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Progress Check on OpenPOWER Consortium

OpenPower logoOver at Clabby Analytics, Joe Clabby writes that the OpenPOWER Consortium has made progress since it was announced last year. With founding members Google, IBM, Mellanox, and Nvidia, OpenPOWER 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.

As I look back over the past five months since OpenPOWER was announced, I see a lot of progress has been made in governance and in initial R&D. When POWER8 arrives (with more powerful processors, faster threading, access to vast amounts of main memory – and more), I expect the buyer community to strongly embrace POWER8-based solutions – particularly for compute-intensive and analytics workloads. Further, I expect that dozens of new vendors will join the OpenPOWER foundation in order to build systems designs that will take advantage of one of the most powerful microprocessor designs in the industry.

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