Recommended Reading

This area of the site will provide links to interesting articles and other materials that will expand your Power Architecture knowledge base. Please contact us if you have a resource you would like listed here.

Power ISA Documentation

Power Instruction Set Architecture Version 2.06
The Power Architecture Advisory Council announces the public availability of Power ISA 2.06. This version is a major advance for the server and the embedded Power architecture. Major extensions include a new Vector-Scalar Floating-Point facility that supports vector and scalar floating-point operations, numerous new fixed-point, floating-point, and memory-management instructions, a new storage attribute, support for stronger storage access ordering, new storage control features, and many other enhancements. Extensions to the Embedded environment include an enhanced memory management architecture, logical partitioning and hypervisor support, embedded page table support, and multi-threading.

Power Instruction Set Architecture Version 2.05
The Power Architecture Advisory Council has advanced another step in the Power ISA roadmap. Power ISA version 2.05 enhances the capabilities of the architecture with the addition of decimal floating point facilities, power management capabilities, new instructions supporting computation efficiency and memory management, new facilities for measuring resource utilization and partition migration, and other enhancements.

Power Architecture White Papers

Power Architecture Platform – The intersection of technology and brand evolution
Pund-IT Research, July 2006
Download the Pund-IT Research’s commentary on the July announcements relating to Power ISA 2.03 and the new brand system.

Itanium vs. Power Architecture: More Bunk from the Itanium Solutions Alliance
Clabby Analytics, June 2006
Download the Clabby Analytics research brief that takes issue with some of the claims in the Itanium Solutions Alliances’ whitepapers.

Power.org gains Freescale, advances ecosystem
Linley Group, February 2006
Download the Linley Group analysis of Freescale’s addition to Power.org.

Cell Broadband Engine Processor and its applications
Stanford EE Computer Systems Colloquium, February 22, 2006
This session, by H. Peter Hofstee of IBM, covers the main design choices in the Cell Broadband Engine architecture, and its first implementation. Dr. Hofstee also discusses application areas where Cell has already proven its value, and how Cell-type architectures might evolve over time.

Power.org Technical Vision paper
Read the technical vision of the Power.org consortium in this paper written by Micheal Paczan, Chairman of the Power.org Technical Committee.  Find out how Power.org can help overcome technology challenges and create a  growing Power Architecture community that values open standards and recognize the benefits of a collaborative approach.  [Power.org]

Microprocessor Report Cell Processor Technology Award
With a promise of incredible performance and flexibility, and what is basically a vector supercomputer on a chip, The 2004 Microprocessor Report Analysts’ Choice Award for Best Technology goes to the Cell Processor. [Microprocessor Report]

Inforworld’s Review of POWER5
Computing to the 5th Power. Big Blue’s dual-core RISC processor doesn’t get the attention it deserves. [Infoworld]