Intel® Developer Zone:
Open Source on Intel


How Intel Drives the Open Source Spirit Forward
Twenty years of open-source evolution has reshaped entire industries. Intel has been at the heart of the movement since Linus Torvalds launched the Linux* kernel on Intel® architecture in 1991.


Igniting Sparks of Innovation
The vibrant ecosystem centered on open-source development has revolutionized the computer industry, driving innovation, encouraging discovery, and inspiring creativity.

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Extract Business Value from Big Data

Traditional infrastructure cannot handle today’s massive, diverse, and fast-moving data streams. Read how Apache Hadoop* provides a foundation you can implement today for targeted value, and then expand to meet growing needs. Read

Reference Architecture: Predictive Analytics and Interactive Queries on Big Data

Intel IT has implemented use cases for big data analysis delivering hundreds of millions of dollars in business value. Read about the technologies and strategies that make them possible. Read

Configuration and Deployment Guide for the Cassandra NoSQL Data Store on Intel Architecture

Deploy the Cassandra NoSQL database with Intel Xeon® processor- and Atom™ processor-based servers, taking into account differing business scenarios, performance requirements and TCO objectives. Read

Perform Predictive Analytics and Interactive Queries on Big Data

How to design a practical, cost-effective infrastructure for supporting data-driven decision making on an enterprise scale, using all available data, including operational data and poly-structured data from logs, social networks, sensors, and many other sources. Read

Use All Your Data to Compete and Win

How you analyze big data is as important as the data itself. This paper focuses on descriptive analysis, interactive queries, and predictive analytics. Read

Configuration and Deployment Guide for OpenStack Swift* Object Storage on Intel® Atom™ Processor and Intel® Xeon® Processor Microservers*

Use these benchmark results on Intel® Atom™ processor- and Intel Xeon® E3 processor-based microservers to help you design and build OpenStack* Swift* object storage in cloud environments. Read

Turn Big Data into Big Value

These three usage models can help you implement a flexible and efficient big data infrastructure. Intel innovations in silicon, systems, and software can help you to deploy these and other big data solutions with optimal performance, cost, and energy efficiency. Read

Mechanisms to Protect Data in the Open Cloud

Thanks to open source software contributions by Intel, datacenters can now address key security concerns associated with cloud computing. Read

MinnowBoard lands top innovation award

The first IA-based open source board for the small form factor, low-cost embedded market, was named a Top Embedded Innovation and was featured on the front cover of Embedded Computing Design. Read

Releasing Clouds of Data

The San Diego Supercomputer Center created a massive storage cloud based on OpenStack* and other open source software that that makes data accessible by researchers easily and at a low cost. Read

Streamlining Embedded Linux Development

Using the Yocto Project to create a custom embedded Linux OS running on systems based on the Intel® Atom™ processor, saved Hydrosix development time and lowered production costs significantly. Read

Creating Automated Hosting Services

Capitalizing on open source software deployed on Intel architecture, Canada-based iWeb, rapidly creates affordable, reliable, and scalable Internet host infrastructure solutions. Read

Linux* Kernel Scalability Advances

Scalability projects to tailor the Linux kernel and stack to multi-core Intel® architecture platforms have yielded great results. Discover how developers equip Linux for enterprise-caliber workloads. Read


Helping Establish Linux Globally

Through a diverse range of open-source projects, Intel works to enhance Linux* performance, stability, reliability, and power efficiency across the computing continuum.

Intel is a leading contributor to the Linux kernel. Intel employs thousands of software developers, many of them devoted to optimizing open-source code for Intel® hardware.


High Availability Linux Architecture for Mission Critical Workloads training available from The Linux Foundation
Intel has teamed up with the Linux Foundation for this 4-day, hands-on training course that provides any of your customers that need the knowledge and skills needed to successfully engineer, provision, maintain, and administer high-availability clusters to support mission-critical workloads. By leveraging the unique talent and experience from some of the largest Linux deployments in the world, the Linux Foundation built this course as a reference for IT architects and managers looking to engineer, provision, design, deploy and maintain highly available enterprise IT environments.
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Running Mission-Critical Workloads on Enterprise Linux x86 Servers
This IDC white paper, sponsored by Intel, examines the growth of mission-critical workloads being hosted on x86 servers based on the Intel® Xeon® E7 series of processors running enterprise Linux operating systems. It looks at the way in which x86 servers are taking on more demanding workloads and discusses IDC Workloads data that shows the growth of mission-critical business processing workloads on enterprise Linux platforms.

Linux* Kernel Scalability Advances for Large-Capacity Servers
Scalability projects to tailor the Linux kernel and stack to multi-core Intel® architecture platforms have yielded great results. Discover how developers equip Linux for enterprise-caliber workloads.


Performance and Power Management
Intel engineers provide early and robust support for new hardware capabilities and are optimizing Linux for exceptional energy-efficient performance on Intel architecture.
Linux Kernel Performance Project
Linux Kernel Archives

Intel is committed to delivering a world-class graphics experience for Linux users by maintaining and supporting open-source projects for current and future Intel® Graphics hardware, drivers, and enablement.
Linux Graphics Drivers from Intel

Open-source drivers for all wired and wireless networking adapters from Intel offer a no-hassle, “just works” experience on Linux.
Intel® Wireless WiFi Link Drivers
Intel® Wired Ethernet Drivers

Firmware and Platform Integration
Through open-source drivers and a firmware developer kit, Intel unlocks seamless operation for Linux users on Intel® platforms.
UEFI Project

Building Blocks Provide a Fast Path to Open-Source Solutions

Because of the collaborative efforts of the open-source community and Intel engineering teams, businesses have ready access to essential open-source building blocks to construct next-generation solutions for their customers. Optimizing software in multiple open-source projects to Intel platform technologies and processor technologies ensures that performance, interoperability, reliability, and scalability are maximized for each solution.


Yocto Project
Intel is collaborating with a diverse community to create a common, shared development environment and tools for embedded developers through participation in collaborative open-source projects such as the Yocto Project.


As the de facto operating system for cloud deployments, OpenStack draws support from an open-source community spanning 87 countries. Intel contributes reference architectures, participation in standards development, and engineering expertise to the project.


Desktop-Quality 3D Graphics on Mobile Linux* Devices
Create 3D visual experiences on mobile devices similar to those on a desktop or console. New mobile usages are possible in fields such as life sciences, energy, and computer-aided engineering.


Resurgent embedded application development is coalescing around the Yocto Project*, a key focus of Intel.
Yocto Project*

Big Data
Open Source, big data, and cost-effective supercomputing combine to unlock vast opportunities in research, commerce, government, and education.

Cloud Computing
Cloud computing continues to energize the industry as open, standards-based solutions gain popularity.
OpenStack* Project
Intel Cloud Builders
Open Data Center Alliance

As a prime contributor to open source virtualization projects, Intel helps meld breakthrough software with the latest Intel hardware.
Open Virtualization Solutions

Intel continues to advance kernel performance, providing end-customers with a predictable experience, while enhancing Linux* to take advantage of the latest advances in Intel® architecture.
Linux Kernel Performance Project
Linux Kernel Archives

Power Management
Contributions from Intel help ensure that open operating systems can take advantage of hardware energy-efficiency features, and we continue to work with the ecosystem to develop technology, tools, and tips for software-based power savings.

By helping to make open-source kernels multi-core-aware and providing threaded library functions, Intel helps enable parallel computing.
Intel® Threading Building Blocks

Intel maintains and supports open-source projects for current and future Intel® Graphics hardware, drivers, and enablement, delivering a world-class graphics experience for Linux users.
Linux Graphics Drivers from Intel

Open-source drivers for all wired and wireless networking adapters from Intel offer a no-hassle, “just works” experience on Linux.
Intel® Wireless WiFi Link Drivers
Intel® Wired Ethernet Drivers

Firmware and Platform Integration
Linux users on Intel architecture platforms enjoy seamless operations and reliable computing thanks to open source drivers and firmware development kits from Intel.
Linux-ready Firmware Developer Kit
UEFI Community

Operating Systems
For over a decade, Intel has worked with the open-source ecosystem to help strengthen open operating systems and ensure that they can capitalize on advanced Intel technologies.
Linux Kernel Archive
ACPI Component Architecture

Web Browsers and Runtime Libraries
Developers capitalize on the benefits of open-source development tools enabled and refined within the ecosystem by Intel.
Tools and Resources

From the very start, Intel has challenged the status quo. Each new generation of Intel® processors offers amazing functionality, performance and energy efficiency, unleashing creativity across the ecosystem and unlocking new possibilities for people around the world.

Intel® Atom™ Processor
With an exceptional processing-power-to-energy-use ratio, the Intel Atom processor suits small form-factor computing devices, including netbooks, smartphones, and tablets. Capabilities of the Tizen*, Android*, and Windows* operating systems are best-in-class.
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Intel® Xeon® Processors
Intel Xeon processors deliver exceptional performance, scalability, security and RAS features for today’s data center environments. Intel’s extensive contributions to open-source projects and collaboration with open-source ecosystem partners provide optimized support for these processors.
Intel® Xeon® Processor E7 Family
Intel® Xeon® Processor 5000 Sequence
Intel® Xeon® Processor E3 Family

Intel® Core® Processor
The latest Intel Core processor technologies bring intelligent performance to your desktop PC through adaptive performance and built-in visual capabilities. Desktops powered by the 2nd generation Intel® Core™ processor family let you see and do more with visibly smart performance.
Intel® Core™ i3 Processor
Intel® Core™ i5 Processor
Intel® Core™ i7 Processor
Intel® Core™ i7 Extreme Processor
Intel® Core™ vPro™ Processors

Intel platform technologies help reshape the computing experience by offering new capabilities ready to be put to use by developers and inspiring innovative design. Rich opportunities abound to take advantage of next-generation technologies using open-source components running on the Linux* operating system.

Intel® Multi-Core Technology
With a broad slate of multi-core processors available today and many-core processors in the design pipeline, Intel continues to set the pace in the industry for high-performance, multi-threaded computing.
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Intel® Core™ Microarchitecture
Intel leads the industry in the design, manufacturing, and delivery of small, highly efficient, high-performing processor cores. Microarchitecture development for 22nm technologies is well underway, which will expand the options for compact computing devices with long battery lives.
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Intel® vPro™ Technology
By incorporating security and manageability into hardware, Intel vPro technology enhances management of desktops and laptops, and protects data against loss. This technology offers features that can provide a significant competitive edge in software applications that use it.
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Intel® Active Management Technology
Embedded in Intel-based platforms, this technology enhances the ability of IT organizations to effectively manage enterprise computing facilities, onsite or remotely. ISVs can build applications that take advantage of the features of Intel AMT using the application programming interface (API).
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Intel® I/O Acceleration Technology
Designed to increase throughput in demanding network applications, this technology dynamically scales to accommodate rising network traffic and addresses data-flow bottlenecks. Overall platform performance can be increased significantly.
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Intel® Virtualization Technology
Virtualization of systems based on Intel architecture is strongly supported with open-source components. As a result, IT groups gain efficiency and simplified maintenance in a highly cost-effective manner.
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Intel® Trusted Execution Technology
Using this technology, systems can execute code inside protected hardware partitions, isolating sensitive data from other operations taking place on the same system. The result is a level of functionality that can help differentiate an open-source application in the enterprise space.
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Standards Drive Interoperability and Positive User Experiences

Through board membership, sponsorship, and contributions to key consortia and standards bodies, Intel helps to shape the future of open-source software and to enhance interoperability across the ecosystem.


Dirk Hohndel on the Linux Foundation
Dirk Hohndel, Intel’s chief Linux and open-source technologist, discusses the Linux Foundation and the importance of standards, the benefits of foundation membership, and Intel’s platform of choice philosophy.


Justin Rattner on the Link Between Standards and Innovation
Open-source development thrives on the interoperability derived from open standards. Intel CTO Justin Rattner explains the importance of standards to innovation and the ways that global standards lead to a positive user experience.



Intel helps to shape the future of open-source software and enable the ecosystem through board membership, sponsorship, and contributions to key consortia and standards bodies.

Linux Foundation
Fosters the growth and competitiveness of Linux technologies
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Linux Standards Base
Lowers the overall costs of supporting the Linux platform
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Apache Software Foundation
Supports the broad range of Apache community projects
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Helps drive open, structured information standards
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GNOME Foundation
Works to create a free software computing platform for the general public
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Open Data Center Alliance
Provides a unified customer vision for long-term data center requirements
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Produces a ubiquitous open-source cloud computing platform for public and private clouds
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Eclipse Foundation
Produces the Eclipse open development platform
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Drives the broad adoption of an in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) open source development platform
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Open Fabrics Alliance
Develops and promotes open Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) fabric technologies
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Open Virtualization Alliance
Fosters the adoption of Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) as an open virtualization alternative
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Intel works with over 250 standards and industry groups worldwide to pursue the latest technological advances. Learn more about Intel's role in international standards.

Your Technology Destiny Reimagined through the Open Source Ecosystem

For companies that leverage open-source software as a platform to build their own differentiated solutions and deliver additional value to their end-customers, there is a tremendous opportunity to increase revenue and reduce costs. For ISVs alone, the open-source market is an approximately USD 13 billion software market that sits on top of the USD 1 billion dollar OS market.


Red Hat and Intel: New Horizons in Scalable Performance, Reliability, Security, and Efficiency
Building on a long history of collaborative engineering, Red Hat and Intel have enabled the latest generations of their products to deliver state-of-the-art performance, security, and efficiency for mission-critical solutions. Red Hat runs in the world's largest businesses, including crucial infrastruture markets around the globe.


SUSE Linux Powers 147,456-core German Supercomputer
The Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences recently celebrated its 50th anniversary by launching the SuperMUC, the world’s fourth most powerful supercomputer. The system, which was built by IBM and runs SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, has the distinction of being the single fastest x86-based supercomputer and the fastest supercomputer in Europe.


Open Source and Intel Capital: Disruption Drives Innovation
Intel’s early investments in Open Source have helped underscore the importance of disruptive innovation in creating the building blocks of the next generation of computing.



Canonical and Intel collaborate on optimization of the open-source operating system Ubuntu* for a variety of Intel® platforms, from mobile computing devices to servers. This collaboration has strengthened as Canonical and the Ubuntu community have seen many successful products enter the market, with the world’s leading OEMs shipping Ubuntu-based machines on Intel® platforms.


The China Standard Software Company (CS2C) collaborates on research, development, and joint marketing with Intel. With offices in Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou, CS2C produces NeoKylin Linux Desktop Series, NeoKylin Linux Server Series, NeoShine Office Suite, and NeoLite Mobile Series products. These products deliver excellent results on Intel® platforms, with a large installed base in government and the financial services, energy, transportation, and manufacturing sectors.


Linpus brings user-friendly open-source solutions to the mass consumer market and collaborates with Intel on many levels. With expertise in the consumer device bundle market, the company ships millions of its operating systems and applications on Intel® Atom™ processor platform and also hosts applications for Android on x86, and features HTML5 support across all products.


Launched in 1998 as Mandriva Linux, this user friendly version of Linux focused on ease of use for individuals and professional users. Headquartered in Paris, France, the company now provides extensive technical support covering the installation of Linux distributions and software, configuration, performance improvement, software maintenance, and technology watch.


With origins in Japan, the Miracle Linux distribution has been re-engineered for security and efficiency in enterprise deployments, particularly as a high-performance back-end server for workgroups. The latest releases support the IA-64 platform.


MontaVista specializes in commercial, embedded Linux deployments. Founded in 1999, MontaVista is an active community member in open source, serving as member, sponsor, co-founder, director, board member, or chair of more than 20 open source organizations. MontaVista has worked closely with Intel on numerous optimization efforts to tailer products for Intel architecture features.

Phoenix Technologies

As a pioneer of the PC BIOS, Pheonix Technologies designs, develops, and supports core system software and has been a key contributor to the open-source Tiano project. Intel and Phoenix Technologies have worked together closely on technology advances and projects such as UEFI.


Pixart produces the Rxart Desktop and Rxart Server Linux*-based operating systems, which are engineered to provide exceptional results on the full range of Intel® architectures. Rxart was selected as the operating system for the Intel Classmate PC by the government of Venuzuala. Pixart operating systems are Spanish-language-based and primarily serve markets in Latin America.

Linux China

Red Flag Software Company optimizes Red Flag Linux* and its other software applications to achieve optimal performance, stability and efficiency on Intel® processor-based servers and desktops along with mobile and embedded devices. The company has introduced a number of innovative mobile computing products and has developed an Intel® Atom™ processor-based software platform for in-vehicle infotainment systems.

Red Hat

Intel and Red Hat are building on a 13-year history of developing foundational building blocks for open-source innovation. On top of these building blocks, server technologies and virtualization technologies have been enabled, providing open, collaborative solutions to end customers--with higher value and lower cost than they have ever seen.


The Splashtop Linux*-based software platform provides "instant-on" capability for notebooks, desktops, web-centric netbooks, nettops, and other devices, featuring optimization for Intel® platforms. Splashtop allows users to rapidly access the Internet and key applications without booting the main operating system.


SUSE, formerly Novell, and Intel have a decades-long history of collaboration that helps ensure ongoing leadership. Engineering teams at the two companies regularly work on-site at one another’s locations to co-optimize their software and hardware products. The result is a continuously evolving trajectory of increasing performance, flexibility, and reliability, with SUSE* Linux* Enterprise optimized for each generation of Intel® processor platforms for both PCs and servers.


As a provider of Linux* operating systems for use in Japan and China, TurboLinux collaborates with Intel to be early to market with support for the latest Intel® platform features. The TurboLinux business model includes integration of its operating system with software offerings from established industry leaders. TurboLinux products are well positioned to benefit from the broad Intel ecosystem.

Wind River

Founded in 1981, Wind River has been in the business of embedded software and development tools for the last 30 years. As the number one leader in the commercial Linux space and number one in embedded hypervisors, Wind River also is a leading contributor to open-source projects.

Black Duck

Black Duck Software is a frequent exhibitor at Intel® Developer Forum and a member of Intel® Capital's open-source investment portfolio. The Olliance Group, a Black Duck Company, provides strategy and consulting related to open-source software. Black Duck Software powers, a code search engine for open-source, and, a free public directory of open-source software that also supports a vibrant web community of developers and users of free and open-source software.


Citrix and Intel work together on virtualization, as well as other server and desktop technologies based on open-source code. Co-engineered Citrix and Intel solutions offer users a rich, responsive computing experience while reducing application, server, and desktop management and support costs for IT managers.


CollabNet and Intel work together on distributing Intel’s Foundation code, an implementation of the Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI). CollabNet developed the open-source Subversion* change management solution, and TeamForge*, an integrated platform that contains agile management, software development tools, and open-source-based collaboration tools.


As a member of the Application Developers Alliance, Fluendo is a key contributor to Gstreamer, a powerful, cross-platform multimedia framework created with open source. Based in Barcelona, Fluendo focuses on improving the performance and reliabilty of streaming media solutions targeting a wide range of computing devices, including PCs, laptops, tablets, set-top boxes, infotainment systems, and thin clients.


Fonality delivers cost-effective business telephony solutions based on Voice over IP (VoIP) that take advantage of Intel’s contributions to the open-source ecosystem. The company’s solutions use the open-source Asterisk code base, including components optimized for Intel® processors to achieve higher performance and lower power consumption. Fonality has been a presenter at Intel® Developer Forum, and Intel® Capital has made strategic investments in the company.


IBM is a strong supporter of open source and standardization, as well as an advocate of open intellectual property principles as a means of sharing knowledge for the benefit of the entire technology industry. Intel and IBM have worked together on numerous projects, including optimizing the Linux version of IBM DB2* for running on servers powered by Intel Xeon processors.

JBoss Community

The JBoss Community is a developer-oriented organization that provides frameworks, tools, and architectural designs in support of open-source projects. Bundles produced by the organization, such as a package that includes Jboss Developer Studio, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and the JBoss Enterprise Application Platform, get developers on a productive path quickly and include full support.


Formerly Likewise, PowerBroker Identity Services provide Active Directory bridging of integrating Linux, UNIX, and Mac OS X servers. The parent company, BeyondTrust, is a security solution vendor specializing in providing context-aware security intelligence.


Intel worked closely with MYSQL to help develop some of the earliest benchmarks that demonstrated how MYSQL could scale across Intel Architecture, enabling companies such as Facebook and Google to do more with open-source databased than anyone thought possible.

Open-Xchange AG

Open-Xchange offers an enterprise-level email and communication software using open standards-based code. The company also provides a community edition of the software and encourages developers to contribute to features and new releases.

Revolution Analytics

Revolution Analytics was founded in 2007 and received early support from Intel. The company's open-source based R statistics language has been widely adopted by researchers and data scientists to solve problems in a variety of fields, ranging from computational biology to quantitive finance.


Sendmail, Inc. provides a commercial-grade platform for email management, as well as a subset of their flagship product available as an open-source offering. Solutions target a wide spectrum of use models, ranging from on-premises to in-cloud and mobility enabled.


The SugarCRM community supports a robust, open-source customer relationship management solution. Its active developer community provides many extensions, complementary applications, modifications, and integration tools to add value to the offering.

VietSoftware International

Headquarted in Hanoi, Vietnam, VietSoftware International provides a variety of services, including software development using open-source components, migration and maintenance, software testing, and website development. The company offers training and examinations in Vietnam for SUSE Linux.


WSO2 provides an open-source, cloud-native, componentized middleware platform that delivers excellent results on Intel® platforms. Intel® Capital has helped foster innovation at WSO2 through direct investment. WSO2 provides an open-source platform-as-a-service option that helps make migration and integration between servers, private clouds, and public clouds more seamless.

Zend Technologies

Through their support for the open-source language PHP and expertise in this area, Zend has built a business centered on delivering high-quality mobile and web apps quickly and efficiently. Zend was a primary contributor to the PHP language, which is now is used by about 5 million developers and is running on 200-million web sites. Intel Capital has been a key investor in Zend.

Discovery and Technology Breakthroughs from the Open IP Model in Academia

Funding academic research opens up new technologies and inspires the next generation of coders. Intel provides generous funding to projects with the stipulation that results of research and code produced are released to the community under an Open Intellectual Property model.


Seeding Future Technology Breakthroughs: Open Source Inspires Collaboration in Academia
Landmark technology breakthroughs in computing frequently arise from a wellspring of ideas in universities and research centers around the world. Applying open source principles to academic pursuits accelerates technology innovation and brings together top professionals and researchers, bypassing intellectual property considerations that may otherwise impede research progress.


Big Data, Big Vision, Small Budget: Cloud Computing at Clemson
Leveraging OpenStack* software for the HPC cloud, Clemson’s enterprise computing platforms delivers a balanced blend of cost-effectiveness, performance, and scalability. Clemson’s storage needs have doubled over two years, now exceeding 8 PB, so more sophisticated analytics are needed as they move into the era of big data.



Igniting Sparks of Innovation through the Open Sharing of Knowledge
By establishing global academic research centers based on an Open IP model, Intel advances knowledge sharing as a natural output of the studies and research.

An Open IP Model of a Different Kind
At Carnegie Mellon University—the hub for the Intel Science and Technology Center for Embedded Computing—the Open IP model ensures that discoveries will be shared around the world.
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Intel University Collaborative Research: Building Collaborative Communities for Exploratory Research
The Open IP model is requisite across the Intel Science and Technology Centers and Intel Collaborative Research Institutes. Sharing knowledge in the spirit of open source helps foster global collaborations with academic pioneers who will discover and drive the ways in which computing will enrich the human experience for generations to come.
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Maximize Coding Efforts with Tools, SDKs, and Libraries from Intel

To make it as easy as possible for programmers to access next-generation processor technologies, Intel offers a powerful slate of software development tools to enhance the development, debugging, tuning, and deployment of open-source-based solutions. Support includes creation and contributions to open-source tools, such as Intel® Threading Building Blocks, GCC, Eclipse*, Intel® Software Development Products targeted for Linux, and HiTune and HiBench tools for Hadoop. Training, forums, and toolsets available from the open-source community round out the resources available to developers.


James Reinders on How Intel Tools Support Open Source Software
James Reinders, chief software evangelist at Intel, discusses community openness and the ways in which Intel tools support open source. Topping the list: support for Linux, strengthening standards, and the creation of many open source projects.


Through the use of Intel® tools, open-source developers can take utmost advantage of the latest Intel technologies, creating well-tuned software more quickly. These tools are designed for compatibility with other popular open-source development tools, such as Eclipse* and the GNU toolchain. Also, in the best tradition of open source, Intel helps to ensure that a vibrant community exists around its tool offerings—from documentation and training to blogs, forums, and other social resources.

Intel® Tools for Linux*
From compilers, performance libraries, and error-checking tools to cluster tools and comprehensive development kits, Intel helps Linux developers to take full advantage of the capabilities of Intel® architecture.
Intel® Tools for Linux*
Intel® Tool Suites for Linux*

Intel® System Studio
This tool suite helps simplify the process of creating cross-platform software for multiple, low-power devices based on the Intel® Atom™ processor.
Intel® System Studio

Multi-core Development Tools
As a leading driver of multi-core platform technologies, Intel is committed to simplifying the process of developing parallel software through the creation of tools to implement, troubleshoot, and tune parallel code.
Intel® Threading Building Blocks

Technical Resources
Technical resources include extensive documentation including user guides, technical notes, and white papers.
Porting Applications to Linux Standard Base Made Easy
Porting Linux Applications to 64-Bit Intel® Architecture
Linux Kernel Compiling
Linux Modifications for Use as a Distributed Operating System
Effects of Architecture-Selection Switches
Effects of Windows* Client CIFS Behavior on Linux* NAS Performance
Profiling and Debugging the FreeBSD Kernel
Debugging Buffer Overruns in the FreeBSD Kernel
Absolute Power

Intel works closely with academia worldwide, helping develop curricula, as well as providing developer training to help master the programming of the latest multi-core processing platforms.
Intel® Academic Community
Developer Training
Course Catalog

Social Resources
Both the open-source community as a whole and the Intel® Developer Zone host blogs, forums and other social resources related to Intel tools.
Intel® Developer Zone
Intel® Developer Zone Blogs
Intel® Developer Zone Forums
Intel AppUp® Developer Program Forums
Intel Developer Zone Newsletter

Intel contributes to, and initiates, projects such as Eclipse*, GCC, and Intel® Threading Building Blocks that play significant roles in the development and distribution of leading software development tools. The goal of each is to create and maintain a community around the tools and related code and usage models.

HiTune and HiBench for Hadoop*
As organizations turn to open source for Big Data solutions, two Intel tools, HiTune and HiBench, make it easier to benchmark, tune, and optimize Hadoop clusters.
HiTune Performance Analyzer
HiBench Benchmark Suite

Open development platform comprising extensible frameworks, tools, and runtimes to build, deploy, and manage software across the life cycle.
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Open source project that aims to improve the compiler used in the GNU system, including the GNU/Linux variant.
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Intel Threading Building Blocks
Open-source components that help the software ecosystem take advantage of multiple cores and multi-threading capabilities of multi-core Intel® processors.
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Open Source Initiative (OSI)
Open-source promotion, certification, and licensing.
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Linux Essentials
Introduction to Linux, what it can do, and how to use it, along with information about how to install, run and develop Linux.
Linux Foundation
Linux Documentation Project

GNU Operating System
Learn about the GNU operating system and GPL license, and access GNU tools.
GNU Operating System
GNU General Public License
GNU Binutils GNU Debugger

Building Next-Generation Solutions for Customers

Open-source practices and the many resources available through Intel provide a well-defined path for planning, designing, and deploying solutions to bring exceptional experiences to end users. Examples of solutions based on Intel architecture and success stories from our partners and customers illustrate the techniques and technologies through which innovative solutions are born.


Mechanisms to Protect Data in the Open Cloud
New Intel® technologies reduce security concerns for public and private cloud deployments.


Open Source Powers Custom-Crafted Solutions
Powered by open source, MJP Technologies rapidly crafts customer solutions that meet a wider range of requirements.


Lightning Development, Competitive Results
The Yocto Project gives QNAP Systems a rapid-development path for embedded solution success.



Releasing Clouds of Data to Facilitate the Spread of Knowledge
The San Diego Supercomputer Center created a massive storage cloud based on OpenStack and other open source software running on Intel® Xeon® processor-based servers that that makes data of virtually any type accessible by researchers easily and at a low cost.

Running Mission-Critical Workloads on Enterprise Linux x86 Servers
This IDC white paper, sponsored by Intel, examines the growth of mission-critical workloads being hosted on x86 servers based on the Intel® Xeon® E7 series of processors running enterprise Linux operating systems.

Guarding Vigilantly Against Disaster with Fast, Cost-Effective Embedded Linux Development
Indonesia-based Hydrosix provides environmental monitoring solutions based on embedded Linux* that enable early flood detection. Using the Yocto Project to streamline development reduced time and production costs, and helped optimize solution flexibility and performance.

Open Source on Intel® Architecture Enables Web Innovation
To improve server utilization for their family of Internet-based information products,, a large web services provider in China, turned to the Xen* hypervisor and an Intel hardware platform where provisioning through Intel® Intelligent Power Node Manager was available. successfully doubled server utilization.

Accelerating Innovation for Embedded Automation
Creating a customized, embedded Linux application used to be a tedious, time-consuming process. With the Yocto Project, ADI discovered a streamlined development environment in which to build a sophisticated energy-monitoring device for Infergence in just three months.

Leveraging Open Source for Automated Hosting Services
Using open source software on Intel processors, iWeb, one of the largest internet/cloud hosting providers in Canada, creates affordable, reliable, and scalable Internet host infrastructure solutions within shortened development cycles.

Managing Complex Computing Environments to Make Supercomputing Accessible
PSSC Labs combines high performance Linux components with proven Intel Xeon processor-based platforms to create competitive solutions for the top tiers of HPC computing requirements.