Gordon MacKean
2 years agoPublic
Today I'm excited to show off a Google POWER8 server motherboard in the OpenPOWER booth at the Impact 2014 conference in Las Vegas.  We're always looking to deliver the highest quality of service for our users, and so we built this server to port our software stack to POWER (which turned out to be easier than expected, thanks in part to the liitle-endian support in P8). A real server platform is also critical for detailed performance measurements and continuous optimizations, and to integrate and test the ongoing advances that become available through OpenPOWER and the extended OpenPOWER community. (Google, IBM and others formed the OpenPOWER Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to developing an open ecosystem.
Brandon Mercer2 years ago
So not your moms motherboard? :)+10
Brian Zoric2 years ago
Love it Gordon ! #OpenPower+3
Bob Sudalnik2 years ago
Fabulous technology and Google will make it work for them. Way to GO!+1
Jay H Yu2 years ago
RISC Renaissance!+3
Breno Leitao2 years ago
This is real nice!+1
Joanna Cai2 years ago
looks so coool
Timothy Keeley2 years ago
Andy Warhol would dig it!
J.G. Neal2 years ago
Who built it..?
Michael Gschwind2 years ago
It is exciting to see a new server design expand the choice for data center users! #OpenPOWER
Rahul patil2 years ago
Great ,
I am extremely excited to see
Lei Wu2 years ago
jean Olaf2 years ago
quite symmetrical !
marcin steć2 years ago
Good chance for POWER to survive the flood of cheap, clouded Intel based servers. Enterprise niche is not enough. POWER has to adopt the same strategy. +1
Mark Zhitomirski2 years ago
where's RAM?+5
Leif Bergman2 years ago
So this is what a 192 threaded monstrosity looks like! ;-)

Is the memory on separate boards?
OMKAR NATH Dubey2 years ago
Tais P. Hansen2 years ago
What are the "hammock" slots? Memory risers?

I'd expect a lot from this if they're based on TYANs designs. Best workstation motherboards I've ever used where TYAN made.
I Have Power 5+ IBM at home - I'm happy to see Power arch will have a chance to survive ;)+1
Joshua Toon2 years ago
Please tell me that these are going to be something I can buy in the near future...+3
So when can I buy these?
Slappy Fistwad2 years ago
Where's the ram go?+1
Roberto Teixeira2 years ago
Am I the only one incredibly bothered by the terribly misaligned slots there? I can't concentrate! I need to align them!+4
christian jensen2 years ago
whats the print something below the LGA socket on the right?
Per Buer2 years ago
+Joanna Cai Actually, POWER systems tend to be rather hot. :-)
martin krastev2 years ago
Glad to see Google went with a POWER8, but it'd be curious to see a performance-per-watt comparison with AMD's upcoming A57-based A1100 (8x AArch64 @ 2GHz / 25W)+1
Juaquin Anderson2 years ago
+Per Buer

Why you say hot?

Apple power systems were simply overclocked..
Yves Dorfsman2 years ago
What OS / distro do you use?
Per Buer2 years ago
+Juaquin Anderson: Don't know much about PowerPC (the system Apple used) but I've had a number of POWER-systems from IBM. They where running extremely hot. Very solid systems, though.  Apart from being a bit weird (requiring a separate computer to do mgmt and such) they where very nice.+1
marcin steć2 years ago
+Yves Dorfsman in IBM they run mostly RHEL. I was also successful with Fedora 20. I've also seen Debian on 770 LPAR. But real hot stuff is coming with recently announced PowerKVM which replaces PowerVM and provides support for little endian distros like Ubuntu running in standard OpenStack compliant KVM environment.+2
Juaquin Anderson2 years ago
I'm left with a troubled feeling that there's no ram on this mobd.
Andrew Bobulsky2 years ago
+Mark Zhitomirski Darn fine question!

I'm going to guess it's either in the black chips in center that [appear to] have been obscured... or it hangs off of the "HAMMOCK" ports?  I'm not sure what HAMMOCK is, but I'm guessing that maybe they've taken elements of the FSB and extended them electrically out through PCIe ports because cheap :P
Mark Atwood2 years ago
This implies that the +The Go Programming Language complier has a POWER target.+3
David McGowan2 years ago
All about open computing, and half the chips are blacked out.+2
Patrick Coombe2 years ago
Wow I had no idea Google was in the hardward game at this level
Chuck McManis2 years ago
Nice! How is the hammock design working out? Would love to see the bottom too.+1
Aaron Hamilton2 years ago
+Mark Atwood: I'm interested in that as well, perhaps we can look forward to some follow-up.+1
E. Betts2 years ago
Very interesting....
Kumar Thangudu2 years ago
This is cool. adding it here : 

Any of you commenters ic designers by any chance? 
Juaquin Anderson2 years ago
Guessing its using ddr3..

Could be up to 8 memory controllers with 128mb L4 cache.
Juaquin Anderson2 years ago
..There are 8 of the white slots on the board.

Could they be for the memory controllers and ram?
Mark Jeacoma2 years ago
I wonder if they will abandon it like Google tv was
Stuart Miniman2 years ago
We had a good conversation with Steve Mills, IBM Group Executive, on Google+Power8 Steve Mills - IBM Pulse 2014 - theCUBE+1
Tim Hockin2 years ago
I recall when we were bringing up the first 4 thread board.  My how the times have changed :)
Claiton Zanella2 years ago
Go, Power8, Go!!!
Masafumi Ohta2 years ago
Awesome! planning to sell as 'Open Computing' solutions?
Daniel Cormier2 years ago
The color of the board makes me think of +SparkFun Electronics's boards.
Kimmo Saarela2 years ago
It is nice to see Power arch in such use, hopefully this will also go bit further than just tech demo and early evaluation.
Patrick Mullen2 years ago
How about a "Power8 Pi" board for all us "Hack-a-Day" fans ?  Seriously, I see nothing here that would want to make my company switch away from ARM-64, mostly because there is no "grass roots" following for the Power8 [which is IBM's fault].  Cheers !+1
Alan Akhmetov2 years ago
Nice! Hope to see full server soon.
Maria McDade2 years ago
+marcin steć  PowerKVM does not replace PowerVM, it's available as an alternative virtualisation engine.
How do I get one?
Fabio Diglio2 years ago
Does this motherboard mean "trouble" for Intel ?
+Gordon MacKean With low latency overheads as a priority these days and spotting CYPRESS_DBG screened onto the mainboard, does this hint at Google's future of adopting F-RAM along with Power architecture, or is it still too early to let the cat out of the bag?
risc is dead
Bin Zeng2 years ago
Congrats from Intel.
Rob Puru2 years ago
But can it run far cry 3?
Colin Brown2 years ago
With this Power8 setup, IBM themselves could host a Redhat/JBOSS open source software stack in the cloud instead of intel based solution and create logical partitions for PaaS solutions too (AS/400 etc)
Jeffrey Bottoms2 years ago
Nice looking board! I'd sure love to have a dozen or so :) :) :)
Fabio Diglio2 years ago
+ Giuseppe Pappa here!
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Jt Whissel2 years ago
Blacking out all the chips on the motherboard is not very "Open" thing to do .... 
Liu Jiang2 years ago
Looking forward to more technical details and use cases.
commodore2562 years ago
I want one
typo: liitle > little :)
+Mark Zhitomirski my guess is the PCIe looking slots that have "hammock" screened nearby are some sort of riser.
+Jt Whissel #OpenPower still requires membership.  I am guessing those chips are POWER8 requirements.
i'm quite sure that many could be interested in a desktop (worstation) version too ;)
Eelco Chaudron2 years ago
Can you send me onze, so I van finally finish my high speed routing OS project I was working on my XPC860 ;)
arthur fleiss2 years ago
Markus Strangl2 years ago
How about one in ATX form factor? I would love having a non-x86 workstation again some day.. ever since Sun and IBM ended their respective RISC workstations.+1
commodore2562 years ago
+Markus Strangl  Wait for Skybridge, but it's ARM.
Joe Nosay1 year ago
And why does Google not make these boards available to the BSD community?
A desktop version of Power 8 will be wonderfull. And what about a Laptop version? maybe a dual core or a 4 core version...
I wonder if the comments here can be even considered :(