IBM, Others Launched OpenPower Design Center in France
Created along with Nvidia and Mellanox, the facility will encourage hardware and software developers to build products based on OpenPower.Officials with IBM, Nvidia and Mellanox Technologies are looking to accelerate the adoption of the OpenPower architecture in the high-performance computing space by establishing a second design center in Europe. The three vendors, which helped launch the OpenPower Foundation in 2013 with the goal of extending the reach of IBM's Power chip architecture into such areas as scale-out computing environments, on July 2 announced the establishment of the Power Acceleration and Design Center in Montpellier, France. It comes eight months after the foundation created a similar operation at the Julich Supercomputing Center in Germany. The new facility in France will be led by software experts from Nvidia and Mellanox as well as the IBM Research and Development Lab in Montpellier and IBM Research Zurich, in Switzerland. The OpenPower Foundation was launched when IBM officials announced they were opening up the Power architecture to enable third-party software and hardware developers to create products on top of it. Officials with the group have said they want the Power architecture to become the alternative chip architecture to x86, which through Intel and Advanced Micro Devices has come to dominate the data center infrastructure market. "Our launch of this new Center reinforces IBM's commitment to open-source collaboration and is a next step in expanding the software and solution ecosystem around OpenPower," Dave Turek, vice president of HPC (high-performance computing) market engagement for IBM, said in a statement.
Officials with the foundation—which now has more than 130 member worldwide—want commercial and open-source software developers to leverage the expertise in the new center in France to develop HPC applications that can take advantage of GPU accelerators running in OpenPower-compatible systems. The center will offer access to IBM's Power processors, Nvidia's Tesla GPU accelerators and NVLink high-speed GPU interconnect technology, and Mellanox's InfiniBand connectivity.