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Friday, June 5 • 15:00 - 15:50
OpenPOWER Technology Innovation - Paul Mackerras, IBM

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The OpenPOWER Foundation, announced by Google, IBM, Mellanox, NVIDIA and Tyan in August 2013, is an open and global development alliance based on IBM's POWER microprocessor architecture.  Now, more than 110 members have joined and many innovative technologies are being developed. Linux and other open-source software plays a major role in the OpenPOWER ecosystem.  IBM has open-sourced the initialization and boot firmware for POWER8 machines, making it possible to construct a server-class machine where the whole software stack from the operating system down to the first
instruction executed at power-on, is entirely open source. This session will highlight two OpenPOWER technologies of particular interest to developers. The first is the integration of NVIDIA GPUs into POWER systems, together with CUDA integration provided by IBM Java.  The second, CAPI, allows us to integrate a Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA)
into a POWER8 system, allowing computational functions programmed into the FPGA to be accessed directly from a user-space process without operating system overhead.  These technologies enable application developers to obtain outstanding performance at low cost for programs that handle large data arrays. These technologies are  already close to you for next generation Linux software and systems.


Paul Mackerras

Paul Mackerras works in the Linux Technology Center in IBM, where he leads a group of people whose mission it is to bring open-source virtualization to IBM's Power systems. He has been working on Linux since 1996, when he ported Linux to run on Apple Power Macintosh computers. He was the Linux architecture maintainer for the PowerPC architecture for 7 years. He is the author of gitk, a visualization tool for the Git version control system, and is... Read More →

Friday June 5, 2015 15:00 - 15:50

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