Tuesday, August 6, 2013

OpenPOWER Consortium Targets Hyper-Scale Data Centers

A new OpenPOWER Consortium – an open development alliance based on IBM's POWER microprocessor architecture - is being organized with the goal of building advanced server, networking, storage and GPU-acceleration technology aimed at next-generation, hyperscale and cloud data centers.  Founding members include Google, IBM, Mellanox and Tyan (a Taiwanese supplier of motherboards).

IBM said it will make its POWER hardware and software available to open development for the first time, as well as make POWER IP licensable to others, greatly expanding the ecosystem of innovators on the platform. 

The OpenPower Consortium will offer open-source POWER firmware, the software that controls basic chip functions. By doing this, IBM and the consortium can offer unprecedented customization in creating new styles of server hardware for a variety of computing workloads.  

As part of their initial collaboration within the consortium, NVIDIA and IBM will work together to integrate the CUDA GPU and POWER ecosystems.

"The founding members of the OpenPOWER Consortium represent the next generation in data-center innovation," said Steve Mills, senior vice president, and group executive, IBM Software & Systems. "Combining our talents and assets around the POWER architecture can greatly increase the rate of innovation throughout the industry. Developers now have access to an expanded and open set of server technologies for the first time. This type of 'collaborative development' model will change the way data center hardware is designed and deployed."