OpenPower Group Puts Initial Hardware Products on Display

 
 
By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2015-03-19
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    OpenPower Group Puts Initial Hardware Products on Display

    By Jeffrey Burt
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    Drawing a Crowd
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    Drawing a Crowd

    Journalists and analysts get a look at the more than 1 dozen pieces of hardware—from servers to adapter cards to silicon—created by IBM and other OpenPower members.
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    First Box Out of the Box
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    First Box Out of the Box

    Tyan's TN71-BP012 server will be the first OpenPower system to hit the market when it becomes commercially available in the second quarter. The 2U (3.5-inch), single-socket system, based on the Power8 architecture, was developed in conjunction with Mellanox Technologies.
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    Tyan's First OpenPower Offering
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    Tyan's First OpenPower Offering

    In October 2014, Tyan launched the GN70-BP010, a 2U, single-socket customer reference platform based on the OpenPower architecture.
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    Cirrascale Accelerates Computing With GPUs
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    Cirrascale Accelerates Computing With GPUs

    Cirrascale teamed with Nvidia and Tyan to create the RM4950, the first OpenPower development platform to leverage GPU accelerators—up to four Nvidia Tesla K40s—to increase performance while keeping a lid on power consumption. It will ship in the second quarter.
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    Bringing OpenPower to HPC
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    Bringing OpenPower to HPC

    IBM is teaming with Wistron, Nvidia and Mellanox in developing 2U, dual-socket servers—code-named "Firestone"—that will leverage GPU accelerators and will be aimed at the high-performance computing sector. Firestone, which will be released later this year, is the first of three systems the vendors will use to build supercomputers for the Lawrence Livermore and Oak Ridge national laboratories.
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    Another IBM-Nvidia Collaboration
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    Another IBM-Nvidia Collaboration

    The companies developed the IBM S824L Power8/Nvidia GPU server, a 4U, two-socket system for high-end workloads from such businesses as banks, energy firms and pharmaceutical companies. The system was launched in October 2014.
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    IBM, Altera and FGPAs
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    IBM, Altera and FGPAs

    IBM also is working with Altera in developing memory technologies that leverage Altera's field-programmable gate arrays (FGPAs). The Con Tutto card allows for in-system experimentation with new memory technologies and with combining flash and DRAM.
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    Inspur Aims for the High End
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    Inspur Aims for the High End

    Inspur's 4U (7-incH) rack server supports two OpenPower processors, up to 64 memory slots and up to 2TB of DDR3 memory. It offers two PCIe expansion slots and comes with four integrated 1G network interfaces. It also includes application optimization capabilities.
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    A Server for Chinese Telecoms, ISPs
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    A Server for Chinese Telecoms, ISPs

    Chuanghe worked with Tyan to develop the OP-1X, a 1U, single-socket Power8-based server that supports the latest version of Linux and is aimed at China's telecom and Internet industries.
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    Google Gets Into the OpenPower Game
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    Google Gets Into the OpenPower Game

    The search giant a year ago unveiled a two-socket Power8 server motherboard, developed in conjunction with IBM, that Google wanted to use to port its software stack to OpenPower. image: Google planar
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    Bringing OpenPower, Open Compute Together
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    Bringing OpenPower, Open Compute Together

    Rackspace created an open server design and prototype motherboard that combines OpenPower and design concepts from the Open Compute Project. Rackspace will use the new design in its own data centers to run OpenStack services. image: Rackspace board
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    Bringing the PowerCore to China
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    Bringing the PowerCore to China

    IBM and Suzhou developed the PowerCore CP1, a customized Power chip created for the Chinese market.
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    Leveraging the PowerCore

    Zoom Netcom is basing its new dual-socket RedPower servers on the PowerCore CP1 from Suzhou.
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    Faster Throughput for HPC and the Cloud
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    Faster Throughput for HPC and the Cloud

    Mellanox's ConnectX-4 adapter based on the Coherent Accelerator Processor Interface (CAPI) found in the Power architecture doubles the throughput of its predecessor, leading to high performance and low latency needed for HPC, cloud, Web 2.0 and enterprise applications.
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    Leveraging Coprocessors for Developers
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    Leveraging Coprocessors for Developers

    The Virtex 7 CAPI-based adapter kit brings together Convey Computer's Eagle line of coprocessors with Xilinx's Virtex 7 FPGAs for Power8 systems. Developers can offload functions to the coprocessors, improving performance and reducing power consumption.
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    Developer Kit Uses FPGAs for Compute-Intensive Algorithms
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    Developer Kit Uses FPGAs for Compute-Intensive Algorithms

    Nallatech's OpenPower CAPI Developer Kit for Power8, developed with IBM and Altera, was launched in November 2014.
 

SAN JOSE, Calif.—OpenPower Foundation officials used the group's first conference to show off more than a dozen new pieces of hardware from its members, to talk about how the consortium operates and try to recruit new members, and to position itself as an alternative to Intel in the data center. OpenPower was launched in December 2013 as a way of leveraging IBM's Power architecture to build products that address demands from hyperscale and Web-scale organizations for greater performance and efficiency. IBM has opened the Power architecture to allow the more than 110 OpenPower members to build products atop the platform. At the OpenPower Summit here—run in conjunction with the GPU Technology Conference 2015—foundation officials stressed that the open development business model enables faster innovation than Intel's way of doing the design, development and manufacturing work itself. "Without a community, we don't get innovation," said Randall Ross, a foundation official and Ubuntu community manager with Canonical. "We get something else. We get a monoculture." This eWEEK slide show takes a look at the hardware products introduced March 18.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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