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IBM, Nvidia, Google form OpenPower Consortium

Posted: 08 Aug 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Google  IBM  Nvidia  OpenPower Consortium  Power 

Google, IBM, Mellanox, Nvidia, and Tyan have come together to form 'OpenPOWER Consortium' – an open development alliance based on IBM's Power microprocessor architecture.

The consortium "intends to build advanced server, networking, storage and GPU-acceleration technology aimed at delivering more choice, control and flexibility to developers of next-generation, hyperscale and cloud data centres," IBM said.

The move aimed at offering alternatives to the x86 architecture will see IBM licensing its Power chip technology, in an effort to attract more users.

The move makes Power hardware and software available to open development for the first time as well as making Power IP licensable to others, greatly expanding the ecosystem of innovators on the platform, the company added.

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

"The founding members of the OpenPOWER Consortium represent the next generation in data-centre innovation," said Steve Mills, senior vice president, and group executive, IBM Software & Systems. "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 centre hardware is designed and deployed."

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

"The OpenPOWER Consortium brings together an ecosystem of hardware, system software, and enterprise applications that will provide powerful computing systems based on Nvidia GPUs and Power CPUs," said Sumit Gupta, general manager of the Tesla Accelerated Computing Business at Nvidia.

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