OpenPOWER Foundation Reimagines the Server

The OpenPOWER Foundation has introduced more than 50 new infrastructure and software innovations, spanning the entire system stack, including systems, boards, cards and accelerators. Building upon the 30 OpenPOWER-based solutions already in the marketplace, the new offerings add new servers for high-performance computing and cloud deployments, including more than 10 new OpenPOWER servers, offering expanded services for high performance computing and server virtualization.

“To meet the demands of today’s data centers, businesses need open system design that provides greater flexibility and speed at a lower cost,” said Calista Redmond, president of the OpenPOWER Foundation and director of OpenPOWER Global Alliances, IBM. “The innovations introduced today demonstrate OpenPOWER members’ commitment to building technology infrastructures that provide customers with more choice, allowing them to leverage increased data workloads and analytics to drive better business outcomes.”

The OpenPOWER Foundation continues to provide the technology and collaboration tools needed to deliver customized solutions and increased performance, including hyperscale data centers and high performance computing organizations. OpenPOWER innovations are built upon by a growing community of more than 2,300 ISVs supporting Linux on POWER applications.

IBM, in collaboration with NVIDIA and Wistron, plans to release its second-generation OpenPOWER high performance computing server, which includes support for the NVIDIA Tesla Accelerated Computing platform (learn more). The server will leverage POWER8 processors connected directly to the new NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPU accelerators via the NVIDIA NVLink high-speed interconnect technology. Early systems will be available in Q4 2016. Additionally, IBM and NVIDIA plan to create global acceleration labs to help developers and ISVs port applications on the POWER8 and NVIDIA NVLink-based platform.

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