Power Systems 2009 – Hardware Announcement

This years IBM Server System technical conference had some very interesting presentations.
In the following articles, I try to get you an overview of what was announced and discussed within the presentations I attended and what I have written down for myself.

Power System 2009 Hardware Announcement and Future

Power 7

  • more cores per CPU
  • better utilisation of CPUs
  • DDR3 on DIE

Changes within Power7 architecture

  • SCSI to SAS
  • PCIx to PCIe
  • RIO/HSC to infiniband (12x)

New SAS SSF disks

  • 10k rpm 300GB
  • 15k rpm 146/139GB

SCSI discarded within Power6 since Oct2010

SAS Controllers

Active/active capability with paired or dual SAS Controllers

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