IBM Power Systems

IBM Power Systems

IBM Power Systems accelerate big data insights and hybrid cloud deployment. A growing open server ecosystem infuses innovation into Power Systems so clients are better equipped for cloud, analytics and mobile workloads as well as handling complex, mission-critical applications with confidence.

On a chip-per-chip basis, IBM Power Systems have almost always had a performance and price-performance lead on other comparable chips. With Power9, this trend continues.

As you can imagine, IBM is putting a lot of its energy in the Power Linux space, in order to build ecosystems, drive workloads, build more adoption, and advance technologies in high-end, scalable databases like SAP HANA.  These are, after all where Power Systems shines.

IBM Power9 Upgrades

  • A die shrink to 14 manometers for better, raw chip core performance
  • The bandwidth between the chip and memory is dramatically expanded from DDR3 to DDR4
  • Open Power Foundation – a set of Linux systems will be available that’ll work with standard memory
  • Chip Kill – if one core is experiencing a challenge, the system will deactivate that core and the rest of the compute will continue unfettered.
  • Lane Steering – if you lose a link to the memory you can continue to process without any delays.
  • Hardware enforced trusted execution – requires a workload to execute on a specific serial number in a trusted way, so that workload can never be hijacked, corrupted or interfered with.