A former IBM executive who helped to establish the company’s Linux operation has provided an overview of how IBM plans to use the operating system in its future platforms.
Dr Irving Wladawsky-Berger, chairman emeritus of the IBM Academy of Technology, told attendees at the LinuxCon conference that IBM originally chose Linux for its versatility and scalability.
Wladawsky-Berger explained that IBM was drawn to the operating system because it was scalable enough to power supercomputing clusters, while still being flexible enough to run on platforms ranging from servers to embedded devices.
"IBM has multiple platforms with multiple architectures, and Linux gave us the opportunity to have an OS that runs on all of them," he said. "We said this is pretty nifty: to write for one platform and then port it to all the others."
Wladawsky-Berger sees this versatility paying off for IBM and Linux in the coming years, adding that Linux will play a prominent role in the evolution of computing with the rise of mobile devices in emerging markets and the growth of cloud systems.
IBM is also making Linux a central part of its Smarter Cities initiative. Wladawsky-Berger said that large-scale analytics and simulation tools will drive the need for Linux-based cluster systems to meet the rise in connected appliances and embedded systems.