IBM has added Samsung Electronics to its list of partners in the OpenPower initiative it started up last year to push development of its Power Systems architecture. The firm also announced availability of the cloud-based development service it promised for Power programmers.
The IT giant disclosed that Samsung Electronics has joined the OpenPower Foundation, but gave away little detail on what Samsung's participation in the initiative would be.
However, as the stated aims of OpenPower are to build advanced server, networking, storage and acceleration technology based on IBM's Power processor architecture, it seems likely that Samsung will be involved in either designing or manufacturing Power chips.
Meanwhile IBM also unveiled its IBM Power Development Platform (PDP), a service providing software developers with access to cloud-based IBM Power Systems servers to build, port and test applications. The service is available at no charge to developers, IBM said.
The PDP provides access to hardware resources including servers with the latest Power 7 and Power 7+ processors, running Linux, AIX and IBM i operating system software. Developers will also have access via the PDP to the full IBM Software Group Software Access Catalogue, which has hundreds of downloadable IBM software applications, the firm said.
Hailing the availability of the PDP, IBM's general manager of Power Systems Doug Balog said a lot of new and exciting developments are happening with the Power platform.
"Our new development cloud will serve as a springboard for innovation from a talented development community. Providing cloud access to Power accelerates the development of applications that deliver even greater business value to our clients," he said.
IBM has ramped up its Power development tools in response to growing interest, particularly from Linux developers, the firm said. The PDP thus features additional Linux development tools, and deeper social media integration to provide users with more news and information.
The OpenPower Foundation already comprises firms such as Google and Nvidia, while Chinese organisations Suzhou PowerCore and the Research Institute of Jiangsu Industrial Technology (RIJIT) joined last month.
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