Technical

Technical Decision-Making and Initiatives

Technical work initiatives in OpenPOWER Foundation are created at the work group level. Work groups are committed to developing work products that fulfill the charter of their respective group. Once final output is approved by the Work Group, it is presented to the Technical Steering Committee for review/approval. Any TSC concerns/inquiries/modifications are re-addressed by the Work Group.

Once the TSC has approved an OpenPOWER work product, it is then presented by the TSC to the Board of Directors for final review/approval.

OpenPOWER Foundation Innovation Focal Areas

Below are the preliminary focal areas of technical innovation for OpenPOWER that will change and evolve over time.

Domain

Project

Participants

Chip design

ISA Standard Products / SOCs

IBM, Suzhou Power Group

Systems

CM/ODM/OEM models

Tyan, Severgy, Inspur, ZTE, ChuangHe, IBM, Hitachi

IO

Network Optimization

  • RDMA Performance
  • Tightly-coupled NIC-processor

Mellanox

Storage Optimization

Fusion I/O

Acceleration

Tightly coupled FPGA accelerators

Xilinix, Altera

Enterprise and HPC workloads

NVIDIA

Software

Cloud Optimized Firmware Stack and LE Linux

Google, Canonical, IBM