Implementing and Managing InfiniBand Coupling Links on IBM System z

An IBM Redbooks publication

Published 27 January 2014

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ISBN-10: 0738438987
ISBN-13: 9780738438986
IBM Form #: SG24-7539-03
(288 pages)

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Authors: Frank Kyne, Hua Bin Chu, George Handera, Marek Liedel, Masaya Nakagawa, Iain Neville, Christian Zass


This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides introductory, planning, migration, and management information about InfiniBand coupling links on IBM System z® servers.

The book will help you plan and implement the migration from earlier coupling links (ISC3 and ICB4) to InfiniBand coupling links. It provides step-by-step information about configuring InfiniBand connections. Information is also provided about the performance of InfiniBand links compared to other link types.

This book is intended for systems programmers, data center planners, and systems engineers. It introduces and explains InfiniBand terminology to help you understand the InfiniBand implementation on System z servers. It also serves as a basis for configuration planning and management.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Introduction to InfiniBand on System z
Chapter 2. InfiniBand technical description
Chapter 3. Preinstallation planning
Chapter 4. Migration planning
Chapter 5. Performance considerations
Chapter 6. Configuration management
Chapter 7. Operations
Appendix A. Resource Measurement Facility
Appendix B. Processor driver levels
Appendix C. Link buffers and subchannels
Appendix D. Client experience

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