Libre/Open-Source POWER10 Hardware Systems Unlikely Until At Least 2022
IBM today announced POWER10 for shipping in H2'2021. But as mentioned in that article, seeing "libre" POWER10 hardware might not come so quickly. Unfortunately that was confirmed this morning by Raptor that any POWER10 platforms from them will not come until at least 2022.
POWER10 just announced by IBM. Note we will NOT have POWER10 systems available in 2021, and cannot discuss further until P10 official release. POWER9 on Talos II / Blackbird will remain the best option for owner-controlled computing through at least 2022. https://t.co/84MwxbWOPL— Raptor Computing Sys (@RaptorCompSys) August 17, 2020
Due to NDAs or other legal reasons they cannot discuss further until the official POWER10 release for why they won't be able to provide POWER10 systems in 2021. We previously heard that due to some poor judgement at IBM the POWER10 processors may be less open-source friendly, at least initially, while now Raptor confirmed via Twitter. They did follow up that the delay is not on their side / under their control but in the mean time they do have some new OpenPOWER hardware in the works.
So for at least the next year and a half, Raptor's POWER9 wares appear to be in the best shape for providing high-end, fully open-source down to the BIOS/firmware and board schematics. It's a shame though that due to whatever is going on at IBM that there will seemingly not be any fully-open platforms at launch for these next-gen 7nm CPUs.