IBM Power System E980 server offers a new 24-core (4 x 6) processor feature

IBM United States Hardware Announcement 119-052
August 13, 2019

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At a glance

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The IBM® Power® System E980 server is enhanced with a new 24-core processor feature that may be used to deliver more attractively priced system configurations from 8 - 96 active cores, to enable a broader range of enterprise clients to deploy their applications on the most powerful, reliable, and scalable server in the IBM Power Systems portfolio.

This new configuration option offers:

  • One to four typical 3.58 - 3.90 GHz (max) 24-core (4 x 6-core module) IBM POWER9™ processor card features
  • Simultaneous multithreading executing up to eight threads per core
  • Support for IBM AIX®, IBM i, and Linux® environments
  • Support for up to 64 TB of memory
  • Capacity on demand (CoD) for seamless, nondisruptive growth
  • IBM Power Enterprise Pools, supporting unsurpassed enterprise flexibility for workload balancing and system maintenance


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Overview

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The Power System E980 server is the most powerful and scalable server in the Power Systems portfolio, with up to 192 enterprise-class POWER9 processors. It is built with innovations that can help deliver security and reliability for the demanding workloads of today's enterprises. POWER9 technology is designed from the ground up for data-intensive workloads like databases and analytics.

Each Power E980 server offers massive throughput, performance, and scalability in a modular, high-end system engineered to deliver the highest level of IBM Power Architecture® reliability, availability, and serviceability.

The new 24-core processor feature delivers four single-chip modules (SCM), each with 6-core POWER9 processors running from 3.58 GHz (typical) to 3.9 GHz (max) and two memory controllers. As few as eight cores in a system can be activated, and cores may be incremented one core at a time through built-in Capacity Upgrade on Demand (CUoD) functions to the full capacity of the system.

All Power E980 systems support up to 64 TB of memory and support applications running on IBM i, AIX, and Linux.



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Feature exchange

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Not applicable



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Key requirements

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The Power E980 server requires an AIX, Linux, or IBM i operating system. See the Software requirements section for detailed requirements.



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Planned availability date

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August 23, 2019



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Description

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The Power System E980 server is a large-scale SMP system that delivers high performance, scalability, reliability, availability, and serviceability with great virtualization capability for larger cloud environments. The Power E980 server uses modular building blocks called system nodes. It can have one or two system nodes.

Summary of features

The following new features are available on the Power E980 server:

  • One to four processor features per system with four SCMs per feature: Typical 3.58 - 3.90 GHz, 24-core POWER9 processor (#EFP0)
  • CoD processor core activation features available on a per-core basis

System nodes

The Power E980 SCMs can have six, eight, ten, eleven, or twelve POWER9 cores running at up to 4.0 GHz and simultaneous multithreading executing up to eight threads per core.

Processor core activations

Each Power E980 server requires a minimum of eight permanent processor core activations, using either static activations or Linux on Power activations. This minimum is per system, not per node. The rest of the cores can be permanently or temporary activated or remain inactive (dark) until needed. The activations are not specific to hardware cores or SCMs or nodes. They are known to the system as a total number of activations of different types and used or assigned by the Power hypervisor appropriately.

A variety of activations fit different usage and pricing options. Static activations are permanent and support any type of application environment on this server. Mobile activations are ordered against a specific server but can be moved to any server within the Power Enterprise Pool and can support any type of application. Mobile-enabled activations are technically static but can be converted to mobile at no charge when logistically or administratively eligible. Linux on Power activations can only run Linux workloads. Temporary activations are used for CoD - Elastic, Utility, and Trial options.

24-core processor feature (#EFP0)

The following activation features are available for the 24-core processor feature:

  • 1-core static activation (#EFPQ)
  • 1-core mobile-enabled activation (#EFPR)
  • 1-core Power Linux (#ELBS)

IBM i operating system

For clients loading the IBM i operating system, the processor feature EFP0 has an QPRCFEAT value of EPF0. The Power E980 3.9 GHz processor feature and the special ordering processor features used for the CBU for Power Enterprise Systems are exceptions to this rule. For the Power E980:

Feature number Description
EFP0/EFBZ Processor (typical 3.58 - 3.9 GHz 44-core node) - QPRCFEAT value for the system is EPF0

If the 5250 Enterprise Enablement function is to be used on the server, order one or more feature EF2R or order the full system 5250 enablement feature EF30. Feature EF2R provides one processor core's worth of 5250 capacity, which can be spread across multiple physical processor cores or multiple partitions.

Capacity Backup for IBM Power Enterprise Systems

With Capacity Backup for Power Enterprise Systems, clients can purchase a new Power Enterprise server that is to be used specifically for high-availability or disaster-recovery purposes. It includes a number of system nodes based on a defined Power E980, Power E870, Power E870C, Power E880, or Power E880C production system that the client owns. Systems with Capacity Backup processor features can only be ordered with a maximum of eight static processor activations. All other processor activations supported on these systems are through Elastic COD processor days or Mobile Processor activations from another system within the Enterprise Pool in which they exist.

The IBM Power System E980 Capacity Backup system can only be purchased by clients who already own or purchase a qualifying Power E980 (9080-M9S), Power E880C (9080-MHE), Power E870C (9080-MME), Power E880 (9119-MHE), or Power E870 (9119-MME) production Power server that meets the following configuration requirement:

  • You must activate a minimum of 25% of the installed memory on your CBU Power E980 system.

When the requirements are completed, you are entitled to order a CBU for Power E980 system. The following configuration rules apply:

  • You must purchase exactly eight Static Processor activations on the Power E980 CBU system.
  • Activation of more than eight cores on the Power E980 CBU system is not supported.
  • You must order feature EFB0 (CBU server specify) on every Power E980 CBU system to add CBU processor feature EFB1, EFB2, EFB3, EFB4, or EFBZ to a configuration.
  • The Power E980 CBU system may only order the total number of EFB1, EFB2, EFB3, EFB4 or EFBZ processor features that are equivalent to the total number of processor features on the primary E8xxx or E980 production system the CBU is registered to support. For example, if a Power E980 production system has two of feature EFP1, you are entitled to order two of feature EPB1.

For every Mobile Processor Activation feature on the Power E980 production system that a E980 CBU is registered to support, you may receive 11,680 Elastic CoD GB days to be used for high-availability and disaster-recovery purposes only. The Elastic CoD memory days must be turned on immediately with the installation of the Power E980 CBU system and must be left on until all the days are used. The Elastic CoD memory days are renewable for no charge a year after the Power E980 CBU has been installed with proof that the Power E980 requirements are meet. The Elastic CoD days continue to be renewable as long as the original client that purchased the Power E980 production system remains in production services.

The capacity backup for the Power E980 system must go through a registration process, which includes a contract signed by the client. For CBU registration and further information, see the Capacity BackUp website.

All Power E980 CBU systems, no matter whether they use the 24-core POWER9 processor, 32-core POWER9 processor, 40-core POWER9 processor, 44-core POWER9 processor, or the 48-core POWER9 processor, will have feature EFB0 installed on the system. This feature designates that this is a Capacity Backup system. A stop-ship will automatically be put in place until manufacturing is notified that the CBU system meets configuration requirements based on the identified Power E980 production system.

If your primary or CBU machine is sold or discontinued from use, any temporary entitlement transfers must be returned to the machine on which they were originally acquired.



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Reference information

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For additional information, see Hardware Announcement 118-059, dated August 7, 2018.



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The following are newly announced features on the specific models of the IBM Power Systems 9080 machine type:

New features available August 23, 2019

                                                  Machine Model   Feature
Description                                       type    number  number

CBU for Power Enterprise Systems Typical 3.58 to
3.9 GHz (max), 24-core POWER9 processor           9080  M9S     EFBZ 
24-core (4x6) Typical 3.58 to 3.9 GHz (max)
POWER9 Processor with 5U system node drawer       9080  M9S     EFP0 
1-core Processor Activation for #EFP0             9080  M9S     EFPQ 
1-core Mobile-enabled processor activation (CSE)
for #EFP0                                         9080  M9S     EFPR 
1 core Base Linux Processor Activation for EFP0   9080  M9S     ELBS 
1 core Base Processor Activation (Pools 2.0) for
EFP0 Linux only                                   9080  M9S     EP94 
1 core Base Processor Activation (Pools 2.0) for
EFP0 any OS                                       9080  M9S     EP9Z 
1 Proc-day Elastic billing #EFP0                  9080  M9S     EPNP 
1 Proc-day Elastic billing for #EFP0 for IBM i    9080  M9S     EPNQ 
100 Proc-day Elastic COD billing #EFP0 for AIX/
Linux                                             9080  M9S     EPNR 
100 Proc-day Elastic COD billing #EFP0 for IBM i  9080  M9S     EPNS 
100 Proc-mins Utility COD billing #EFP0 for AIX/
Linux                                             9080  M9S     EPNT 
100 Proc-mins Utility COD billing #EFP0 for IBM i 9080  M9S     EPNU 

Feature conversions

The existing components being replaced during a model or feature conversion become the property of IBM and must be returned.

Feature conversions are always implemented on a "quantity of one for quantity of one" basis. Multiple existing features may not be converted to a single new feature. Single existing features may not be converted to multiple new features.

The following conversions are available to customers:

Feature conversions for 9080-M9S processor features:

                                                          Return
From FC:                     To FC:                       parts

EFPQ - 1-core Processor      EFPD - Mobile processor      No       
Activation for #EFP0         activation for M9S          
EFPR - 1-core                EFPD - Mobile processor      No       
Mobile-enabled processor     activation for M9S          
activation (CSE) for #EFP0                               

Feature conversions for 9080-MHE to 9080-M9S processor features:

                                                          Return
From FC:                     To FC:                       parts

EPBG - CBU for Power         EFBZ - CBU for Power         Yes      
Enterprise Systems 4.35      Enterprise Systems Typical  
GHz, 32-core POWER8          3.58 to 3.9 GHz (max),      
processor                    24-core POWER9 processor    
EPBH - CBU for Power         EFBZ - CBU for Power         Yes      
Enterprise Systems 4.02 GHz  Enterprise Systems Typical  
48-core POWER8 processor     3.58 to 3.9 GHz (max),      
                             24-core POWER9 processor    
EPBT - CBU for Power         EFBZ - CBU for Power         Yes      
Enterprise Systems 4.19GHz,  Enterprise Systems Typical  
40-core POWER8 processor     3.58 to 3.9 GHz (max),      
                             24-core POWER9 processor    
EPBZ - CBU for Power         EFBZ - CBU for Power         Yes      
Enterprise Systems 4.02 GHz  Enterprise Systems Typical  
40-core POWER8 processor     3.58 to 3.9 GHz (max),      
                             24-core POWER9 processor    
ELPC - SOL Edition FOR SAP   EFP0 - 24-core (4x6)         Yes      
HANA 4.02GHz 48 core act     Typical 3.58 to 3.9 GHz     
(IFL), 2TB Mem Act (IFL)     (max) POWER9 Processor with 
                             5U system node drawer       
EPB0 - 4.02 GHz 40-core      EFP0 - 24-core (4x6)         Yes      
POWER8 processor             Typical 3.58 to 3.9 GHz     
                             (max) POWER9 Processor with 
                             5U system node drawer       
EPBB - 4.35 GHz, 32-core     EFP0 - 24-core (4x6)         Yes      
POWER8 processor             Typical 3.58 to 3.9 GHz     
                             (max) POWER9 Processor with 
                             5U system node drawer       
EPBD - 4.02 GHz 48-core      EFP0 - 24-core (4x6)         Yes      
POWER8 processor             Typical 3.58 to 3.9 GHz     
                             (max) POWER9 Processor with 
                             5U system node drawer       
EPBS - 4.19GHz, 40-core      EFP0 - 24-core (4x6)         Yes      
POWER8 processor             Typical 3.58 to 3.9 GHz     
                             (max) POWER9 Processor with 
                             5U system node drawer       
ESP2 - 48-core 4.02 GHz      EFP0 - 24-core (4x6)         Yes      
POWER8 processor module for  Typical 3.58 to 3.9 GHz     
SAP HANA                     (max) POWER9 Processor with 
                             5U system node drawer       
ESP3 - 40-core 4.19 GHz      EFP0 - 24-core (4x6)         Yes      
POWER8 processor module for  Typical 3.58 to 3.9 GHz     
SAP HANA                     (max) POWER9 Processor with 
                             5U system node drawer       
ESPZ - 40-core 4.02 GHz      EFP0 - 24-core (4x6)         Yes      
POWER8 processor module for  Typical 3.58 to 3.9 GHz     
SAP HANA                     (max) POWER9 Processor with 
                             5U system node drawer       
EPBK - 1 core Processor      EFPQ - 1-core Processor      No       
Activation for #EPBB or      Activation for #EFP0        
#EPBG                                                    
EPBM - 1 core Processor      EFPQ - 1-core Processor      No       
Activation for #EPBD or      Activation for #EFP0        
#EPBH                                                    
EPBU - 1 core Processor      EFPQ - 1-core Processor      No       
Activation for #EPBS or      Activation for #EFP0        
#EPBT                                                    
ESP4 - 1 core processor      EFPQ - 1-core Processor      No       
activation for ESP2          Activation for #EFP0        
ESP6 - 1 core processor      EFPQ - 1-core Processor      No       
activation for ESP3          Activation for #EFP0        
EPBP - 1 core                EFPR - 1-core                No       
Mobile-enabled Processor     Mobile-enabled processor    
Activation for #EPBB or      activation (CSE) for #EFP0  
#EPBG                                                    
EPBR - 1 core                EFPR - 1-core                No       
Mobile-enabled Processor     Mobile-enabled processor    
Activation for #EPBD or      activation (CSE) for #EFP0  
#EPBH                                                    
EPBV - 1 core Mobile         EFPR - 1-core                No       
Enabled Processor            Mobile-enabled processor    
Activation for #EPBS or      activation (CSE) for #EFP0  
#EPBT                                                    

Feature conversions for 9080-MME to 9080-M9S processor features:

                                                          Return
From FC:                     To FC:                       parts
EPBW - CBU for Power         EFBZ - CBU for Power         Yes      
Enterprise Systems 4.02      Enterprise Systems Typical  
GHz, 32-core POWER8          3.58 to 3.9 GHz (max),      
processor                    24-core POWER9 processor    
EPBA - 4.02 GHz, 32-core     EFP0 - 24-core (4x6)         Yes      
POWER8 processor             Typical 3.58 to 3.9 GHz     
                             (max) POWER9 Processor with 
                             5U system node drawer       
EPBJ - 1 core Processor      EFPQ - 1-core Processor      No       
Activation for #EPBA or      Activation for #EFP0        
#EPBW                                                    
EPBN - 1 core Mobile         EFPR - 1-core                No       
Enabled Processor            Mobile-enabled processor    
Activation for #EPBA or      activation (CSE) for #EFP0  
#EPBW                                                    

Feature conversions for 9119-MHE to 9080-M9S processor features:

                                                          Return
From FC:                     To FC:                       parts

EPBG - CBU for Power         EFBZ - CBU for Power         Yes      
Enterprise Systems 4.35      Enterprise Systems Typical  
GHz, 32-core POWER8          3.58 to 3.9 GHz (max),      
processor                    24-core POWER9 processor    
EPBH - CBU for Power         EFBZ - CBU for Power         Yes      
Enterprise Systems 4.02 GHz  Enterprise Systems Typical  
48-core POWER8 processor     3.58 to 3.9 GHz (max),      
                             24-core POWER9 processor    
EPBT - CBU for Power         EFBZ - CBU for Power         Yes      
Enterprise Systems 4.19GHz,  Enterprise Systems Typical  
40-core POWER8 processor     3.58 to 3.9 GHz (max),      
                             24-core POWER9 processor    
EPBZ - CBU for Power         EFBZ - CBU for Power         Yes      
Enterprise Systems 4.02 GHz  Enterprise Systems Typical  
40-core POWER8 processor     3.58 to 3.9 GHz (max),      
                             24-core POWER9 processor    
ELPA - SOL Edition FOR SAP   EFP0 - 24-core (4x6)         Yes      
HANA 4.19GHz 40 core act     Typical 3.58 to 3.9 GHz     
(IFL), 2TB Mem Act (IFL)     (max) POWER9 Processor with 
                             5U system node drawer       
EPB0 - 4.02 GHz 40-core      EFP0 - 24-core (4x6)         Yes      
POWER8 processor             Typical 3.58 to 3.9 GHz     
                             (max) POWER9 Processor with 
                             5U system node drawer       
EPBB - 4.35 GHz, 32-core     EFP0 - 24-core (4x6)         Yes      
POWER8 processor             Typical 3.58 to 3.9 GHz     
                             (max) POWER9 Processor with 
                             5U system node drawer       
EPBD - 4.02 GHz 48-core      EFP0 - 24-core (4x6)         Yes      
POWER8 processor             Typical 3.58 to 3.9 GHz     
                             (max) POWER9 Processor with 
                             5U system node drawer       
EPBS - 4.19GHz, 40-core      EFP0 - 24-core (4x6)         Yes      
POWER8 processor             Typical 3.58 to 3.9 GHz     
                             (max) POWER9 Processor with 
                             5U system node drawer       
EPBK - 1 core Processor      EFPQ - 1-core Processor      No       
Activation for #EPBB or      Activation for #EFP0        
#EPBG                                                    
EPBM - 1 core Processor      EFPQ - 1-core Processor      No       
Activation for #EPBD or      Activation for #EFP0        
#EPBH                                                    
EPBU - 1 core Processor      EFPQ - 1-core Processor      No       
Activation for #EPBS or      Activation for #EFP0        
#EPBT                                                    
EPBP - 1 core                EFPR - 1-core                No       
Mobile-enabled Processor     Mobile-enabled processor    
Activation for #EPBB or      activation (CSE) for #EFP0  
#EPBG                                                    
EPBR - 1 core                EFPR - 1-core                No       
Mobile-enabled Processor     Mobile-enabled processor    
Activation for #EPBD or      activation (CSE) for #EFP0  
#EPBH                                                    
EPBV - 1 core Mobile         EFPR - 1-core                No       
Enabled Processor            Mobile-enabled processor    
Activation for #EPBS or      activation (CSE) for #EFP0  
#EPBT                                                    

Feature conversions for 9119-MME to 9080-M9S processor features:

                                                          Return
From FC:                     To FC:                       parts

EPBW - CBU for Power         EFBZ - CBU for Power         Yes      
Enterprise Systems 4.02      Enterprise Systems Typical  
GHz, 32-core POWER8          3.58 to 3.9 GHz (max),      
processor                    24-core POWER9 processor    
EPBX - CBU for Power         EFBZ - CBU for Power         Yes      
Enterprise Systems 4.19      Enterprise Systems Typical  
GHz, 40-core POWER8          3.58 to 3.9 GHz (max),      
processor                    24-core POWER9 processor    
EPBA - 4.02 GHz, 32-core     EFP0 - 24-core (4x6)         Yes      
POWER8 processor             Typical 3.58 to 3.9 GHz     
                             (max) POWER9 Processor with 
                             5U system node drawer       
EPBC - 4.19 GHz, 40-core     EFP0 - 24-core (4x6)         Yes      
POWER8 processor             Typical 3.58 to 3.9 GHz     
                             (max) POWER9 Processor with 
                             5U system node drawer       
EPBE - Power IFL Package     EFP0 - 24-core (4x6)         Yes      
for HANA Solution            Typical 3.58 to 3.9 GHz     
                             (max) POWER9 Processor with 
                             5U system node drawer       
EPBJ - 1 core Processor      EFPQ - 1-core Processor      No       
Activation for #EPBA or      Activation for #EFP0        
#EPBW                                                    
EPBL - 1 core Processor      EFPQ - 1-core Processor      No       
Activation for #EPBC or      Activation for #EFP0        
#EHC2 or #EPBX                                           
EPBN - 1 core Mobile         EFPR - 1-core                No       
Enabled Processor            Mobile-enabled processor    
Activation for #EPBA or      activation (CSE) for #EFP0  
#EPBW                                                    
EPBQ - 1 core Mobile         EFPR - 1-core                No       
Enabled Processor            Mobile-enabled processor    
Activation for #EPBC or      activation (CSE) for #EFP0  
#EPBX                                                    



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BP Attachment for Announcement Letter 119-052


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  • Licenses, notices, safety, and warranty information
  • Planning for the system
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  • Installing, configuring, and managing consoles, terminals, and interfaces
  • Installing operating systems
  • Creating a virtual computing environment
  • Enclosures and expansion units
  • Glossary

You can access the POWER9 systems information at IBM Knowledge Center.

Product documentation is also available on DVD (SK5T-7087).

The following information is shipped with the 9080-M9S:

  • Power Hardware Information DVD (SK5T-7087)
  • Important Notices
  • Warranty Information
  • License Agreement for Machine Code

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For additional information, see Hardware Announcement 118-059, dated August 7, 2018.

Software requirements

If installing the AIX operating system LPAR with any I/O configuration (one of these):

  • AIX Version 7.2 with the 7200-03 Technology Level, or later
  • AIX Version 7.1 with the 7100-05 Technology Level and Service Pack 7100-05-03-1838, or later
  • AIX Version 6.1 with the 6100-09 Technology Level and Service Pack 6100-09-12-1838, or later (AIX 6.1 service extension required)
  • AIX Version 7.2 with the 7200-01 Technology Level and Service Pack 7200-01-05-1845, or later
  • AIX Version 7.2 with the 7200-02 Technology Level and Service Pack 7200-02-03-1845, or later
  • AIX Version 7.1 with the 7100-04 Technology Level and Service Pack 7100-04-07-1845, or later

If installing the AIX operating system Virtual I/O only LPAR (one of these):

  • AIX Version 7.2 with the 7200-02 Technology Level and Service Pack 7200-02-01-1732, or later
  • AIX Version 7.1 with the 7100-05 Technology Level and Service Pack 7100-05-01-1731, or later
  • AIX Version 7.2 with the 7200-01 Technology Level and Service Pack 7200-01-01-1642, or later
  • AIX Version 7.2 with the 7200-00 Technology Level and Service Pack 7200-00-02-1614, or later
  • AIX Version 7.1 with the 7100-04 Technology Level and Service Pack 7100-04-02-1614, or later
  • AIX Version 6.1 with the 6100-09 Technology Level and Service Pack 6100-09-07-1614, or later (AIX 6.1 service extension required)

If installing the IBM i operating system (one of these):

  • IBM i 7.2 TR9, or later
  • IBM i 7.3 TR6, or later
  • IBM i 7.4, or later

See the Power Systems Prerequisites website for compatibility information for hardware features and the corresponding AIX and IBM i Technology Levels.

If installing the Linux operating system (one of these):

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.0 for Power LE, or later
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.5 for Power LE (p8compat), or later
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 for Power LE version 7.5, or later
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 Service Pack 3, or later
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP with SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 Service Pack 3, or later
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP with SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 Service Pack 4 , or later
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15, or later

If installing VIOS:

  • VIOS 2.2.5.50, or later
  • VIOS 2.2.6.31, or later
  • VIOS 3.1.0.10, or later

Java™ is supported on POWER9 servers. For the best use of the performance capabilities and the most recent improvements of POWER9 technology, IBM recommends upgrading Java-based applications to Java 7, Java 8, or later, whenever possible. For those clients who want to run Java in AIX environments, see the AIX Download and service information website.

For those clients who want to run Java in Linux environments (including Linux on Power), see the Linux Download information website.

For those clients who want to run Java in IBM i environments, read the following planning statements:

  • Java 6 is not a supported environment for IBM i 7.3 and is no longer supported in IBM i 7.2.
  • For those clients who want to run Java on IBM i, see the Java on IBM i website.

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For terms and conditions, see Hardware Announcement 118-059, dated August 7, 2018.



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For additional information and current prices, contact your local IBM representative.

The following are newly announced features on the specific models of the IBM Power Systems 9080 machine type:

                                             Minimum Initial/         
                                             Monthly MES/             
Description          Model  Feature Purchase Maint.  Both/        RP  
Machine type 9080    number number  price    Charge  Support  CSU MES 

CBU 3.58 GHz 24-core process
                       M9S     EFBZ                  Both     No  No 
3.58 - 3.9 GHz 24-core proc
                       M9S     EFP0                  Both     No  No 
1-core Proc Act for EFP0
                       M9S     EFPQ                  Both     Yes No 
1-core Mob Act for EFP0
                       M9S     EFPR                  Both     Yes No 
1-core BaseAct Linux EFP0
                       M9S     ELBS                  Both     Yes No 
1-core Pools2.0 Linux EFP0
                       M9S     EP94                  Both     Yes No 
1-core Pools2.0 any OS EFP0
                       M9S     EP9Z                  Both     Yes No 
1 Proc-day Elast bill EFP0
                       M9S     EPNP                  Both     Yes No 
1 Proc-day Elast bill EFP0 i
                       M9S     EPNQ                  Both     Yes No 
100 Proc-day ECOD bill EFP0
                       M9S     EPNR                  Both     Yes No 
100 Prc-day ECOD bill EFP0 i
                       M9S     EPNS                  Both     Yes No 
100 Proc-min UCOD bill EFP0
                       M9S     EPNT                  Both     Yes No 
100 Prc-min UCOD bill EFP0 i
                       M9S     EPNU                  Both     Yes No 

CSU = Customer setup
RP MES = Return parts, miscellaneous equipment specifications

Feature conversions

Feature conversions for 9080-M9S processor features:

                                                    Parts    Purchase
From FC:                  To FC:                    returned price   

EFPQ - 1-core Processor   EFPD - Mobile processor   No               
Activation for #EFP0      activation for M9S       
EFPR - 1-core             EFPD - Mobile processor   No               
Mobile-enabled processor  activation for M9S       
activation (CSE) for                               
#EFP0                                              

Feature conversions for 9080-MHE to 9080-M9S processor features:

                                                    Parts    Purchase
From FC:                  To FC:                    returned price   

EPBG - CBU for Power      EFBZ - CBU for Power      Yes              
Enterprise Systems 4.35   Enterprise Systems       
GHz, 32-core POWER8       Typical 3.58 to 3.9 GHz  
processor                 (max), 24-core POWER9    
                          processor                
EPBH - CBU for Power      EFBZ - CBU for Power      Yes              
Enterprise Systems 4.02   Enterprise Systems       
GHz 48-core POWER8        Typical 3.58 to 3.9 GHz  
processor                 (max), 24-core POWER9    
                          processor                
EPBT - CBU for Power      EFBZ - CBU for Power      Yes              
Enterprise Systems        Enterprise Systems       
4.19GHz, 40-core POWER8   Typical 3.58 to 3.9 GHz  
processor                 (max), 24-core POWER9    
                          processor                
EPBZ - CBU for Power      EFBZ - CBU for Power      Yes              
Enterprise Systems 4.02   Enterprise Systems       
GHz 40-core POWER8        Typical 3.58 to 3.9 GHz  
processor                 (max), 24-core POWER9    
                          processor                
ELPC - SOL Edition FOR    EFP0 - 24-core (4x6)      Yes              
SAP HANA 4.02GHz 48 core  Typical 3.58 to 3.9 GHz  
act (IFL), 2TB Mem Act    (max) POWER9 Processor   
(IFL)                     with 5U system node      
                          drawer                   
EPB0 - 4.02 GHz 40-core   EFP0 - 24-core (4x6)      Yes              
POWER8 processor          Typical 3.58 to 3.9 GHz  
                          (max) POWER9 Processor   
                          with 5U system node      
                          drawer                   
EPBB - 4.35 GHz, 32-core  EFP0 - 24-core (4x6)      Yes              
POWER8 processor          Typical 3.58 to 3.9 GHz  
                          (max) POWER9 Processor   
                          with 5U system node      
                          drawer                   
EPBD - 4.02 GHz 48-core   EFP0 - 24-core (4x6)      Yes              
POWER8 processor          Typical 3.58 to 3.9 GHz  
                          (max) POWER9 Processor   
                          with 5U system node      
                          drawer                   
EPBS - 4.19GHz, 40-core   EFP0 - 24-core (4x6)      Yes              
POWER8 processor          Typical 3.58 to 3.9 GHz  
                          (max) POWER9 Processor   
                          with 5U system node      
                          drawer                   
ESP2 - 48-core 4.02 GHz   EFP0 - 24-core (4x6)      Yes              
POWER8 processor module   Typical 3.58 to 3.9 GHz  
for SAP HANA              (max) POWER9 Processor   
                          with 5U system node      
                          drawer                   
ESP3 - 40-core 4.19 GHz   EFP0 - 24-core (4x6)      Yes              
POWER8 processor module   Typical 3.58 to 3.9 GHz  
for SAP HANA              (max) POWER9 Processor   
                          with 5U system node      
                          drawer                   
ESPZ - 40-core 4.02 GHz   EFP0 - 24-core (4x6)      Yes              
POWER8 processor module   Typical 3.58 to 3.9 GHz  
for SAP HANA              (max) POWER9 Processor   
                          with 5U system node      
                          drawer                   
EPBK - 1 core Processor   EFPQ - 1-core Processor   No               
Activation for #EPBB or   Activation for #EFP0     
#EPBG                                              
EPBM - 1 core Processor   EFPQ - 1-core Processor   No               
Activation for #EPBD or   Activation for #EFP0     
#EPBH                                              
EPBU - 1 core Processor   EFPQ - 1-core Processor   No               
Activation for #EPBS or   Activation for #EFP0     
#EPBT                                              
ESP4 - 1 core processor   EFPQ - 1-core Processor   No               
activation for ESP2       Activation for #EFP0     
ESP6 - 1 core processor   EFPQ - 1-core Processor   No               
activation for ESP3       Activation for #EFP0     
EPBP - 1 core             EFPR - 1-core             No               
Mobile-enabled Processor  Mobile-enabled processor 
Activation for #EPBB or   activation (CSE) for     
#EPBG                     #EFP0                    
EPBR - 1 core             EFPR - 1-core             No               
Mobile-enabled Processor  Mobile-enabled processor 
Activation for #EPBD or   activation (CSE) for     
#EPBH                     #EFP0                    
EPBV - 1 core Mobile      EFPR - 1-core             No               
Enabled Processor         Mobile-enabled processor 
Activation for #EPBS or   activation (CSE) for     
#EPBT                     #EFP0                    

Feature conversions for 9080-MME to 9080-M9S processor features:

                                                    Parts    Purchase
From FC:                  To FC:                    returned price   

EPBW - CBU for Power      EFBZ - CBU for Power      Yes              
Enterprise Systems 4.02   Enterprise Systems       
GHz, 32-core POWER8       Typical 3.58 to 3.9 GHz  
processor                 (max), 24-core POWER9    
                          processor                
EPBA - 4.02 GHz, 32-core  EFP0 - 24-core (4x6)      Yes              
POWER8 processor          Typical 3.58 to 3.9 GHz  
                          (max) POWER9 Processor   
                          with 5U system node      
                          drawer                   
EPBJ - 1 core Processor   EFPQ - 1-core Processor   No               
Activation for #EPBA or   Activation for #EFP0     
#EPBW                                              
EPBN - 1 core Mobile      EFPR - 1-core             No               
Enabled Processor         Mobile-enabled processor 
Activation for #EPBA or   activation (CSE) for     
#EPBW                     #EFP0                    

Feature conversions for 9119-MHE to 9080-M9S processor features:

                                                    Parts    Purchase
From FC:                  To FC:                    returned price   

EPBG - CBU for Power      EFBZ - CBU for Power      Yes              
Enterprise Systems 4.35   Enterprise Systems       
GHz, 32-core POWER8       Typical 3.58 to 3.9 GHz  
processor                 (max), 24-core POWER9    
                          processor                
EPBH - CBU for Power      EFBZ - CBU for Power      Yes              
Enterprise Systems 4.02   Enterprise Systems       
GHz 48-core POWER8        Typical 3.58 to 3.9 GHz  
processor                 (max), 24-core POWER9    
                          processor                
EPBT - CBU for Power      EFBZ - CBU for Power      Yes              
Enterprise Systems        Enterprise Systems       
4.19GHz, 40-core POWER8   Typical 3.58 to 3.9 GHz  
processor                 (max), 24-core POWER9    
                          processor                
EPBZ - CBU for Power      EFBZ - CBU for Power      Yes              
Enterprise Systems 4.02   Enterprise Systems       
GHz 40-core POWER8        Typical 3.58 to 3.9 GHz  
processor                 (max), 24-core POWER9    
                          processor                
ELPA - SOL Edition FOR    EFP0 - 24-core (4x6)      Yes              
SAP HANA 4.19GHz 40 core  Typical 3.58 to 3.9 GHz  
act (IFL), 2TB Mem Act    (max) POWER9 Processor   
(IFL)                     with 5U system node      
                          drawer                   
EPB0 - 4.02 GHz 40-core   EFP0 - 24-core (4x6)      Yes              
POWER8 processor          Typical 3.58 to 3.9 GHz  
                          (max) POWER9 Processor   
                          with 5U system node      
                          drawer                   
EPBB - 4.35 GHz, 32-core  EFP0 - 24-core (4x6)      Yes              
POWER8 processor          Typical 3.58 to 3.9 GHz  
                          (max) POWER9 Processor   
                          with 5U system node      
                          drawer                   
EPBD - 4.02 GHz 48-core   EFP0 - 24-core (4x6)      Yes              
POWER8 processor          Typical 3.58 to 3.9 GHz  
                          (max) POWER9 Processor   
                          with 5U system node      
                          drawer                   
EPBS - 4.19GHz, 40-core   EFP0 - 24-core (4x6)      Yes              
POWER8 processor          Typical 3.58 to 3.9 GHz  
                          (max) POWER9 Processor   
                          with 5U system node      
                          drawer                   
EPBK - 1 core Processor   EFPQ - 1-core Processor   No               
Activation for #EPBB or   Activation for #EFP0     
#EPBG                                              
EPBM - 1 core Processor   EFPQ - 1-core Processor   No               
Activation for #EPBD or   Activation for #EFP0     
#EPBH                                              
EPBU - 1 core Processor   EFPQ - 1-core Processor   No               
Activation for #EPBS or   Activation for #EFP0     
#EPBT                                              
EPBP - 1 core             EFPR - 1-core             No               
Mobile-enabled Processor  Mobile-enabled processor 
Activation for #EPBB or   activation (CSE) for     
#EPBG                     #EFP0                    
EPBR - 1 core             EFPR - 1-core             No               
Mobile-enabled Processor  Mobile-enabled processor 
Activation for #EPBD or   activation (CSE) for     
#EPBH                     #EFP0                    
EPBV - 1 core Mobile      EFPR - 1-core             No               
Enabled Processor         Mobile-enabled processor 
Activation for #EPBS or   activation (CSE) for     
#EPBT                     #EFP0                    

Feature conversions for 9119-MME to 9080-M9S processor features:

                                                    Parts    Purchase
From FC:                  To FC:                    returned price   

EPBW - CBU for Power      EFBZ - CBU for Power      Yes              
Enterprise Systems 4.02   Enterprise Systems       
GHz, 32-core POWER8       Typical 3.58 to 3.9 GHz  
processor                 (max), 24-core POWER9    
                          processor                
EPBX - CBU for Power      EFBZ - CBU for Power      Yes              
Enterprise Systems 4.19   Enterprise Systems       
GHz, 40-core POWER8       Typical 3.58 to 3.9 GHz  
processor                 (max), 24-core POWER9    
                          processor                
EPBA - 4.02 GHz, 32-core  EFP0 - 24-core (4x6)      Yes              
POWER8 processor          Typical 3.58 to 3.9 GHz  
                          (max) POWER9 Processor   
                          with 5U system node      
                          drawer                   
EPBC - 4.19 GHz, 40-core  EFP0 - 24-core (4x6)      Yes              
POWER8 processor          Typical 3.58 to 3.9 GHz  
                          (max) POWER9 Processor   
                          with 5U system node      
                          drawer                   
EPBE - Power IFL Package  EFP0 - 24-core (4x6)      Yes              
for HANA Solution         Typical 3.58 to 3.9 GHz  
                          (max) POWER9 Processor   
                          with 5U system node      
                          drawer                   
EPBJ - 1 core Processor   EFPQ - 1-core Processor   No               
Activation for #EPBA or   Activation for #EFP0     
#EPBW                                              
EPBL - 1 core Processor   EFPQ - 1-core Processor   No               
Activation for #EPBC or   Activation for #EFP0     
#EHC2 or #EPBX                                     
EPBN - 1 core Mobile      EFPR - 1-core             No               
Enabled Processor         Mobile-enabled processor 
Activation for #EPBA or   activation (CSE) for     
#EPBW                     #EFP0                    
EPBQ - 1 core Mobile      EFPR - 1-core             No               
Enabled Processor         Mobile-enabled processor 
Activation for #EPBC or   activation (CSE) for     
#EPBX                     #EFP0                    

Feature conversion purchase price

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