The IBM zEnterprise EC12 CPC is designed with improved scale, performance, availability, and security, making the IBM zEnterprise EC12 an ideal platform for cloud computing, running integrated OLTP and data warehousing, and deploying IBM’s smarter computing industry solutions. The new 120-core design delivers massive scale across all workloads and enables cost saving consolidation opportunities. The IBM zEnterprise EC12 is designed to be a worldwide leader as a fast and scalable enterprise system and is based on IBM’s newest hexa-core 5.5 GHz application-tuned out-of-order superscalar chip, delivering over 78,000 millions of instructions per second (MIPS) in a single zEC12 footprint. The new microprocessor design delivers a boost to performance for all workloads.
Several architectural facilities have been added to the hardware. IBM zEnterprise EC12 will be the first general-purpose large-scale enterprise server with a Transactional Execution Facility, designed to help eliminate software locking overhead that can impact performance. Transactional Execution will offer increased scalability and parallelism to drive higher transaction throughput. IBM’s Java Runtime Environment is planned to exploit the Transactional Execution Facility in an upcoming maintenance roll-up (see Statement of general direction). The XL C/C++ compiler is planned to provide hardware built-in functions to enable applications to use the Transactional Execution Facility with a PTF at general availability. In z/OS V1.13, the XL C/C++ support is intended to be used for development and testing. The IBM Enterprise PL/I compiler is planned to exploit the new Decimal-Floating-Point Zoned-Conversion Facility for increased efficiency to improve performance. The Enhanced-DAT2 facility will enable exploitation of new 2 GB page frames by Java and others, offering increased efficiency for large memory structures to improve performance. The new Runtime Instrumentation Facility is designed to provide managed runtimes and just-in-time compilers with enhanced feedback on application behavior, allowing for improved self-tuning. Java is planned to exploit a significant set of the new instructions available on IBM zEnterprise EC12 (zEC12) servers. These changes to Java are designed to enhance array bounds checking, and help the system fetch data and instructions operate more efficiently (see Statement of general direction).
The IBM System z Advanced Workload Analysis Reporter (IBM zAware) is an integrated, self-learning, analytics solution that helps identify unusual behaviors of workloads running on z/OS LPARs. IBM zAware is intended to help you to accelerate problem determination and improve service levels. It uses machine learning to help your organization gain visibility into system behavior, helping you to optimize service, respond to problems quicker, and increase availability.
Cryptographic hardware on the IBM zEnterprise EC12 can help to protect data privacy and sensitive custom applications. Today we are introducing the Crypto Express4S card, IBM’s latest tamper-resistant cryptographic coprocessor. The card is suited to applications requiring high-speed security-sensitive cryptographic operations for data encryption and digital signing, and secure management and use of cryptographic keys.
With the zBX infrastructure, IBM zEnterprise EC12 can support a multi-platform environment having mainframe, UNIX, and x86 technologies in a single system. The zBX can also support the IBM WebSphere DataPower Integration Appliance XI50 for zEnterprise which can be used to help simplify, govern, secure, and integrate XML and IT services by providing connectivity, gateway functions, data transformation, protocol bridging, and intelligent load distribution. Unified Resource Manager brings System z governance to the distributed side, transforming the way resources are managed and deployed. It provides infrastructure awareness to optimize the system resources in accordance with the policies assigned to that particular workload.
The latest member of the zEnterprise family is the IBM zEnterprise EC12 (zEC12),(TM) which is designed to deliver new levels of performance and capacity for large-scale consolidation and growth, support for the next generation of digital signature security support, cutting-edge pattern recognition analytics for fast insight into system health, and new environmental capabilities such as the non-raised floor option on radiator-based air-cooled systems. Well-integrated designs for the IBM zEnterprise EC12 (zEC12) and the z/OS operating system yield immediate exploitation benefits, with support for hardware features including Flash Express, hardware transactional memory, IBM zAware, and encryption technologies. Other System z-based operating systems including Linux on System z, z/VM, z/VSE, and z/TPF also provide immediate support for and exploitation of a number of hardware features. In addition, zEC12 supports heterogeneous platform requirements with the IBM zEnterprise BladeCenter(R) Extension (zBX) Model 003 and IBM zEnterprise Unified Resource Manager for extending management strengths to other systems and workloads running on AIX(R) on POWER7(R), Linux on IBM System x(R), and Microsoft Windows on IBM System x servers.
The IBM zEnterprise EC12 is designed to provide:
- Up to 25% faster uniprocessor performance as compared to z196
- Up to 50% system capacity performance improvement over z196 80-way
- 101 cores to configure (versus 80 on z196)
- 161 capacity settings (versus 125 on z196)
- Up to 3 TB RAIM memory
- Radiator-based air-cooled system design
- z/Architecture enhancements designed to enable performance improvements in Linux, Java, and DB2
- Enhanced cache design
- zBX Model 003 upgradeable from zBX Model 002
- IBM zAware for improved problem determination
- OSA-Express4S 1000BASE-T included in PCIe Gen2 I/O infrastructure
- 8 GBps host bus supporting PCIe Gen2 I/O infrastructure
- Crypto Express4S with FIPS 140-2 Level 4 certification and PKCS #11 support for digital signatures
- Flash Express to handle paging workload spikes and improve availability
- Non-raised floor (NRF) option for flexibility in data center integration
- Continuation of optional water cooling and DC power
- Optional overhead power and overhead cabling
- Hypervisor updates
- Storage manager updates
- The proprietary service state package