PCI, PCI-X, PCI-X DDR, and PCIe Placement Rules for IBM System i Models

An IBM Redpaper publication

Published 21 April 2008, updated 07 January 2010

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IBM Form #: REDP-4011-03
(52 pages)

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Authors: Mike Fallenstein, Jim Cook


This IBM® Redpaper publication describes the configuration and card placement rules for servers and adapters that you must understand and follow to develop valid configurations of i5/OS® V5R3, V5R3M5 Licensed Machine Code (LIC), V5R4, and V5R4M5 Licensed Machine Code (LIC). It also provides the rules for the IBM System i™ POWER6™ Model 570-MMA. Use it as a guide when configuring IOAs and IOPs, so that the IBM System i5™ , eServer™ i5, and iSeries® systems are sized to meet customer expectations.

This paper was originally published as a chapter of the IBM System i5, eServer i5, and iSeries Systems Builder IBM i5/OS Version 5 Release 4 - January 2006, SG24-2155 , which although available, is now considered obsolete. You can find technical descriptions and prerequisites of the features named in this paper in IBM System i Overview: Models 515, 525, 550, 570, 595, and More, REDP-5052.

Table of contents

Hardware coverage
PCI technology
PCI and card enclosure concepts
Configuration rules for System i Models 515, 520, 525, 550, 570, 570 (POWER6), 595, and Models 800, 810, 825, 870, and 890
TotalStorage EXP24 Disk Enclosure
Card enclosure diagrams for System i family models and I/O towers and drawers
Configuration validation procedure for System i IOPs
Hard rules: System i family IOA capabilities
Soft rules: System i family IOA requirements
IOP rules: iSeries Integrated Server
Model 520 PCI configuration validation examples

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