OpenPOWER Consortium announcement

“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.”

Link to Wall Street Journal Article

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.

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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