Mellanox, Nvidia and IBM have opened a design centre in France dedicated to research into using the POWER platform for commercial, industrial and scientific applications. The centre is situated in its existing building (pictured).
In case you haven’t been following the story so far, IBM has wheeled heaps of companies into the OpenPOWER foundation – and the centre in Montpelier will give open source software developers technical assistance to develop high performance computing (HPC) applications.
Mellanox keeps itself out of the limelight but it is responsible for Infiniband, while Nvidia has its Tesla advanced computing platform. IBM brings its licensable POWER architecture in the picture.
The French centre is the second such establishment – the three opened a centre in Germany last November and are the founding members of the foundation.
The aim is to help solve big challenges scientists and others face using HPC architectures and technologies.
IBM’s VP of HPC, Dave Turek, said the opening of the centre shows his firm is committed to open source collaboration. Nvidia brings its NVLink graphics processor interconnect to the party, while Mellanox’ Infiniband offloads data to the network level.