2Jan. 19: China Announces OpenPOWER Intentions
Kicking off 2014, the OpenPOWER Foundation welcomed two Chinese organizations, the Suzhou PowerCore Technology Company and the Research Institute of Jiangsu Industrial Technology, to the community. Suzhou PowerCore announced its intent to license IBM’s POWER architecture to provide customized chip design solutions and market processors for servers in China. The Research Institute of Jiangsu Industrial Technology announced plans to help build an ecosystem for POWER development in the Jiangsu Province and throughout China.
3Feb. 12: Samsung Comes on Board OpenPOWER
4April 23: OpenPOWER “Opens for Business”
5April 28: Google Reveals Motherboard With POWER8
6July 2: POWER Firmware Code Accessible Through GitHub
7Oct. 3: IBM and Nvidia Collaborate Openly
In October 2014, IBM and Nvidia leveraged the OpenPOWER stack to introduce a new system blending IBM’s POWER architecture with Nvidia’s GPU processors. The new system, the IBM Power Systems Power S824L server, is capable of handling massive amounts of computational data faster, with nearly 20 percent better price/performance than comparable systems.
8Oct. 8: Tyan Launches OpenPOWER Customer Reference System
9Oct. 28: China’s Technology Leaders Endorse the OpenPOWER Ecosystem
At the China POWER Technology Alliance & Cooperation Conference in Suzhou, the Chinese government declared uncompromised support for a server platform of choice for the nation—urging more than 400 tech industry leaders from various parts of the country to rally behind and begin building out a server ecosystem based on OpenPOWER.
10Nov. 14: Department of Energy Chooses OpenPOWER Design for $325M Supercomputing Contract
In November, the U.S. Department of Energy awarded IBM contracts valued at $325 million to develop and deliver the world’s most advanced supercomputing systems at the Lawrence Livermore and Oak Ridge National Laboratories, helping them advance innovation and discovery in science, engineering and national defense. Incorporating an OpenPOWER platform built collaboratively by IBM, Nvidia and Mellanox, the design of the new supercomputers is “data-centric,” meaning that it minimizes data in motion and energy consumption, providing cost-effective modeling, simulation and big data analytics.
11Dec. 16: OpenPOWER Celebrates Momentum With New Members, Plans for More Products
At the one-year anniversary of its formation, the OpenPOWER Foundation continued its expansion and product development momentum, welcoming Rackspace and Avnet and announcing that 12 of its members were designing OpenPOWER systems. By adding Rackspace to its growing roster, the foundation is able to tap into the leading cloud company’s expertise on open server design, the Open Compute Project and OpenStack. The foundation will look to Avnet to expose OpenPOWER’s compatible offerings to a broader range of clients in a variety of industries.
122015 and Beyond: The Future is Open
In its first year, the OpenPOWER Foundation has served as an enabler in the industry, bringing together thought leaders across multiple parts of the IT stack with the goal of promoting innovation. Thanks to the Foundation, achievements can be attained at multiple levels simultaneously so that there is much greater potential of beating the price-performance curve. As it looks forward, OpenPOWER will host the first OpenPOWER Summit, scheduled to take place in March in San Jose. The OpenPOWER Foundation’s members in 2015 will continue to foster a collaborative environment, working with current members and welcoming new members to drive open innovation in the new era of computing.