To insure that the latest Power System servers are supported (as soon as the hardware is available), we also provide (with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign National Center for Supercomputing Applications (UIUC/NCSA)) the Advance Toolchain. The latest Advance Toolchain version always supports the latest stable GCC features and enables/exploits the latest POWER servers.
I have many years of experience in performance analysis and broad knowledge of POWER Architecture, the compiler and runtime libraries, so I frequently get involved with customers and software developers. This includes answering questions posted to the PowerLinux Message Board and supporting pre-sales and proof-of-concept engagements. I can usually suggest a better language feature, coding style, POSIX library API to resolve a platform porting or performance issue. I also get involved in deep analysis of performance problems, using the very tools developed by the Toolchain team. Of course if I find something in the tools what needs to be fixed or improved I know who to talk about it.
I have tried to get some of this expertise integrated into the IBM SDK for PowerLinux. For example; the Advance Toolchain compiler options wizard, the Code Migration Assist plugin, and the Source Code Advisor plugin. My goal is to make the developing application for PowerLinux as easy and fun as possible. I have since handed the SDK architect role to the very Capable Paul Clarke, but I continue my role as beta tester
So please post your Toolchain questions to the PowerLinux Message Board and I or member of my team will do our best to answer.