On November 9, Red Hat announced the availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4 for Power Little Endian (POWER9) – the first OS available that will support POWER9. IBM has long been committed to the growth of Linux, especially Linux on IBM Power Systems. Collaborating with partners such as Red Hat is part of that commitment.

A key part of POWER9 is of course the Summit supercomputer, currently being installed at Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility, as part of the US Department of Energy’s Collaboration of Oak Ridge, Argonne, and Lawrence Livermore, or CORAL program. Summit will deliver more than 5 times the computational performance of previous installments, making use of multiple IBM POWER9 CPUs and NVIDIA Volta GPUs. As an OpenPOWER member and long-standing partner, Red Hat has worked closely with IBM to enable RHEL 7.4 for supporting POWER9 based Power systems. This enables early adopters and OpenPower partners working with IBM on the introduction of POWER9 based systems.

Through ongoing joint development efforts, Red Hat and IBM continue to work to deliver additional pieces of the Red Hat portfolio. Earlier this year, Red Hat announced support for Containers on IBM POWER systems. This support on Little Endian POWER systems includes key packages such as etcd (distributed Key-Value store) & flannel (Overlay Network for Containers). Also enabled on the IBM Power Little Endian architecture are High Availability and Resilient Storage Add-Ons, allowing for reliability, scalability, and availability to critical production services. Future efforts will focus on Virtualization, Cloud, and Container technology.

What a great year for the IBM and Red Hat partnership!

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