1OpenPower Group Puts Initial Hardware Products on Display
By Jeffrey Burt
2Drawing 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.
3First 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.
4Tyan’s First OpenPower Offering
In October 2014, Tyan launched the GN70-BP010, a 2U, single-socket customer reference platform based on the OpenPower architecture.
5Cirrascale 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.
6Bringing 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.
7Another 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.
8IBM, 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.
9Inspur 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.
10A 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.
11Google 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
12Bringing 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
13Bringing the PowerCore to China
IBM and Suzhou developed the PowerCore CP1, a customized Power chip created for the Chinese market.
14Leveraging the PowerCore
Zoom Netcom is basing its new dual-socket RedPower servers on the PowerCore CP1 from Suzhou.
15Faster 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.
16Leveraging 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.
17Developer 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.