By: Ralph Nissler. IBM is putting its money (US$1 billion to be exact) where its mouth is (if you don't yet know what I'm talking about, check out the ZDNet article) and as part of that, has recently launched the dedicated Power Systems Linux centers.
Currently, there are four in Beijing, Austin, New York, and Montpellier, France. They're there to provide training on programming, porting and optimizing Linux on Power Systems, with porting/optimizing probably being the big hitters. Especially for those porting from x86, there is going to be help in showing developers "how to take advantage of POWER7+ parallel processing and advanced virtualization capabilities." (quote from the PartnerWorld page).
Business Partners, dear to my heart, can also benefit from the centers in the form of nontechnical assistance -- the typical marketing/sales support and a place to do customer briefings. Partners can access the information on PartnerWorld (public page, no log-in needed) whereas the rest of the world can go to the regular Power Systems page.
So, if you think you could benefit from a center's assistance and are in the "neighborhood" of one of these four centers (or have a travel budget), fill out the online form for requesting training sessions or to ask for help porting applications to Linux on Power.
Come on ... wouldn't you want to be there? (Montpellier)