IBM z13 Technical Guide

An IBM Redbooks publication


Digital business has been driving the transformation of underlying IT infrastructure to be more efficient, secure, adaptive, and integrated. Information Technology (IT) must be able to handle the explosive growth of mobile clients and employees. IT also must be able to use enormous amounts of data to provide deep and real-time insights to help achieve the greatest business impact.

This IBM® Redbooks® publication addresses the IBM Mainframe, the IBM z13™. The IBM z13 is the trusted enterprise platform for integrating data, transactions, and insight. A data-centric infrastructure must always be available with a 99.999% or better availability, have flawless data integrity, and be secured from misuse. It needs to be an integrated infrastructure that can support new applications. It needs to have integrated capabilities that can provide new mobile capabilities with real-time analytics delivered by a secure cloud infrastructure.

IBM z13 is designed with improved scalability, performance, security, resiliency, availability, and virtualization. The superscalar design allows the z13 to deliver a record level of capacity over the prior IBM z Systems™. In its maximum configuration, z13 is powered by up to 141 client characterizable microprocessors (cores) running at 5 GHz. This configuration can run more than 110,000 millions of instructions per second (MIPS) and up to 10 TB of client memory. The IBM z13 Model NE1 is estimated to provide up to 40% more total system capacity than the IBM zEnterprise® EC12 (zEC1) Model HA1.

This book provides information about the IBM z13 and its functions, features, and associated software support. Greater detail is offered in areas relevant to technical planning. It is intended for systems engineers, consultants, planners, and anyone who wants to understand the IBM z Systems functions and plan for their usage. It is not intended as an introduction to mainframes. Readers are expected to be generally familiar with existing IBM z Systems technology and terminology.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Introducing the IBM z13
Chapter 2. Central processor complex hardware components
Chapter 3. Central processor complex system design
Chapter 4. Central processor complex I/O system structure
Chapter 5. Central processor complex channel subsystem
Chapter 6. Cryptography
Chapter 7. Software support
Chapter 8. System upgrades
Chapter 9. Reliability, availability, and serviceability
Chapter 10. Environmental requirements
Chapter 11. Hardware Management Console and Support Elements
Chapter 12. Performance
Appendix A. IBM z Appliance Container Infrastructure
Appendix B. IBM z Advanced Workload Analysis Reporter
Appendix C. Channel options
Appendix D. Shared Memory Communications
Appendix E. IBM Dynamic Partition Manager
Appendix F. KVM for IBM z Systems
Appendix G. Native Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe)
Appendix H. Flash Express
Appendix I. GDPS Virtual Appliance
Appendix J. IBM zEnterprise Data Compression Express


Publish Date
27 May 2016

Last Update
11 November 2016

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