SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 and IBM POWER8

By: Michael Miller

April 29, 2014 1:11 pm





Once again SUSE and IBM are jointly developing the next generation of Linux for IBM hardware because, as the SUSE motto says, “We adapt, you succeed.” In 1999, SUSE worked with IBM to bring System z into a new era, bringing Linux to the mainframe. Now, we are applying our deep software engineering experience to help IBM usher in a new era for IBM POWER8. When released, the enterprise-class SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 will be optimized for the IBM POWER8 architecture running in little-endian mode. Let’s take a look at how little-endian mode will remove a portability barrier for the software application vendors that started out on the x86 and x86-64 platforms and who will now be able to more easily move to the Power platform.

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server is the distribution for Linux on Power

OpenPower-logo-wht-bg_logo-wht-bgAs IBM Software Group is working to bring its most popular workloads to Linux on Power, SUSE’s support of little-endian on IBM Power will simplify source code porting from little-endian x86 Linux applications to little-endian Linux on Power. Because many modern I/O Systems and GPU accelerators assume that data is written in little-endian access models, the enablement of little-endian for IBM Power will allow data produced by existing x86 Linux applications to be accessed more easily. Which is why companies such as Mellanox and NVIDIA are keen to participate in the OpenPOWER Foundation.

With great tools and services such as the Open Build Service, SUSE Developer Services and IBM’s Software Development Toolkit for Linux on Power, SUSE provides an environment that supports partners’ efforts to include their latest innovations in the dynamic Linux market.

Bringing Next Generation Workloads to IBM Power

S822LWith Linux on Power, existing IBM Power customers can bring new workloads like big data, analytics and cloud closer to their systems of record. With the introduction of IBM’s Power Systems S812L and S822L servers, new customers can create a highly optimized scale out infrastructure that can exceed the capabilities of existing distributed servers.

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Categories: Enterprise Linux, Expert Views, SUSE Linux Enterprise, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for System z

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  1. By:wburos

    Nicely described. Exciting time for the SLES operating system and customers!

  2. By:aldouskim

    I just love the disclaimer. “…and something blows up.” 🙂