might play following the Lenovo x86 business acquisition—and how their investment in high performance computing might change following the transition.

i-UG born at packed UK conference

Source: Power Wire

It’s official: Britain’s two IBM i user groups, NiSUG and the IBM CUA have merged and are now i-UG.

NiSUG chairman Mike Ryan and CUA/Common UK chairman Pat Flannery made the announcement yesterday at a packed International i-Power conference in Windsor.

IBM’s Empowerment of SAP HANA

Source: Linux Insider

SAP’s recent Sapphire NOW user and partner conference in Orlando was a love fest for the company’s HANA in-memory database technology. SAP has made it quite clear that HANA is far more than an innovative solution for Big Data, analytics and business intelligence workloads.

Four-Core Power8 Box For Entry IBM i Shops Ships Early

Source: IT Jungle

The hardware resellers, software peddlers, and IBM i shops that have modest processing needs and generally modest system budgets have all been waiting for it. And IBM did not say a word about it when the initial Power8 systems were launched back in April. But, all of us in the IBM i community knew, without a doubt, that Big Blue would have to put out a four-core machine with an IBM i P05 software tier.

Power8 Systems Added To Long-Running Trade-In Deal

Source: IT Jungle

We are getting ready to close out the second quarter, and IBM is in a mood to do a little wheeling and dealing to help move its stockpiles of Power7+ systems as well as the shiny new Power8 “scale-out” systems that came out back in April.

As Computing Tasks Evolve, Infrastructure Must Adapt

Source: Forbes

The litany of computing buzzwords has been repeated so often that we’ve almost glazed over: mobile, social, cloud, crowd, big data, analytics.  After a while they almost lose their meaning.

Taken together, though, they describe the evolution of computing from its most recent incarnation — single user, sitting at a desk, typing on a keyboard, watching a screen, local machine doing all the work — to a much more amorphous activity that involves a whole new set of systems, relationships, and actions.

How Does IBM’s Power8 Stack Up Against Competition?

Source: Top Tech News

Should Intel Xeon-based system manufacturers be worried? IBM just started shipping the next generation of Power Systems services with its Power8 processor. The processor can be licensed and is open for development through the OpenPower Foundation — and Big Blue is making some big claims.

Thanks For The Cheaper, Faster Memories

Source: IT Jungle

The new Power8 systems started shipping last Friday, and this week, in our ongoing coverage of the new hardware and software technologies embodied in the systems, we are going to take a look at the memory subsystems in the new machines. There are a slew of new technologies that have been added to the Power8 machines so the memory can keep the processor cores well fed and humming along through their work.

NVLink will be available to OpenPower consortium members

Source: HPC Magazine

Following the announcement of NVLink at GTC’14, we naively tried to get more information about NVIDIA’s strategy to interconnect with Intel’s QPI or other processors. To no avail. But the Open Innovation Summit in San Francisco shed the light we were seeking on the issue: even if Intel chips still dominate 90% of the server world, NVIDIA and IBM, along with Mellanox, Tyan and Google, really intend to set up a serious alternative to the current landscape. NVIDIA will accordingly license NVLink to members of the consortium with the goal of better coupling its Tesla accelerators to the next generation of Power8 CPUs, probably the only credible competition to Intel’s Xeons.

Google Shows off POWER Server Motherboard

Source: Data Center Knowledge

Google has developed a motherboard using POWER8 server technology from IBM, and is showing it off at the IBM Impact 2014 conference in Las Vegas this week. The new motherboard is an outgrowth of Google’s participation in the OpenPOWER Foundation, a non-profit developing data center technology based on the POWER Architecture.

A Real Open Power Server, Finally

Source: IT Jungle

You cannot get one just yet, but perhaps in the not-too-distant-future if you want to hack together your own Power-based IBM i server, you will be able to do just that. Last week at the OpenPower Innovation Summit in San Francisco, IBM and its OpenPower Foundation partners showed off the first non-IBM motherboard based on a commercial-grade, 64-bit PowerPC or Power processor.

Ubuntu scale out and cloud partner ecosystem expands with IBM POWER8

Source: Ubuntu

Public and private cloud adoption has continued to grow, and Canonical has been at the forefront, focusing on scale out and cloud architectures. We have built Ubuntu, Ubuntu OpenStack and Juju to be optimised for cloud and scale out. We recognise that the right ecosystem of hardware and ISVs partners needs to be in place to make sure there is a rich set of solutions.

Google builds homegrown server with IBM Power chip

Source: Computer World

IDG News Service – IBM’s efforts to expand the use of its Power chips in hyperscale data centers just got a big shot in the arm from Google.

The online giant is showing its first home-built server board based on IBM’s upcoming Power8 processor at an IBM conference in Las Vegas on Monday.

IBM’s OpenPOWER and POWER8: Too Little Too Late?

Source: Forbes

IBM has long held the leadership spot in what the industry calls “engineered systems”, or big iron for large enterprises. IBM invented the mainframe and are very proud of that and the platform’s history in solving major business and eco-science problems. IBM’s Watson is huge part of IBM’s future and is a giant risk, but if IBM can pull this one off by attaching high margin revenue, it could again find itself in a leadership position that will make it difficult to be copied. But what about the future of private and public clouds where all the hardware growth is? IBM held a major announcement today in San Francisco which gave some insights into this future, specifically new IBM POWER8 systems and more details on the OpenPOWER Foundation.  While this is an overview, we have published a white paper here (free). Let me start with a bit of background.

IBM Spends $2.4 Billion On New Power Servers And Partners With Google And Nvidia To Go After Intel

Source: Forbes

After watching its hardware revenues shrink quarter after quarter and announcing a plan to sell its $2.3 billion x86 server business to Lenovo in Jan.,IBM's IBM -0.9% announced a major shift in its servers business behind new Power Systems servers that the company says will be 50 times faster than the ones it’s divesting–while also anchoring a new collaborative data center foundation that includes tech powerhouses Google GOOG -0.54% and Nvidia NVDA -1.07%.

IBM Unveils First OpenPOWER Servers

Source: PC Mag

IBM on Wednesday unveiled new POWER8 processor-based servers that the computing giant said “are capable of analyzing data 50 times faster than the latest x86-based systems” built on chips from companies like Intel and Advanced Micro Devices.

What Power8 and OpenPOWER Might Mean for HPC

Source: HPC Wire

IBM is making a big play in hybrid computing, seeking to marry its POWER8 processors with various kinds of accelerators and high-speed networking and opening up its chip and system software through the OpenPOWER Foundation.

IBM unveils Power8 and OpenPower pincer attack on Intel’s x86 server monopoly

Source: Extreme Tech

IBM has taken the wraps off the first servers that are powered by its monstrously powerful Power8 CPUs. With more than 4 billion transistors, packed into a stupidly large 650-square-millimeter die built on IBM’s new 22nm SOI process, the 12-core (96-thread) Power8 CPU is one of the largest and probably the most powerful CPU ever built. In a separate move, IBM is opening up the entire Power8 architecture and technical documentation through the OpenPower Foundation, allowing third parties to make Power-based chips (much like ARM’s licensing model), and to allow for the creation of specialized coprocessors (GPUs, FPGAs, etc.) that link directly into the CPU’s memory space using IBM’s new CAPI interface. 

IBM, Google Show Off Power8 Systems And OpenPower Efforts

Source: Enterprise Tech

IBM was planning to do the announcement of the first bunch of Power8-based servers at next week’s Impact2014 event in Las Vegas, but the Power Systems division at Big Blue and the OpenPower Foundation that is steering the opening up of Power8 technology decided to reveal some of the feeds and speeds of the new systems ahead of the event next week.

NVIDIA Launches World’s First High-Speed GPU Interconnect, Helping Pave the Way to Exascale Computing

SAN JOSE, CA–(Marketwired – Mar 25, 2014) – GTC — NVIDIA today announced that it plans to integrate a high-speed interconnect, called NVIDIA® NVLink™, into its future GPUs, enabling GPUs and CPUs to share data five to 12 times faster than they can today. This will eliminate a longstanding bottleneck and help pave the way for a new generation of exascale supercomputers that are 50-100 times faster than today’s most powerful systems.

Servergy becomes first company outside of IBM to build Power server

IDG News Service – IBM for decades was the only company making servers based on its proprietary Power architecture, but that’s not the case anymore.

Servergy will be the first server maker outside IBM to use Power chips in its Cleantech Server CTS-1000, a blade server the size of a legal pad. The server is the first product being announced after IBM said last August that it would license its Power architecture to third parties.

It’s foolish for any company to think they can figure it all out : IBM defends open source

John Furrier and Dave Vellante, theCUBE co-hosts, traveled to Las Vegas to cover IBM Pulse 2014 and the hot topics regarding the optimization of the world’s business infrastructure. As part of their quest to interview the thought leaders in the industry, they managed to get hold of Doug Balog, GM of Power Systems with IBM Systems & Technology Group, persuading him to elaborate on the recent IBM announcements and also focus on some of the organization’s initiatives.

Samsung joins IBM, Google in OpenPower alliance

Source: PC World

Samsung has joined the fledgling OpenPower Consortium, an alliance led by IBM to push Power-based chip designs into hardware products such as servers.

The OpenPower Consortium was formed last August after IBM announced it would start licensing its Power architecture to third parties. The goals of the consortium include cooperating on hardware and software development around the Power architecture, which is largely used in high-end servers.


Samsung joins IBM, Google in OpenPower alliance

Source: PC World

Samsung has joined the fledgling OpenPower Consortium, an alliance led by IBM to push Power-based chip designs into hardware products such as servers.

The OpenPower Consortium was formed last August after IBM announced it would start licensing its Power architecture to third parties. The goals of the consortium include cooperating on hardware and software development around the Power architecture, which is largely used in high-end servers.


Suzhou PowerCore to Start Using IBM POWER Tech for New Chip Design in China

The IBM-backed OpenPOWER Foundation has taken a major step forward this week: Two Chinese organizations, Suzhou PowerCore Technology Company and the Research Institute of Jiangsu Industrial Technology (RIJIT), will join the OpenPOWER Foundation. More importantly, Suzhou PowerCore plans to license IBM’s POWER architecture, intellectual property related to POWER8, and chip design tools to develop and market processors for specialized servers in China. The Research Institute of Jiangsu Industrial Technology will promote and help build an ecosystem for POWER development in Jiangsu Province and throughout China.

Progress Check on OpenPOWER Consortium

Source: Inside HPC

OpenPOWER Consortium has made progress since it was announced last year. With founding members Google, IBM, Mellanox, and Nvidia, OpenPOWER intends to build advanced server, networking, storage and GPU-acceleration technology aimed at delivering more choice, control and flexibility to developers of next-generation, hyperscale and cloud data centers.

Google, Nvidia Sign Onto IBM OpenPOWER Consortium

Source: PC Mag

IBM has recruited several top tech firms, including Google and Nvidia, to join its newly founded OpenPOWER Consortium, an industry alliance formed to promote IBM’s flagging Power microprocessor architecture for back-end systems in an effort to better compete with Intel and ARM.

IBM forms alliance with Google, Nvidia to boost chips unit

(Reuters) – Technology services provider IBM is teaming up with Google and a handful of other tech companies to license IBM’s Power chip technology, in an effort to attract more users.

Under the alliance called OpenPower Consortium, IBM and Google – along with Israel’s chip designer Mellanox Technologies, U.S. chip-maker Nvidia Corp and Taiwan-based server supplier Tyan Computer Corp – will build server, networking and storage technology based on the chips for cloud data centres.