Tuesday, August 6th 2013

Google, IBM, Mellanox, NVIDIA, Tyan Announce Development Group for Data Centers

Google, IBM, Mellanox, NVIDIA and Tyan today announced plans to form the OpenPOWER Consortium - an open development alliance based on IBM's POWER microprocessor architecture. The Consortium intends to build advanced server, networking, storage and GPU-acceleration technology aimed at delivering more choice, control and flexibility to developers of next-generation, hyperscale and cloud data centers.

The move makes POWER hardware and software available to open development for the first time as well as making POWER IP licensable to others, greatly expanding the ecosystem of innovators on the platform. The consortium will offer open-source POWER firmware, the software that controls basic chip functions. By doing this, IBM and the consortium can offer unprecedented customization in creating new styles of server hardware for a variety of computing workloads.

"The founding members of the OpenPOWER Consortium represent the next generation in data-center innovation," said Steve Mills, senior vice president, and group executive, IBM Software & Systems. "Combining our talents and assets around the POWER architecture can greatly increase the rate of innovation throughout the industry. Developers now have access to an expanded and open set of server technologies for the first time. This type of 'collaborative development' model will change the way data center hardware is designed and deployed."

"We are happy taking part in the OpenPOWER Consortium and its mission to further accelerate the rate of innovation, performance and efficiency for advanced data center solutions," said Gilad Shainer, vice president of marketing at Mellanox Technologies. "Open source and community development are key to enabling innovative computer platforms and better serve the scalable and emerging applications in the areas of high-performance, Web 2.0 and cloud computing. Mellanox's mission is to provide the most efficient interconnect solution for all compute and CPU architectures and deliver the highest return-on-investment to our users."

As part of their initial collaboration within the consortium, NVIDIA and IBM will work together to integrate the CUDA GPU and POWER ecosystems.

"The OpenPOWER Consortium brings together an ecosystem of hardware, system software, and enterprise applications that will provide powerful computing systems based on NVIDIA GPUs and POWER CPUs," said Sumit Gupta, general manager of the Tesla Accelerated Computing Business at NVIDIA.

"OpenPOWER will bring a new wave of innovation to next-generation data centers," said Albert Mu, general manager of Tyan Computer and vice president of MiTAC International Corp. "A strong ecosystem built around OpenPOWER will bring a range of new technology choices to market, offering more capabilities for Tyan's customers."

OpenPOWER is open to any firm that wants to innovate on the POWER platform and participate in an open, collaborative effort.
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7 Comments on Google, IBM, Mellanox, NVIDIA, Tyan Announce Development Group for Data Centers

#1
nt300
Integrate the CUDA GPU and POWER ecosystems.? Anything CUDA is bad news IMO. Not a positive development at all.
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1c3d0g
Pfft!! Where the hell did that come from?!? :slap: CUDA did more for the industry than anything else in the past decade or so. Did it fragment the coding base? Maybe. But at least they didn't sit on their ass with their fingers in their butt while criticizing others' work.

They started doing their own thing with CUDA and so far it's been a great achievement for GPU computing, because if CUDA didn't exist, the way things were going, GPU as a computing device wouldn't have taken off in our lifetimes.
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#3
erixx
Right what the NSA nazis etc are demanding, superpower, welcome to the bright new world of insane computing........ if we can't nuke you we will drone you by tracking you...... :twitch:
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#4
Xzibit
More of Nvidia transforming to be a software support company.

If they had that much faith on CUDA there was no need to buy PGI last month. They certainly didn't buy them for CUDA expertise :laugh:
They bought them for there OpenACC expertise so they can go beyond being stuck to their own proprietary stuff.
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#5
HumanSmoke
by: Xzibit
More of Nvidia transforming to be a software support company.
If they had that much faith on CUDA there was no need to buy PGI last month. They certainly didn't buy them for CUDA expertise :laugh:
They bought them for there OpenACC expertise so they can go beyond being stuck to their own proprietary stuff.
Nvidia have had a foot in both camps (CUDA and open source) for some time. Obviously the company realized (along with everyone else) that open source tends to move extremely slowly - as does anything run by committee.
As 1c3d0g noted, without CUDA there is a significant chance that GPGPU would have not gained traction in any way, shape, or form. CUDA gave Nvidia highly lucrative markets where none previously existed - they also obviously realized that open source would eventually gain traction once the initial inertia (differing interests, funding and implementation) was overcome...transitioning from CUDA to open source isn't moving from one distinct system to another:
If you have an application already written in C for CUDA, it is simple and relatively straightforward to convert the program to OpenCLâ„¢ - AMD Developer Central
If nothing else, it seems like a sound business model for a fringe player in the pro markets.
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#6
1c3d0g
HumanSmoke: amen. That's exactly what I meant. :)
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