Getting Started with PowerVM Lx86

An IBM Redpaper publication

Published 04 June 2008, updated 01 July 2010

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IBM Form #: REDP-4298-01
(60 pages)

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Authors: , Stephen Hochstetler, Andre Luiz de Araujo Castro, Nigel Griffiths, Narender Ramireddy, Kay Tate


IBM® PowerVM™ Lx86 brings new benefits to clients and application providers who want the reliability and flexibility of IBM Power Systems™ in their Linux® environment yet use applications that have not yet been ported to the platform. IBM PowerVM Lx86 allows most Linux x86 binaries to run unchanged on IBM POWER™ processor-based systems using translation software that translates x86 instructions dynamically to POWER instructions and transforms x86 Linux system calls into calls to the POWER Linux kernel. It helps the consolidation effort by allowing Linux x86 applications to be consolidated onto Linux Power partitions along side AIX® partitions.

This IBM Redpaper™ publication can help you understand how to optimize your IT environment by running x86 Linux applications within a Linux for Power environment. If you are running Linux for Power environments and x86 Linux environments, you can lower total cost of ownership by consolidating servers using PowerVM virtualization. This paper shows the planning and installation choices as well as hints and tips to bring the most value to the IBM PowerVM Lx86 solution.

This paper is intended for independent software vendors (ISVs) and their clients to assist them in understanding and installing IBM PowerVM Lx86. Managers can use this paper as they set server strategies. System administrators can also use this paper as they install IBM PowerVM Lx86 with applications.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Introduction to PowerVM Lx86
Chapter 2. PowerVM Lx86 architecture
Chapter 3. Installing and troubleshooting
Chapter 4. Consolidating Linux workloads with IBM PowerVM Lx86
Chapter 5. PowerVM Lx86 example workloads
Chapter 6. ISV considerations
Appendix A. IBM PowerVM Lx86 minimum requirements

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