Samsung Joins IBM’s OpenPower Consortium

Electronics giant Samsung is now a member of the IBM-led OpenPower Consortium. The industry groupEUs mission is promoting chip designs based on the IBM Power chip, for use in data center hardware and other products.

Last summer, IBM announced the formation of the consortium, following its decision to license the Power architecture. The OpenPower Foundation, the actual entity behind the consortium, opened up the Power architecture technology, including specs, firmware and software under a license. Firmware is offered as open source. Originally, OpenPower was the brand of a range of System p servers from IBM that utilized the Power5 CPU. SamsungEUs products currently utilize both x86 and ARM-based processors.

The intention of the consortium is to develop advanced servers, networking, storage and GPU-acceleration technology for new products. The four priority technical areas for development are system software, application software, open server development platform and hardware architecture.

EUOpen Set of Server TechnologiesEU

When the consortium was announced in August, IBM senior vice president Steve Mills said in a statement that EUdevelopers now have access to an expanded and open set of server technologies for the first time,EU adding that such a EU EUcollaborative developmentEU model will change the way data center hardware is designed and deployed.EU

Other members of the group include Google, Mellanox, Nvidia, Tyan and the China-based Suzhou PowerCore Technology Company and the Research Institute of Jiangsu Industrial Technology.

Along with its announcement of SamsungEUs membership, the organization said that Gordon MacKean, GoogleEUs engineering director of the platforms group, will now become chairman of the group.

Nvidia has said it will use its graphics processors on Power-based hardware, and Tyan will be releasing a Power-based server, the first one outside IBM.

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