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Rani Borkar, IBM’s vice president of OpenPOWER development, gave attendees at the OpenPOWER Foundation Summit in Barcelona at the end of October a sneak peek at the vendor's upcoming Power9 processor. I captured it on video (see below) to show you what to expect. The first Power9, due in 2017 (probably mid-year but IBM didn’t …

  1. Mage Silver badge
    Coat

    Alternatives are good

    A CPU mono-culture is bad.

    I hope IBM keeps supporting the Power Processor and that it's commercially viable.

    Mines the one with list of CPU architectures in the pocket.

  2. WireBug

    Because Licensing EACH CORE is awesome! /s Here's a performance boost, but oh yeah... it will only use a single core unless you pay us.

    Feels like what they did with "upgrading" hard drives back in the day.... snip a wire or move a jumper and magically your disk doubled in size...

    1. seven of five

      At least, with most of these boxes you can license as many (or little) cores as you need. Doesn´t make each one cheaper, but you do not have to pay for twelve when all you want is five...

    2. P. Lee Silver badge

      >Because Licensing EACH CORE is awesome!

      I have some sympathy with IBM's position. Would you rather have different sku's and buy a whole new unit to upgrade capacity? When you pay for the additional capacity, you get a discrete and definite benefit - more cpu capacity. That's what the consumer wants.

      I have less sympathy with software vendors doing this. especially when its based on physical cores in the box, rather than limiting the number of cores the software will run on. With hardware, you know the benefit you'll be getting. With software, there's an incentive to make your software run badly to increase core-count revenue. That's bad for the consumer. This is why I have an issue with "Appliances" which are just PC's which the vendor refuses to upgrade or turns end-of-life with no good reason. That's server appliances or mobile phones - both are examples of hardware which is often dumbed down for market segmentation and (unlike IBM's hardware licensing). It's worse at the server end of the market: they want you to buy all new software licenses as well as over paying for new hardware.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "IBM to make Power PC processor to make data-centers great again"

    Does this mean it will trump the other processors ?

    Sorry in advance for an offence cause by the terrible pun, and its reference ;)

  4. ScissorHands

    Are you sure those x86 percentages are right?

    I'm seeing more like 3-4% between Sandy Bridge and Haswell... Unless you're counting MOAR CORES or very specialized applications for which Intel has developed special instructions.

    1. HeKnows

      Re: Are you sure those x86 percentages are right?

      Sadly, the article compares core to core performance in Power versus gen to gen x86 performance (adding more cores)...

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    When will we get an Unum Math coprocessor, then?

  6. Florida1920
    Facepalm

    "great again"

    Please, stop rubbing it in. We feel bad enough already.

  7. naive

    Lets make IT great again: Vmware ports ESX to Power architecture

    As long this does not happen, it will be hard to free corporate IT from its 1U x86 (dell/hp/lenovo) box addiction.

    1. phillrow
      Alert

      Re: Lets make IT great again: Vmware ports ESX to Power architecture

      you mean that you've never heard of PowerVM+PowerVC??? It's pretty much functionally equivilent to VMWare......KVM is also an option on the Linux only Power boxen.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Lets make IT great again: Vmware ports ESX to Power architecture

        PowerVM is also currently supported behind VRO. So as corporate IT moves up the stack into Ochestration - it will be much simpler for VMware shops to deploy POWER9.

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