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IBM, Google and Nvidia team up to develop data centres

In a rare alliance of technology giants, IBM, Google and Nvidia have joined forces, along with ethernet switch firm Mellanox and Taiwanese motherboard maker Tyan, to form a data centre development group.

The OpenPower Consortium will aim to develop new technology and solutions based on IBM's Power microprocessor architecture.

"The Consortium intends to build advanced server, networking, storage and GPU-acceleration technology aimed at delivering more choice, control and flexibility to developers of next-generation, hyperscale and cloud data centres," read a statement announcing the move.

The group is also opening up the OpenPower Consortium to any firm that wants to develop the Power platform and join the collaborative effort.

This will see IBM making its Power software and hardware available to development by other companies for the first time, something which the company says will greatly expand the structure of innovators on the platform.

"The founding members of the OpenPOWER Consortium represent the next generation in data-center innovation," said Steve Mills, senior vice president, and group executive, IBM Software & Systems.

"Combining our talents and assets around the Power architecture can greatly increase the rate of innovation throughout the industry. Developers now have access to an expanded and open set of server technologies for the first time. This type of 'collaborative development' model will change the way data centre hardware is designed and deployed."

As part of their initial collaboration within the consortium, Nvidia and IBM will work together to integrate the Power ecosystem with Nvidia's CUDA GPU platform.

"The OpenPower Consortium brings together an ecosystem of hardware, system software, and enterprise applications that will provide powerful computing systems based on Nvidia GPUs and Power CPUs," said Sumit Gupta, general manager of the Tesla Accelerated Computing Business at NVIDIA.

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