IBM Power System S812LC Technical Overview and Introduction

An IBM Redpaper publication

Published 22 December 2015, updated 10 April 2017

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ISBN-10: 0738454818
ISBN-13: 9780738454818
IBM Form #: REDP-5284-00
(98 pages)

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Authors: Scott Vetter, Alexandre Caldeira, Marc-Eric Kahle, Gerard Saverimuthu, K. C. Vearner


This IBM® Redpaper™ publication is a comprehensive guide that covers the IBM Power System™ S812LC (8347-21C) servers that use the latest IBM POWER8® processor technology and supports the Linux operating system (OS). The objective of this paper is to introduce the major innovative Power S812LC offerings and their relevant functions:

  • Powerful POWER8 processors that offer 3.32 GHz or 2.92 GHz performance with eight or ten fully activated cores
  • Superior throughput and performance for high-value Linux workloads, such as Linux, Apache, MariaDB, and PHP (LAMP), Hadoop, Spark, or industry application
  • Low acquisition cost through system optimization (industry-standard memory, limited configurations, limited I/O and expansion, and industry-standard warranty)
  • Up to 112 TB of internal storage
  • More choices through open interfaces with tightly coupled FPGAs, and coherent, tightly coupled accelerators (CAPI)
  • Improved reliability, serviceability, and availability (RAS) functions
  • IBM EnergyScale™ technology 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. The intended audience includes the following roles:

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

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 S812LC computing server.

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. Architecture and technical description
Chapter 2. Management and virtualization
Chapter 3. Reliability, availability, and serviceability
Appendix A. Server racks and energy management

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