Not too long ago Google revealed it had updated the code that runs behind its popular web based services to make it more hardware agnostic. With a trivial tweak to the code their software can switch between running on Intel x86, IBM Power or 64-bit ARM cores. On Friday Google Cloud's technical program manager, John Zipfel, provided more information on the OpenCAPI compliant Zaius P9 server that is in development and revealed it will use an IBM Power 9 chip. As it will be OpenCAPI, it will use interconnects such as NVIDIA's NVLink or AMD's as yet unnamed fabric interconnect but will not leverage Intel's. The Register has a bit more information on Google's plans and the Zaius here.
"Google has gently increased pressure on Intel – its main source for data-center processors – by saying it is "looking forward" to using chips from IBM and other semiconductor rivals."
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