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Accelerate your open source development with access to IBM Power resources

By Linda Alkire posted Mon August 08, 2022 06:12 PM


Updated: Feb 06, 2024

If you already have access to IBM Power hardware for your development efforts, great! But if not, we've compiled this list help you get access to the development tools and resources you need to get started.

We'll update the list as new resources become available. So, follow this page and check back often.

Cloud environments

This section provides details about the cloud environments that can enable you to get started.

IBM Power Virtual Server

IBM Power Virtual Server is a hosted infrastructure offering that allows you to quickly create one or more Power virtual machines (VMs) and deploy the Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform for cloud-native development and app modernization. After you create your account, you'll have access to an extensive container ecosystem for Power and IBM Cloud services.

IBM Technology Zone for Systems

The IBM Technology Zone provides images deployed on Power infrastructure intended for client demonstrations, proof of concepts, and self-education.


RADAR-ISV is the collaboration platform for independent software vendors (ISVs) in EMEA looking to speed up their journey to IBM Power. Take advantage of RADAR-ISV to start porting new or modernising existing applications in an IBM Power cloud environment at no charge. Request access to your tailored environment running Red Hat OpenShift and/or Linux, with or without AIX or IBM i, all preinstalled and configured and ready to start and test your applications.

  • Maximum duration: A few weeks up to months depending on your need and business case.
  • Environment: Dedicated VLAN with 1 to n LPARs sized according to your specific requirements.
  • Cost: The service is offered at no-charge as long as we can deliver what you need with the resources  and skills available.
  • Request access: Send an email to Paul Chapman at
  • Learn more

Oregon State University - Open Source Lab

In partnership with IBM, the Open Source Lab (OSL) and the Center for Quantitative Life Sciences (CQLS) provide access to IBM Power processor-based servers for developing and testing open source projects. There are two clusters available, and access is free to qualified open source developers. A variety of Linux distributions are available.

The OpenStack (non-GPU) based cluster offers Power little endian (LE) instances running on kernel-based virtual machine (KVM) with access via Secure Shell (SSH) and/or through OpenStack's API and GUI interface. This environment is one the best options for functional development and continuous integration (CI) work via the managed Jenkins service hosted on the cluster or as a node incorporated into an external continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipeline. Register for one or more GitHub repositories on the Jenkins server and configure the build process and the environment as needed.

The GPU-based acceleration cluster offers IBM Power8 and Power9 servers with NVIDIA P100/V100 GPUs connected via NVLink. This cluster is hosted by the CQLS.

OpenPOWER Foundation hub providers

The OpenPOWER hub providers, listed below, provide free access to OpenPOWER hardware for development and testing on the platform. Each provider has specific configurations available. Choose the one that works best for your needs.

  • Oregon State University - Open Source Lab
    Available resources: VM, Container, GPU
    Request access

  • University of Oregon Exascale Computing Center
    Available resource: VM, Container, GPU
    Request access

  • Raptor IntegriCloud (USA)
    Available resources: VM, Container
    Request access

  • VanTosh OpenPOWER Hub (Belgium)
    Available resources: VM, Container
    Request access

Emulation methods

This section describes the various methods that you can use to emulate an IBM power environment.


QEMU is a sophisticated emulation environment that allows you to run ppc64le applications or entire Linux on Power operating systems – from anywhere. Packages for QEMU emulation of IBM Power (ppc64le) are available with latest versions of Ubuntu, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES), and Red Hat Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux (EPEL). Learn more:

IBM Power Functional Simulator

Like QEMU, the Power Functional Simulator can emulate a Power system, allowing you to run complete Linux on Power operating systems on an x86 system. Power Functional Simulator can run the complete software stack, from firmware upwards. Learn more about the Power Function Simulator for:

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