Open Source Programmers, Developers to Hold First Power Powwow

Power.Org will sponsor the first Power Architecture Developer Conference in the Austin Convention Center September 24-25.

The vendor-neutral convention will gather Power.org’s corporate members with developers, hardware andsoftware solution providers, academics and designers to show how open collaboration can break downbarriers to innovation. The two-day event will include technical sessions, hands-on labs, keynoteaddresses and vendor demonstrations.

Power.Org fosters the growth of Power Architecture technology, an instruction set architecture that spansapplications from consumer electronics to supercomputers. Sponsors include IBM, FreescaleSemiconductor and Applied Micro Circuits.

The Power of Power

“This is the first time the Power Architecture is being promoted in this manner. Through Power.org [thesponsors] are pushing hard for Power to be recognized for the incredible inroads and foundation itmaintains in a wide variety of industries — military, telco, automobile, spaceborne and interplanetary andconsumer,” Kai Staats, CEO of Terra Soft Solutions, told LinuxInsider.

Intel has always been a strong marketing engine, but Power is on the rise. This event is a showcase aswell as an educational outlet for chip vendors, board OEMs, ISVs and developers alike, Staats explained.

Event Highlights

The conference will offer presentations on Power Architecture, multiple-chip technology, software and tool vendors. Attendees will also learn about emerging Power Architecture technologies and roadmaps. They can meet a wide range of solution providers in the Power Architecture community.

The conference will push for greater collaboration with Power Architecture technology. Conference planners expect more than 500 attendees to join in networking and collaborating sessions.

The two-day event will provide some 65 hours of technical sessions and lab sessions. Also, 20 vendorswill demonstrate at least 50 real-world applications.

Technical Sessions

Staats will present one of several dozen technical conferences. He will discuss clustering PS3s.Terra Soft Solutions has constructed a growing Cell cluster from PlayStation 3 appliances. Thislightweight, low-cost cluster solution offers a balance of limitations and performance using Yellow DogLinux and Y-HPC.

Focus on clustering and Y-HPC technology can have a positive impact on engineering applications for theCell processor, said Staats.

“They are an excellent means by which developers may build, test and optimize parallel and distributedCell applications, with the very real potential to migrate to the more robust IBM and Mercury systems,”said Staats.

Technical sessions are grouped into six categories: Embedded Perspective, Digital Media, ComputeIntensive Solutions, Multi-core Solutions, Software Development and Virtualization,

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