IBM NeXtScale System Planning and Implementation Guide

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IBM® NeXtScale System is a new, dense offering from IBM. It based on our experience with IBM iDataPlex® and IBM BladeCenter® with a tight focus on emerging and future client requirements. The IBM NeXtScale n1200 Enclosure and IBM NeXtScale nx360 M4 Compute Node are designed to optimize density and performance within typical data center infrastructure limits.

The 6U NeXtScale n1200 Enclosure fits in a standard 19-inch rack and up to 12 compute nodes can be installed into the enclosure. With more computing power per watt and the latest Intel Xeon processors, you can reduce costs while maintaining speed and availability.

This IBM Redbooks® publication is for customers who want to understand and implement an IBM NeXtScale System solution. It introduces the offering and the innovations in its design, outlines its benefits, and positions it with other IBM x86 servers. The book provides details about NeXtScale System components and the supported options. It also provides rack and power planning considerations and describes the ways that you can manage the system.

Changes in the July 8 update:
* Added 1300W power supply efficiency values
* Added tables showing quantities of compute nodes supported based on processor selection, power supply selection, and input voltage
* Additional information on GPUs

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Positioning
Chapter 3. IBM NeXtScale n1200 Enclosure
Chapter 4. IBM NeXtScale nx360 M4 compute node
Chapter 5. Rack planning
Chapter 6. Factory integration and testing
Chapter 7. Hardware management
Chapter 8. Software stack


Publish Date
22 April 2014

Last Update
08 July 2014

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