“Google, IBM, Mellanox, NVIDIA, and Tyan today announced plans to form the 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 centers.”
This is pretty clear evidence that IBM aggressively moving the POWER platform from a proprietary basis to an open, collaborative platform. The intended goal is to spur innovation and expansion across the entire POWER architecture stack, from hardware, through firmware and virtualization, all the way up to the operating systems.
It appears that IBM and the other consortium members have decided that the collaboration is best way to meet future computing requirements. This collaboration will include the ability for consortium members to share intellectual property and release new products based on the POWER architecture.
The OpenPOWER Consortium should bring the same kind of vigorous innovation seen with open source software, to the POWER hardware platform. The result of this consortium should be an expansion of the POWER community and more choices for information technology providers in the future.