POWER8 Firmware Released for Development

With 4 years of development and 420,000 lines of code, the Hostboot firmware has been released! Hosted on Github along side Opal (PowerKVM), developers will find the tools and documentation to rebuild the code and bolt on enhancements. Hostboot firmware performs all processor, bus, and memory initialization within POWER® based systems and booting the POWER8 Reference Board to Linux. It prepares the hardware to load and run an appropriate payload and provides runtime services to the payload. The team specifically designed a data driven, easily configurable code stack that will enable OpenPOWER members to design systems around the P8 processor. The firmware teams will be keeping the project very active with new features to follow soon. Join the community and conversation! Github – OpenPOWER

A new Debian GNU/Linux ppc64el port now available

Little Endian Linux supporting the 64bit PowerISA is a foundational part of the OpenPOWER System software stack and supports the development of OpenPOWER applications including future applications leveraging NVIDIA GPUs. The development community will now benefit from the creation of an open source software community for the development of a new ppc64el port, a Debian GNU/Linux distribution. To view additional information about this porting effort including how to access the repository of binaries and pre-installed images, visit on the Debian wiki. To report bugs or other issues related to the Debian ppc64el tool as work begins in this community, developers are encouraged to join the debian-ppc mailing list or use the Debian bug reporting site at

xCAT system management software

xCAT offers open source system management for HPC clusters, RenderFarms, Grids, WebFarms, Online Gaming Infrastructure, Clouds, and Datacenters. It is agile, extensible, and based on years of system administration best practices and experience. Now, xCAT enables you to discover OpenPOWER nodes, management OpenPOWER HW and deploy bare-metal and VMs on the OpenPOWER nodes. xCAT is an Open Source product ready for OpenPOWER.