The newest Power Instruction Set Architecture (ISA)
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POWER8 is the first implementation of Power ISA v2.07 with many innovations supporting efficient exploitation of many-core and many-thread functions and optimized for Cloud Computing, Big Data and Business Analytics workloads from the ground up.
Power ISA 2.07 and POWER8 also contain increased support to ease transition from other platforms to the Power ecosystem to allow even more users to take advantage of the capabilities offered by Power.
To learn more about the Power architecture, and for a light read, see the latest Power ISA architecture document: