IBM launches SuperVessel, a free OpenPOWER cloud service

The launch highlights how IBM is trying to gin up developers for its OpenPOWER ecosystem and target cloud apps that will need to be customized for enterprises.

IBM launched SuperVessel, a free OpenPower-based cloud service, designed to bring universities, professors and developers into the ecosystem and create cloud apps.

The launch highlights how IBM is trying to gin up developers for its OpenPower ecosystem and target cloud apps that will need to be customized for enterprises. OpenPower launched in December 2013 with founding members IBM, Nvidia, Mellanox, Google and Tyan and has 130 members contributing to the open source project, which is based on Big Blue's Power technology.

IBM announced the cloud service at the OpenPower Foundation Summit in Beijing.

SuperVessel is an open cloud service created by IBM Research in Beijing and IBM System Labs. The cloud service is billed as a "virtual R&D engine." IBM said SuperVessel is aimed at creating apps for analytics, machine learning and the Internet of things.

OpenPower is an effort to diversify data centers with processors beyond Intel.

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SuperVessel is based on processors from IBM, Nvidia and Xilinx. SuperVessel's cloud, based on a mix of those processors and OpenStack, is divvied up areas revolving around big data, Internet of things, acceleration and virtualization on Power architecture.

Tongji University developed an application called ProteinGoggle, which examines protein sequences.

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