By: Darren Davis. This post originally appeared on the SUSE Conversations blog and is reprinted here with permission. IBM just recently announced their new Power Development Cloud . This recent announcement is just one example of the many tools provided by IBM PartnerWorld and SUSE PartnerNet that benefits the SUSE ISV partner. While IBM’s Power Development Cloud is an excellent opportunity to get access to IBM’s wonderful Power System many of the benefits of migrating applications to IBM... [More]
"IBM and Jeopardy! Relive History with Encore Presentation of Jeopardy!: The IBM Challenge Episodes to Air September 12, 13, 14 at Local Times" By: Robert MacFarlan. Citing IBM Press Release - http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/35301.wss . Watson is a POWER7-based cluster running the Linux operating system.
By: Carlos Seo. The IBM Advance Toolchain for PowerLinux is a set of open source development tools and runtime libraries that allow users to take leading edge advantage of IBM's latest POWER hardware features on Linux. A new update release is now available, and it features:
Performance enhancements in libstdc++ for Power. Valgrind is updated to version 3.8.1. For download links, more information and documentation, please refer to our official documentation page . Please let us know if you have any questions about this release.
Exciting times for Linux and for POWER. Earlier in the week, a new POWER and Linux consortium was announced - the OpenPOWER consortium. IBM's Tom Rosamila posted his views on the SmarterPlanet blog . Open and Collaborative Development is the Future of Open Computing (I added some bold emphasis in the clipped pieces below - see the blog post for more of the details) Under the OpenPOWER initiative, IBM will license the core intellectual property for our POWER technologies to other companies... [More]
By: Timothy Noonan. Recently, Red Hat announced that Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 conforms with the USGv6 Host profile. See Red Hat Ready to Serve U.S. Government with IPv6 Conformity . Likewise, we can assert that IBM POWER7 Systems™, as well as SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11, have met the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s USGv6 evaluation requirements. Why is this important? U.S. government agencies are migrating to Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6), as the pool of IPv4 addresses is being depleted. The move to IPv6 also... [More]
By: Bill Buros. A new IBM Redbooks publication is now available which provides great advice on optimizing application codes for POWER7 and POWER7+ systems POWER7 and POWER7+ Optimization and Tuning Guide Chapter 1. Optimization and tuning on IBM POWER7 and IBM POWER7+ Chapter 2. The POWER7 processor Chapter 3. The POWER Hypervisor Chapter 4. AIX Chapter 5. Linux Chapter 6. Compilers and optimization tools for C, C++, and Fortran Chapter 7. Java Chapter 8. DB2 Chapter 9. WebSphere Application Server Appendix A. Analyzing malloc usage... [More]
By: Tulio Magno Quites Machado Filho. The IBM Advance Toolchain for PowerLinux is a set of open source development tools and runtime libraries that allow users to take leading edge advantage of IBM's latest POWER hardware features on Linux. A new update release for the 7.1 series is now available, and it includes the following: OProfile provides:
Update events for IBM POWER8 processor. Support support for JVMTI. The Advance Toolchain has now a repository for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 which provides Advance Toolchain... [More]
By: Jenifer Hopper This article discusses some basic XML tuning tips for PowerKVM guests. It helps new users get started with editing guest XML definitions, and walks through some simple tuning examples. The article covers various options to tune the guest disk, network, cpu, and memory. It also includes some example guest resource pinning configurations for different scenarios. Applying these tips may help improve application performance by ensuring your guest is configured properly and optimized for the KVM environment.
Power7 celebrates two-year anniversary! By: Bill Buros. Ah cool. Didn't realize this! eWeek.com just published a nice quick slideshow on Power7 reaching its two-year anniversary. There are probably other references in the community, we'll have to keep our eyes open for more examples. Across the Power7 servers, Linux figures prominently in many of the success stories. Strong heritage, strong future, and Linux is in the thick of it.
By: Tulio Magno Quites Machado Filho. The first release of series 8.0 is now available. This release provides many bugfixes and package updates, including: GCC 4.9.2 GDB 7.8 Python 3.4.1 GCC fixes for:
Avoid discarding the file name information when using -imacros . Miscompile with K&R-style function definition at -O0 . Fix for Valgrind itrace not tracing the first call to library functions. Start distributing big endian and little endian packages in the same release. Due to the last item, you will notice 3 cross compiler packages:... [More]
By: Wainer dos Santos Moschetta. It was released the version 1.0.0 of IBM SDK for PowerLinux! The IBM SDK for PowerLinux provides you with an all-in-one solution for
developing software on PowerLinux servers. It integrates the IBM Eclipse
SDK with several open source and IBM tools in a single IDE (Integrated
Development Environment), allowing easy development, build, debug,
analyze and packaging of software on PowerLinux servers. With the SDK you can: Develop applications with IBM Eclipse SDK (C/C++ Development Tools) Analyze... [More]
Using Autotools with the IBM SDK for Linux on POWER By: Robert MacFarlan. Autotools, also known as the GNU Build System, is a set of tools used in open source projects to solve portability issues. Tools included in the set are: GNI Autoconf, Automake, Libtool and Newlib. http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/offers/lp/demos/summary/l-autotoolslinuxonpower.html
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... [More]
New IBM XL compiler versions now available!
By: Bill Buros.
IBM has released the IBM XL C/C++ Version 12.1 and IBM XL Fortran V14.1 products for use on PowerLinux systems. IBM XL C/C++: http://www-01.ibm.com/software/awdtools/xlcpp/linux/ IBM XL Fortran: http://www-01.ibm.com/software/awdtools/fortran/xlfortran/linux/ Over on developerWorks, there are two good articles on "what's new" with these new versions. What's new with IBM XL C/C++ for AIX and Linux, Version 12.1 and What's new in IBM XL Fortran for... [More]
Over in the openSUSE realm, the "Open Build Service" (OBS) recently was updated with new IBM PowerLinux 7R2 servers. A recent news update was posted on news.opensuse.org . "To ensure continued Power and Linux compatibility going forward, IBM and SUSE recently partnered to add more build capability to the openSUSE Build Service. The openSUSE Build Service is a service which offers an automatic, consistent, and reproducible way to build and distribute Linux packages from source code to multiple... [More]