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Open-CE - Version 1.9.1

By Maximilllian Schmidt posted Wed September 27, 2023 06:26 PM


The Oregon State University Open Source Lab (OSUOSL) and Center for Quantitative Life Sciences (CQLS, previously CGRB) partner with IBM in order to provide download resources around Open-CE. Open-CE is a community driven software distribution for machine learning that runs on standard Linux platforms, with NVIDIA GPU technologies or AI acceleration platforms like Power10, and contains a super-environment of all the latest AI/ML packages and frameworks.

Version 1.9.1 marks the first bug fix release of version 1.9, built with CUDA 11.8 and Python 3.9 and 3.10. Individual ML environments and feedstocks have been updated as well. See the OSUOSL page for more information. Some of the more popular packages in Open-CE include:



  Apache Beam






  Onnx, Onnxruntime

  1.13.1, 1.15.1







  Tensorboard & Tensorflow




Environment Setup

Currently, version 1.9.1 on the OSL page works within the following constraints. The system must have:

  • ppc64le architecture at Power9 or better (Power10-optimized builds coming soon; x86 builds coming soon)

  • If desired to use an Nvidia GPU accelerator, CUDA version 11.8*

    • *Currently CUDA 11.2 is semi-supported. Packages have not been built for this release, nor tested, but the Open-CE dev team and staff at OSU will work with users as needed.

  • Python version 3.9 or 3.10

Free Testing at the OpenPOWER Foundation HUB

If users wish to try out Open-CE on ppc64le systems (Power9), they can do so at the OpenPOWER Foundation HUBs. The HUB is where anyone working with or testing open source software can leverage the power of systems built on OpenPOWER, and communicate with others in the community of OpenPOWER. Flexibility is the goal of the HUB, where VMs, containers, and even bare metal access are available, alongside powerful accelerators like Nvidia GPUs and specialty FPGAs. The HUB Special Integrations Group (SIG) also stands ready to assist with access requests, testing, and porting software to the ppc64le architecture.

More Info

Read more about Open-CE here and at the project GitHub page, and the Open-CE builders at OSU through OSUOSL here and CQLS here. You can also join the community further at the Open-CE on Slack.

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