March 2014 Newsletter

This has been a horrible winter here in the northeast part of the United States, as well as other parts of the US. I can feel the change is in the air.  Spring has arrived on the calendars, you can feel the strength of the sun when you are outside, but it is still cold in Connecticut. There are also many rumors flying out in the Power Systems community right now if you just read the industry magazines and newsletters.. We know that there is a new version of IBM i 7.2 coming out in 2014 that IBM announced in Oct 2013 (just do a Google search on IBM i 7.2).  Unfortunately, I can’t discuss more than has been publically announced. In addition, we see that IBM has announced details of its next chip, the POWER8 chip.  It hasn’t announced the machine, just the specifications on the chip, and you can see this here at https://www.power.org/documentation/power-roadmap-power8/  Seems to be an amazing engineering marvel, and I know that I can’t wait to hear more about it.   The website has some really interesting information on the speeds and feeds of the chip.  Do you realize that this is the 23rd anniversary of the PowerPC? The first generation, called POWER1 was a RISC based processor that came out in 1990, although they weren’t in the old AS/400 product line until POWER4 in 2001. Just amazing where does time go?

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