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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 08-21-2019, 07:48 AM - Thread Starter
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Source: https://techcrunch.com/2019/08/20/ib...ux-foundation/

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IBM makes the Power Series chips, and as part of that has open-sourced some of the underlying technologies to encourage wider use of these chips. The open-source pieces have been part of the OpenPower Foundation. Today, the company announced it was moving the foundation under The Linux Foundation, and while it was at it, announced it was open-sourcing several other important bits.

Ken King, general manager for OpenPower at IBM, says that at this point in his organization’s evolution, they wanted to move it under the auspices of the Linux Foundation. “We are taking the OpenPower Foundation, and we are putting it as an entity or project underneath The Linux Foundation with the mindset that we are now bringing more of an open governance approach and open governance principles to the foundation,” King told TechCrunch.

But IBM didn’t stop there. It also announced that it was open-sourcing some of the technical underpinnings of the Power Series chip to make it easier for developers and engineers to build on top of the technology. Perhaps most importantly, the company is open-sourcing the Power Instruction Set Architecture (ISA). These are “the definitions developers use for ensuring hardware and software work together on Power,” the company explained.

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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 08-22-2019, 04:38 AM
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Probably the only interesting news piece we've had the whole week;

Assuming this has the kind of legs they want to say it has, assuming RISCV never really goes anywhere, assuming affore-mentioned Power9..10..11 traction leads to faster processor SKUs and assuming the Linux Foundation doesn't further deteriorate into the Tumblr Chill-out lounge (now with more minority rights, 101% diversity-friendly!), few years from now this might turn out to be just the thing.
(last part isn't sarcasm, we do need this)

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