by Jeff Scheel, IBM Linux on Power Chief Engineer
A great blog entry floated through my email inbox this week that raised a broader discussion topic for me: folks may have heard about the OpenPOWER Foundation, but may not know where to read the latest information. So, I thought I'd provide a few pointers.
The OpenPOWER Foundation website is the starting point for all information about the foundation. When all else fails, start there.
Under the site "News/Events" link at the top of the page, you will find a "Blogs" subtopic along with other things such as Press releases, Videos, etc.
You will also find main topics on this page such as "Get Involved" and "Technical". Keep your eye on these in the coming months, especially the "Technical" topic as we're in the process of putting in place new tools to facilitate the web presence many of the foundation public working groups need to effectively help grow ecosystem.
Hopefully, you'll find these pointers helpful. Thanks for letting me wax "educational" for a moment.
Now, let's get to the REALLY exciting information: technical information on using GPUs on POWER8 systems. The most recently blog entry on the OpenPOWER Foundation website, Porting GPU-Accelerated Applications to POWER8 Systems, serves as a great place to understand the recent announcements around GPUs on POWER, what they mean, and where to get more information if you want to start exploiting GPUs for your Linux on Power application.
What excites me most about this article is that it was written by Mark Harris from Nvidia (Chief Technologist for GPU Computing) not by IBM. His blog embodies the growing ecosystem around Linux and Power. In this particular case, the blog is a direct result of the OpenPOWER Foundation original partners' -- Nvidia, Google, Mellanox, Tyan, and IBM -- commitment to taking the I/T industry forward with a new generation of innovation around POWER.
This is what's different about Linux on Power this time. This is how we succeed. This is why I'm excited about our future.