In fitting tribute to its name, the OpenPOWER Foundation is beginning to truly flex its muscle. Originally intended to focus solely on growing and proliferating a compelling architecture for scale out environments, the OpenPOWER mission has continued to evolve since its 2013 inception, and has now turned an innovative eye beyond just the chip level to IO, memory, and systems design. The swiftly burgeoning OpenPOWER community has committed themselves to innovations and differentiations that will engender deep optimization across the full software and hardware stack. OpenPOWER’s move away from proprietary conventions is already bearing fruit, with at least twelve active iterations currently under development. In service of these systems and future innovation, the OpenPOWER contingent has chartered eight working groups to zero in on the following key areas: Accelerator, Application Software, Open Source, Compliance, Hardware Architecture, Memory, Open Server Development Platform, and System Software.
THE BREADTH OF INTEREST AND ENTHUSIASM BEHIND OPENPOWER SEEMS TO HAVE FOSTERED A COLLABORATIVE SPIRIT TOWARD WIDESPREAD INDUSTRY PROGRESS.
At the heart of this vibrant collaborative community is IBM, who has been the consistent pulse thumping behind the OpenPOWER initiative. As the ecosystem model is flourishing, IBM’s devotion to the movement has already paid substantial dividends: over 90 member organizations propel the movement’s future growth with their respective and mutual successes. Indicators of both OpenPOWER’s and IBM’s future success include the launch of the OVH cloud offering on POWER8 in October, the Rackspace announcement of intentions for an Open Compute OpenPOWER form factor in December, and the continued fueling of a pipeline for systems, components, software, services, and IP throughout 2014. This momentum carries OpenPOWER and IBM into 2015, a year in which they intend to forge closer ties with other major open initiatives and persist in growing a global ecosystem of hardware and software adoption. With POWER announcements concerning High Performance Computing and Cloud implementations forthcoming, 2015 could very well be the year OpenPOWER solutions begin to take hold in data centers across the globe. Only two years in, this would represent a feat of strength that is beyond impressive.