NVLink will be available to OpenPower consortium members

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Following the announcement of NVLink at GTC’14, we naively tried to get more information about NVIDIA’s strategy to interconnect with Intel’s QPI or other processors. To no avail. But the Open Innovation Summit in San Francisco shed the light we were seeking on the issue: even if Intel chips still dominate 90% of the server world, NVIDIA and IBM, along with Mellanox, Tyan and Google, really intend to set up a serious alternative to the current landscape. NVIDIA will accordingly license NVLink to members of the consortium with the goal of better coupling its Tesla accelerators to the next generation of Power8 CPUs, probably the only credible competition to Intel’s Xeons.