IBM Boosts OpenPOWER With Development Cloud

IBM announced an initiative that enables business partners, application developers and university students to conduct innovation, development and learning for the 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.

In an announcement at the OpenPOWER Foundation Summit in Beijing, IBM said 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.

Founded in December 2013 by IBM, NVIDIA, Mellanox, Google and Tyan, the OpenPOWER Foundation is a collaboration of technologists encouraging the adoption of an open server architecture for computer data centers.

IBM’s POWER architecture is the cornerstone of innovation for the OpenPOWER Foundation, which has expanded to more than 130 businesses, organizations and individuals spanning 22 countries.

The SuperVessel cloud is based on POWER processors, with FPGAs and GPUs to provide acceleration service, and uses OpenStack to manage the whole cloud. SuperVessel is divided into online "labs" where users can access open source software, build and test applications and share experiences and best practices. The labs include Big Data, Internet of Things, acceleration and virtualization on POWER.

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.

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