IBM helps support Open Source Software for AIX

Last week (June 28, 2013) I made a rather cryptic tweet
@chromeaix RT @rhy0lite: IBM contributed a #POWER7 #AIX 7.1 system to the #GCC Compile Farm. #powersystems #osuosl http://ow.ly/muf3p

If you followed the link you saw this rather terse message

Posted by Laurent GUERBY on June 28, 2013 - 18:01:
Hi,
We're pleased to announce that gcc111.fsffrance.org a new
powerful POWER7 server made available by IBM (1) and
hosted by OSUOSL (2) is now online in the GCC Compile
Farm (3).

You may want to add /opt/freeware/bin to your PATH to
access some GNU tools. IBM AIX VAC and VAC++ compilers
are in /usr/vac/bin and /usr/vacpp/bin, respectively.

As usual please use the GNA tracking system in preference
to the mailing list, use "Support" requests:
https://gna.org/projects/gcc-cfarm/

The server is an IBM Power 730 Express server configured
with 12 POWER7 cores each with 4 hardware threads at
3.7 GHz, 128 GB of RAM and a few TB of disk. 
It is running AIX 7.1.

Many thanks to IBM and OSUOSL for their support of the GCC
Compile Farm project.
Sincerely, Laurent

(1) http://www.ibm.com 
(2) http://www.osuosl.org 
(3) http://gcc.gnu.org/wiki/CompileFarm

So what does all this mean?

It means that IBM is enhancing support for free and open source software on AIX by  donating a Power 730 Express server running AIX 7.1 to the GCC Compile Farm.

The GCC Compile Farm https://gna.org/projects/gcc-cfarm/ is a resource for free and open source software developers that wish to test or build their software on various machine architectures and operating systems.

This donation allows developers of Open Source packages to more easily access a POWER AIX system for development, maintenance and testing of their packages. Automatic testers for a number of popular packages are installed and running already.

This is a small bit of progress for those of you that have expressed a strong desire for IBM to promote more free and open software on AIX.

Jay

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About Jay Kruemcke

Jay Kruemcke is passionate about helping customers and partners achieve their goals. Jay is a currently a Senior Product Manager at SUSE. Jay is responsible for the SUSE Linux for High-Performance Computing, Linux for Arm, and Linux for Power servers. Jay released the first commercially supported Linux distribution for Arm in 2016. Jay completely restructured SUSE’s HPC offerings in 2017 to add support for Arm systems, provide longer term support, and continue to enhance the HPC Module. The HPC Module provides support for open software such as slurm as part of the SUSE HPC subscription. Jay has built an extensive career in product management based on being a bridge between customers and engineering teams. He has extensive experience in many areas including product positioning, driving future product directions, using social media for client collaboration, and evangelizing the capabilities and future directions of enterprise products. Prior to joining SUSE, Jay had a long career at IBM including many roles in the Power and Cloud Engineering and Offering teams. In addition to his product management experience, Jay has held a variety of technology roles at including product marketing, manager of a technical architecture team, briefing center staff, SAP systems management consultant, and as a system programmer and administrator Jay also volunteers with the Boy Scouts in multiple roles and with ProductCamp Austin. The postings on this site solely reflect the personal views of the author and do not necessarily represent the views, positions, strategies or opinions of my employer. Follow me on twitter @mr_sles and @phastflyer
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