I’m curious, what’s the current status of Julia 1.x on Power9?
The reason I’m asking is that while comparatively few people have access to Power9 systems, some of the few relevant Power9 systems (e.g. Summit/Sierra) are obviously high-profile. More and more often, when proposing Julia for projects, I face questions like “if we should get an allocation on - name of some big system - some day, will we be able to run our code, if we go with Julia?”. Mostly, those questions are about GPU compatibility now - no problem with Julia there, of course. But it’s quite likely that someone will ask about Power9 at some point, and I’d like to be able to give an honest (and hopefully positive) answer.
I also have the impression (from what I’ve seen and heard) that funding agencies seem to put more pressure on funded projects these days regarding technical compatibility with infrastructure (i.e. expensive computing infrastructure owned by said funding agencies).
The problem is that such questions about hypothetical future compatibility (protecting long-term projects from possible technical incompatibilities in the future) are typically not coupled with non-hypothetical funding to create such compatibility right now …