Hello out there! I'd love to say I've been delinquent on my blog posts due to a lengthy vacation somewhere with a lot of sun and oceans but alas, it's mostly just been REALLY busy around here in POWER firmware. There has been all sorts of POWER related news and events recently so I thought I'd cover the highlights and discuss how they've impacted our area.
Ginni Visits Austin
Our CEO and senior leadership team visited the Austin site this month! It was quite the power house here with our CEO and 4 senior VP's up on stage. It was a great session with lots of energy, a good outlook on where they see the Systems and Technology Group going, and a lot of excitement on our future. They discussed the changes in the marketplace in regards to cloud, mobile, and data analytics and what we were doing to lead in these areas.
The Register has a good link on IBM's OpenPower Consortium. It's been really exciting for us within the POWER organization. My team is right in the middle of a lot of this due to the fact that we write the firmware that initializes the POWER processor and it's connected chips. The Nvidia partnership is especially interesting when I start to think about all the cool things you can do with a POWER processor + an Nvidia Tesla GPU. The massive amounts of data we are storing within our business's requires some pretty massive compute power (especially if you want to find the useful data). This combination of chips from IBM and Nvidia is going to tear through that data.
12 cores, 8 threads, 8MB of cache per core, oh my! P8 is what me and my team have spent the last few years working on. The Register has another good link on some recently released info via Hot Chips (half the fun of these posts is ensuring I don't write anything that's not out on the net already since I've been living and breathing P8 for the last few years). The chip and the systems we're building are amazing and I can't wait for us to get them out there. Opening up the POWER8 for licensing and use by other companies just makes it even better. As we get closer and closer to GA (general availability) of our P8 systems, I'll be sharing more and more info with you.
Watson in the Cloud
As if all the info above wasn't enough, IBM also recently announced it was releasing Watson into the cloud. Watson is best known for it's Jeopardy run a few years ago but that was just a small taste of it's potential. Over the last couple of years, IBM has been working at making it more mature and really focusing on building a software ecosystem around it. All of that work is about to come to fruition, running on none other than POWER hardware of course :)
There's a lot of change in our industry right now which is both exciting and scary. It's times like this though that some of the best innovations are created. It's exciting to be a part of it all.