The MiniCloud provides free access to Power® virtual machines. It allows easy access to an environment that can be configured for development, testing or migration of applications to Power. The virtual machines of MiniCloud run on PowerKVM™, which supports running a large number of virtual machines on a single scale-out Linux server. MiniCloud is hosted at State University of Campinas - Unicamp, Brazil. To request access to a VM your first need to access the MiniCloud website , read the terms and conditions of usage and fill... [More]
OpenPOWER and the Power Linux distributions are based on POWER, the industry's leading RISC architecture for UNIX and Linux servers. 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... [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 7.0 series is now available, and it includes the following: PAFLib 0.0.1 GCC fixes for the following issues:
Fix for internal compiler error while building benchmark 176.gcc. Improve performance of floating point divisions. GNU C Library provides the following:
"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.
Jason Furmanek has published a nice article on his experiences and insights in setting up a NIM server (more typically done with AIX installations..) to install RHEL 6 on a Power system. If you're an AIX customer - this could be very beneficial.... Questions are welcome on the forums. This page emerged from an ongoing discussion on the forums. From his article.. The process of booting and installing a Linux server from the network is valuable for many reasons. It is efficient,... [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]
Hi Folks, Last week, the Fedora ppc64 team announced the availability of their beta for Fedora 19. The announcement can be found at -> https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/F19_PPC_Beta_release_announcement Please take the time to read the announcement fully through as both the ppc64 and x86 announcements point out specific gotchas for Fedora users. As for the ppc64 beta, I'd like to point out and expand on a few notable items in the beta itself: Fedora 19 now ships with an llvmpipe enabled software rendorer. This is a... [More]
Working with Red Hat, we continue to expand our support for new IBM POWER8 systems hardware and features. Our latest linkage with Red Hat revolves around the exciting new IBM Power System LC family of servers , and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.2 . Just as IBM supported the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1 Beta within the Power Development Platform (PDP) program (Power Cloud), we’ll be doing the same with RHEL 7.2, but as an open Beta, available without Promo Code. For no-charge cloud access for RHEL 7.2 , or other Operating... [More]
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.
Performance Projections vs "Hope for the Best" By: Bill Buros. Here's a quick introduction to the notion of understanding what you're trying to do when you are looking for performance improvements. Over the last month or two, we have been focused on several engagements where we are helping to improve an application's performance on Linux. Being in the Linux Technology Center, we focus on Linux itself, the tools, commands, products, and post-processing analysis of the results. So while we often deal first with Power systems, many of... [More]
By: Steve Munroe . PowerLinux is Linux, one of several hardware platforms that Linux supports. Other Linux platforms include S390, ARM, Intel IA32 and x86_64, and a wide variety of the special purpose or embedded use processors. When I work with customers and independent software developers, this concept of being the same (Linux is Linux) and simultaneously different (platform) can be confusing. Some want to be reassured that PowerLinux is “standard Linux”; to that, the short emphatic answer is yes . Others want... [More]
RHEL 6.3 available world-wide By: Bill Buros. From Red Hat, the latest minor release of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) operating system is now generally available world-wide. See the Red Hat news update for more details!
There is no doubt the acceptance and growing popularity of Linux on Power is here. With POWER based systems providing advantages over x86 systems in performance, capacity, memory and IO bandwidth, and reliability (I have intentionally left out the CAPI technology and am saying that discussion for another BLOG that can delve into that and the incredible capabilities it provides) and with the latest Linux distributions from RedHat, SUSE, and Ubuntu exploiting POWER8 technology, customers are now looking at hosting mission... [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]
IBM Power Systems is putting data to work! On April 23, we introduced Power Systems built for bigger data demands in the cloud, expanding world's first Linux-based open server ecosystem. This provides you with tools tuned for a platform that boosts productivity and performance by removing constraints imposed by commodity architecture, along with accelerating compute and data-intensive tasks that improves cloud economics. While I trust that you have already gotten started building and deploying on this, I would like to throw a challenge your... [More]