Power9 Inexpensive Development Testbed
grarpamp at gmail.com
Sat Oct 14 01:50:55 UTC 2017
On Mon, Oct 9, 2017 at 5:59 PM, grarpamp <grarpamp at gmail.com> wrote:
> With Power8 aging and Power9 shipping... Consider picking up a
> couple of these to support the development of getting FreeBSD going
> on the bare iron without hypervisor. FreeBSD being a member already,
> good support for this effort should be available from the OpenPOWER
> Foundation / IBM. They seem to want to make Power9 and beyond happen
> in a big way. Linux also has support for Power9.
> A barebones selfbuilt machine for the dev cluster would cost about
> $3200-$3500, and/or donation could be solicited from OpenPOWER
> Just an FYI for those unfamiliar, including potential users.
> This thread could be updated to list other Power9
> hardware sources as they become known by
> the FreeBSD community.
Adding some more "official" links about this CPU and platform
for anyone interested. Some of them may refer to Power8,
which can be viewed as carrying over plus better to Power9.
The Open Power Foundation / IBM full release, marketing, and public
availability of Power9 seems to be set for 2018q1. So expect more
vendors and so forth at that time.
Note that this platform apparently does not have any closed source
firmware / microcode or BIOS blobs. That means no Intel AMT / ME,
no AMD PSP, etc. Programming documentation should be available.
And seems to perform competetively on a number of fronts / tasking.
You can search some third party sites for performance,
news, and reviews. Search on "openpower" or "power9".
Some articles that have appeared...
Sorry don't know which list is best, perhaps hardware@?
Anyway, happy hacking :)
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