Clarkson University Joins OpenPOWER Foundation

3.21.17

Clarkson University Joins OpenPOWER Foundation

Clarkson University has joined the OpenPOWER Foundation, an open development community based on the POWER microprocessor architecture.   

IBM POWER8 ProcessorPOWER CPU denotes a series of high-performance microprocessors designed by IBM.

Clarkson joins a growing roster of technology organizations working collaboratively to build advanced server, networking, storage and acceleration technology as well as industry leading open source software aimed at delivering more choice, control and flexibility to developers of next-generation, hyper-scale and cloud data centers.

The group makes POWER hardware and software available to open development for the first time, as well as making POWER intellectual property licensable to others, greatly expanding the ecosystem of innovators on the platform.

With the POWER hardware and software, the researchers at Clarkson, especially the faculty in the Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering’s Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, will be able to elevate their research in multicore/multithreading architectures, the interaction between system software and micro-architecture, and hardware acceleration techniques based on the POWER microprocessor architecture. The Clarkson faculty intend to join the OpenPOWER Foundation’s hardware architecture, system software, and hardware accelerator workgroups.

“As a member of the OpenPOWER Foundation, we will be able to explore the state-of-the-art hardware and software design used in supercomputer and cloud computing platforms, as well as collaborating with researchers from industry and other institutions,” said Assistant Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering Chen Liu, who is leading the Computer Architecture and Microprocessor Engineering Laboratory at Clarkson.

“The development model of the OpenPOWER Foundation is one that elicits collaboration and represents a new way in exploiting and innovating around processor technology,” says OpenPOWER Foundation President Bryan Talik. “With the Power architecture designed for Big Data and Cloud, new OpenPOWER Foundation members like Clarkson University will be able to add their own innovations on top of the technology to create new applications that capitalize on emerging workloads.”

To learn more about OpenPOWER and view the complete list of current members, visit www.openpowerfoundation.org.  

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, N.Y., and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, New York, Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and innovation with enterprise.

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Red Hat Joins the OpenPOWER Foundation, adds open source leadership and expertise to community-driven hardware innovation

As part of our commitment to delivering open technologies across many computing architectures, today Red Hat has joined the OpenPOWER Foundation, an open development community based on the POWER microprocessor architecture, at the Platinum level. While we already do build and support open technologies for the POWER architecture, the OpenPOWER Foundation is committed to an open, community-driven technology-creation process – something that we feel is critical to the continued growth of open collaboration around POWER.

As a participant in the OpenPOWER community and a member of the Board of Directors (where we are currently represented by Scott Herold), we plan to focus on helping to create open source software for POWER-based architectures, offering more choice, control and flexibility to developers working on hyperscale and cloud-based data centers. Additionally, we’re excited to work with other technology leaders on advanced server, networking, storage and I/O acceleration technologies, all built on a set of common, open standards.

We feel that open standards, like those being utilized by OpenPOWER, are critical to enterprise IT innovation, offering a common set of guidelines for the integration, implementation and security of new technologies. Modern standards bodies such as OpenPOWER and others seek to democratize guidelines across a broad, inclusive community, focusing on agility and providing a common ground for emerging technology. Red Hat is a strong proponent of open standards across the technology stack, participating in groups that cover the emerging software (OCI, CNCF) as well as hardware (CCIX, GenZ) stacks.

The development efforts of the OpenPOWER Foundation benefit many partners that we already work with, and we look forward to increased collaboration in an open, transparent environment. We’re also looking to support many other emerging technical areas of the community. These include machine learning and artificial intelligence, data platforms and analytics, as well as cloud and container deployments.

We’re pleased to be a part of OpenPOWER, and look forward to helping craft community-driven collaborative designs that broaden customer technology choices across the breadth of enterprise IT.

From our partners

Scot Schultz, Director, HPC and Technical Computing, Mellanox

“As the technology stack becomes increasingly more complex, deploying virtual machines, cloud services and bare metal technologies must all interact simultaneously. It’s critical that we have a foundational set of standards that seamlessly work across hardware architectures. The OpenPOWER Foundation helps to set these standards for POWER systems, and Red Hat is an excellent addition to the Foundation’s leadership, both as a partner and for their extensive work in developing community-driven standards.”

Ken King, general manager, OpenPOWER, IBM

“The development model of the OpenPOWER Foundation is one that elicits collaboration and represents a new way in exploiting and innovating around processor technology. POWER architecture is well tailored for many traditional and new applications, enabling OpenPOWER Foundation members like Red Hat to add their own innovations on top of the hardware technologies or create new solutions that capitalize on emerging workloads such as cognitive applications like AI and deep learning.”

Supermicro and IBM Extend Strategic Relationship to Deliver Choice and Flexibility for the Next Generation Cloud Datacenter

SALT LAKE CITY, UT, SC16, November 15, 2016 … Today Supermicro (NASDAQ: SMCI) and IBM (NYSE: IBM) have extended their multi-faceted long-term technology relationship. Supermicro has joined the OpenPOWER Foundation, an open development community that leverages the IBM POWER architecture.

Supermicro is joining IBM, Google, NVIDIA, Canonical, Rackspace and more than 270 other leading technologists working collaboratively on advanced server, storage, and networking acceleration technology as well as industry leading open source software aimed at delivering more choice, control, and flexibility to developers of next-generation heterogeneous cloud datacenters. The group makes POWER-based hardware and software available to open development, along with making POWER intellectual property licensable to others, greatly expanding the ecosystem of innovators on the platform.

Supermicro is working with IBM on a variety of fronts including IBM Cloud, IBM Storage and now IBM POWER.  Supermicro will leverage its strength in workload optimized system designs to deliver best in class IBM Power Systems for IBM and the OpenPOWER ecosystem.

“Supermicro is extending its strong IBM relationship by working with IBM on OpenPOWER systems that deliver maximum performance and efficiency” said Wally Liaw, co-founder and senior vice president of international sales at Supermicro. “OpenPOWER customers can benefit from Supermicro’s industry leading workload optimized system design in combination with IBM’s latest POWER processor technology to reach exceptional performance levels.”

“Supermicro is a strategic IBM collaborator and their membership in the OpenPOWER Foundation will further extend our strong relationship,” said Calista Redmond, OpenPOWER Foundation President and IBM Systems Vice President. “Their expertise in server design, development and manufacturing will foster collaboration among members and further support widespread industry innovation.”

About OpenPOWER
To learn more about OpenPOWER and to view the complete list of current members, go to http://www.openpowerfoundation.org. Use #OpenPOWER to join the conversation.

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European Market Adopting OpenPOWER Technology at Accelerated Pace

Widespread Adoption of OpenPOWER Technology Across Europe for Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning and World-Advancing Research including the Human Brain Project

Developer Momentum Continues with European OpenPOWER Developer Cloud, CAPI SNAP Framework Tool, OpenPOWER READY Accelerator Boards and Winners of Developer Challenge Revealed

European OpenPOWER Community Grows to 60 Members Strong

Barcelona, Spain, October 27, 2016: At the inaugural OpenPOWER European Summit, the OpenPOWER Foundation made a series of announcements today detailing the rapid growth, adoption and support of OpenPOWER across the continent. Members announced:

  • a series of European-based OpenPOWER technology implementations advancing corporate innovation and driving important world research including the Human Brain Project;
  • a new set of developer resources, including an OpenPOWER developer cloud for European organizations and students; and
  • new OpenPOWER-based solutions designed to improve performance for modern, new workloads including artificial intelligence, deep learning, accelerated analytics and high performance computing.

The OpenPOWER Foundation is a global technology development community with more than 270 members worldwide supporting new product design, development and implementation on top of the high performing, open POWER processor. Many of the OpenPOWER-based technologies developed by OpenPOWER members in Europe are being used to help meet the unique needs of corporations running some of the largest data centers in the world and by researchers exploring high performance computing solutions to help solve some of the world’s greatest challenges.

“Data growth in virtually every industry is forcing companies and organizations to change the way they consume, innovate around and manage IT infrastructure,” said Calista Redmond, President of the OpenPOWER Foundation. “Commodity platforms are proving ineffective when it comes to ingesting and making sense of the 2.5 billion GBs of data being created daily. With today’s announcements by our European members, the OpenPOWER Foundation expands its reach, bringing open source, high performing, flexible and scalable solutions to organizations worldwide.”

New OpenPOWER Deployments and Offerings in Europe
At the Summit, European technology leaders announced important deployments, offerings and research collaborations involving OpenPOWER-based technology. They include:

  • FRANCE – GENCI (Grand Equipement National pour le Calcul Intensif), France’s large national research facility for high performance computing, has launched a technology watch collaborative initiative to prepare French scientific communities to the challenges of exascale, and to anticipate novel architectures for future procurements of Tier1 and Tier0 in France. OpenPOWER technology has been identified as one of the leading architectures within this initiative.
  • GERMANY – In support of the Human Brain Project, a research project funded by the European Commission to advance understanding of the human brain, OpenPOWER members IBM, NVIDIA and the Juelich Supercomputing Centre delivered a pilot system as part of the Pre-Commercial Procurement process. Called JURON, the new supercomputer leverages IBM’s new Power S822LC for High Performance Computing system which features unique CPU-to-GPU NVIDIA NVLink technology.  As part of the system installation, the OpenPOWER members delivered to the Human Brain Project a set of key and unique research assets such as Direct Storage Class Memory Access, flexible Platform LSF extensions that allow dynamic job resizing, as well as a port of workhorse Neuroscience codes on the new OpenPOWER-based architecture.
  • SPAIN – The Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) announced it is using OpenPOWER technology for work underway at the IBM-BSC Deep Learning Center.  At the joint center, IBM and BSC scientists are developing new algorithms to improve and expand the cognitive capabilities of deep learning systems.
  • TURKEY – SC3 Electronics, a leading cloud supercomputing center in Turkey, announced the company is creating the largest HPC cluster in the Middle East and North Africa region based on one of IBM’s new OpenPOWER LC servers – the Power S822LC for High Performance Computing – which takes advantage of NVIDIA NVLink technology and the latest NVIDIA GPUs. According to SC3 Executive Vice President Emre Bilgi, this is an important milestone for Turkey’s journey into HPC leadership.  Once installed, the cluster will be deployed internally and will also support new cloud services planned to be available by the end of the year.

These deployments come as OpenPOWER innovations around accelerated computing, storage, and networking via the high-speed interfaces of NVIDIA NVLink and the newly formed open standard OpenCAPI, gain adoption in the datacenter.

Developer Momentum
To further support a growing demand for OpenPOWER developer resources in Europe and worldwide, OpenPOWER members announced:

  • New European developer cloud – In a significant expansion of developer resources, members of the OpenPOWER Foundation in collaboration with the Technical University of Munich at the Department of Informatics announced plans to launch the European arm of the development and research cloud called Supervessel. First launched in China, Supervessel is the cloud platform built on top of POWER’s open architecture and technologies. It aims to provide the open remote access for all the ecosystem developers and university students. With the importance of data sovereignty in Europe, this installment of Supervessel will enable students and developers to innovate applications on the OpenPOWER platform locally, enabling individuals to create new technology while following local data regulations. Supervessel Europe is expected to launch before the end of 2016.
  • CAPI SNAP Framework – Developed by European and North American based OpenPOWER members IBM, Xilinx, Reconfigure.io, Eideticom, Rackspace, Alpha Data and Nallatech, the CAPI SNAP Framework is available in beta to developers worldwide.  It is designed to make FPGA acceleration technology from the OpenPOWER Foundation easier to implement and more accessible to the developer community.
  • OpenPOWER READY FPGA Accelerator Boards – Alpha Data, a United Kingdom and North American based leading supplier of high-performance FPGA solutions, showcased a line of low latency, low power, OpenPOWER READY compliant FPGA accelerator boards.  The production-ready PCIe accelerator boards are intended for datacenter applications requiring high-throughput processing and software acceleration.
  • OpenPOWER Developer Challenge Winners – After evaluating the work of more than 300 developers that participated in the inaugural OpenPOWER Developer Challenge, the OpenPOWER Foundation announced four Grand Prize winners.  The developers received a collective total of $15,000 in prizes recognizing their OpenPOWER-based development projects including:

Expanded European Ecosystem
Across Europe, technology leaders continue to join the OpenPOWER Foundation, bringing the European roster to a total of 60 members today. Increased membership drives further innovation in areas like acceleration, networking, storage and software all optimized for the OpenPOWER platform. Some of the most recent European members to bring their expertise to the broader OpenPOWER ecosystem in 2016 include:

  • from Belgium – Calyos
  • from France – GENCI, Splitted-Desktop Systems
  • from Germany – IndependIT Integrative Technologies, LRZ, Paderborn University, Technical University of Munich, ThinkParQ, Thomas-Kren AG
  • from Greece – University of Peloponnese
  • from The Netherlands – Delft University of Technology, Synerscope
  • from Norway – Dolphin Interconnect Solutions
  • from Russia – Cognitive Technologies
  • from Spain – Barcelona Supercomputing Center
  • from Switzerland – Groupe T2i SA, Kolab Systems AG
  • from Turkey – SC3 Electronics
  • from the United Kingdom – Quru, Reconfigure.io, University of Exeter, University of Oxford

About the OpenPOWER Foundation
The OpenPOWER Foundation is a global, open development membership organization formed to facilitate and inspire collaborative innovation on the POWER architecture. OpenPOWER members share expertise, investment and server-class intellectual property to develop solutions that serve the evolving needs of technology customers.

The OpenPOWER Foundation enables members to customize POWER CPU processors, system platforms, firmware and middleware software for optimization for their business and organizational needs. Member innovations delivered and under development include custom systems for large scale data centers, workload acceleration through GPU, FPGA or advanced I/O, and platform optimization for software appliances, or advanced hardware technology exploitation.
For further details visit www.openpowerfoundation.org.

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Supporting Quotes from OpenPOWER Foundation European Members

Barcelona Supercomputing Center
“We feel honored to become a member of the OpenPOWER Foundation,” said Mateo Valero, Director of the Barcelona Supercomputing Center. “Working closely with the OpenPOWER community will give us the opportunity to collaborate with other leading institutions in high performance architectures, programming models and applications.”

Cognitive Technologies
“We see OpenPOWER technology and innovation as key enablers for our Autonomous Driving technology and Neural Network capability,” said Andrey Chernogorov, CEO of Cognitive Technologies, an active driver assistance systems developer. “We believe that our major competitive advantage is the robust artificial intelligence that our system is based on. It makes it possible for the autonomous vehicle control system to firmly operate in bad weather conditions and on bad or damaged roads with no road marking. Since over 70% of the roads in the world can be considered as ‘bad’ we plan to become a global market leader. At the moment our major competitor is the Israeli developer Mobileye.”

Jülich Supercomputing Centre
“For a leading provider of computing resources for science, OpenPOWER is an exciting opportunity to create future supercomputing infrastructure and enable new science,” said Dr. Dirk Pleiter, Research Group Leader, Jülich Supercomputing Centre.

SC3
“Having seen foremost Internet giants starting up the OpenPOWER Foundation even before the vast wide and deep global hardware (including CPU, GPU, Memory, NVM, Networking, FPGA, ODM’s) community, software (OS and Applications) providers and services industry, as well as academic and scientific who’s who institutions, become a truly impressive ecosystem, convinced us to join and and contribute to this great organization with high enthusiasm,” said SC3 Executive Vice President Emre Bilgi.   “After a global search of over two years for our supercomputing architecture, we see great opportunities in the OpenPOWER Foundation today and in the future.”

ThinkParQ
“It is very important for our customers that BeeGFS delivers highest I/O performance and takes full advantage of the latest technologies,” said ThinkParQ CEO Sven Breuner. “The OpenPOWER platform comes with outstanding performance features and has a very promising roadmap, which make it an ideal basis for such demanding applications.”

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OpenPOWER Foundation Reveals New Servers and Big Data Analytics Innovations

Foundation Membership Surpasses 200, Members Showcase More Than 50 Innovations at Summit

OPENPOWER SUMMIT, San Jose, Calif. – April 6, 2016 – The OpenPOWER Foundation today revealed more than 50 new infrastructure and software innovations, spanning the entire system stack, including systems, boards, cards and accelerators. Unveiled at the second annual OpenPOWER Summit, these new products build upon 30 OpenPOWER-based solutions already in the marketplace.

“To meet the demands of today’s data centers, businesses need open system design that provides greater flexibility and speed at a lower cost,” said Calista Redmond, President of the OpenPOWER Foundation and Director of OpenPOWER Global Alliances, IBM. “The innovations introduced today demonstrate OpenPOWER members’ commitment to building technology infrastructures that provide customers with more choice, allowing them to leverage increased data workloads and analytics to drive better business outcomes.”

The OpenPOWER Foundation has rapidly grown to more than 200 businesses, organizations and individuals across 24 countries since it was formed two years ago. With the new innovations being announced today, the OpenPOWER Foundation continues to provide the technology and collaboration tools needed to deliver customized solutions and increased performance to customers, including hyperscale data centers and high performance computing organizations. OpenPOWER innovations are built upon by a growing community of more than 2,300 ISVs supporting Linux on POWER applications.

The products revealed by OpenPOWER members today highlight:

  • New Servers for High Performance Computing and Cloud Deployments – Foundation members introduced more than 10 new OpenPOWER servers, offering expanded services for high performance computing and server virtualization.
    • Rackspace has announced that “Barreleye” has moved from the lab to the data center. Rackspace anticipates “Barreleye” will move into broader availability throughout the rest of the year, with the first applications on the Rackspace Public Cloud powered by OpenStack.
    • IBM, in collaboration with NVIDIA and Wistron, plans to release its second-generation OpenPOWER high performance computing server, which includes support for the NVIDIA® Tesla® Accelerated Computing platform (learn more). The server will leverage POWER8 processors connected directly to the new NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPU accelerators via the NVIDIA NVLink™ high-speed interconnect technology. Early systems will be available in Q4 2016. Additionally, IBM and NVIDIA plan to create global acceleration labs to help developers and ISVs port applications on the POWER8 and NVIDIA NVLink-based platform.
    • With planned availability in April, the TYAN GT75-BP012 is a 1U, POWER8-based server solution with the ppc64 architecture. The OpenPOWER-based platform offers exceptional capability for in-memory computing in a 1U implementation.
  • Expanded use of CAPI for Acceleration Technology – Foundation members, including Bittware, IBM, Mellanox and Xilinx, unveiled more than a dozen new accelerator solutions based on the Coherent Accelerator Processor Interface (CAPI). Alpha Data also unveiled a Xilinx FPGA-based CAPI hardware card at the Summit. These new accelerator technologies leverage CAPI to provide performance, cost and power benefits when compared to application programs running on a core or custom acceleration implementation attached via non-coherent interfaces. This is a key differentiator in building infrastructure to accelerate computation of big data and analytics workloads on the POWER architecture.
  • A Continued Commitment to Genomics Research – Following successful collaborations with LSU and tranSMART, OpenPOWER Foundation members continue to develop new advancements for genomics research. Today, Edico Genome announced the DRAGEN Genomics Platform, a new appliance that enables ultra-rapid analysis of genomic data, reducing the time to analyze an entire genome from hours to just minutes, allowing healthcare providers to identify patients at higher risk for cancer before conditions worsen. DRAGEN’s unprecedented speed is being leveraged to rapidly diagnose critically ill newborns, improve turnaround time for prenatal tests, and quickly identify infectious disease outbreaks.Developed in collaboration with Xilinx and IBM, the solution features Edico’s DRAGEN processor, which is based on Xilinx’s Virtex-7 980T FPGA, running on IBM Power Systems S822LC. The combination of the POWER CPU, high memory bandwidth and DRAGEN accelerated speed and high accuracy will allow clients, such as Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine of San Diego, to leverage advanced analytics in genomics and life sciences.

Additional information on the innovations announced today can be found in the OpenPOWER fact sheet.

About OpenPOWER Foundation
The OpenPOWER Foundation is a global, open development membership organization formed to facilitate and inspire collaborative innovation on the POWER architecture. OpenPOWER members share expertise, investment and server-class intellectual property to develop solutions that serve the evolving needs of technology customers.

The OpenPOWER Foundation enables members to customize POWER CPU processors, system platforms, firmware and middleware software for optimization for their business and organizational needs. Member innovations delivered and under development include custom systems for large scale data centers, workload acceleration through GPU, FPGA or advanced I/O, and platform optimization for software appliances, or advanced hardware technology exploitation.

For further details visit www.openpowerfoundation.org.

OpenPOWER Ecosystem Propels Open Innovation in Hyperscale Data Centers

Google and Rackspace Develop OpenPOWER System for the Open Compute Project;
IBM Announces Intent to Expand Line of POWER-based Scale-out Linux Servers

OPENPOWER SUMMIT, San Jose, Calif. – April 6, 2016: The OpenPOWER Foundation, a consortium of more than 200 leading technology companies, organizations and individuals innovating around the POWER processor, today announced more than 50 new open innovations to help companies better solve grand challenges around big data.

Many new community innovations unveiled today are designed to be incorporated into the Open Compute Project product portfolio.

Among these, Google, a founding member of the OpenPOWER Foundation, announced today that it is developing a next-generation OpenPOWER and Open Compute Project form factor server. Google is working with Rackspace to co-develop an open server specification based on the new POWER9 architecture, and the two companies will submit a candidate server design to the Open Compute Project.

Additionally, Rackspace has announced that “Barreleye” has moved from the lab to the data center.  Rackspace anticipates “Barreleye” will move into broader availability throughout the rest of the year, with the first applications on the Rackspace Public Cloud powered by OpenStack.  Rackspace and IBM collectively contributed the “Barreleye” specifications to the Open Compute Project in January 2016. The specifications were formally accepted by the Open Compute Project in February 2016.

“Today’s IT infrastructure leaders seek open technology alternatives to processor and system architectures,” said John Zannos, Chairman of the OpenPOWER Foundation, and Vice President of Cloud Channels and Alliances, Canonical. “Customized solutions and open building blocks are quickly becoming required options for system design. Collaborative innovation, the hallmark of both the OpenPOWER Foundation and the Open Compute Project, is essential to building the next generation data center.”

“We’re thrilled to take the next step in our work with the OpenPOWER and Open Compute Project communities,” said Maire Mahony, Hardware Engineering Manager, Google, and OpenPOWER Foundation Board Member. “We are committed to open innovation, and to optimizing performance and cost in data centers. Working with Rackspace, we will submit a POWER9 server design to the Open Compute Project that will address the diverse requirements of end customers for data center services.”

“We are excited to work with Google on our POWER9 OpenPOWER-based, Open Compute Project form factor server,” said Aaron Sullivan, Open Compute Project Incubation Committee Member and Distinguished Engineer at Rackspace. “OpenPOWER processors combined with acceleration technology are fundamentally changing server and data center design today and into the future. OpenPOWER provides a great platform for the speed and flexibility needs of hyperscale operators as they demand ever-increasing levels of scalability.”

“Our ongoing work with the OpenPOWER Foundation is a natural extension of our commitment to open collaboration and innovation in data center technology,” said Amber Graner, Director of Operations, Community Manager, the Open Compute Project. “The Open Compute Project is focused on efficiency, flexibility, and openness—and we recognize the importance of the POWER processor and the robust OpenPOWER ecosystem for the future of server design.”

The Open Compute Project is a member of the OpenPOWER Foundation Advisory Group.

IBM Expands its Linux-only Portfolio Leveraging OpenPOWER Innovation

IBM announced that it plans to add systems to its LC line of servers. The LC line, launched in October of 2015, infuses OpenPOWER technology into IBM’s scale-out server lineup. As a result of dozens of proof of concepts in areas like hyperscale data centers, high performance computing and large enterprises, IBM intends to make the following additions to the LC line, aimed at helping clients on the path to becoming cognitive businesses and furthering IBM’s commitment to open and collaborative innovation:

  • IBM intends to add Open Compute Project-compliant systems to its Power Systems LC portfolio to support big data analytics and cognitive applications in the cloud. This is in addition to three other OpenPOWER Foundation members that recently announced plans for Open Compute Project-compliant, OpenPOWER systems:  Mark III Systems, Penguin Computing and Stack Velocity.
  • SUPERMICRO is currently developing two new POWER-based servers for IBM. The systems are based on the company’s “Ultra” architecture and IBM intends to add them to the LC server line to add further design options. The two systems – a storage rich 2 socket, 2U design and a dense 2 socket, 1U design – will be POWER-based, GPU and CAPI acceleration enabled and fine-tuned for cloud and cognitive workloads.
  • IBM, in collaboration with NVIDIA and Wistron, plans to release its second-generation OpenPOWER high performance computing server, which includes support for the NVIDIA® Tesla® Accelerated Computing platform (learn more). The server will leverage POWER8 processors connected directly to the new NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPU accelerators via embedded NVIDIA NVLink™ high-speed interconnect technology. Early systems will be available in Q4 2016. Additionally IBM and NVIDIA plan to create global acceleration labs to help developers and ISVs port applications on the POWER8 and NVIDIA NVLink™ based platform.

About the OpenPOWER Foundation
The OpenPOWER Foundation is a global, open development membership organization formed to facilitate and inspire collaborative innovation on the POWER architecture. OpenPOWER members share expertise, investment and server-class intellectual property to develop solutions that serve the evolving needs of technology customers.

The OpenPOWER Foundation enables members to customize POWER CPU processors, system platforms, firmware and middleware software for optimization for their business and organizational needs. Member innovations delivered and under development include custom systems for large scale data centers, workload acceleration through GPU, FPGA or advanced I/O, and platform optimization for software appliances, or advanced hardware technology exploitation.

For further details visit www.openpowerfoundation.org.

 

OpenPOWER Summit Announces “Revolutionizing the Data Center” Speaker Lineup

Summit to feature 50+ member presentations, keynote speakers, technology demos and more

 

SAN JOSE, Calif., February 09, 2016 – Today, the OpenPOWER Foundation announced the lineup of speakers for the OpenPOWER Summit 2016, taking place April 5-8 at NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference (GTC) at the San Jose Convention Center. The Summit will bring together dozens of technology leaders from the OpenPOWER Foundation to showcase the latest advancements in the OpenPOWER ecosystem, including collaborative hardware, software and application developments – all designed to revolutionize the data center.

At the event, attendees will have access to more than 50 member presentations and will hear from newly appointed OpenPOWER leadership, including Chairman John Zannos and President Calista Redmond.

The OpenPOWER Summit 2016 keynote speakers include:

  • OpenPOWER Chairman John Zannos will present “Building OpenPOWER momentum”
  • OpenPOWER President Calista Redmond will deliver the opening keynote, “OpenPOWER: Revolution in the Data Center and Ecosystems Solutions.”
  • Former OpenPOWER Foundation President Brad McCredie will discuss “OpenPOWER and the Roadmap Ahead”
  • OpenPOWER Foundation Technical Steering Chair Jeff Brown will share an update on OpenPOWER’s most recent work group accomplishments, initiatives and next steps

Member presentations will be delivered by IBM, Rackspace, Google, NVIDIA, Mellanox, PMC Sierra, Tyan, GlobalFoundries, NEC, PGI, Brocade, Bluebee, StackVelocity, E4 Computer Engineering, STFC Daresbury Laboratory, Xilinx, Nallatech, Jülich Supercomputing Centre, Algo-Logic Systems, Tsinghua University, LSU, Lund University, Semptian and more. Additional presentations will take place in the OpenPOWER exhibitor pavilion theater, where attendees will also have access to member technology demonstrations. The current list of presenters and abstracts can be found here, and additional speakers will be revealed in the coming weeks.

Following the success of the inaugural 2015 Summit, also held at GTC, the OpenPOWER Foundation has grown to more than 175 members worldwide collaborating on more than 100 development projects and 1,900 applications.

To register for the OpenPOWER Summit, please visit www.gputechconf.com/attend.

To get the latest updates about the Summit and other OpenPOWER Foundation news, follow the Foundation on LinkedInFacebook , Twitter and Google+ with the #OpenPOWERSummit hashtag.

 

 

 

OpenPOWER Foundation Names New Board Leadership to Propel POWER Architecture

John Zannos of Canonical elected Chair; Calista Redmond of IBM elected President

PISCATAWAY, NJ, Jan. 5, 2016 – The OpenPOWER Foundation today announced the election of John Zannos, Canonical, Chair, and Calista Redmond, IBM, President of the OpenPOWER Foundation Board of Directors, effective January 1, 2016. Zannos and Redmond bring deep knowledge of the open technology development community and intimate familiarity with the Foundation’s core mission, with both playing key roles within the Foundation since 2014. The new leadership will continue to guide the proliferation of OpenPOWER-based technology solutions built on IBM’s POWER architecture in today’s datacenters.

Former Chair, Gordon MacKean of Google, and President, Brad McCredie of IBM, will remain close advisors to the OpenPOWER Foundation, serving as non-voting Board Advisors to provide technical and strategic roadmap guidance as appropriate.

Driving OpenPOWER Momentum and Vision
With newly elected officers from Canonical, a leader in enabling and growing open source software applications, and IBM, founding member and provider of the hardware cornerstone of the Foundation, OpenPOWER will continue under a dual leadership model. John and Calista’s combined areas of expertise will enable the Foundation to continue toward their end-to-end strategic vision, promoting engagement across the entire Board, Technical Steering Committee and membership as a whole.

John Zannos has served as a Director on the OpenPOWER Foundation Board since 2014 while also serving as Vice President of Worldwide Alliances, Business Development and Cloud Platforms at Canonical. He has a rich history of supporting open and collaborative communities, having served on the Boards of the OpenStack, OPNFV and other open source foundations. His interests are to ensure an open and thriving technology ecosystem that drives innovation and collaboration. During his career John has lead business and technology efforts around cloud and computing platforms at HP, Compaq, Digital Equipment Corporation, ARCO and the US EPA.

Calista Redmond has served as both a delegate on the OpenPOWER Foundation Board and Director for OpenPOWER Global Alliances at IBM since 2014. During that time, she has been deeply engrained in the Foundation, driving OpenPOWER growth, building strategic relationships with members and cultivating new ecosystem opportunities across the OpenPOWER community. Prior to her work with OpenPOWER, Redmond helped form the OpenDaylight Platform and has engaged with the Linux Foundation and Open Compute Project on various initiatives.

“Over the last two years, the OpenPOWER Foundation and our 175 members have created an ecosystem that thrives on innovation. Working together on POWER’s open architecture has enabled us to customize across the stack and create new solutions that wouldn’t be possible without this level of cross-industry collaboration,” said Gordon MacKean, former Chair of and current Advisor to the Board, OpenPOWER Foundation, and current Senior Director, Hardware Platforms, Google. MacKean welcomed the new leadership stating, “With a strong passion and commitment to open technology, our new leaders will continue to guide the Foundation’s underlying mission, bringing the industry to foster collaboration and develop advanced technology solutions that solve the evolving needs of today’s datacenter customers.”

A History of Success
During the OpenPOWER Foundation’s first two years, MacKean and McCredie played instrumental roles in forming the essential building blocks of the organization, growing the Foundation from five founding members to more than 170 members in more than 22 countries. Under their guidance, these members have worked collaboratively on hundreds of innovations and brought more than 25 solutions to market, including several from members TYAN, Suzhou PowerCore, IBM, Canonical, Redis Labs, Nallatech, Convey and Alpha-Data.

Additionally, Foundation members have formed 11 Work Groups, including an Accelerator Work Group, which has taken IBM’s Coherent Accelerator Processor Interface (CAPI) technology and published an open specification so members can enable system designers and programmers to leverage CAPI on POWER.

“The OpenPOWER Foundation has moved from rethinking the datacenter to revolutionizing it, embracing openness across both hardware and software,” said OpenPOWER Foundation Chair, John Zannos. “As the OpenPOWER Foundation enters its third year and next phase of evolution, we will continue to expand the ecosystem of hardware and software providers committed to openness and innovation on the POWER platform. There is enormous need and potential to change the datacenter and deliver unprecedented choice and value to the industry, and I look forward to helping drive this change in the coming year.”

Momentum Continues with 2016 OpenPOWER Summit
The OpenPOWER Foundation will host its 2016 OpenPOWER Summit: Revolutionizing the Datacenter at the San Jose Convention Center April 5-7. Open to the public, the event will feature keynote presentations from technology industry leaders, member presentations and an exhibitor pavilion. To register, exhibit, present or learn more, visit https://openpowerfoundation.org/openpower-summit-2016/.

About OpenPOWER Foundation
The OpenPOWER Foundation is a global, open development membership organization formed to facilitate and inspire collaborative innovation on the POWER architecture. OpenPOWER members share expertise, investment and server-class intellectual property to develop solutions that serve the evolving needs of technology customers.

The OpenPOWER Foundation enables members to customize POWER CPU processors, system platforms, firmware and middleware software for optimization for their business and organizational needs. Member innovations delivered and under development include custom systems for large scale data centers, workload acceleration through GPU, FPGA or advanced I/O, and platform optimization for software appliances, or advanced hardware technology exploitation.

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Microsemi Joins the OpenPOWER Foundation With Focus on Data Center Security

Company Expands Market Focus Using its Award-Winning FPGAs to Enable Security, Storage and Computer Acceleration

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Dec. 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC), a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, today announced the company has joined the OpenPOWER Foundation, an open technical membership organization based on IBM’s POWER microprocessor architecture founded in 2013 to enable data centers to rethink their approach to technology. Microsemi will collaborate with IBM and other OpenPOWER Foundation members to leverage its expertise in developing highly secure field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), with an emphasis on moving toward more accelerated computing technology capabilities for data centers where timing, security and networking solutions are vital.

OpenPOWER Foundation Announces 2016 OpenPOWER Summit, “Revolutionizing the Datacenter”

Registration Goes Live, Opens Call for Speakers and Exhibits

SAN JOSE, Calif.,December 1,, 2015 — The OpenPOWER Foundation, an open development community dedicated to accelerating datacenter innovation by taking advantage of open interfaces, reference designs, and collaboration opportunities on the POWER processor architecture, today announced its 2016 OpenPOWER Summit: Revolutionizing the Datacenter. The industry conference, open to the public at large, will be held April 5-7 at the San Jose Convention Center. Since the inaugural OpenPOWER Summit in March 2015, the OpenPOWER Foundation membership roster has grown from 110 members to now more than 160 members worldwide collaborating on more than 100 development projects and 1,900 applications to drive innovation at all levels of the hardware and software stack.

“We were pleased with the cross-section of attendees at our inaugural summit — from hardware and software developers to researchers, from industry luminaries to tech influencers. We expect even greater participation this year with the unique opportunity to present your latest projects, and to collaborate, learn and contribute to creating the best, highest-value server solutions that meet a variety of datacenter needs,” said Gordon MacKean, Chairman, OpenPOWER Foundation.

The three-day event will include presentations and an exhibitor pavilion where members will have the opportunity to unveil their OpenPOWER-based solutions and demonstrate performance breakthroughs achieved. The event will feature a keynote address by OpenPOWER’s leadership as well as a series of presentations by technical working groups, OpenPOWER members and end users.

“Over the last year, we have seen enormous growth and advancement from our members as they have moved in their journey from rethinking the datacenter to revolutionizing it. Our members continue to introduce new innovations and expand the OpenPOWER ecosystem to meet a growing demand for more innovation from clients around the globe,” said Brad McCredie, President, OpenPOWER Foundation. “At this upcoming OpenPOWER Summit, we will showcase the next generation of cutting-edge advancements and take a look at what our members are bringing to market and are deploying in 2016. If you want to know what is going on with OpenPOWER or to contribute to the conversation, this will be the event not to be missed.”

Calls for speakers and exhibits are open at: https://openpowerfoundation.org/openpower-summit-2016/

Registration to attend the event is at: http://www.gputechconf.com/attend/registration.
To get the latest updates about the Summit and other OpenPOWER Foundation news, follow the Foundation on LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter with the #OpenPOWERSummit hashtag.

About OpenPOWER Foundation
The OpenPOWER Foundation is a global, open development membership organization formed to facilitate and inspire collaborative innovation on the POWER architecture. OpenPOWER members share expertise, investment and server-class intellectual property to develop solutions that serve the evolving needs of technology customers.

The OpenPOWER Foundation enables members to customize POWER CPU processors, system platforms, firmware and middleware software for optimization for their business and organizational needs. Member innovations delivered and under development include custom systems for large scale data centers, workload acceleration through GPU, FPGA or advanced I/O, and platform optimization for software appliances, or advanced hardware technology exploitation.

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OpenPOWER Accelerates Open Innovation with New Member Products and Free Development Cloud

Global Tech Leaders Collaborating to Propel World’s Only Open Enterprise Server

OpenPOWER China Summit, Beijing, China, June 10, 2015 – The OpenPOWER Foundation today announced new solutions, expanded membership and free-of-charge cloud services for developers to advance open innovation in hyperscale data centers to better meet the growing demand for alternatives to commodity servers.

Formed in December 2013 to facilitate open development of the POWER processor architecture, the OpenPOWER Foundation has grown to more than 130 members worldwide supporting and delivering a wide range of new POWER-based products.

“As the desire for alternatives to x86-based servers increases around the world, OpenPOWER’s members are actively teaming together to drive design innovation and develop differentiated products,” said Brad McCredie, OpenPOWER Foundation President and IBM Fellow. “Our rapidly expanding OpenPOWER ecosystem is delivering much-needed choice and price-performance advantaged solutions for the technology industry.”

Member product announcements include:

  • New CAPI acceleration development kit from Alpha Data – Leveraging Coherent Accelerator Processor Interface (CAPI), a unique feature built into the POWER architecture, Alpha Data today announced the availability of a CAPI acceleration development kit co-developed with fellow OpenPOWER member Xilinx. The kit enables system designers and programmers leveraging hardware acceleration to utilize Xilinx All Programmable FPGA devices attached to CAPI on IBM® POWER8™ systems and OpenPOWER member-branded POWER8™ systems.
  • General availability of CP1 processor – Suzhou PowerCore Technology Co., Ltd. announced general availability of CP1, the first POWER chip for the China market which was first introduced at the inaugural OpenPOWER Summit in March. Customers may begin placing orders today. Zoom Netcom’s RedPOWER servers will be the first to incorporate CP1 into its design.
  • General Availability of Tyan OpenPOWER Systems – Tyan’s previously sold out TYAN GN70-BP010 OpenPOWER customer reference systems is available for immediate shipment at a price of $2850 USD. Additionally, Tyan is now taking orders for the TYAN TN71-BP012, Tyan’s OpenPOWER server designed for large-scale cloud deployments. The estimated ship date is August.

“SuperVessel” OpenPOWER Development Cloud
To further support open research and development on top of the POWER architecture, IBM today announced SuperVessel, a first-of-its-kind initiative that enables business partners, application developers and university students to conduct innovation, development and learning for the growing OpenPOWER ecosystem.

SuperVessel, an open access cloud service created by Beijing’s IBM Research and IBM Systems Labs, is now available to the global community of developers who want to participate in the OpenPOWER ecosystem. The cloud acts as a virtual R&D engine for the creation, testing and pilot of emerging applications including deep analytics, machine learning and the Internet of Things.

SuperVessel is based on POWER processors, incorporates GPUs and Xilinx FPGAs to provide heterogeneous acceleration, and uses OpenStack to manage the whole cloud.

To date, SuperVessel has attracted thousands of users in the past six months, including developers from the open source community and students from more than 30 universities in China and around the world. OpenPOWER ecosystem partners can leverage SuperVessel to speed up their application development.

OpenPOWER Design for Open Data Center Committee
Last week IBM announced it joined China’s Open Data Center Committee (ODCC), a consortium of leading Chinese technology providers creating new server specifications for hyperscale data centers. IBM has begun working closely with several fellow OpenPOWER members to develop an ODCC compliant system based on the OpenPOWER design concept which leverages the POWER architecture.

OpenPOWER members intend to combine their extensive system design experience and differentiated technologies to develop powerful, new, cost efficient servers for some of the world’s largest data centers.

Continued Membership Growth
The membership base of the OpenPOWER Foundation has grown rapidly in roughly a year and a half. What started in December 2013 with five founders – Google, IBM, NVDIA, Mellanox and Tyan – is now a diverse community of more than 130 members representing leading technology companies, academic institutions and researchers located in 22 countries across six continents. Some of the most recent additions include NEC, Penguin Computing and the University of California. A list of current members is available at https://openpowerfoundation.org/membership/current-members.

About the OpenPOWER Foundation
The OpenPOWER Foundation is a global, open development membership organization formed to facilitate and inspire collaborative innovation on the POWER architecture. OpenPOWER members share expertise, investment and server-class intellectual property to develop solutions that serve the evolving needs of technology customers.

The OpenPOWER Foundation enables members to customize POWER CPU processors, system platforms, firmware and middleware software for optimization for their business and organizational needs. Member innovations delivered and under development include custom systems for large scale data centers, workload acceleration through GPU, FPGA or advanced I/O, and platform optimization for software appliances, or advanced hardware technology exploitation.

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IBM’s First OpenPOWER Server Targets HPC Workloads

The first annual OpenPOWER Summit, held this week in San Jose, Calif., in tandem with NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference (GTC), launched a raft of hardware and other announcements intended to cede market share from Intel. On Wednesday, foundation members showed off more than a dozen hardware solutions, an assortment of systems, boards, and cards, and even a new microprocessor customized for China. Much of the gear is targeted at hyperscale datacenters, where x86 reigns supreme, but there was something for the HPC space too.

Included in the lot proudly displayed at the front of the packed conference room were the world’s first non-IBM branded OpenPOWER commercial server from Tyan; a prototype of Firestone, IBM’s first OpenPOWER server and great exascale hope; and the first GPU-accelerated OpenPOWER developer platform, the Cirrascale RM4950. Yes, that’s a lot of firsts, and it’s a pretty impressive lineup for an organization that is just entering its second year.

Incorporated in December 2013 by IBM, NVIDIA, Mellanox, Google and Tyan, the foundation has expanded to more than 110 businesses, organizations and individuals spanning 22 countries. Innovations being pursued by OpenPOWER members include custom systems for large or warehouse scale datacenters, workload acceleration through GPU, FPGA or advanced I/O, platform optimization for SW appliances, and advanced hardware technology exploitation.

The OpenPOWER architecture includes SOC design, bus specifications, reference designs, and well as open source firmware, operating system, and server virtualization hypervisor (POWER8 variant of KVM). Little Endian Linux is being used to facilitate software migration to POWER. Such features were covered during the Wednesday keynotes and discussed inside the numerous OpenPOWER-themed sessions.

The first HPC-oriented OpenPOWER play is the IBM Power8 server, codenamed Firestone. Due out later this year, the server is manufactured by Taiwan’s Wistron, sold by IBM, and combines the technologies of NVIDIA and Mellanox.

“The prototype of IBM’s system revealed today is the first in a series of new high-density Tesla GPU-accelerated servers for OpenPOWER high-performance computing and data analytics,” commented Sumit Gupta, general manager of accelerated computing at NVIDIA.

Firestone already has a lot riding on it. Speaking on Wednesday of the company’s technical computing roadmap, Brad McCredie, president of OpenPOWER and an IBM fellow, said that IBM provided the U.S. Department of Energy with a Firestone motherboard to support development of the CORAL machines, Summit and Sierra. The 2017-era supercomputers are expected to be five to 10 times faster than their predecessors and will use POWER9 chips in tandem with multiple NVIDIA Tesla Volta GPUs.

John Ashley, senior IBM software developer relations manager at NVIDIA, spoke about his company’s role in the collaboration.

“One of the things we really believe in is heterogeneous computing,” he said. “The GPU is not the best processor for every task. There are things GPUs aren’t good at. It happens to be the case that those things we [at NVIDIA] are not so good at, POWER processors are great at. The POWER processor is among the fastest, most capable serial processors on the planet and it’s only getting better, so being able to put those two things together seems like a really natural fit and so that’s a big part of why this event is here at GTC.”

Cabot OpenPOWER Intertwined Technology Trends data-centricHyperscale and cloud datacenters may be the most prominent target for OpenPOWER products but IBM wants it known that there is much value here for high performance computing (HPC) clients as well. A position paper undertaken by Srini Chari, Ph.D., MBA, managing partner of Cabot Partners, at the behest of IBM, titled Crossing the Performance Chasm with OpenPOWER, looks at the performance resulting from OpenPOWER-designed IBM POWER8 solutions versus x86 platforms with Intel chips. Both traditional HPC and newer data intensive analytics workflows are examined.

Called into question are compute-intensive benchmarks, like LINPACK, which are deemed to be increasingly inadequate for guiding HPC purchasing decisions. “It is clear,” states the author, “that the performance of most practical HPC applications also depend on memory, I/O and network and not exclusively on Flops/core and the number of cores.”

The figure below illustrates early results of standard benchmarks that are good indicators of data-centric HPC performance:

OpenPOWER POWER8 position paper data-centric fig8

This figure summarizes some well-known application benchmarks across various sectors:

OpenPOWER POWER8 position paper fig9

What makes these kinds of performance enhancements possible? When it comes to HPC workloads, here is a list of the most significant features of IBM Power systems based on POWER8, according to the report:

  1. Massive Threads: Each POWER8 core is capable of handling eight hardware threads simultaneously for a total of 96 threads executed simultaneously on a 12-core chip.
  2. Large Memory Bandwidth: Very large amounts of on- and off-chip eDRAM caches and on-chip memory controllers enable very high bandwidth to memory and system I/O.
  3. High performance processor: POWER8 is capable of clock speeds around 4.15GHz, with a Thermal Design Power (TDP) in the neighborhood of 250 watts.
  4. Excellent RAS: Many studies (e.g., here and here) across a range of enterprises have indicated that IBM Power Systems perform better than x86 systems in Reliability, Availability and Serviceability (RAS), performance, TCO, security and overall satisfaction.
  1. Coherent Accelerator Processor Interface (CAPI): CAPI, a direct link into the CPU, allows peripherals and coprocessors to communicate directly with the CPU, substantially bypassing operating system and driver overheads. IBM has developed CAPI to be open to third party vendors and even offers design enablement kits. In the case of flash memory attached via CAPI, the overhead is reduced by a factor of 24:1. More importantly though, CAPI can be used to attach accelerators like FPGAs — directly to the POWER8 CPU for significant workload-specific performance boosts.
  2. Open partner ecosystem with the OpenPOWER Foundation.

GTC15 POWER8 processor

Tyan showcases its first commercialized POWER8 Based System at OpenPOWER Summit 2015

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More Cutting-Edge Platforms to Be Displayed at NVIDIA 2015 GPU Technology Conference

TYAN OpenPOWER Product Information: http://www.tyan.com/solutions/tyan_openpower_system.html
Related OPF Summit 2015 Information: https://openpowerfoundation.org/2015-summit/
Related GTC 2015 Information: http://www.gputechconf.com/

San Jose, California, USA – March 19, 2015 –TYAN, an industry-leading server platform design manufacturer and subsidiary of MITAC Computing Technology Corporation, will demonstrate the TYAN TN71-BP012, the first commercialized POWER8 based solution at TYAN’s booth (#1112) during the OpenPOWER Summit 2015. Other cutting-edge platforms will be displayed at its booth (#831) during GTC 2015 as well.

The OpenPOWER Summit 2015 takes place March 17-19 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. The TYAN TN71-BP012 platform is the first commercialized OpenPOWER-based hardware system and is designed around the concept of innovation and collaboration. As the first commercialized hardware system collaborated by the OpenPOWER community, TYAN’s TN71-BP012 is an POWER8 processor-based solution that reveals the spirit of the OpenPOWER Foundation resources and innovation are notlimited to the community but are open to the world.

IT experts can adopt TYAN’s TN71-BP012 as well other technical resources shared from the OpenPOWER community to build their customized IT infrastructure and manage it in a flexible way. Visitors can experience TYAN’s extraordinary and innovative POWER8 supported platform and meet TYAN’s team during the OPF summit 2015.

“TYAN aims to provide reliable, flexible and high-performance hardware platforms that help customers achieve their goals as well as drive their business,” said Albert Mu, Vice President of MITAC Computing Technology Corporation’s TYAN Business Unit. “As a founding member, TYAN collaborates with the technical partners among the OpenPOWER ecosystem in the very beginning to develop TYAN’s POWER8 based solutions. We are honored to present the second generation of TYAN’s POWER8 based solution, the TYAN TN71-BP012 (project name: Habanero). The TYAN TN71-BP012 is based on the POWER 8 Architecture and provides tremendous memory capacity as well as outstanding performance that fits in datacenter, big data or HPC.”

“TYAN’s introduction of the world’s first non-IBM branded OpenPOWER commercial server, designed and manufactured outside of IBM, is a significant moment for the OpenPOWER Foundation,” said Brad McCredie, President of the OpenPOWER Foundation and IBM Fellow. “This server provides a compelling high-performance, cost-effective hardware alternative for hyperscale data centers around the world.”

The TYAN TN71-BP012 is the first commercialized system which is supported by the open resources shared from the OpenPOWER Foundation and enables end users to deploy software tailored to their individual requirements. It is a 2U system that contains (1) IBM® POWER8 Turismo SCM processor, (32) 240-pin R-DDR3 1600/1333Mhz w ECC DIMM, (14) 2.5” /3.5” hot-swap HDD, (4) HH PCI-E Gen.3 slots, (4) 10GBASE-T w/Mezz Card. With tremendous memory capacity and high-end computing performance, TYAN’s OpenPOWER standards-based system provides another approach for users to run their applications in an innovative, optimized and flexible way.

All are welcome to visit TYAN’s booth (#1112) to explore the unique TYAN OpenPOWER hardware solution during the OpenPOWER Summit 2015 or learn more about TYAN’s OpenPOWER supported product plan at Mr. Albert Mu’s presentation from 15:40 to 15:50 pm on March., 18 during the summit. TYAN’s TN71-BP012, the first commercialized system built to OpenPOWER standards, will be available in end of Q2’15. For more product information, please visit the TYAN webpagehttp://www.tyan.com/solutions/tyan_openpower_system.html.

TYAN will also showcase two high performance solutions which are designed for both enterprise and HPC Applications at TYAN booth (#831) during GTC 2015. The TYAN FT76-B7922 is a special 4-way in 4U solution that supports (4) NVIDIA® GPU accelerators while the TYAN FT77C-B7079 supports up to  (8) NVIDIA Tesla® K80 dual-GPU accelerators in a 4U chassis. Attendees are welcomed to explore the solutions and meet TYAN team during the event.

About TYAN

TYAN, as a leading server brand of Mitac Computing Technology Corporation under the MiTAC Group (TSE:3706), designs, manufactures and markets advanced x86 and x86-64 server/workstation board technology, platforms and server solution products. Its products are sold to OEMs, VARs, System Integrators and Resellers worldwide for a wide range of applications. TYAN enables its customers to be technology leaders by providing scalable, highly-integrated, and reliable products for a wide range of applications such as server appliances and solutions for high-performance computing and server/workstation used in markets such as CAD, DCC, E&P and HPC.

For more information, visit MiTAC’s website at http://www.mitac.com or TYAN’s website at http://www.tyan.com.

Cirrascale® Joins OpenPOWER™ Foundation, Announces GPU-Accelerated POWER8®-Based Multi-Device Development Platform

The Cirrascale RM4950 4U POWER8-based development platform, with Cirrascale SR3514 PCIe switch riser, enables up to four NVIDIA Tesla GPU Accelerators or other compatible PCIe Gen 3.0 devices.

gI_90416_RM4950_SideView_PRCirrascale Corporation®, a premier developer of build-to-order, open architecture blade-based and rackmount computing infrastructure, today announced its membership within the OpenPOWER™ Foundation and the release of its RM4950 development platform, based on the IBM® POWER8® 4-core Turismo SCM processor, and designed with NVIDIA® Tesla® GPU accelerators in mind. The new POWER8-based system provides a solution perfectly aligned to support GPU-accelerated big data analytics, deep learning, and scientific high-performance computing (HPC) applications.

“As Cirrascale dives deeper into supporting more robust installations of GPU-accelerated applications, like those used in big data analytics and deep learning, we’re finding customers rapidly adopting disruptive technologies to advance their high-end server installations,” said David Driggers, CEO, Cirrascale Corporation. “The RM4950 POWER8-based server provides a development platform unique to the marketplace that has the ability to support multiple PCIe devices on a single root complex while enabling true scalable performance of GPU-accelerated applications.”

The secret sauce of the RM4950 development platform lies with the company’s 80-lane Gen3 PCIe switch-enabled riser, the Cirrascale SR3514. It has been integrated into several recent product releases to create an extended PCIe fabric supporting up to four NVIDIA Tesla GPU accelerators, or other compatible PCIe devices, on a single PCIe root complex.

“Cirrascale’s new servers enable enterprise and HPC customers to take advantage of GPU acceleration with POWER CPUs,” said Sumit Gupta, general manager of Accelerated Computing at NVIDIA. “The servers support multiple GPUs, which dramatically enhances performance for a range of applications, including data analytics, deep learning and scientific computing.”

The system is the first of its type for Cirrascale as a new member of the OpenPOWER Foundation. The company joins a growing roster of technology organizations working collaboratively to build advanced server, networking, storage and acceleration technologies as well as industry leading open source software aimed at delivering more choice, control and flexibility to developers of next-generation, hyperscale and cloud data centers. The group makes POWER hardware and software available to open development for the first time, as well as making POWER intellectual property licensable to others, greatly expanding the ecosystem of innovators on the platform.

“The Cirrascale RM4950 4U POWER8-based development platform is great example of how new advancements are made possible through open collaboration,” said Ken King, General Manager of OpenPOWER Alliances. “Our OpenPOWER Foundation members are coming together to create meaningful disruptive technologies, providing the marketplace with unique solutions to manage today’s big data needs.”

The Cirrascale RM4950 development platform is the first of the company’s POWER8-based reference systems with plans for production environment systems being announced later this year. The current development platform is immediately available to order and will be shipping in volume in Q2 2015. Licensing opportunities will also be available immediately to both customers and partners.

About Cirrascale Corporation
Cirrascale Corporation is a premier provider of custom rackmount and blade server solutions developed and engineered for today’s conventional data centers. Cirrascale leverages its patented Vertical Cooling Technology, engineering resources, and intellectual property to provide the industry’s most energy-efficient standards-based platforms with the lowest possible total cost of ownership in the densest form factor. Cirrascale sells to large-scale infrastructure operators, hosting and managed services providers, cloud service providers, government, higher education, and HPC users. Cirrascale also licenses its award winning technology to partners globally. To learn more about Cirrascale and its unique data center infrastructure solutions, please visit http://www.cirrascale.com or call (888) 942-3800.

Cirrascale and the Cirrascale logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Cirrascale Corporation. NVIDIA and Tesla are trademarks or registered trademarks of NVIDIA Corporation in the U.S. and other countries. IBM, POWER8, and OpenPOWER are trademarks or registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the U.S. and other countries. All other names or marks are property of their respective owners.

Algo-Logic Systems launches CAPI enabled Order Book running on IBM® POWER8™ server

Source: PR Newswire

SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Algo-Logic Systems, a recognized leader in providing hardware-accelerated, deterministic, ultra-low-latency products, systems and solutions for accelerated finance, packet processing and embedded system industries, announced today availability of their new Coherent Accelerator Processor Interface (CAPI) enabled Full Order Book solution on IBM® POWER8™ systems. The CAPI enabled Order Book performs all feed processing and book building in logic inside a single Stratix V FPGA on the Nallatech P385 card. The system enables software to directly receive order book snapshots in the coherent shared memory with the least possible latency. The low latency Order Book is designed using the on-chip memory for customer book sizes with many thousands of open orders, up to 24 symbols, and reporting of six L-2 book levels. For use cases where millions of open orders and full market depth need to be tracked, the scalable CAPI enabled Order Book is still implemented with a single FPGA but stores data in off-chip memory.

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The CAPI Order Book building process includes (i) receiving parsed market data feed messages, (ii) building and maintaining L-3 order-level replica of the exchange’s displayable book, (iii) building L-2 books for each symbol with the market depth and weight summary of all open orders, (iv) reporting locally generated copy of the top-of-book with configurable amount of market depth (L-2 snapshots) as well as the last trade information when orders execute. By using the IBM POWER8 server, algorithms can run on the highest number of cores and seamlessly integrate with the Order Book hardware accelerator by means of the coherent shared memory. Through simple memory-mapped IO (MMIO) address space, all the parameters are configurable and statistics can be easily read from software. Algo-Logic’s CAPI enabled Full Order Book achieves deterministic, ultra-low-latency without jitter regardless of the number of tracked symbols at data rates of up to 10 Gbps. Key features include:

  • Accelerated Function Unit (AFU) is implemented on FPGA under CAPI
  • Full Order Book with a L-2 default size of 6 price-levels per symbol, fully scalable to larger sizes
  • By default L-2 snapshots are generated for each symbol
    • The number of symbols in use and their respective snapshots are user configurable
    • L-2 snapshot generation frequency is also user configurable on an event basis or at a customizable interval
  • Full Order Book with a L-2 default size of 6 price-levels per symbol, fully scalable to larger sizes
  • By default L-2 snapshots are generated for each symbol
    • The number of symbols in use and their respective snapshots are user configurable
    • L-2 snapshot generation frequency is also user configurable on an event basis or at a customizable interval
  • Full Order Book output logic seamlessly connects to customer’s proprietary algorithmic trading strategies
  • Trader has access to the latest market depth (L-2 snapshots) in coherent shared memory
  • L-3 Book updates complete with processing latency of less than 230 nanoseconds
  • L-2 Book updates complete with processing latency of less than 120 nanoseconds

The CAPI Order Book can be seamlessly integrated with other components of Algo-Logic’s Low Latency Application Library, including pre-built protocol parsing libraries, market data filters, and TCP/IP endpoints to deploy complete tick-to-trade applications within a single Stratix V FPGA platform.

Algo-Logic’s world-class hardware accelerated systems and solutions are used by banks, trading firms, market makers, hedge-funds, and financial institutions to accelerate their network processing for protocol parsing, symbol filtering, Risk-Checks (sec 15c 3-5), order book processing, order injection, proprietary trading strategies, high frequency trading, financial surveillance systems, and algorithmic trading.

Availability: The CAPI Order Book solution is currently shipping, for additional information please contact Info@algo-logic.com or visit our website at: www.algo-logic.com

About Algo-Logic Systems
Algo-Logic Systems, Inc., is the recognized leader and developer of Gateware Defined Networking® (GDN) for Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) devices. Algo-Logic IP-Cores are used for accelerated finance, packet processing and classification in datacenters, and real-time data acquisition and processing in embedded hardware systems. The company has extensive experience in building complete network processing system solutions in FPGA logic.

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

Technology Movement Backed by Google, IBM, NVIDIA, Mellanox and Tyan to Transform Data Center with World’s First Open Server Architecture
Rapidly Expanding Ecosystem Fueled by More than 100 Members Worldwide
Working on More than 100 Innovations

POWER8 Processors Offer Nearly 60% Better Price-Performance than Alternative Chips

OPENPOWER SUMMIT, San Jose, Calif. – March 18, 2015 – The OpenPOWER Foundation today announced more than ten hardware solutions spanning systems, boards, and cards, and a new microprocessor customized for China. Built collaboratively by OpenPOWER members, the new solutions exploit the POWER architecture to provide more choice, customization and performance to customers, including hyperscale data centers.

The OpenPOWER Foundation which is a collaboration of technologists encouraging the adoption of an open server architecture for computer data centers has grown to more than 110 businesses, organizations and individuals across 22 countries. IBM’s POWER architecture is the cornerstone of innovation for the OpenPOWER Foundation, creating a computing platform available to all.

Members and customers recognize the technical benefits of the POWER architecture. The POWER8 microprocessor is the first processor designed from the ground up for Big Data and analytics workloads. With the best of breed alternative chip estimated to be priced 50% higher (1), the POWER8 processor utilized by OpenPOWER members and others can enable the design of systems that deliver better performance (2) projected at nearly 60% (3) better performance per dollar spent on processors.

Since our first public event just under one year ago, the OpenPOWER Foundation has expanded dramatically and enabled the development of a new breed of data center technology products worldwide,” said Gordon MacKean, OpenPOWER Foundation Chair. “Through our members’ individual and collective efforts we are positively changing the game, delivering innovations that advance data center technology, expand choice and drive market efficiency.”

Among the products and prototypes OpenPOWER members revealed today are:

  • Prototype of IBM’s first OpenPOWER high performance computing server on the path to exascale – IBM and Wistron are jointly developing the first OpenPOWER-based high performance computing server using technology from NVIDIA and Mellanox. The system will be the debut offering in a series of solutions to be introduced as part of IBM’s OpenPOWER technical computing roadmap, which includes IBM’s future delivery of two systems to Lawrence Livermore and Oak Ridge National Laboratories. The systems are predicted to be five to 10 times faster than today’s leading supercomputers.
  • First commercially available OpenPOWER server, the TYAN TN71-BP012 – With planned availability in the second quarter of 2015, the TYAN TN71-BP012 servers are designed for large-scale cloud deployments and follow Tyan’s highly successful OpenPOWER customer reference system introduced in October 2014. IBM will be among the first to deploy the new servers as part of its SoftLayer infrastructure, utilizing them for a new bare metal service offering.
  • First GPU-accelerated OpenPOWER developer platform, the Cirrascale RM4950 – The Cirrascale RM4950 is the result of collaboration between NVIDIA, Tyan and one of the OpenPOWER Foundation’s newest members, Cirrascale. Immediately available for order and shipping in volume in the second quarter of 2015, the platform supports the development of GPU-accelerated big data analytics, deep learning, and scientific computing applications.
  • Open server specification and motherboard mock-up combining OpenPOWER, Open Compute and OpenStack – Rackspace, a managed cloud company, revealed an open server design and prototype motherboard, combining OpenPOWER and Open Compute design concepts. The new design, targeted to run OpenStack services and be deployed in Rackspace data centers, will draw upon a wide range of open innovations to deliver users improved performance, value, and features.

Other member-developed solutions revealed leverage Coherent Accelerator Processor Interface (CAPI), a unique feature built into the POWER architecture. CAPI provides members and other technology companies the ability to build solutions right on top of the POWER architecture. New CAPI-based solutions include the ConnectX-4 adapter card by Mellanox, Convey’s CAPI developer kit leveraging Xilinix FPGA-based co-processors, and shared virtual memory between a Stratix V FPGA accelerator and a POWER8 CPU developed by Altera and IBM. These OpenPOWER CAPI-based solutions join Nallatech’s OpenPOWER CAPI Developer Kit developed by Nallatech in collaboration with Altera and IBM and released November 2014.

The Power of OpenPOWER in China

OpenPOWER Foundation members also revealed products under development in China, where the OpenPOWER ecosystem is providing Chinese technology companies the option to build custom solutions and accelerate local innovation.

At the center of China’s emerging OpenPOWER-based ecosystem is CP1, the first POWER chip for the China market, from a Chinese chip design company named PowerCore. The first China OpenPOWER system with CP1 will come to market this year. CP1 will be utilized by Zoom Netcom for a new line of servers called RedPower, the first China OpenPOWER two-socket system coming to market in 2015. Additional Chinese OpenPOWER members, including ChuangHe, shared designs for China-branded OpenPOWER systems incorporating POWER8 processors which have planned availability in 2015.

These announcements follow an endorsement of OpenPOWER in the fall of 2014 by the Chinese government through the formation of the China POWER Technology Alliance (CPTA), a public-private partnership. In order to drive innovation and opportunity for China based companies, the major mission for CPTA is to promote the upgrading of China’s industrial structure through the integration of Chinese local and the OpenPOWER ecosystem resources under the guidance of Chinese government. CPTA, through the international cooperation to lead POWER technology, will create the world’s top technology solutions that leverage the latest Big Data and cloud computing capabilities and apply these outcomes in bank, telecommunications, energy, transportation, internet and Smarter City technology initiatives in China.

Cross-Community Collaboration Drives More Open Solutions

The OpenPOWER Foundation also announced the formation of the OpenPOWER Advisory Group, a formal mechanism for engaging with other open development organizations. Inaugural members of the Advisory Group represent the Linux Foundation, the Open Compute Project and the China POWER Technology Alliance (CPTA). The Advisory Group will provide guidance to the OpenPOWER Board of Directors and serve as a forum for support and collaboration between communities with open approaches to infrastructure and software development.


About the OpenPOWER Foundation

The goal of the OpenPOWER Foundation is to create an open ecosystem, using the POWER architecture to share expertise, investment, and server-class intellectual property to serve the evolving needs of customers.

  • OpenPOWER enables collaborative innovation for shared building blocks
  • OpenPOWER supports independent innovation by members
  • OpenPOWER builds on industry leading technology
  • OpenPOWER thrives as an open development community

For further details, a full membership roster, and guidance on getting involved in the OpenPOWER Foundation, visit www.openpowerfoundation.org.

Footnotes

[1] Pricing is based on estimates from the Linley Group December 29, 2014 report POWER8 Hits the Merchant Market which states “Pricing is no contest. We estimate that IBM’s 12-core Power8 will list for $2,500; add $180 or $360 for two or four buffer chips. Intel hasn’t published a list price for the Xeon E5-2699v3, but after surveying some Internet re-sellers, we estimate it lists for about $4,100.” More information can be found at: http://www.linleygroup.com/newsletters/newsletter_detail.php?num=5275

[2] Performance is based on SPEC CPU2006 publishes and projections based on performance results as of February 28, 2015. SPEC® and the benchmark name SPECCPU® are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. For more information about SPECCPU2006, see https://www.spec.org/cpu2006/

OpenPOWER performance is estimated from an IBM Power System S824 published result with 24 cores / 192 threads, POWER8; 3.5GHz, 512 GB memory, RHEL 7.1 and extrapolated to a single socket OpenPOWER based 12 cores / 96 threads POWER8; 3.1 GHz.

Competitive performance result is published on NEC Corporation Express5800/R120f-1M (Intel Xeon E5-2699 v3) with (per socket) 18 cores / 36 threads; Intel E5-2699 v3; 2.3 GHz; 128 GB, RHEL 6.5.

[3] Price-performance is derived from the pricing in [1] and performance in [2].

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Supporting Quotes

“Collaborating across our open development communities will accelerate and broaden the raw potential of a fully open data center. We have a running start together and look forward to technical collaboration and events to engage our broader community.” – Corey Bell, CEO Open Compute Project

By leveraging the CAPI technology designed for the IBM POWER8 servers and support from the OpenPOWER Foundation team, it allowed Algo-Logic Systems to develop world class ultra-low-latency Full Order-Book in FPGA logic that will benefit the Financial Services industry.” – John Lockwood, CEO Algo-Logic

The future hardware architecture of OpenPOWER which shall include the next generation POWER processors, ultra high memory density systems, and NVIDIA’s NVLink interconnect system, will provide the hardware platform for GPUdb that will unleash a massive performance improvement in every facet of operation. This will create even more performance improvements in the ability to ingest and conduct on the fly analytics on ultra-high velocity big data feeds.” – Amit Vij, CEO, GPUdb

“OpenPOWER started off as an idea that immediately resonated with our technology partners to strengthen their scale out implementations like analytics. Now, OpenPOWER is fundamental to every conversation IBM is having with clients — from HPC to scale out computing to cloud service providers. Choice, freedom and better performance are strategic imperatives guiding customers around the globe, and OpenPOWER is leading the way.” – Ken King, General Manager OpenPOWER Alliances, IBM

We expect OpenPOWER to broaden the scope of available supercomputing solutions and products which is crucial for us as a leading provider of supercomputing resources. Integrating POWER processor technologies and high-performance GPUs opens an exciting path towards power-efficient exascale computing.” – Dr. Dirk Pleiter, Julich Supercomputing Center

“The Linux Foundation’s mission includes supporting open and collaborative development to advance key technologies and transform markets. OpenPOWER is already resonating across many dimensions and stakeholders for both hardware and software and the time has never been more right for cross-collaboration among these communities.” – Mike Dolan, Sr. Director of Strategic Programs, The Linux Foundation

“The prototype of IBM’s system revealed today is the first in a series of new high-density Tesla GPU-accelerated servers for OpenPOWER high-performance computing and data analytics. IBM plans to build upon this offering with follow-on systems, adding future-generation ‘Pascal’ GPUs with the NVIDIA NVLink high-speed GPU interconnect technology to help set the stage for exascale computing.” – Sumit Gupta, General Manager of Accelerated Computing, NVIDIA

China POWER Technology Alliances (CPTA) was established in order to accelerate the speed of China secured and trusted IT industry chain building, by leveraging OpenPOWER technology. CPTA joining the Advisory Group of OpenPOWER will be a significant milestone for engaging China into the global POWER ecosystem, and opening the development community to drive further POWER innovations through the deep collaboration between communities.” – Mr. Zhu Ya Dong, Chairman of Suzhou PowerCore

As a new open platform, OpenPOWER provides the prototype system that conforms to the specifications in order to satisfy the demands of the development of the OpenPOWER ecosystem in China.” – Mr. Zhiqiang Tian, Senior Engineer, BIOS research and development, TEAMSUN

The development of the OpenPOWER ecosystem in China’s high security level market enriches China ISV and IHV’s options for a total solution from hardware to software.” – Mr. Zhiqiang Tian, Senior Engineer, BIOS research and development, TEAMSUN

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OpenPOWER Summit Showcases Altera FPGA Acceleration Technology

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SAN JOSE, Calif., March 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Altera Corporation (Nasdaq: ALTR) today announced its FPGA acceleration solutions are being prominently showcased throughout the OpenPOWER Summit 2015. Luminaries from industry and academia participating in the event are using the OpenPOWER Summit to Rethink the Data Centerthrough panel discussions, presentations and demonstrations. Altera and its partners are showing attendees how FPGAs are enabling the development of highly efficient, highly differentiated data center acceleration solutions. The OpenPOWER Summit takes place at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, Calif., March 17-19.

As an OpenPOWER Foundation member, Altera is collaborating with several partners to develop high-performance compute solutions that integrate IBM POWER® CPUs with Altera’s FPGA-based acceleration technologies. Altera and its partners are leveraging the OpenPOWER Summit to reveal a wide range of FPGA-based OpenPOWER solutions, including FPGA-acceleration applications programmed using OpenCL.

Demonstrations:

  • Altera is demonstrating its OpenPOWER CAPI Developer Kit with coherent shared memory between an IBM POWER8 CPU and an FPGA accelerator leveraging IBM’s Coherent Accelerator Processor Interface (CAPI) and programmed using OpenCL.
  • Algo-Logic Systems is demonstrating a CAPI-enabled order book. The solution processes level-3 market data, sorts orders, and transfers level-2 snapshots and BBO pricing to POWER8 shared memory using Stratix® V FPGAs on a Nallatech CORSA card.
  • Algo-Logic Systems is also demonstrating a Key-Value Search (KVS) solution targeting large data centers.
  • Nallatech is showcasing their CAPI Hardware Developer Kit, featuring an Altera Stratix® V FPGA, along with a PMC NVMExpress attached demo.

Presentations:

  • Nick Finamore, Altera, and chair of the OpenPOWER accelerator workgroup, will provide an overview of accelerator opportunities for OpenPOWER.
  • John Lockwood, Algo-Logic, is describing how financial service firms are using FPGAs to compute heterogeneously with Gateware Defined Networking (GDN) to build order books and trade with the lowest latency.
  • Allan Cantel, Nallatech, is presenting on enabling coherent FPGA acceleration.
  • Stephen Bates, PMC-Sierra, is showcasing an NVMe demo using Altera FPGAs and PMC’s FLASHTec controllers.
  • Jeff Cassidy, University of Toronto, is presenting a CAPI-attached Photodynamic Cancer Therapy planning with FullMonte on OpenPOWER accelerated with Altera FPGAs.

About the OpenPOWER Summit

The OpenPOWER Summit is hosted within the GPU Technology Conference (GTC) and includes attendees from the technology sector, developers, researchers and government agencies. The summit has a lineup of keynote speakers, technical workgroup updates and member presentations. The three-day event will kick off the morning of Tuesday, March 17 with an exhibitor pavilion where OpenPOWER members will display and demonstrate OpenPOWER-based products and projects. More information can be found athttps://openpowerfoundation.org/2015-summit/

About Altera

Altera® programmable solutions enable designers of electronic systems to rapidly and cost effectively innovate, differentiate and win in their markets. Altera offers FPGA, SoC, and CPLD products, and complementary technologies, such as power management, to provide high-value solutions to customers worldwide. Visit www.altera.com.

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Xilinx to Participate in the Inaugural OpenPOWER Summit 2015 to Further Enable Collaborative Innovation for Next-Generation Data Centers

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SAN JOSE, Calif., March 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) today announced it will participate in the inaugural OpenPOWER™ Summit 2015 to further enable collaborative innovation for next-generation data centers. As a member of the OpenPOWER Foundation, Xilinx is delivering FPGA-based acceleration technologies for high performance compute solutions and is among the growing open development community dedicated to accelerating innovation using IBM’s POWER microprocessor. At the event, Xilinx joins a distinguished lineup of OpenPOWER Foundation keynote speakers, technical workgroup updates and member presentations. To learn more, visit Xilinx at the OpenPOWER SummitMarch 17 – 19, 2015 at the San Jose Convention Center, San Jose, CA.

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Xilinx Participation at OpenPOWER Summit 2015

Wednesday, March 18 at 3:55PM

“Key-Value Store Acceleration with OpenPOWER” by Michaela Blott, Senior Staff Research Engineer, Xilinx

  • This presentation discusses the architecture of an accelerated key-value store appliance which leverages a novel data-flow implementation of Memcached on an FPGA. The design achieves up to 36X in performance and power at response times in the microsecond range. Coherent integration of memory through IBM’s Power8 CAPI interface allows both host memory and coherent-attached flash to be used as the value store.

Wednesday, March 18 at 6:30PM

“Data Center and Cloud Computing Market Landscape and Challengesby Manoj Roge, Director of Wired and Data Center Solutions, Xilinx

  • This presentation discusses data center and cloud computing market landscapes, examines technology challenges that limit scaling of cloud computing and delivers insights into how FPGAs combined with general purpose processors are transforming next-generation data centers with tremendous compute horsepower, low-latency and extreme power efficiency.

Technical Demonstrations in Xilinx Booth #913

  • Key Value Store Application Acceleration Solution
    Xilinx is showcasing a Key Value Store (KVS) application acceleration demo leveraging the Alpha Data ADM-PCIE-7V3 board and OpenPOWER’s coherent accelerator processor interface (CAPI). This demonstration is a broadly applicable KVS workload acceleration engine delivering performance/watt acceleration at lower latency.
  • Convey Computer Corporation OpenPOWER-based Acceleration Solution
    Convey Computer Corporation will be showing its Eagle co-processor, a PCIe® form factor add-in card that utilizes Xilinx FPGAs to deliver application-specific acceleration for data-intensive applications. Eagle co-processors are IBM Power8 CAPI capable, and incorporate a Xilinx Virtex-7 X980T FPGA with four on-board SO-DIMMs for local data storage. OpenPOWER systems with Eagle co-processors provide an ideal solution for big data and high performance computing applications.

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PMC Joins the OpenPOWER Foundation and Brings Expertise on Strategic I/O Projects

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PMC Collaborates with Industry Leaders on OpenPOWER Advanced Server, Networking, Storage and Acceleration Technology

SUNNYVALE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Dec. 17, 2014– PMC-Sierra, Inc. (PMC®) (Nasdaq:PMCS), the semiconductor and software solutions innovator transforming networks that connect, move and store big data, today announced the company has joined the OpenPOWER Foundation, an open development community based on the POWER microprocessor architecture. PMC will work with IBM and other OpenPOWER Foundation members to develop server and storage solutions for next-generation data centers that integrate IBM POWER CPUs and PMC Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) and NVM Express™ (NVMe) products.

PMC joins a growing roster of technology organizations working collaboratively to build advanced server, networking, storage and acceleration technology, as well as industry-leading open source software aimed at delivering more choice, control and flexibility to developers of next-generation hyperscale and cloud data centers. The group makes POWER hardware and software available to open development for the first time, as well as making POWER intellectual property licensable to others, greatly expanding the ecosystem of innovators on the platform.

PMC intends to sponsor a new I/O workgroup, along with IBM, Emulex, Qlogic and Mellanox. The company also joins the system software, hardware architecture, coherent accelerator architecture (CIAA) and open server development platform workgroups.

“Participating in the I/O workgroup with IBM and integrating our products into the OpenPOWER platform ensures that our customers have access to the latest cloud and big data storage technology,” said Kurt Chan, vice president of storage technology and strategy for PMC’s Enterprise Storage Division. “As a market leader in SAS and NVMe controllers, working with the industry to define new I/O interfaces and being at the forefront of new developments enables PMC to deliver the most advanced products for open architectures.”

“The development model of the OpenPOWER Foundation is based on collaboration and represents a new way of innovating around processor technology,” said Brad McCredie, OpenPOWER president and IBM fellow and vice president. “OpenPOWER Foundation members like PMC will be able to add their own innovations on top of the POWER processor technology to better serve their customers’ needs, as well as create new products to address new markets. PMC’s deep I/O expertise will benefit our collective efforts and further strengthen OpenPOWER’s growing ecosystem.”

To learn more about OpenPOWER and to view the complete list of current members, go to www.openpowerfoundation.org. #OpenPOWER to join the conversation.

About PMC’s Server, Storage System and Flash Solutions

PMC is a leading provider of enterprise storage system solutions for networked and server storage applications, with a broad portfolio of Adaptec by PMC® RAID adapters and HBAs, Tachyon® SAS/SATA and Fibre Channel (FC) protocol controllers, RAID controllers, Flashtec™ PCIe flash controllers and NVRAM drives, and maxSAS™ expander and FC disk interconnect products. Together, these products provide end-to-end semiconductor and software solutions to the industry’s leading storage OEMs and ODMs and hyperscale data centers. For more information, visit http://www.pmcs.com/storage.

About PMC

PMC (Nasdaq:PMCS) is the semiconductor and software solutions innovator transforming networks that connect, move and store big data. Building on a track record of technology leadership, the company is driving innovation across storage, optical and mobile networks. PMC’s highly integrated solutions increase performance and enable next-generation services to accelerate the network transformation. For more information, visit www.pmcs.com. Follow PMC onFacebookTwitterLinkedIn and RSS.

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OpenPOWER Announces “Rethink the Data Center” Speaker Lineup at Summit

OpenPOWER Summit to Feature Over 35 Member Presentations,
Exhibitor Pavillion, ISV Roundtables and Firmware Training Sessions

 

SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb 19, 2015 – Today, the OpenPOWER Foundation announced a solid lineup of speakers headlining its inaugural OpenPOWER Summit at NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference at the San Jose Convention Center, March 17-20.  Drawing from the open development organization’s more than 100 members worldwide, the Summit’s organizers have lined up over 35 member presentations tied to the event’s “Rethink the Data Center” theme.    

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from OpenPOWER leadership on Wednesday, March 18 through a series of keynotes that include:

  • OpenPOWER Chairman Gordon MacKean’s opening keynote “Advancing the OpenPOWER Vision”
  • OpenPOWER President Brad McCredie’s presentation “The Disruptive Technology of OpenPOWER”
  • OpenPOWER Technical Steering Committee Chair Jeff Brown’s detailing of the progress of OpenPOWER’s 8 technical work groups and other technical initiatives underway

Several other OpenPOWER members will take the Summit’s main stage on March 18 to reveal a wide range of advancements including OpenPOWER technology, applications, open hardware and software developments. Confirmed presenters include Algo-Logic Systems, Altera, Canonical, DataDirect Networks, IBM, Jülich Supercomputing Centre, Mellanox, Nallatech, NVIDIA, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, PGI, PMC Sierra, Rackspace, Rice University, Suzhou PowerCore, Teamsun, Tyan and Xilinx.

Additional member presentations will take place in the presentation theater of the OpenPOWER Pavilion on March 17-18.  A full list of presenters and abstracts can be found at https://openpowerfoundation.org/2015-summit/

About the OpenPOWER Summit

The three-day event will kick off the morning of Tuesday, March 17 with an exhibitor pavilion where OpenPOWER members will display and demonstrate OpenPOWER-based products and projects.  The pavilion will remain open through March 19. Following Wednesday’s full day of speaker presentations, Thursday’s schedule includes morning and afternoon ISV Roundtables hosted by Canonical and two OpenPOWER Firmware Training Labs.

The Summit will host sector leaders, open technology champions, OpenPOWER members, industry press and analysts, and a diverse and growing ecosystem building momentum to accelerate new technology and foster cutting-edge environments.

According to OpenPOWER Vice President and Summit organizer Michael Diamond of NVIDIA, “The Summit is the place to be to learn about what is going on with OpenPOWER and get involved.”

To register, visit https://openpowerfoundation.org/2015-summit/. To stay up to date on the OpenPOWER Summit, connect with the OpenPOWER Foundation on LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+, or Twitter and follow the event hashtag #OpenPOWERSummit.

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The OpenPOWER Foundation is an open technical community based on the POWER architecture, enabling collaborative development and opportunity for member differentiation and industry growth. The goal of the Foundation is to create an open ecosystem, using the POWER architecture to share expertise, investment, and server class intellectual property to serve the evolving needs of customers and industry.

  • OpenPOWER enables collaborative innovation for shared building blocks
  • OpenPOWER supports independent innovation by members
  • OpenPOWER builds on industry leading technology
  • OpenPOWER thrives as an open development community
  • Founded December 2013 by Google, NVIDIA, Tyan, Mellanox and IBM, the organization has grown to more than 100 members worldwide from all sectors of the data center ecosystem at large. For more information, visit www.openpowerfoundation.org 

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Avnet Joins OpenPOWER Foundation

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PHOENIX, Jan 15, 2015 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), a leading global technology distributor, today announced that it has joined the OpenPOWER Foundation, an open development alliance based on IBM’s POWER microprocessor architecture. Working with the OpenPOWER Foundation, Avnet will help partners and customers innovate across the full hardware and software stack to build customized server, networking and storage hardware solutions best suited to the high-performance Power architecture.

The OpenPOWER Foundation was established in 2013 as an open technical membership organization that provides a framework for open innovation at both the hardware and software levels. IBM’s POWER8 processor serves as the hardware foundation, while the system software structure embraces key open source technologies including KVM, Linux and OpenStack.

“Working with the OpenPOWER Foundation complements Avnet’s long-standing relationship with IBM across the enterprise, from the components level to the data center,” said Tony Madden, Avnet senior vice president, global supplier business executive. “With the accelerated pace of change in technology, membership in the OpenPOWER Foundation provides an excellent avenue for us to work alongside other market leaders to deploy open Power technology, providing customers and partners with the technology infrastructure they need to evolve and grow their businesses.”

As an OpenPOWER Foundation member, Avnet will provide channel distribution and integration services for OpenPOWER compatible offerings, enabling its partners and customers to focus on innovation, optimizing operational efficiency and enhancing profitability.

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OCC Firmware Code is Now Open Source

by Todd Rosedahl, Chief Energy Management Engineer on POWER

Today, IBM has released another key piece of infrastructure to the OpenPOWER community. The firmware that runs on the On Chip Controller (OCC), along with the host code that loads and initializes it, has been open sourced. The OCC provides access to detailed chip temperature, power, and utilization data, as well as complete control of processor frequency, voltage, and memory bandwidth. This enables customization for performance and energy management, or for maintaining system reliability and availability. Partners now have the flexibility to create innovative power, thermal, and performance solutions on POWER systems.

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The OCC is a separate 405 processor that is embedded directly on the chip along with the main POWER processor cores. It has its own dedicated 512K SRAM, access to main memory, and 2 dedicated General Purpose off-load Engines (called GPEs). The main firmware runs a 250usec loop that utilizes the GPEs to continuously collect system power data by domain, processor temperatures, memory temperatures, and processor utilization data. The firmware communicates with the open source OpenPOWER Abstraction Layer (OPAL) stack via main memory. In conjunction with the operating system, it uses the data collected to determine the proper processor frequency and memory bandwidth to enable the following functions:

Performance Boost
The POWER processors can be set to frequencies above nominal. The OCC monitors the system and controls the processor frequency and memory bandwidth to keep the system thermally safe and within acceptable power limits.

Power Capping
A system power limit can be set. The OCC will continually monitor the power consumption and will reduce the allowed processor frequency to maintain that power limit.

Energy Saving
When the system utilization is low, the OCC infrastructure can be used to put the system into a low power state. This function can be used to comply with various government idle power regulations and standards.

System Availability
The OCC supports a Quick Power Drop signal that can be used to respond to power supply failures or other system events that require a rapid power reduction. This function enables systems to run through component or data center power and thermal failures without crashing.

System Reliability
The OCC can be used to keep component temperatures within reliability limits, extending device lifetime and limiting service costs.

Performance per Watt tuning
As the system utilization varies, the OCC can provide monitoring information and frequency control that maximizes system performance per watt metrics.

These basic functions can be implemented, enhanced, and expanded. Additionally, completely new functions can be developed using the OCC open source firmware and accompanying framework. See code at https://github.com/open-power/occ and documentation at https://github.com/open-power/docs/tree/master/occ on GitHub for more information. For additional details, please reference the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-4Q0_l9nt8&feature=youtu.be.

OpenPOWER Gains Momentum Heading into Second Year

Dozens of Products Introduced and Under Development, Six Work Groups Chartered, Rackspace and Others Expand Roster to 80 Members Worldwide

PISCATAWAY, N.J., Dec. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — One year after its formation, the OpenPOWER Foundation today announced continued membership growth and increasing momentum in open server product design and development with dozens of products introduced and under development. The organization’s members, now 80 strong worldwide and growing, are expected to continue this momentum with new systems, solutions and deployments planned for 2015.

A full slate of development activities are planned through the OpenPOWER Foundation work groups as well as collaborative member projects. For example, currently 12 members are designing OpenPOWER systems, and several universities are conducting research with OpenPOWER based technologies.  These projects and other member work underway build upon a growing set of OpenPOWER compatible solutions introduced in the last quarter of 2014 including:

  • Nallatech collaboration with Altera produced the OpenPOWER CAPI Developer Kit for IBM POWER8, announced November 10.
  • Tyan launched the TYAN GN70-BP010, the world’s first OpenPOWER customer reference system, announced on October 8.
  • NVIDIA and IBM collaboration produced the IBM Power S824L server with GPU acceleration, announced on October 3.
  • Redis Labs, Altera, Canonical and IBM collaboration produced the IBM Data Engine for NoSQL, a CAPI-enabled solution for NoSQL data stores, announced on October 3

“We’re very excited with what we’ve accomplished over the past year, not just in terms of our expanding roster but as measured by our ability to tap into the unique talents each member brings to our growing community of innovators,” said OpenPOWER Chairman Gordon MacKean. “We wanted to make OpenPOWER a community where industry leaders could easily leverage one another’s capabilities and technology to address the performance bottlenecks of today’s servers. Our progress towards that goal becomes more evident with each new solution made available by our members and our success is highlighted by the performance gains demonstrated by these different solutions.”

OpenPOWER Charters Sixth Work Group

To support a wide range of technical development efforts, the OpenPOWER Foundation’s Technical Steering Committee has chartered six work groups.  The latest one formed addresses interoperability, allowing different server component technologies to work together.  Named the 25G IO Interoperability Mode Work Group, this new work group focuses on physical interfaces — the wiring that connects componentry — and will provide members a forum to work out an interoperability mode for custom 25Gbps PHYs.

The interoperability work group joins the previously established Systems Software, OpenServer Development Platform, Hardware Architecture, Compliance and Accelerator work groups. Additional work group charters are under development, including one that will address open source application software.

Newest Members Expand OpenPOWER Areas of Expertise

In twelve months, OpenPOWER has grown from 5 founders to 80 members worldwide. OpenPOWER’s newest members join a diverse set of leaders from across the technology industry from cloud service providers and technology consumers to chip designers, hardware components, system vendors and firmware and software providers and beyond.

Today, Rackspace becomes the latest member to join OpenPOWER, bringing new expertise and perspective to OpenPOWER.  A leading managed cloud company, Rackspace is active in open server design and plays a leading role in the Open Compute Project andOpenStack®.

“Rackspace has been working with OpenPOWER founders for more than 18 months, and we are excited to officially join the OpenPOWER Foundation,” said Aaron Sullivan, senior director and distinguished engineer, infrastructure strategy at Rackspace. “OpenPOWER brings an increasingly open firmware stack, and deeper access to chips, memory, and storage than anywhere else. This is unprecedented, and it invites the open source community to participate at all layers.  It’s our vision that OpenPOWER enables OpenStack and Open Compute developers to work all the way down the stack. Where Open Compute opened and revolutionized data center hardware and OpenStack opened up cloud software and infrastructure-as-a-service, OpenPOWER is doing the same for the last black boxes in our servers: chips, buses and firmware.”

The addition of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories along with the world renowned academic institutions Tsinghua University and the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay broadens the organization’s span of expertise and implementation in the areas of research, applied science and academia.

OpenPOWER also welcomes Avnet, a leading global technology distributor. As a provider of global channel distribution and integration services, Avnet can expose OpenPOWER compatible offerings to a broader range of clients worldwide in variety of industries.

“While the open source movement has largely focused on innovations driven by software, we recognize that there is a tremendous opportunity to drive even more exciting technology breakthroughs by fostering open collaboration at all levels of design, including hardware development,” said Tony Madden, Avnet global supplier business executive. “Collaboration in the OpenPOWER Foundation enables Avnet customers to drive more options to differentiate their next-generation server and storage systems.”

A current list of members is available on the OpenPOWER website.

First OpenPOWER Summit Takes Place in March

Plans are underway for the first OpenPOWER Summit, a conference and exhibition that will be held March 17-19, 2015, at the San JoseConvention Center in California. The three-day event will feature a keynote from OpenPOWER Chairman Gordon MacKean, member presentations, and an OpenPOWER exhibitor pavilion where members will be demonstrating their latest advancements in OpenPOWER based applications, platforms and research while networking with industry peers.

Registration and further details about the event are available at www.openpowerfoundation.org/2015-summit.

About the OpenPOWER Foundation

Founded in December 2013,the OpenPOWER Foundation is a global, independent technical membership organization formed to facilitate and inspire collaborative innovation on the POWER architecture. The OpenPOWER Foundation enables members to customize POWER CPU processors, system platforms, firmware and middleware software for optimization for their business and organizational needs. Member innovations delivered and under development include custom systems for large or warehouse scale data centers, workload acceleration through GPU, FPGA or advanced I/O, and platform optimization for software appliances, or advanced hardware technology exploitation.

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OpenPOWER Foundation Announces First OpenPOWER Summit

SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The OpenPOWER Foundation, an open development community dedicated to accelerating data center innovation for POWER platforms, announced today its first OpenPOWER Summit. The Summit will be held March 17-19, 2015, at the San Jose Convention Center in California.

“In less than a year since formally establishing the organization, we’ve welcomed more than 75 member companies across 20 countries, formed six working groups and have begun delivering a set of technical building blocks that will help drive meaningful data center innovation,” said Gordon MacKean, Chairman, OpenPOWER Foundation. “As part of our growth, we’re excited to host our first OpenPOWER Summit – where we’ll bring together an ecosystem of hardware and software developers, customers, academics, government agencies, industry luminaries, press and analysts to build OpenPOWER momentum.”

The three-day event will feature a keynote from OpenPOWER Chairman Gordon MacKean, member presentations, and an OpenPOWER exhibitor pavilion where members will be demonstrating their latest advancements in OpenPOWER based applications, platforms and research while networking with industry peers.

“Through the OpenPOWER Foundation, our members are leveraging the POWER processor’s open architecture to innovate across the full hardware and software stack and ultimately disrupt the scale out server space,” said Brad McCredie, President, OpenPOWER Foundation. “At the OpenPOWER Summit, we’ll showcase some of the most cutting-edge advancements in the open ecosystem and take a look at what’s to come in the year ahead as we continue to pioneer a new era of computing defined by open collaboration, customization and innovation.”

To register to attend the OpenPOWER Summit or find more information, please visit www.openpowerfoundation.org/2015-summit or follow the Foundation on LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter with the #OpenPOWERSummit hashtag.

About OpenPOWER Foundation

The OpenPOWER Foundation is an open technical community based on the POWER Architecture, enabling collaborative development and opportunity for member differentiation and industry growth. The goal of the Foundation is to create an open ecosystem, using the POWER Architecture to share expertise, investment, and server class intellectual property to serve the evolving needs of customers and industry.

  • OpenPOWER enables collaborative innovation for shared building blocks
  • OpenPOWER supports independent innovation by members
  • OpenPOWER builds on industry leading technology
  • OpenPOWER thrives as an open development community

Founded in late 2013 by Google, NVIDIA, Tyan, Mellanox and IBM, the organization has grown to 75+ members worldwide from all sectors of the data center ecosystem at large. For more information on the OpenPOWER Foundation, visit www.openpowerfoundation.org.

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Department of Energy Awards $425 Million for Next Generation Supercomputing Technologies

WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz today announced two new High Performance Computing (HPC) awards to put the nation on a fast-track to next generation exascale computing, which will help to advance U.S. leadership in scientific research and promote America’s economic and national security.

Secretary Moniz announced $325 million to build two state-of-the-art supercomputers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories.  The joint Collaboration of Oak Ridge, Argonne, and Lawrence Livermore (CORAL) was established in early 2014 to leverage supercomputing investments, streamline procurement processes and reduce costs to develop supercomputers that will be five to seven times more powerful when fully deployed than today’s fastest systems in the U.S. In addition, Secretary Moniz also announced approximately $100 million to further develop extreme scale supercomputing technologies as part of a research and development program titled FastForward 2.

“High-performance computing is an essential component of the science and technology portfolio required to maintain U.S. competitiveness and ensure our economic and national security,” Secretary Moniz said. “DOE and its National Labs have always been at the forefront of HPC and we expect that critical supercomputing investments like CORAL and FastForward 2 will again lead to transformational advancements in basic science, national defense, environmental and energy research that rely on simulations of complex physical systems and analysis of massive amounts of data.”

Both CORAL awards leverage the IBM Power Architecture, NVIDIA’s Volta GPU and Mellanox’s Interconnected technologies to advance key research initiatives for national nuclear deterrence, technology advancement and scientific discovery. Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s (ORNL’s) new system, Summit, is expected to provide at least five times the performance of ORNL’s current leadership system, Titan. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL’s) new supercomputer, Sierra, is expected to be at least seven times more powerful than LLNL’s current machine, Sequoia. Argonne National Laboratory will announce its CORAL award at a later time.

The second announcement today, FastForward 2, seeks to develop critical technologies needed to deliver next-generation capabilities that will enable affordable and energy-efficient advanced extreme scale computing research and development for the next decade.  The joint project between DOE Office of Science and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) will be led by computing industry leaders AMD, Cray, IBM, Intel and NVIDIA.

In an era of increasing global competition in high-performance computing, advancing the Department of Energy’s computing capabilities is key to sustaining the innovation edge in science and technology that underpins U.S. national and economic security while driving down the energy and costs of computing. The overall goal of both CORAL and FastForward 2 is to establish the foundation for the development of exascale computing systems that would be 20-40 times faster than today’s leading supercomputers.

For more information on CORAL, please click on the following fact sheet HERE.

Altera Brings FPGA-based Acceleration to IBM Power Systems and Announces Support for OpenPOWER Consortium

Source: Altera

San Jose, Calif., November 18, 2013—Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) today announced the latest release of the Altera SDK for OpenCL supports IBM Power Systems servers as an OpenCL system host. Customers are now able to develop OpenCL code that targets IBM Power Systems CPUs and accelerator boards with Altera FPGAs as a high-performance compute solution. FPGA accelerated systems can achieve a 5-20X performance boost over standard CPU based servers. Altera will showcase the performance advantage of using FPGAs to accelerate IBM Power Systems, as well as other OpenCL-focused demonstrations, this week at SuperComputing 2013 in booth #4332.

Chelsio Joins OpenPOWER Foundation

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Nov. 6, 2014 ­/PRNewswire/ — Chelsio Communications, the leading provider of 40Gb Ethernet (40GbE) Unified Wire Adapters and ASICs, announced today that it has joined the OpenPOWER Foundation, expanding the open technical community for collaboration on the POWER architecture.

“We are proud to join the growing members of the OpenPOWER Foundation, in the open development of the POWER systems architecture. Chelsio has long been at the forefront of advanced networking ASIC design, from its first POWER systems design wins through to today’s leading Terminator 5 (T5) Unified Wire adapters,” said Kianoosh Naghshineh, CEO, Chelsio Communications.

With its proven Terminator ASIC technology designed in more than 100 OEM platforms and the successful deployment of more than 750,000 ports, Chelsio has enabled unified wire solutions for LAN, SAN and cluster traffic. With its unique ability to fully offload TCP, iSCSI, FCoE and iWARP RDMA protocols on a single chip, Chelsio adapter cards remove the burden of communications responsibilities and processing overhead from servers and storage systems, resulting in a dramatic increase in application performance. The added advantage of traffic management and quality of service (QoS) running at 40Gbps line rate ensures today’s Big Data, Cloud, and enterprise data centers run efficiently at high performance.

“The OpenPOWER Foundation is changing the game, driving innovation and ultimately offering more choices in the industry,” said Brad McCredie, President, OpenPOWER Foundation. “We look forward to the participation of Chelsio Communications and their contributions toward creating innovative and winning solutions based on POWER architecture.”

Chelsio T5 Unified Wire Adapters
Chelsio Unified Wire Adapters, based upon the fifth generation of its high performance Terminator (T5) ASIC, are designed for data, storage and high performance clustering applications.

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Chelsio Communications is leading the convergence of networking, storage and clustering interconnects and I/O virtualization with its robust, high-performance and proven Unified Wire technology. Featuring a highly scalable and programmable architecture, Chelsio is shipping multi-port 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) and 40GbE adapter cards, delivering the low latency and superior throughput required for high-performance compute and storage applications. For more information, visit the company online at www.chelsio.com.

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TYAN Launches its OpenPower customer reference system

Source: Tyan

San Francisco, USA – October 8th, 2014 –TYAN, an industry-leading server platform design manufacturer, and subsidiary of MITAC Computing Technology Corporation (Mitac Group), launched its OpenPOWER Customer Reference System, the TYAN GN70-BP010. It is the first OpenPOWER Reference System and follows the spirit of innovation and collaboration that defines the OpenPOWER architecture. This Customer Reference System is now available to customers.

“Open resources, management flexibility, and hardware customization are becoming more important to IT experts across various industries,” said Albert Mu, Vice President of MITAC Computing Technology Corporation’s TYAN Business Unit. “To meet the emerging needs of evolving IT worlds, TYAN is honored to present its Palmetto System, the TYAN GN70-BP010. As the first commercialized customer reference system provided from an official member from the OpenPOWER ecosystem, the TYAN GN70-BP010 is based on the POWER8 Architecture and follows the OpenPOWER Foundation’s design concept.”

The TYAN GN70-BP010 is a customer reference system which allows end users to deploy software based on the OpenPOWER architecture tailored to their individual requirements. It is a 2U system that contains (1) IBM® POWER8 Turismo SCM processor (4) 240-pin R-DDR3 1600/1333Mhz w ECC DIMM, (8) 2.5″ /3.5″ hot-swap HDD and supports multiple PCI-E G3 ports as well as (4) SATA -III 6.0Gb/s ports with (1) CPU & heatsink, (4) 4GB DDR-3 and (1) 500GB 3.5″ HDD L10 system bundled. TYAN’s OpenPOWER Customer Reference System provides another opportunity for users to run their applications in a way of cost effective and flexible way. It is an innovative and collaborative hardware solution for IT experts who are looking for a more open, flexible, customized, and intelligent IT deployment.

TYAN’s GN70-BP010, the OpenPOWER Customer Reference System, will be available at the end of October 2014. TYAN also announced a special promotion of TYAN GN70-BP010 Customer Reference System. For more product information, please visit the TYAN webpage or contact lydia.tsai@mic.com.tw

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QLogic Joins OpenPOWER Foundation

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Oct. 8, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — QLogic Corp. (Nasdaq:QLGC), a leading supplier of high performance network infrastructure solutions, today announced that it has joined the OpenPOWER Foundation, an open development community based on the POWER microprocessor architecture.

QLogic joins a growing roster of technology organizations working collaboratively to build advanced server, networking, storage and acceleration technology to enable those responsible for data centers to rethink their approach to technology. The OpenPOWER Foundation aims at delivering more choice, control and flexibility to developers of next-generation, hyperscale and cloud data centers. The group makes POWER hardware and software available to open development for the first time, as well as making POWER intellectual property licensable to others, greatly expanding the ecosystem of innovators on the platform.

“QLogic is looking forward to working with OpenPOWER member organizations to deliver our unique brand of innovation to the market. Today’s demand for cloud-based services, along with the growing popularity of connected, mobile devices, require data center architectures to deliver incredible scalability, flexibility and performance,” said Vikram Karvat, vice president of marketing, QLogic. “As a market leader in Fibre Channel and Ethernet adapters and the industry’s frontrunner in innovative data center I/O solutions, QLogic will enhance functionality for highly virtualized, open standards-based, cloud and web-scale data centers based on the IBM POWER platform.”

The OpenPOWER Foundation aims to drive expansion of enterprise-class, data center hardware and software, giving the industry greater ability to innovate across the POWER platform. The OpenPOWER ecosystem enables customers to build best-in-class systems finely tuned to the POWER architecture.

“The development model of the OpenPOWER Foundation is one based on collaboration and represents a new way of innovating around processor technology for big data and cloud,” said Brad McCredie, president, OpenPOWER Foundation. “With QLogic joining this initiative we have significantly expanded our base of technology providers, as they bring a wealth of high performance networking and storage expertise, technology and innovation ability to OpenPOWER, allowing us to capitalize on emerging workloads.”

QLogic Gen 5 Fibre Channel Adapters: Greater Security, Reliability and Scalability

QLogic Gen 5 Fibre Channel adapters are designed to tackle high bandwidth, I/O-intensive applications, such as virtualization, streaming media, online transaction processing, big data analytics and data warehousing where reliability is critical. The underlying driver stack in QLogic Gen 5 Fibre Channel technology is proven in more than 15 million ports shipped to enterprise data centers around the world.

The QLogic dual-port ASIC is designed with the company’s unique multi-port traffic isolation feature for greater reliability and security on dual-port models. This unique architecture, with complete on-chip CPU and memory isolation across both ports of the adapter, ensures that if one port should encounter issues, the second, isolated port will continue to function securely and without interruption. With two independent channels, I/O imbalances, error recovery or firmware updates on one port do not impact the second port. This enables the adapter to offer secure, deterministically predictive and scalable port performance and increased reliability. This is essential for enterprise data centers—assuring the highest levels of availability for mission-critical applications.

QLogic Ethernet Adapter Solutions: High Performance with Flexibility

By delivering high performance Ethernet with low CPU utilization, QLogic adapters excel in virtualized environments. Featuring multiple protocol offload and concurrent LAN (TCP/IP) and SAN (FCoE, iSCSI) protocol processing over a shared Ethernet link, QLogic adapters offer maximum flexibility. Ultra-low CPU utilization frees up server cycles for business-critical applications and the increased mobility of virtual machines (VMs). QLogic QConvergeConsole™ adds multi-platform, single-pane-of-glass management of FCoE, iSCSI and TCP/IP protocols for ease-of-administration and converged network deployment.

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QLogic – the Ultimate in Performance

QLogic (Nasdaq:QLGC) is a global leader and technology innovator in high performance server and storage networking connectivity products. Leading OEMs and channel partners worldwide rely on QLogic for their server and storage networking solutions. For more information, visit www.qlogic.com.

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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.

SAP Fosters Open Ecosystem for Driving Customer Innovation

ORLANDO — Working closely with an active open ecosystem, SAP AG empowers customers, partners, startups and developers worldwide to innovate easily on top of the SAP HANA platform. By fostering strategic collaborations with partners, including Red Hat, IBM, HP and VMware, as well as startups, SAP plans to offer customers broader choice, ease of deployment and simplified IT environments, empowering them to transform their businesses by leveraging the advanced capabilities of SAP HANA. The announcement was made at SAPPHIRE NOW, being held June 3-5, 2014, in Orlando, Florida. 

Servergy Builds the Bridge between Open Compute and OpenPOWER

Source: Business Wire

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Cleantech IT innovation and design firm Servergy, Inc. announced today at an IDC Open Compute Project event held in Dubai at the Burj Al Arab that it has partnered with the University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA) Cloud and Big Data Laboratory, and only North America Open Compute Lab, to create an open innovation bridge between Open Compute Project and OpenPOWER for the benefit of both communities.

InfoSystems Announces Live Demonstration Capability for IBM POWER8 in their Chattanooga Test Facility

Source: Market Watch

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., May 13, 2014 (BUSINESS WIRE) — InfoSystems announces it has become one of the first IBM business partners to install IBM’s newest Power Systems servers, built on the recently announced POWER8 processor, in its Chattanooga IBM Business Partner Innovation Center (BPIC). InfoSystems’ experts can show customers this new technology before the general availability date via an on-site demo, or remotely from a customer’s location.

Xilinx Demonstrates FPGA-Based Acceleration Technology for Next-Generation Data Centers at IBM Impact 2014

Source: Datarend

SAN JOSE, Calif.April 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) today announced it will demonstrate the industry’s first key value store acceleration demo based on the IBM CAPI protocol at the IBM Impact 2014 Conference.  As a member of the IBM OpenPOWER Foundation, Xilinx is delivering FPGA-based acceleration technologies for use in next-generation data centers and is among the growing open development community dedicated to accelerating innovation using IBM’s POWER microprocessor. 

OpenPOWER Foundation Unveils First Innovations and Roadmap

San Francisco, CA – Open Innovation Summit – 23 April 2014 – The OpenPOWER Foundation, an open development community dedicated to accelerating data center innovation, today took its first steps to deliver transformative system designs based on IBM’s new POWER8 processor.

At the Open Innovation Summit today, with over 100 leading industry executives and technologists on hand, the Foundation showed the first reference board and OEM systems, and innovations including many forms of acceleration, advanced memory and networking. OpenPOWER has grown to more than two dozen members including global hardware and software thought leaders.

Formed by Google, IBM, Mellanox Technologies, NVIDIA, and Tyan, the Foundation makes POWER hardware and software available for open development, as well as POWER intellectual property licensable to other manufacturers. OpenPOWER is greatly expanding the ecosystem of innovators providing value back to the industry and end users.

“We are very pleased with the growth of the OpenPOWER community and the progress made by the Working Group members even at this early stage,” said Gordon MacKean, Chairman, OpenPOWER Foundation. “The projects feeding the innovation pipeline to date will greatly enhance the performance of the next generation of servers by eliminating system-level bottlenecks.”

Initial OpenPOWER Designs
At the summit, the OpenPOWER Foundation presented its first white box server details including a development and reference design from Tyan, and firmware and operating system developed by IBM, Google, and Canonical. The OpenPOWER Software stack in this white box design is targeted for ease of implementation in hybrid deployments. IBMnoted it will be deploying systems leveraging this OpenPOWER hardware and software stack in Softlayer later this year. Information on OpenPOWER projects is available on the Foundation’s new web site, www.openpowerfoundation.org.

Example Innovative Solutions
OpenPOWER also announced new ways to use POWER-based technologies to address critical big data, cloud, and application challenges facing modern data centers. An early live demonstration of these innovations will be performed at the IBM Impact 2014 Global Conference, Las Vegas Nevada, April 27 – May 1. These include:

  • Mellanox RDMA exploitation on POWER – Using RDMA a 10X throughput andlatency improvement of Key Value Store applications was described. These capabilities will be further accelerated with future exploitation of POWER8 capabilities.
  • NVIDIA GPU Accelerators – NVIDIA is adding CUDA software support for NVIDIA GPUs with IBM POWER CPUs. IBM and NVIDIA are demonstrating the first GPU accelerator framework for Java, showing an order of magnitude performance improvement on Hadoop Analytics applications compared to a CPU-only implementation. NVIDIA will offer its NVLinkTM high-speed GPU interconnect as a licensed technology to OpenPOWER Foundation members.
  • Xilinx FPGA accelerator with CAPI attach – IBM described a memcached Key Value Store showing a 35X power/performance improvement with an order of magnitude latency reduction.
  • Altera FPGA accelerator with CAPI attach – IBM described a Monte Carlo financial instruments model with a 200X speedup.
  • Micron, Samsung Electronics, and SK Hynix memory – Each of these innovative memory companies is committed to supporting the OpenPower Foundation through the supply of memory and storage components for an open ecosystem.

New OpenPOWER Foundation Members
Twenty-five members have joined OpenPOWER including Canonical, Samsung Electronics, Micron, Hitachi, Emulex, Fusion-IO, SK Hynix, Xilinx, Jülich Supercomputer Center, Oregon State University, and several others since OpenPOWER formed as a legal entity in December 2013.

About OpenPOWER Foundation
The goal of the OpenPOWER Foundation is to create an open ecosystem, using the POWER Architecture to share expertise, investment, and server-class intellectual property to serve the evolving needs of customers.

  • OpenPOWER enables collaborative innovation for shared building blocks
  • OpenPOWER supports independent innovation by members
  • OpenPOWER builds on industry leading technology
  • OpenPOWER thrives as an open development community

For further details, a full membership roster, and getting involved in the OpenPOWER
Foundation, visit www.openpowerfoundation.org.

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Mellanox and IBM Collaborate to Provide Leading Data Center Solution Infrastructures

Source: Mellanox

Mellanox recently announced a collaboration with IBM to produce a tightly integrated server and storage solutions that incorporate our end-to-end FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand and 10/40 Gigabit Ethernet interconnect solutions with IBM POWER CPUs.  By combining IBM POWER CPUs with the world’s highest-performance interconnect solution will drive data at optimal rates, maximizing performance and efficiency for all types of applications and workloads, as well as enable dynamic storage solutions to allow multiple applications to efficiently share data repositories.

Micron Technology Joins OpenPOWER Foundation as a Platinum Member

Source: Micron

BOISE, Idaho, March 27, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Micron Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq:MU), a leading provider of advanced memory and storage solutions for enterprise data centers and high-performance computing applications, today announced their platinum membership with the OpenPOWER Foundation, an open development community based on the POWER microprocessor architecture.

Altera Joins IBM OpenPOWER Foundation to Enable the Development of Next-Generation Data Centers

Source: Altera

San Jose, Calif., March 24, 2014– Altera Corporation (Nasdaq: ALTR) today announced it joined the IBM OpenPOWER Foundation, an open development alliance based on IBM’s POWER microprocessor architecture. Altera will collaborate with IBM and other OpenPOWER Foundation members to develop high-performance compute solutions that integrate IBM POWER CPUs with Altera’s FPGA-based acceleration technologies for use in next-generation data centers.

Servergy Joins the OpenPOWER Foundation

Source: Servergy

DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Cleantech IT innovations company Servergy, Inc., announced today the company has joined IBM, Google, Mellanox, NVIDIA, Samsung Electronics, Tyan and Suzhou PowerCore Technology Company in the OpenPOWER Foundation – an open development alliance that makes IBM’s POWER microprocessor architecture available under license. Servergy will collaborate within the Foundation on opportunities leveraging Servergy’s clean and green technology on Power architecture with scale-up and scale-out capability for Big Data, caching, streaming, cloud workload, and distributed storage application in data centers.

Suzhou PowerCore Technology Co. Intends To Use IBM POWER Technology For Chip Design That Pushes Innovation In China

Source: PR Newswire

ARMONK, N.Y. and JIANGSU, China, Jan. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — IBM [NYSE: IBM], the Suzhou PowerCore Technology Company and the Research Institute of Jiangsu Industrial Technology today announced the two Chinese organizations will join the OpenPOWER Foundation, with Suzhou PowerCore intending to use IBM’s POWER architecture to provide customized chip design solutions to push server innovation in such areas as Big Data, cloud computing and next generation data centers.