Actual photo of the IBM Servers and Rack

The OpenPOWER Research Facility at IIT Bombay is hosted in the Systems and Control Engineering Department in a IBM 42U Rack.

On the hardware part it consists of the following nodes:

2 x OpenPOWER based 8247-42L servers with each having:

  • 20 cores of 3.42 GHz each (capable of creating 160 POWER threads) Refer to the links in About POWER 8 section for a great insight on POWER architecture

  • 256 GB RAM

  • 8 TB raw capacity level hard disks

  • 1 x NVIDIA Tesla K40m GPU

1 x OpenPOWER-based 8247-21L with:

  • 10 cores of 3.75 GHz

  • 128 GB RAM

  • 8x1 TB raw capacity hard disks

These machines are interconnected with a Mellanox switch of 12 ports with 8 Gigabit throughput.

About POWER 8

  1. POWER 8 Architecture

  2. Simultaneous Multi threading

  3. POWER 8 Architecture Overview

On the software part, this facility runs on Ubuntu Linux 14.04.3 and provides:

  • gcc (Ubuntu 4.8.4-2ubuntu1~14.04.3) 4.8.4
  • IBM Platform LSF Community Edition Job scheduler
  • advance-toolchain-at 9.0 9..0.3 Compilers


Access to this facility is currently available to researchers across India on request.

To request access, please contact us.