Power.org, a community around IBM's Power processor, has announced a merged instruction set architecture that can help developers find new ways of using the chip.
The group announced in July that it would be merging its parallel instruction sets and build a brand logo. The three instruction sets – one for the System p and System i servers; one for PCs; and one for embedded systems – were merged so the group could build support for the architecture. Power.org includes organizations that work to enhance technology on the Power processor, which can be found in IBM servers, such as its System p and System i hardware lines. The group started in 2004 with 14 core members and has grown to about 40 today.
The merged instruction set architecture is called Power ISA Version 2.03. Included is a new feature for servers, which allows software to observe and control the hierarchies of threads within the chip.
IBM has virtualization management software
IBM recently released a Web-based tool that acts as systems management software for virtual machines, not just from IBM but also other vendors.
Virtualization Manager supports VMware Inc., Microsoft Virtual Server and XenSource Inc., along with its own System p virtualization. It doesn't yet support Hewlett-Packard Co.'s (HP) Virtual Server Environment, however. The software is integrated with IBM Director and Tivoli, the company's systems management software that ships with most of its servers.
The software is available for free download for System x, BladeCenter and System p server users.
Active Power Inc. wins patent for CoolAir power backup system
Active Power, a company specializing in nonbattery backup power for data centers, has received a U.S. patent for its development of a compressed air technology. Jim Pinkerton, chairman of the Austin, Texas-based company, invented the technology and has called it TACAS, short for a thermal and compressed air storage system.
In traditional data centers, when the power goes out, strings of batteries take over for brief amounts of time until the power returns or backup generators kick on. Active Power and other companies have developed mechanical backup power processes in the form of flywheels, which spin at high speeds to generate energy to replace or supplement batteries. Other backup power sources include fuel cells.
With Active Power's CoolAir system, when the power goes out a valve releases compressed air stored in tanks. That air powers a small turbine that can provide power. Meanwhile, the process produces leftover cold air that can be used to cool the data center. The company claims this method can provide power and cooling for longer periods of time.
Eaton Powerware releases new 6U UPS
Powerware, a subsidiary of Eaton Corp., an electrical manufacturing company, has released a new rack-mounted uninterruptible power supply (UP) that it said will help data centers deal with power and space density.
The Powerware 9140 UPS delivers up to 10 kVA of power in 6U of rack space, including internal batteries. The Raleigh, N.C.-based company said that one person can install and repair the UPS without disrupting power to data center equipment. It has hot-swappable batteries with 45 minutes of life at full load, a front-panel LCD screen to allow administrators to program UPS features from the outside, and ways to be connected via USB and serial ports for monitoring over a network.
The 9140 UPS is available now. Pricing was not available.
APC releases new rack cooling unit
American Power Conversion Corp. (APC), a power and cooling company in West Kingston, R.I., has released a new cooling unit designed for server rooms that provides up to 7 kW of cooling in a structure that is half the width of a normal rack.
The InRow SC is available now and sells for about $7,200. It is designed for smaller rooms that are short on space and don't have the ability or desire to run refrigerant lines. It has an automatic restart function for after power outages and hot-swappable fans to reduce the meantime to recovery.
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