IBM Unveils Power8 Chip As Open Hardware. Google and other OpenPower Foundation partners express interest in IBM’s Power8 chip designs and server motherboard specs since Power8 has been designed with some specific big-data handling characteristics.It is, for example, an eight-threaded processor, meaning each of 12 cores in a CPU will coordinate the processing of eight sets of instructions at a time — a total of 96 processes. “processes” is to understood as a set of related instructions making up a discrete process within a program. By designating sections of an application that can run as a process and coordinate the results, a chip can accomplish more work than a single-threaded chip.
By licensing technology to partners, IBM is borrowing a tactic used by ARM in the market for chips used in smartphones and tablets. But the company faces an uphill battle.