IBM High IOPS SSD PCIe Adapters (Withdrawn)

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Abstract

The IBM High IOPS SSD PCIe Adapters provide a new generation of ultra-high-performance storage based on solid state device technology for System x and BladeCenter. These adapters are alternatives to disk drives and are available in several sizes, from 160 GB to 1.2 TB. Designed for high-performance servers and computing appliances, these adapters deliver throughput of up to 300,000 I/O operations per second (IOPS), while providing the added benefits of lower power, cooling, and management overhead, and a smaller storage footprint.

Note: All of the adapters listed in this document have been withdrawn from marketing and are no longer available for ordering from IBM. See the Internal storage category for Product Guides on other High IOPS adapters.

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The IBM High IOPS SSD PCIe Adapters provide a new generation of ultra-high-performance storage based on solid state device technology for System x and BladeCenter. These adapters are alternatives to disk drives and are available in several sizes, from 160 GB to 1.2 TB. Designed for high-performance servers and computing appliances, these adapters deliver throughput of up to 300,000 I/O operations per second (IOPS), while providing the added benefits of lower power, cooling, and management overhead, and a smaller storage footprint.

The IBM 320GB High IOPS SSD PCIe Adapter is shown in Figure 1.


Figure 1. The IBM 320GB High IOPS SS and MS Class SSD PCIe Adapter

Did You Know?

These adapters use flash memory as the storage medium, contain no moving parts, and do not have the issues associated with vibration, noise, and mechanical failure. The adapters are built as block devices on a PCIe bus with advanced wear-leveling, advanced ECC, and N+1 chip-level redundancy, providing unparalleled reliability and efficiency.


Part number information

Table 1 lists the ordering part numbers and feature codes.

Table 1. Ordering part numbers and feature codes
DescriptionPart numberFeature code
IBM 160GB High IOPS SS Class SSD PCIe Adapter46M08770096
IBM 320GB High IOPS MS Class SSD PCIe Adapter46M08981649
IBM 320GB High IOPS SD Class SSD PCIe Adapter46M08780097
320GB High IOPS SLC Adapter for IBM System x81Y4535A1NE
640GB High IOPS MLC Adapter for IBM System x81Y4531A1NC
640GB High IOPS MLC Duo Adapter for IBM System x81Y45195985
640GB High IOPS SLC Duo Adapter for IBM System x81Y4539A1ND
1.28TB High IOPS MLC Duo Adapter for IBM System x81Y4527A1NB

The part numbers for the adapters include the following items:
  • One PCIe adapter with 3U bracket
  • 2U bracket (except for the Duo adapters, 81Y4519, 81Y4539, and 81Y4527)
  • Quick install guide
  • Documentation on a USB key
  • Safety flyer

Figure 2 shows the 640GB High IOPS SLC Duo Adapter for IBM System x


Figure 2. 640GB High IOPS SLC Duo Adapter for IBM System x

Features

Based on standard PCIe architecture coupled with silicon-based NAND clustering storage technology, the High IOPS Adapters are optimized for System x racks and can be deployed in blades via the PCIe expansion units. These scalable designs come with both Single Level Cell (SLC) and MultiLevel Cell (MLC) technologies in standard PCIe form factors. While MLC offers a cost-effective alternative, SLC provides over 12X more endurance and up to 30% better performance over MLC.

These adapters use NAND flash memory as the basic building block of solid-state storage and contain no moving parts, thus they are less sensitive to issues associated with vibration, noise, and mechanical failure. These adapters are built as block devices on a PCIe bus with advanced wear-leveling, ECC, and N+1 chip-level redundancy providing unparalleled reliability and efficiency.

Typical uses are applications with ultra-high performance I/O needs:
  • Data-in-memory applications
  • Medium to large databases
  • Cache
  • Video
  • Data warehousing
  • Business intelligence and analytics
  • Decision support

The IBM High IOPS SSD PCIe Adapters have the following features:

Performance features:
  • High performance - 230 times better IOPS. That means, for example, 97,014 IOPS at 4K block random reads versus 420 IOPS for a 15K RPM 146GB disk drive.
  • Low latency of 50 μs - 1% of the latency of a 15K RPM 146GB disk drive.
  • 600 MB/s random writes sustained.

Reliability features:
  • Predictable lifetime.
  • Up to 25 years of data retention.
  • N+1 redundancy built-in to ensure data protection
  • Available in SLC or MLC
  • 11-bit ECC protection.
  • Advance bad-block management algorithms enable taking blocks out of service when their failure rate becomes unacceptable.
  • IBM High IOPS Launch Manager management suite.

Energy efficiency features:
  • Low power consumption for performance: 9W delivering 100,000 IOPS versus 5.5W for 420 IOPS from a 15K RPM 146GB disk drive.
  • Only 57 kWh/yr at 100,000 IOPS sustained.


Specifications

The IBM High IOPS SSD PCIe Adapters have the following specifications:
  • Storage capacity from 160 GB to 1.28 TB
  • Functions as a PCIe storage and controller device -- operating system sees a block device
  • PCI Express host interface as listed in Table 2

Note: These adapters cannot be used as bootable devices.

Table 2. PCI Express host interface specification
DescriptionPart numberPCIe interface
IBM 160GB High IOPS SS Class SSD PCIe Adapter46M0877PCIe 1.0a (Gen1) x4
IBM 320GB High IOPS MS Class SSD PCIe Adapter46M0898PCIe 1.0a (Gen1) x4
IBM 320GB High IOPS SD Class SSD PCIe Adapter46M0878PCIe 2.0 (Gen2) x8
320GB High IOPS SLC Adapter for IBM System x81Y4535PCIe 1.0a (Gen1) x4
640GB High IOPS MLC Adapter for IBM System x81Y4531PCIe 1.1 (Gen1) x4
640GB High IOPS MLC Duo Adapter for IBM System x81Y4519PCIe 2.0 (Gen2) x8
640GB High IOPS SLC Duo Adapter for IBM System x81Y4539PCIe 2.0 (Gen2) x8
1.28TB High IOPS MLC Duo Adapter for IBM System x81Y4527PCIe 2.0 (Gen2) x8


Comparison

Table 3 shows a comparison between the High IOPS SSD PCIe Adapters and solid-state drives.

Table 3. Comparison
High IOPS SSD PCIe Adapters
Solid-state drive
Model160 SLC320 MLC320 SLC320 SLC Duo640 MLC640 MLC Duo640 SLC Duo1.28 MLCeXFlash
1.8” 50GB MLC
(8 drives)
eXFlash
1.8” 200GB MLC
(8 drives)
Part number46M087746M089881Y453546M087881Y453181Y451981Y453981Y452743W772643W7746
Capacity160 GB320 GB320 GB320 GB640 GB640 GB640 GB1.28 TB400 GB 1.6 TB
Max IOPS
4KB Read
129K128K189K301K129K301K358K316KNon-RAID: 203K; RAID 5: 121K
Max IOPS
4KB Write
130K108K154K110K136K109K374K277KNon-RAID: 140K; RAID 5: 22K
Max transfer
Read
754 MBps735 MBps787 MBps1524 MBps763 MBps1703 MBps1538 MBps1511 MBpsNon-RAID: 2052 MBps; RAID 5: 1668 MBps
Max transfer
Write
635 MBps476 MBps769 MBps1129 MBps543 MBps961 MBps1047 MBps818 MBpsNon-RAID: 1864 MBps; RAID 5: 1141 MBps

Physical specifications

Table 4 lists the dimensions and weight of each card.

Table 4. Physical specifications
AdapterDimensions
IBM 160GB High IOPS SS Class SSD PCIe Adapter
IBM 320GB High IOPS MS Class SSD PCIe Adapter
320GB High IOPS SLC Adapter for IBM System x
640GB High IOPS MLC Adapter for IBM System x
Height: 1.6 cm (0.625 in)
Width: 7.0 cm (2.75 in)
Depth: 16.8 cm (6.625 in)
Weight: 138 g (0.3 lb)
IBM 320GB High IOPS SD Class SSD PCIe Adapter
640GB High IOPS MLC Duo Adapter for IBM System x
640GB High IOPS SLC Duo Adapter for IBM System x
1.28TB High IOPS MLC Duo Adapter for IBM System x
Height: 1.6 cm (0.625 in)
Width: 11.0 cm (2.75 in)
Depth: 17.0 cm (6.625 in)
Weight: 279 g (0.61 lb)


Operating environment

The adapters are supported in this environment:
  • Temperature:
    • 10° to 35°C (50° to 95°F) at 0 to 914 m (0 to 3,000 ft)
    • 10° to 32°C (50° to 32°F) at 914 to 2,133 m (3,000 to 7,000 ft)
  • Relative humidity:
    • 20% to 80% (non-condensing)


Warranty

The IBM High IOPS SSD PCIe Adapters have a three-year limited warranty.


Supported servers

The IBM High IOPS SSD PCIe Adapters are supported in the IBM System x servers listed in Table 5.

Table 5. Supported System x servers (Part 1)

Adapter


x3100 M3

x3200 M2

x3200 M3

x3250 M2

x3250 M3

x3400 M2


x3500 M2


x3550

x3550 M2

x3550 M3

x3620 M3

IBM 160GB High IOPS SS Class SSD PCIe Adapter

46M0877

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

Y

N

IBM 320GB High IOPS MS Class SSD PCIe Adapter

46M0898

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

Y

N

IBM 320GB High IOPS SD Class SSD PCIe Adapter

46M0878

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

Y

N

320GB High IOPS SLC Adapter for IBM System x

81Y4535

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

Y

Y

Y

640GB High IOPS MLC Adapter for IBM System x

81Y4531

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

Y

Y

Y

640GB High IOPS MLC Duo Adapter for IBM System x

81Y4519

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

Y

Y

Y

640GB High IOPS SLC Duo Adapter for IBM System x

81Y4539

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

Y

Y

Y

1.28TB High IOPS MLC Duo Adapter for IBM System x

81Y4527

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

Y

Y

Y

Table 5. Supported System x servers (Part 2)

Adapter


x3630 M3

x3650 T

x3650 M2

x3650 M3

x3655

x3690 X5

x3755

x3755 M3

x3850 M2

x3950 M2

x3850 X5

HS22

HX5

IBM 160GB High IOPS SS Class SSD PCIe Adapter

46M0877

N

N

Y

Y

N

Y

N

N

Y

Y

Y

Y*

N

IBM 320GB High IOPS MS Class SSD PCIe Adapter

46M0898

N

N

Y

Y

N

Y

N

N

Y

Y

Y

Y*

N

IBM 320GB High IOPS SD Class SSD PCIe Adapter

46M0878

N

N

Y

Y

N

Y

N

N

Y

Y

Y

N

Y†

320GB High IOPS SLC Adapter for IBM System x

81Y4535

Y

N

Y

Y

N

Y

N

N

N

N

Y

N

N

640GB High IOPS MLC Adapter for IBM System x

81Y4531

Y

N

Y

Y

N

Y

N

N

N

N

Y

N

N

640GB High IOPS MLC Duo Adapter for IBM System x

81Y4519

Y

N

Y

Y

N

Y

N

N

Y

Y

Y

Y*

N

640GB High IOPS SLC Duo Adapter for IBM System x

81Y4539

Y

N

Y

Y

N

Y

N

N

N

N

Y

N

N

1.28TB High IOPS MLC Duo Adapter for IBM System x

81Y4527

Y

N

Y

Y

N

Y

N

N

N

N

Y

N

N
* The HS22 supports these adapters with the addition of the IBM BladeCenter PCI Express I/O Expansion Unit (PEU3e), part number 43W4391
† The HX5 supports these adapters with the addition of the IBM BladeCenter PCI Express Gen 2 Expansion Blade (BPE4), part number 46M6730

See IBM ServerProven for the latest information on the adapters supported by each System x server type: http://ibm.com/servers/eserver/serverproven/compat/us/.


Supported operating systems

The IBM High IOPS SSD PCIe Adapters support the following operating systems:
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2003 R2, Datacenter x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2003 R2, Enterprise x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2003 R2, Standard x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Datacenter x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Enterprise x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Standard x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Web x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2008 Premium Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2008 Standard Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server with Xen x64 Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server x64 Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server x64 Edition
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 10 for AMD64/EM64T
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 10 with Xen for AMD64/EM64T
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 11 for AMD64/EM64T
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 11 with Xen for AMD64/EM64T


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Publish Date
08 September 2009

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