OpenPower Unveils Hardware Solutions Based on Power8 Architecture

By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2015-03-18 Print this article Print
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OpenPower also is being embraced in China, where chip designer PowerCore is introducing CP1, the first Power chip for the Chinese market. Zoom Netcom will bring a new line of CP1-based two-socket servers—called RedPower—to market this year, while other OpenPower members, including ChuangHe, this year will roll out shared designs for China-branded OpenPower systems. Last year, the Chinese government created a public-private partnership called the China Power Technology Alliance to help leverage OpenPower with local technology for projects in the country.

OpenPower comes at a time when Web-scale businesses like Google, Facebook and Amazon—which run massive data centers filled with millions of servers—are increasingly influencing the server market by the sheer number of systems they buy, and as the shift in demand continues toward more workload-optimized servers. Intel is aggressively expanding its portfolio to meet the changing needs, from growing the number of models with each new chip release to expanding its custom chip business to increasing the capabilities of its low-power Atom systems-on-a-chip (SoCs). Earlier this month, Intel launched the Xeon D, the first SoC for the Xeon chip family and which is aimed at the hyperscale market.

In addition, ARM is looking to push its low-power 64-bit ARMv8 architecture into the server market, with the help of such chip makers as Applied Micro, Cavium, Advanced Micro Devices and Qualcomm.

 IBM's McCredie said the creation of the OpenPower Foundation will help drive the Power architecture's presence in the competitive space. The group's adoption of accelerators, including GPUs from Nvidia and FPGAs from Altera and Xilinx, has helped members meet demands in scale-out environments for heterogeneous infrastructures that are workload-optimized. The foundation also is making strides in networking and memory.

"An open ecosystem is a faster way to innovate, and I can see a day when an open ecosystem will be the only way to innovate fast enough," he said.



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