IBM Power E1080 Technical Overview and Introduction

A draft IBM Redpaper publication

Updated 16 September 2021

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IBM Form #: REDP-5649-00
(174 pages)

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Authors: Scott Vetter, Giuliano Anselmi, Manish Arora, Ivaylo Bozhinov, Dinil Das, Turgut Genc, Bartlomiej Grabowski, Madison Lee, Armin Roell

Abstract

This IBM® Redpaper publication provides a broad understanding of a new architecture of the IBM Power E1080 (also known as the Power E1080) server that supports IBM AIX®, IBM i, and selected distributions of Linux operating systems. The objective of this paper is to introduce the Power E1080, the most powerful and scalable server of the IBM Power portfolio, and its offerings and relevant functions:


  • Designed to support up to four system nodes and up to 240 Power10 processor cores

    The Power E1080 can be initially ordered with a single system node or two system nodes configuration, providing up to 60 Power10 processor cores with a single node configuration or up to 120 Power10 processor cores with a two system nodes configuration are supported.

    Additional support for a three or four system nodes configuration will be added on December 10, 2021, providing support for up to 240 Power10 processor cores with a full combined four system nodes server.

  • Designed to supports up to 64 TB memory

    The Power E1080 can be initially ordered with the total memory RAM capacity up to 8 TB.

    Additional support will be added on December 10, 2021 to support up to 64 TB in a full combined four system nodes server.

  • Designed to support up to 32 Peripheral Component Interconnect® (PCIe) Gen 5 slots in a full combined four system nodes server and up to 192 PCIe Gen 3 slots with expansion I/O drawers

    The Power E1080 supports initially a maximum of two system nodes, thus up to 16 PCIe Gen 5 slots, and up to 96 PCIe Gen 3 slots with expansion I/O drawer.

    Additional support will be added on December 10, 2021, thus to support up to 192 PCIe Gen 3 slots with expansion I/O drawers.

  • Up to over 4,000 directly attached serial-attached SCSI (SAS) disks or solid-state drives (SSDs)
  • Up to 1,000 virtual machines (VMs) with logical partitions (LPARs) per system
  • System control unit, providing redundant system master Flexible Service Processor (FSP)
  • Supports IBM Power System Private Cloud Solution with Dynamic Capacity


This publication is for professionals who want to acquire a better understanding of Power servers. The intended audience includes the following roles:


  • Clients
  • Sales and marketing professionals
  • Technical support professionals
  • IBM Business Partners
  • Independent software vendors (ISVs)


This paper does not replace the current marketing materials and configuration tools. It is intended as an extra source of information that, together with existing sources, can be used to enhance your knowledge of IBM server solutions.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. General Description
Chapter 2. Architecture and technical overview
Chapter 3. Enterprise solutions

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