IBM z13 (IBM 2964) SPECS

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Highlights

IBM z13 delivers a data and transaction system reinvented as a system of insight for digital business. The z13 extends IBM z Systems leadership with:

  • Enhancements for creating an exceptional client experience
    • Improved ability to meet Service Level Agreements with new processor chip technology that includes simultaneous multithreading, analytical vector processing, redesigned and larger cache, and enhanced accelerators for hardware compression and cryptography
    • Better availability and more efficient use of critical data with up to 10 TB available RAIM memory
    • Validation of transactions, network management, and assignment of business priority for SAN devices available with updates to the I/O subsystem
    • Continued management of heterogeneous workloads with IBM z BladeCenter Extension (zBX) Model 004 and IBM z Unified Resource Manager
  • IT infrastructure with new economics
    • Consolidation savings with 40% more total capacity in the same footprint, improved scaling and connectivity for coupling, improved sharing capabilities for networking and cryptographic features, and increased LPAR support
    • Large memory on z/OS which can be used to improve transaction response times, lower CPU costs, simplify capacity planning and ease deploying memory intensive workloads. The IBM z13 offers up to 10 TB memory.
    • Potential to lower client costs, and to improve performance and availability by supporting the sharing of switches between FICON and FCP
    • Technology Update Pricing for IBM z13
  • Trustful, reliable, and secure operations to lessen business risk
    • Stronger and faster protection and integrity of data across an enterprise cloud environment with new Crypto Express5S cryptographic adapter
    • Enhanced public key support for constrained digital environments using Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) for users such as Chrome, Firefox, and Apple’s iMessage
    • Ability to minimize reformatting of databases with new exploitation of VISA format preserving encryption (FPE) for credit card numbers
    • Faster insight into the health of your Linux system with new IBM zAware pattern recognition analytics extended to Linux on z Systems
  • Full upgradability to IBM z13 from IBM zEnterprise EC12 and zEnterprise 196, and full upgradability within the IBM z13 family

Upgrade Path

Any z13 server can be upgraded to another z13 hardware model. All upgrades from Models N30, N63, and N96 to N63, N96, and NC9 are concurrent. The upgrades to NE1 are disruptive (that is, the system is unavailable during the upgrade). Any zEC12 or z196 model can be upgraded to any z13 model, which is also disruptive. Figure 1-1 shows the upgrade
path.

On upgrade from zEC12 or z196

  • Detach zBX Model 3 or 2 and upgrade it to zBX model 4 (Option: Move zBX Model 3)
  • Feature convert installed zAAPs to zIIPs (default) or another processor type
  • For installed On Demand Records, change temporary zAAPs zIIPs. Stage the record
IBM Z13 Upgrade Path

Technical Overview

The 2964 is the IBM z13. New market forces are changing the face of every industry, requiring almost every business to transform. Successful leaders see possibilities by embracing digital business. This means supporting existing clients with new services and offerings, while providing an environment that helps previously underserved businesses and citizens to gain access to products, services, and societal benefits. A successful journey through your transformation requires an underlying IT infrastructure that is efficient, secure, adaptive, and integrated. This IT infrastructure must be designed to handle the explosive growth of increasingly mobile clients and employees, able to leverage new and vast amounts of data, and able to provide deeper real-time insight at the point of the greatest business impact, and it needs to do this with a secure and resilient cloud-ready infrastructure.

Also, IBM System z has been renamed to IBM z Systems. This new name will encompass every IBM Mainframe from S/360 through the new z13, and all future systems. The name change serves to signal evolution of the product line, positioning of expanding capabilities, and the role of the mainframe in the new digital era of IT.

The IBM z13 provides the infrastructure that will help differentiate you as a refined digital business. It offers the capacity and processing power to improve business performance and growth. It helps better protect sensitive transactions to minimize business risk and client exposure, and it helps to deliver on service level agreements for an exceptional customer experience. New economic efficiencies allow the IBM z13 to offer more throughput and capabilities with less impact to the IT budget.

z/OS V2.1 running on IBM z13 sets the groundwork for digital business by providing the foundation you need to support demanding workloads such as operational analytics and clouds alongside your traditional mission-critical applications. z/OS V2.1 continues to support the z Integrated Information Processor (zIIP) which can take advantage of simultaneous multithreading. z/OS V2.1 is designed to support the new vector extension facility (SIMD) instructions available on IBM z13 servers to provide a powerful framework for development of new Business Analytics workloads, porting math- intensive workloads from other platforms, and accelerating Business Analytics workloads on IBM z13.

z/OS features many I/O-related enhancements such as extending the reach of workload management into the SAN fabric. With enhancements to management and operations, z/OS V2.1 and z/OS Management Facility V2.1 can help systems administrators and other personnel handle configuration tasks with ease. Recent Mobile Workload Pricing for z/OS can help reduce the cost of growth for mobile transactions processed by programs such as IBM CICS Transaction Server for z/OS, IMS, and DB2 for z/OS.

The new 141-core design delivers massive scale across all workloads and enables cost-saving consolidation opportunities. z/VM V6.3 has been enhanced to exploit simultaneous multithreading offered on the new processor chip. When running on IBM z13, z/VM supports twice as many processors (up to 64) or as many as 64 threads for Linux workloads. With support for sharing OSA-Express Port Groups across z/VM systems within a central processor complex (CPC), z/VM V6.3 delivers increased optimization of OSA-Express and reduced cost of ownership for IEEE 802.3 Link Aggregation networking environments.

The IBM z13 brings a new approach for enterprise-grade Linux with offerings and capabilities for availability, virtualization with z/VM, and a focus on open standards and architecture with new support of KVM on the mainframe (see Statement of General Direction). Best of all, many of our clients have IBM zEnterprise EC12 (zEC12) and IBM zEnterprise 196 (z196) servers, which can be upgraded to the IBM z13 for the greatest levels of investment protection.

This extends IBM z Systems leadership with:

  • Up to 40% more total system capacity compared to the zEC12
  • Up to 10 terabytes (TB) of available Redundant Array of Independent Memory (RAIM) real memory per server
  • Cryptographic performance improvements with new Crypto Express5S
  • Economies of scale with simultaneous multithreading delivering more throughput for Linux and zIIP-eligible workloads
  • Improved performance of complex mathematical models, perfect for analytics processing, with Single Instruction Multiple Data (SIMD)
  • IBM zAware cutting-edge pattern recognition analytics for fast insight into system health extended to Linux on z Systems
  • A reduction in elapsed time for I/O-bound batch jobs with new FICON Express16S versus FICON Express8S
  • Support for larger memory configurations planned to be supported on z/OS systems, which can be used to improve transaction response times, lower CPU costs, simplify capacity planning and ease deploying memory-intensive workloads (The IBM z13 offers up to 10 TB memory.)
  • I/O service time improvement when writing data remotely using the new zHPF Extended Distance II
  • Support for up to 256 coupling CHPIDs, which provides enhanced connectivity and scalability for a growing number of coupling channel types
  • IBM Integrated Coupling Adapter (ICA SR), which offers greater short reach coupling connectivity than existing link technologies and enables greater overall coupling connectivity per IBM z13 than prior server generations
  • Capability to extend z/OS workload management policies into the SAN fabric
  • New rack-mounted Hardware Management Console (HMC), helping to save space in the data center
  • Nonraised floor option, offering flexible possibilities for the data center
  • Optional water cooling, providing the ability to cool systems with user-chilled water
  • Optional high-voltage dc power, which can help IBM z Systems clients save on their power bills
  • Optional top exit power and I/O cabling designed to provide increased flexibility
  • New IBM z BladeCenter Extension (zBX) Model 004 in support of heterogeneous resources managed by IBM z Unified Resource Manager

z13 8-Core Chip Details

The z13 PU chip (installed as a PU SCM) is an evolution of the zEC12 core design. It uses CMOS 14S0 technology, out-of-order instruction processing, pipeline enhancements, dynamic simultaneous multithreading (SMT), single-instruction multiple-data (SIMD), and redesigned and larger caches.IBM Z13 Processor

Each PU chip has up to eight cores that run at 5.0 GHz, which means that the cycle time is 0.2 ns. The PU chips come in three versions: Six, seven, and eight active cores. For models N30, N63, N96, and NC9, the processor units in each drawer are implemented with 39 active cores per drawer. This configuration means that model N30 has 39, model N63 has 78, model N96 has 117, and model NC9 has 156 active cores.

Up to eight active cores (PUs) per chip

  • 5.0 GHz (v5.5 GHz zEC12)
  • L1 cache/core
    • 96KB I-cache
    • 128KB D-cache
  • L2 cache/core
    • 2M+2M Byte eDRAM split private L2 cache

Chip Area

  • 678.8mm²
  • 28.4 x 23.9 mm
  • 17,773 power pins
  • 1,603 signal I/Os

Inside the IBM Z13 2964

Inside the IBM Z13 2964

IBM z13 2964 MIPS Chart

ProcessorActive CPUsEstimated MipsMSU
2964-401125031
2964-402247860
2964-403369788
2964-501174694
2964-4044910114
2964-60111068134
2964-40551118140
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2964-60222019249
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2964-410102093258
2964-411112277281
2964-412122456303
2964-413132631325
2964-50442694333
2964-414142803346
2964-60332938363
2964-415152971367
2964-416163138387
2964-70223196394
2964-417173305407
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2964-418183470427
2964-419193635448
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2964-50663903481
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2964-422224125508
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2964-424244447547
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2964-70334644571
2964-60554690577
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2964-427274924605
2964-50885052620
2964-428285082624
2964-429295239643
2964-430305394661
2964-60665528678
2964-50995606687
2964-70446041740
2964-510106145753
2964-60776342777
2964-511116671818
2964-60887132874
2964-512127183880
2964-70557392905
2964-513137683942
2964-60997899968
2964-5141481711000
2964-6101086441056
2964-5151586461056
2964-706687001062
2964-5161691191112
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Model Specs
ModelPUsMemory(1)GX++ I/O HubsI/O Drawers(2)PCI-e I/O HubsPCI-e Drawers(3)
N301 to 3064 to 2464 GB40 to 2100 to 2.5
N631 to 6364 to 5024 GB80 to 2200 to 5
N961 to 9664 to 7584 GB120 to 2300 to 5
NC91 to 12964 to 10144 GB160 to 2400 to 5
NE11 to 14164 to 10144 GB160 to 2400 to 5
Additional Model Specs
ModelTotal PUs AvailableCP7s(5) (#1918) Min/MaxIFLs (#1919) Min/MaxuIFLs (#1923) Min/MaxICFs (#1920) Min/MaxzIIPs (#1922) Min/MaxOptional SAPs (#1921) Min/Max
N30300 to 300 to 300 to 290 to 300 to 200 to 6
N63630 to 630 to 630 to 620 to 630 to 420 to 8
N96960 to 960 to 960 to 950 to 960 to 640 to 8
NC91290 to 1290 to 1290 to 1280 to 1290 to 860 to 8
NE11410 to 1410 to 1410 to 1400 to 1410 to 940 to 8
EOSL
Type ModelAnnouncedAvailableEOLEOSL
2964-NC91/14/20153/9/20156/30/2019-
2964-NE11/14/20153/9/20156/30/2019-
2964-N301/14/20153/9/20156/30/2019-
2964-N631/14/20153/9/20156/30/2019-
2964-N961/14/20153/9/20156/30/2019-
Additional IBM Mainframe Specs
Model
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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