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The high-performance computing landscape is evolving at a furious pace that some are describing as an important inflection point, as Moore’s Law delivers diminishing returns while performance demands increase. Leaders of organizations are grappling with how to embrace recent system-level innovations like acceleration, while simultaneously being challenged to incorporate analytics into their HPC workloads. On the horizon, even more demanding applications built with machine learning and deep learning are emerging to push system demands to all-new highs. With all of this change in the pipeline, the usual tick-tock of minor code tweaks to accompany nominal hardware performance improvements can’t continue as usual. For many HPC organizations, significant decisions need to be made.
Realizing that these demands could only be addressed by an open ecosystem, IBM partnered with other industry leaders Google, Mellanox, NVIDIA and others to form the OpenPOWER Foundation, dedicated to stewarding the Power CPU architecture into the next generation.