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processor-based technology

IBM's new Power System E980 and E950 servers top off the POWER9 family with scalability of up to 64 TB of memory, up to 192 POWER9 technology based processor cores, and PCIe Gen4 I/O expandability. They are designed for industry leading reliability, scalability, serviceability, and manageability.

The following enterprise and scale-out Technical Overview and Introduction Redpapers provide more information about key IBM Power System server offerings:


Enterprise servers: secure, available, and designed for your largest workloads

IBM Power System E950

The following IBM® Redpaper™ publication gives a broad understanding of a new architecture of the IBM Power System E950 server that support IBM AIX®, and Linux operating systems. The objective of this paper is to introduce the major innovative Power E950 offerings and relevant functions:

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  • The IBM POWER9™ processor, which is available at frequencies of 2.8 - 3.4 GHz.
  • Significantly strengthened cores and larger caches.
  • Supports up to 16 TB memory, which is 4 times more than the POWER8® E850.
  • Integrated I/O subsystem and hot-pluggable Peripheral Component Interconnect® Express (PCIe) Gen4 slots, double the bandwidth of Gen3 I/O slots.
  • Supports EXP12SX, ESP24SX external disk drawers, which has 12Gb SAS interfaces and double the existing EXP24S drawer bandwidth.
  • New IBM EnergyScale™ technology offers new variable processor frequency modes that provide a significant performance boost beyond the static nominal frequency.

IBM Power Systems E980

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication gives a broad understanding of a new architecture of the IBM Power System E980 server that support IBM AIX®, IBM i, and Linux operating systems. The objective of this paper is to introduce the major innovative Power E980 offerings and relevant functions:

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  • The IBM POWER9™ processor, which is available at frequencies of 3.55 to 4.0 GHz.
  • Significantly strengthened cores and larger caches
  • Supports up to 64 TB memory
  • Integrated I/O subsystem and hot-pluggable Peripheral Component Interconnect® Express (PCIe) Gen4 slots, double the bandwidth of Gen3 I/O slots.
  • Supports EXP12SX, ESP24SX external disk drawers, which has 12Gb SAS interfaces and double the existing EXP24S drawer bandwidth.
  • New IBM EnergyScale™ technology offers new variable processor frequency modes that provide a significant performance boost beyond the static nominal frequency.
Accelerated servers: built-in GPUs

IBM Power System AC922

IBM Power System AC922 server (8335-GTH and 8335-GTX models) is the next generation of the IBM POWER® processor-based systems, which are designed for deep learning (DL) and artificial intelligence (AI), high-performance analytics, and high-performance computing (HPC).

This paper introduces the major innovative Power AC922 server features and their relevant functions:

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  • Powerful IBM POWER9™ processors that offer up to 22 cores at up to 2.80 GHz (3.10 GHz turbo) performance with up to 2 TB of memory.
  • IBM Coherent Accelerator Processor Interface (CAPI) 2.0, IBM OpenCAPI™, and second-generation NVIDIA NVLink 2.0 technology for exceptional processor to accelerator intercommunication.
  • Up to six dedicated NVIDIA Tesla V100 graphics processing units (GPUs).
Scale-out servers: future-forward flexible infrastructure

Scale-out AIX, IBM i and Linux servers

Designed for AIX, IBM i and Linux environments, these Power Systems servers easily scale out and integrate into your organization’s cloud and AI strategy, while delivering the performance and RAS needed for your mission-critical workloads.

The IBM Power System S922 (9009-22A), IBM Power System S914 (9009-41A), and IBM Power System S924 (9009-42A) servers support IBM AIX®, IBM i, and Linux operating systems. The objective of this paper is to introduce the major innovative Power S914, Power S922, and Power 924 offerings and their relevant functions.

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  • The new IBM POWER9™ processor, which is available at frequencies of 2.3 - 3.8 GHz, 2.8 - 3.8 GHz, 2.9 - 3.8 GHz, 3.4 - 3.9 GHz, 3.5 - 3.9 GHz, and 3.8 - 4.0 GHz.
  • Significantly strengthened cores and larger caches.
  • Two integrated memory controllers that double the memory footprint of IBM POWER8® servers.
  • Integrated I/O subsystem and hot-pluggable Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) Gen4 and Gen3 I/O slots.
  • I/O drawer expansion options offer greater flexibility.
  • Support for Coherent Accelerator Processor Interface (CAPI) 2.0.
  • New IBM EnergyScale™ technology offers new variable processor frequency modes that provide a significant performance boost beyond the static nominal frequency.

Linux servers for big data workloads

Built to crush the demands of big data and analytics workloads, IBM Power Systems LC921 and LC922 deliver superior compute and scaling with up to 44 cores, 2x throughput vs x86, and up to 120 terabytes of data storage.

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  • Superior throughput and performance for high-value Linux workloads
  • Low acquisition cost through system optimization (industry standard memory and industry standard three-year warranty)
  • Rich I/O options in the system unit, • Twelve LFF/SFF bays for twelve SAS/SATA HDDs or SSDs and four available for NVMe Gen3
  • Includes TPM2.0 Nuvoton NPCT650ABAWX through I2C (for secure boot and trusted boot)
  • Integrated MicroSemi PM8069 SAS/SATA 16-port Internal Storage Controller PCIe3.0 x8 with RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 support (no write cache)
  • Integrated Intel XL710 Quad Port 10GBase-T PCIe3.0 x8 UIO built-in LAN (one shared management port)
  • Dedicated 1 Gb IPMI port

Scale-out Linux only servers

The IBM Power System L922 (9008-22L) server, which was designed for data-intensive workloads such as databases and analytics in the Linux operating system. The objective of this paper is to introduce the major innovative Power L922 offering and its relevant functions:

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  • The new IBM POWER9™ processor, available at frequencies of 2.7 - 3.8 GHz, 2.9 - 3.8 GHz, and 3.4 - 3.9 GHz.
  • Significantly strengthened cores and larger caches.
  • Two integrated memory controllers that double the memory footprint of IBM POWER8® processor-based servers.
  • An integrated I/O subsystem and hot-pluggable Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) Gen4 and Gen3 I/O slots.
  • I/O drawer expansion options offer greater flexibility.
  • Support for Coherent Accelerator Processor Interface (CAPI) 2.0.
  • New feature IBM EnergyScale™ technology provides new variable processor frequency modes that provide a significant performance boost beyond the static nominal frequency.

Scale-out servers for SAP HANA

Built and optimized for SAP HANA®, the IBM Power System H922 and H924 boast a large memory footprint of up to 4TB in a dense form factor for gaining insights faster while delivering high reliability and performance. This IBM® Redpaper™ publication is a comprehensive guide that covers the IBM Power System H924 (9223-42H), and IBM Power System H922 (9223-22H) servers that support memory-intensive workloads such as SAP HANA, and deliver superior price/performance for mission-critical applications in IBM AIX®, IBM i, and Linux operating systems. The objective of this paper is to introduce the major innovative Power H92 and Power H922 offerings and their relevant functions:

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  • The new IBM POWER9™ processor, which is available at frequencies of 2.8 - 3.8 GHz, 2.9 - 3.8 GHz, 2.8 - 3.8 GHz, 3.4 - 3.9 GHz, 3.5 - 3.9 GHz, and 3.8 - 4.0 GHz.
  • Significantly strengthened cores and larger caches.
  • Two integrated memory controllers that double the memory footprint of IBM POWER8® servers.
  • An integrated I/O subsystem and hot-pluggable Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) Gen4 and Gen3 I/O slots.
  • I/O drawer expansion options offer greater flexibility.
  • Support for Coherent Accelerator Processor Interface (CAPI) 2.0.
  • IBM EnergyScale™ technology provides new variable processor frequency modes that provide a significant performance boost beyond the static nominal frequency.

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