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IBM Power Systems E870 and E880 Technical Overview and Introduction

An IBM Redpaper publication


Published on 23 December 2014, updated 25 July 2017

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ISBN-10: 073845401X
ISBN-13: 9780738454016
IBM Form #: REDP-5137-00

Authors: Scott Vetter, Alexandre Bicas Caldeira, YoungHoon Cho, James Cruickshank, Bartłomiej Grabowski, Volker Haug, Andrew Laidlaw and Seulgi Yoppy Sung

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    This IBM® Redpaper™ publication is a comprehensive guide covering the IBM Power System E870 (9119-MME) and IBM Power System E880 (9119-MHE) servers that support IBM AIX®, IBM i, and Linux operating systems. The objective of this paper is to introduce the major innovative Power E870 and Power E880 offerings and their relevant functions:

    • The new IBM POWER8 processor, available at frequencies of 4.024 GHz, 4.190 GHz, and 4.350 GHz.
    • Up to 16 TB of memory in the E870 and 32 TB in the E880
    • Significantly strengthened cores and larger caches
    • Two integrated memory controllers with improved latency and bandwidth
    • Integrated I/O subsystem and hot-pluggable PCIe Gen3 I/O slots
    • I/O drawer expansion options offers greater flexibility
    • Improved reliability, serviceability, and availability (RAS) functions
    • IBM EnergyScale™ technology that provides features such as power trending, power-saving, capping of power, and thermal measurement

    This publication is for professionals who want to acquire a better understanding of IBM Power Systems™ products.

    This paper expands the current set of IBM Power Systems documentation by providing a desktop reference that offers a detailed technical description of the Power E870 and Power E880 systems.

    This paper does not replace the latest marketing materials and configuration tools. It is intended as an additional 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. Virtualization

    Chapter 4. Reliability, availability, and serviceability


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