IBM z114 (IBM 2818) SPECS

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At the core of the IBM zEnterprise System for both midsize and small enterprises is the IBM zEnterprise 114 (z114) – a true “system of systems” bringing the unique value of hybrid computing to a much broader set of businesses. The z114 is part of a workload-optimized multiarchitecture computer system capable of integrating and centrally managing multitier applications running across z/OS, z/VM, z/VSE, z/TPF, Linux on System z, AIX, and Linux on IBM System x operating environments. This integration extends the gold standards of the mainframe’s superior manageability, governance, and service quality to workloads connected to IBM System z using the IBM zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension (zBX) Model 002 and managed by the IBM zEnterprise Unified Resource Manager.

The z114 continues the heritage in mainframe qualities of service with increased flexibility and performance in a lower-cost package. As an entry-level enterprise server with extreme granularity and extensive growth options, the z114 is designed to deliver significant improvements in packaging, performance, and total system scalability over prior generations. The z114 offers unprecedented scalability for small and medium businesses, providing more than a 15% improvement in performance as compared to its predecessor, the IBM System z10 Business Class.

The IBM zEnterprise 114 is designed to deliver:

  • Innovative hybrid computing for new workloads and application deployment
  • Server improvements
  • Price/performance improvements across the stack
  • Improved hardware and software performance
  • Support for future data center modernization, design, and efficiencies

Upgrade Path

z9 BC and z10™ BC servers can be upgraded to a z114. An upgrade includes all frames, drawers, support/

A z114 Model M05 can be upgraded a model M10, and the model M10 can be upgraded to a z196 Model M15. All of these upgrades are disruptive (that is, the machine is unavailable during these upgrades). Any z9® BC or z10 BC model can be upgraded to any z114 model.

The z114 supports concurrent conversion between various PU types, providing flexibility to meet changing business environments. CPs, IFLs, zAAPs, zIIPs, ICFs, or optional SAPs can be converted to CPs, IFLs, zAAPs, zIIPs, ICFs, or optional SAPs.

Upgrade path of the Z114

Technical Overview

With the IBM zEnterprise System, IBM took smarter computing and optimized systems to a new level. For the first time it was possible to deploy an integrated hardware platform that brings mainframe and distributed technologies together, a system that can start to replace individual islands of computing and that can work to reduce complexity, improve security, and bring applications closer to the data they need. zEnterprise represents the next generation of smarter computing – hybrid computing where hundreds of workloads can run across multiple hardware platforms, all as part of a single integrated system.

IBM is introducing the IBM zEnterprise 114 (z114), the newest member of the zEnteprise family, bringing the unique value of hybrid computing to a much broader set of businesses. The z114 offers a smaller mainframe footprint and lower entry cost than the zEnterprise 196 (z196) and continues to deliver world-class secure data serving and transaction processing capabilities as well as the ability to help collapse and simplify infrastructures and efficiently host private enterprise clouds. The z114 delivers the scalability, flexibility, and performance you need at a lower capacity and attractive entry price point for your business.

Its hybrid capabilities are designed to address the complexity and inefficiency in today’s multiarchitecture data centers. As a true “system of systems,” the z114 extends the strengths and capabilities of the mainframe such as virtualization, security, fault tolerance, efficiency, and dynamic resource allocation to integrate and manage multi-tier applications running across z/OS, Linux on System z, VSE, z/VM, AIX, and Linux on System x operating environments, fundamentally changing the way data centers can be managed.

With a total systems approach designed to deploy innovative technologies, IBM System z introduces the z114, supporting zEnterprise, and offering the highest levels of reliability, availability, scalability, clustering, and virtualization. The z114 just-in-time deployment of capacity allows improved flexibility and administration, and the ability to enable changes as they happen. The expanded scalability on the z114 facilitates growth and large-scale consolidation.

The IBM zEnterprise 114 is designed to provide:

  • Server improvements
    • One to two drawers (system boards)
    • Seven PUs per drawer
    • Up to 30 logical partitions
    • Up to 248 GB per partition
  • Memory
    • Up to 248 GB memory (Model M10)
    • 8 GB system minimum
    • Increments of 8 or 32 GB
    • 8 GB HSA, separately managed
    • RAIM standard
  • I/O
    • Zero to two I/O drawers with concurrent add/repair capability
    • Zero to two PCIe I/O drawers with concurrent add/repair capability
  • Coupling
    • HCA3-O 12x optical 2 port
    • HCA3-O LR 1x optical 4 port
    • Up to 48 ISC-3 links
    • Up to 16 12x PSIFB ports (Model M10)
    • Up to 32 1x PSIFB ports (Model M10)
  • zBX support
    • zManager
    • BladeCenter H (1-8 chassis) Ethernet attachment
    • Support for IBM Smart Analytics Optimizer, DataPower IX50z, System p blades, and System x blades

z114 14-Core Chip Details

The z114 PU chip is an evolution of the System z10 core design, using 12S technology, out-of-order instruction processing, higher clock frequency, and larger caches. Compute-intensive workloads can achieve additional performance improvements through higher clock frequency, larger caches, and compiler enhancements to allow applications the benefit of the new execution units. Each PU chip has up to four cores running at 3.8 GHz. The PU chips come in two versions, having three active cores or all four active cores.

Schematic of IBM z114 processor

The z114 server implements a four-level cache structure. Each core has its own 192 KB cache Level 1 (L1), which is split into 128 KB for data (D-cache) and 64 KB for instructions (I-cache). The L1 cache is designed as a store-through cache, meaning that altered data is also stored to the next level of memory. The next level is the private cache Level 2 (L2) that is located on each core, having 1.5 MB and also designed as a store-through cache. The cache Level 3 (L3) is also located on the PU chip and shared by the four cores, having 24 MB and designed as a store-in cache.

Cache levels L2 and L3 are implemented on the PU chip to reduce the latency between the processor and the large cache Level 4 (L4), which is located on the SC chip. Each SC chip has 96 MB, which is shared by both PUs on the processor drawer. The L4 cache uses a store-in design.

Inside the IBM Z114 2818

Inside look at the IBM Z114 2818

IBM z114 2818 MIPS Chart

SystemPlatformModelEstimated MIPSMSUActive CPUsIBM MMCFirst Available
z1142818A012631$1,135 3Q 11
z1142818B012941$1,149 3Q 11
z1142818C013851$1,188 3Q 11
z1142818D014661$1,240 3Q 11
z1142818A014761$1,262 3Q 11
z1142818E015171$1,301 3Q 11
z1142818B025372$1,308 3Q 11
z1142818F015971$1,329 3Q 11
z1142818A036793$1,405 3Q 11
z1142818C026992$1,420 3Q 11
z1142818G017091$1,425 3Q 11
z1142818B0375103$1,481 3Q 11
z1142818H0180101$1,543 3Q 11
z1142818D0284112$1,618 3Q 11
z1142818A0486114$1,655 3Q 11
z1142818I0188111$1,693 3Q 11
z1142818E0293122$1,760 3Q 11
z1142818B0496124$1,800 3Q 11
z1142818J0198121$1,825 3Q 11
z1142818C0398123$1,825 3Q 11
z1142818A05104135$1,933 3Q 11
z1142818F02107132$1,989 3Q 11
z1142818K01110141$2,043 3Q 11
z1142818B05116154$2,119 3Q 11
z1142818D03119153$2,157 3Q 11
z1142818C04126164$2,260 3Q 11
z1142818G02127162$2,277 3Q 11
z1142818L01130161$2,326 3Q 11
z1142818E03132163$2,352 3Q 11
z1142818H02145182$2,524 3Q 11
z1142818M01150191$2,597 3Q 11
z1142818F03153193$2,636 3Q 11
z1142818D04153194$2,636 3Q 11
z1142818C05153195$2,636 3Q 11
z1142818I02160202$2,739 3Q 11
z1142818E04170214$2,888 3Q 11
z1142818N01172211$2,915 3Q 11
z1142818J02178222$2,994 3Q 11
z1142818G03181233$3,031 3Q 11
z1142818D05185235$3,089 3Q 11
z1142818O01193241$3,207 3Q 11
z1142818F04196254$3,243 3Q 11
z1142818K02200252$3,290 3Q 11
z1142818E05205265$3,367 3Q 11
z1142818H03207263$3,399 3Q 11
z1142818P01216271$3,544 3Q 11
z1142818I03228293$3,657 3Q 11
z1142818G04233294$3,707 3Q 11
z1142818L02236302$3,717 3Q 11
z1142818F05237305$3,719 3Q 11
z1142818Q01247311$3,811 3Q 11
z1142818J03254323$3,882 3Q 11
z1142818H04266334$4,022 3Q 11
z1142818R01272341$4,106 3Q 11
z1142818M02273342$4,121 3Q 11
z1142818G05281355$4,239 3Q 11
z1142818K03285363$4,298 3Q 11
z1142818I04293374$4,413 3Q 11
z1142818S01303381$4,552 3Q 11
z1142818N02313402$4,693 3Q 11
z1142818H05321405$4,802 3Q 11
z1142818J04326414$4,865 3Q 11
z1142818L03337423$5,008 3Q 11
z1142818T01340421$5,048 3Q 11
z1142818O02351442$5,201 3Q 11
z1142818I05353445$5,229 3Q 11
z1142818K04366464$5,407 3Q 11
z1142818U01389491$5,719 3Q 11
z1142818M03389493$5,719 3Q 11
z1142818P02393492$5,777 3Q 11
z1142818J05394495$5,791 3Q 11
z1142818V01429531$6,240 3Q 11
z1142818L04432544$6,281 3Q 11
z1142818K05442555$6,417 3Q 11
z1142818N03446563$6,471 3Q 11
z1142818Q02449562$6,511 3Q 11
z1142818W01480601$6,908 3Q 11
z1142818R02494622$7,028 3Q 11
z1142818M04499624$7,070 3Q 11
z1142818O03500623$7,078 3Q 11
z1142818L05522655$7,242 3Q 11
z1142818S02551692$7,537 3Q 11
z1142818P03560703$7,655 3Q 11
z1142818N04572714$7,806 3Q 11
z1142818X01584731$7,955 3Q 11
z1142818M05602755$8,190 3Q 11
z1142818T02618772$8,396 3Q 11
z1142818Q03640803$8,653 3Q 11
z1142818O04642804$8,677 3Q 11
z1142818Y01690861$9,284 3Q 11
z1142818N05691865$9,297 3Q 11
z1142818R03705883$9,475 3Q 11
z1142818U02707882$9,495 3Q 11
z1142818P04718904$9,631 3Q 11
z1142818O05775975$10,351 3Q 11
z1142818V02780982$10,415 3Q 11
z1142818Z01782981$10,440 3Q 11
z1142818S03785983$10,478 3Q 11
z1142818Q048211024$10,924 3Q 11
z1142818P058681085$11,455 3Q 11
z1142818W028731092$11,512 3Q 11
z1142818T038811103$11,601 3Q 11
z1142818R049041134$11,832 3Q 11
z1142818Q059921235$12,870 3Q 11
z1142818S0410071254$12,883 3Q 11
z1142818U0310081253$12,887 3Q 11
z1142818X0210621322$13,498 3Q 11
z1142818R0510921365$13,867 3Q 11
z1142818V0311121383$14,065 3Q 11
z1142818T0411301404$14,144 3Q 11
z1142818S0512171515$15,135 3Q 11
z1142818W0312441553$15,431 3Q 11
z1142818Y0212541562$15,450 3Q 11
z1142818U0412931614$15,733 3Q 11
z1142818T0513661705$16,487 3Q 11
z1142818Z0214211772$16,955 3Q 11
z1142818V0414261774$16,989 3Q 11
z1142818X0315141883$17,505 3Q 11
z1142818U0515621945$17,743 3Q 11
z1142818W0415951984$17,994 3Q 11
z1142818V0517232145$19,283 3Q 11
z1142818Y0317882213$19,981 3Q 11
z1142818W0519282395$21,494 3Q 11
z1142818X0419412404$21,637 3Q 11
z1142818Z0320262513$22,547 3Q 11
z1142818Y0422932834$25,308 3Q 11
z1142818X0523462905$25,892 3Q 11
z1142818Z0425983214$28,665 3Q 11
z1142818Y0527713435$30,542 3Q 11
z1142818Z0531393885$34,562 3Q 11
Additional IBM Mainframe Specs
IBM z14-ZR1 (IBM 3907)
IBM z14 (IBM 3906)
IBM z13s (IBM 2965)
IBM z13 (IBM 2964)
IBM EC12 (IBM 2827)
IBM BC12 (IBM 2828)
IBM z196 (IBM 2817)
IBM z114 (IBM 2818)
IBM z10 BC (IBM 2098)
IBM z10 EC (IBM 2097)
IBM z9 BC (IBM 2096)
IBM z9 EC (IBM 2094)


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