IBM Power Systems enhances I/O

IBM Europe Hardware Announcement ZG18-0135
October 9, 2018

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Overview

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IBM® Power Systems™ I/O enhancements include:

  • PCIe4 2-port 100 Gb RoCE EN adapter (#EC66, #EC67) for IBM POWER9™ scale-out servers
  • Rack Indicator features to specify the first rack for a multirack order, or the only rack for a single rack order for IBM Power® E950 server
  • PCIe3 LP 2-port 100 GbE (NIC and RoCE) QSFP28 Adapter x16 (#EC3L) for IBM Power E980 server
  • PCIe3 4-port 10 GbE SFP+ Copper Adapter (#EN17) for Power E980 and E950 servers
  • PCIe3 LPX 4-port 10 GbE SFP+ Copper Adapter (#EN18) for Power E980 server
  • Feature conversions for POWER9 scale-out and scale-up servers provide additional configuration flexibility


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Planned availability date

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  • October 19, 2018, for all features except 4651, 4652, 4653, 4654, 4655, 4656, 4657, 4658, 4659, 4660, 4661, 4662, 4663, 4664, 4665, 4666, EC3L, EN17, and EN18
  • November 16, 2018, for features EC3L, EN17, and EN18
  • December 7, 2018, for features 4651, 4652, 4653, 4654, 4655, 4656, 4657, 4658, 4659, 4660, 4661, 4662, 4663, 4664, 4665, and 4666



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Description

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Hardware enhancements are available for POWER9 scale-out family servers.

PCIe4 2-port 100 Gb RoCE EN adapter (#EC66, #EC67)

This PCIe Gen4 Ethernet x16 adapter provides two 100 GbE QSFP28 ports. The adapter supports both NIC and IBTA RoCE standards. RoCE is Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) over Converged Ethernet. Using RoCE, the adapter can support significantly greater bandwidth with low latency and minimize CPU overhead by more efficiently using memory access. This offloads the CPU from I/O networking tasks, improving performance and scalability.

For 100 GbE network connectivity, IBM offers either passive copper twinax cables up to 2 m in length or active optical cables up to 100 m in length. See features EB5J - EB5M for a 0.5 m, 1.0 m, 1.5 m, and 2.0 m copper cable. See features EB5R - EB5Y for a 3 m, 5 m, 10 m, 15 m, 20 m, 30 m, 50 m, or 100 m active optical cable. Transceivers are included on each end of these QSFP28 cables. Alternatively, you may choose to order an IBM qualified and supported QSFP28 optical transceiver (#EB59) to put into the adapter ports and MTP/MPO cable 10 m or 20 m in length (#EB2J, #EB2K) optical cabling to use with your own QSP28 optical transceiver for the other end.

For 40 GbE network connectivity, IBM offers either passive copper twinax cables up to 3 meters in length. See features EB2B and EB2H for a 1.0 m and 3.0 m copper cable. Transceivers are included on each end of these QSFP+ cables. Alternatively, you may choose to order an IBM qualified and supported QSFP+ 40G BASE-SR optical transceiver (#EB27) to put into the adapter ports and MTP/MPO cable 10 m or 20 m in length (#EB2J, #EB2K) optical cabling to use with your own QSP28 optical transceiver for the other end.

Either one or both of the adapter's two QSP28 ports can be populated. When two ports are filled, both can have copper cables, both can have optical cables, or one can be copper and one can be optical.

Feature codes EC66 and EC67 have identical electronics and function and CCIN (2CF3) but have different tail stock brackets. Feature EC66 is high profile and feature EC67 is low profile. The adapter is based on a Mellanox ConnectX-5 adapter, which uses a ConnectX-5 EN Network Controller.

Attributes:

  • PCI Express® 4.0 (up to 16 GT/s) x16
  • PCIe Gen 4.0 compliant, 1.1, 2.0, and 3.0 compatible
  • RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE)
  • NIC and RoCE are concurrently supported
  • RoCE supported on Linux® and IBM AIX®
  • NIC supported on all operating systems
  • TCP/UDP/IP stateless offload
  • LSO, LRO, checksum offload
  • NIM boot support
  • Backward compatible with 40 Gb Ethernet when using compatible cables/transceivers

The feature EC66 adapter is now available for Power S914, S924, and H924 servers, and the feature EC67 adapter is now available for Power L922, S922, and H922 servers.

Software requirements (assuming the server supports this software level):

  • AIX
  • Linux
  • IBM i



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Statement of general direction

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IBM intends to enable the NVIDIA Tesla T4 GPU accelerator on select POWER9 servers. This is intended to enhance IBM's end-to-end integrated AI platform, which includes PowerAI and select IBM POWER9 hardware to help address the growing industry need for AI inferencing.

IBM intends to enable the Xilinx Alveo U200 Accelerator Card on select POWER9 servers. This is expected to enhance IBM's integrated AI platform, which includes PowerAI and select IBM POWER9 hardware to help address the growing industry need for AI inferencing.

Statements by IBM regarding its plans, directions, and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice at the sole discretion of IBM. Information regarding potential future products is intended to outline general product direction and should not be relied on in making a purchasing decision. The information mentioned regarding potential future products is not a commitment, promise, or legal obligation to deliver any material, code, or functionality. Information about potential future products may not be incorporated into any contract. The development, release, and timing of any future features or functionality described for IBM products remain at the sole discretion of IBM.

Information concerning the NVIDIA Tesla T4 GPU accelerator was obtained from NVIDIA. Questions concerning the NVIDIA Tesla T4 GPU accelerator should be directed to NVIDIA, as the NVIDIA Tesla T4 GPU accelerator is not an IBM product. NVIDIA's Tesla T4 GPU accelerator is sold or licensed, as the case may be, to users under NVIDIA's terms and conditions. Availability and support is the responsibility of NVIDIA. IBM IS NOT LIABLE AND MAKES NO WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, REGARDING THE NVIDIA Tesla T4 GPU accelerator, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR CONDITION OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. Moreover, all statements regarding IBM's or NVIDIA's future direction and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice, and represent goals and objectives only. Information regarding potential future third-party products that may work with IBM products should not be relied on in making a purchase decision. The information mentioned regarding potential future third-party products is not a commitment, promise, or legal obligation to deliver any material, code or functionality. Information about potential future third-party products may not be incorporated into any contract. The development, release, and timing of any future features of functionality described from IBM or NVIDIA, remains at IBM's or NVIDIA's sole discretion, as applicable.

Information concerning the Xilinx Alveo U200 Accelerator Card was obtained from Xilinx. Questions concerning the U200 Accelerator Card should be directed to Xilinx, as the U200 Accelerator Card is not an IBM product. Xilinx's Alveo U200 Accelerator Card is sold or licensed, as the case may be, to users under Xilinx's terms and conditions. Availability and support is the responsibility of Xilinx. IBM IS NOT LIABLE AND MAKES NO WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, REGARDING THE U200 Accelerator Card, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR CONDITION OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. Moreover, all statements regarding IBM's or Xilinx's future direction and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice, and represent goals and objectives only. Information regarding potential future third-party products that may work with IBM products should not be relied on in making a purchase decision. The information mentioned regarding potential future third-party products is not a commitment, promise, or legal obligation to deliver any material, code or functionality. Information about potential future third-party products may not be incorporated into any contract. The development, release, and timing of any future features of functionality described from IBM or Xilinx, remains at IBM's or Xilinx's sole discretion, as applicable.



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The following are newly announced features on the specific models of the Power Systems 8335, 9008, 9009, and 9223 machine type:

New features available October 19, 2018

                                                  Machine       Feature
Description                                       type  Model   number

3m, Blue Cat5e Cable                              8335  GTG     1111 
10m, Blue Cat5e Cable                             8335  GTG     1112 
25m, Blue Cat5e Cable                             8335  GTG     1113 
3m, Yellow Cat5e Cable                            8335  GTG     1118 
10m, Yellow Cat5e Cable                           8335  GTG     1119 
PCIe4 2-port 100Gb ROCE EN adapter                9009  41A     EC66 
                                                  9009  42A          
                                                  9223  42H          
PCIe4 LP 2-port 100Gb ROCE EN LP adapter          9008  22L     EC67 
                                                  9009  22A          
                                                  9223  22H          
5m (16.4-ft) Blue CAT5E Switch Cable              8335  GTG     ECB3 
Variable Length, Blue Cat5e Cable                 8335  GTG     ECCG 
Variable Length, Green Cat5e Cable                8335  GTG     ECCH 
Variable Length, Yellow Cat5e Cable               8335  GTG     ECCJ 
                                                  9008  22L          
5m (16.4-ft) Yellow CAT5E Switch Cable            8335  GTG     ECCW 
Power ACP Compute Node                            8335  GTG     ECL5 

The following are newly announced features on the specific models of the IBM Power Systems 9080 and 9040 machine types:

New features available November 16, 2018

                                                  Machine       Feature
Description                                       type  Model   number

PCIe3 LP 2-port 100GbE (NIC& RoCE) QSFP28
Adapter x16                                       9080  M9S     EC3L 
PCIe3 4-port 10GbE SFP+ Copper Adapter            9040  MR9     EN17 
                                                  9080  M9S      
PCIe3 LPX 4-port 10GbE SFP+ Copper Adapter        9080  M9S     EN18 

The following are newly announced features on the specific models of the IBM Power Systems 9040 machine type:

New features available December 7, 2018

                                                  Machine       Feature
Description                                       type  Model   number

Rack Indicator, Rack #1                           9040  MR9     4651 
Rack Indicator, Rack #2                           9040  MR9     4652 
Rack Indicator, Rack #3                           9040  MR9     4653 
Rack Indicator, Rack #4                           9040  MR9     4654 
Rack Indicator, Rack #5                           9040  MR9     4655 
Rack Indicator, Rack #6                           9040  MR9     4656 
Rack Indicator, Rack #7                           9040  MR9     4657 
Rack Indicator, Rack #8                           9040  MR9     4658 
Rack Indicator, Rack #9                           9040  MR9     4659 
Rack Indicator, Rack #10                          9040  MR9     4660 
Rack Indicator, Rack #11                          9040  MR9     4661 
Rack Indicator, Rack #12                          9040  MR9     4662 
Rack Indicator, Rack #13                          9040  MR9     4663 
Rack Indicator, Rack #14                          9040  MR9     4664 
Rack Indicator, Rack #15                          9040  MR9     4665 
Rack Indicator, Rack #16                          9040  MR9     4666 

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 clients:

Feature conversions for 9009-41A adapter features:

                                                          Return
From FC:                     To FC:                       parts

EJ32 - PCIe3 Crypto          EJ33 - PCIe3 Crypto          No       
Coprocessor no BSC 4767      Coprocessor BSC-Gen3 4767   

Feature conversions for 9009-42A adapter features:

                                                          Return
From FC:                     To FC:                       parts

EJ32 - PCIe3 Crypto          EJ33 - PCIe3 Crypto          No       
Coprocessor no BSC 4767      Coprocessor BSC-Gen3 4767   

Feature conversions for 9080-M9S memory features:

                                                          Return
From FC:                     To FC:                       parts

EMAD - 100 GB Mobile         EMAV - 100 GB Mobile Memory  No       
Enabled Memory Activations   activation for M9S/80H  
EMAU - 100 GB Memory         EMAV - 100 GB Mobile Memory  No       
activation for M9S           activation for M9S/80H      

Feature conversions for 9080-M9S processor features:

                                                          Return
From FC:                     To FC:                       parts

EFP9 - 1 core Processor      EFPD - Mobile processor      No       
Activation for #EFP4         activation for M9S          
EFPA - 1 core Processor      EFPD - Mobile processor      No       
Activation for #EFP1         activation for M9S          
EFPB - 1 core Processor      EFPD - Mobile processor      No       
Activation for #EFP2 and     activation for M9S          
#EHC6                                                    
EFPC - 1 core Processor      EFPD - Mobile processor      No       
Activation for #EFP3         activation for M9S          
EFPE - 1 core                EFPD - Mobile processor      No       
Mobile-enabled Processor     activation for M9S          
Activation for #EFP1/#EFP5                               
EFPF - 1 core                EFPD - Mobile processor      No       
Mobile-enabled Processor     activation for M9S          
Activation for #EFP2/#EFP6                               
EFPG - 1 core                EFPD - Mobile processor      No       
Mobile-enabled Processor     activation for M9S          
Activation for #EFP3/#EFP7                               
EFPN - 1 core                EFPD - Mobile processor      No       
Mobile-enabled Processor     activation for M9S          
Activation for #EFP4/#EFP8       
                        

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

                                                          Return
From FC:                     To FC:                       parts

EMA5 - 1GB Memory Activation EFA1 - 1 GB Memory           No       
                             Activation (Upgrade from P8)

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

                                                          Return
From FC:                     To FC:                       parts

EMA5 - 1GB Memory Activation EFA1 - 1 GB Memory           No       
                             Activation (Upgrade from P8)

Feature conversions for 9223-42H adapter features:

                                                          Return
From FC:                     To FC:                       parts

EJ32 - PCIe3 Crypto          EJ33 - PCIe3 Crypto          No       
Coprocessor no BSC 4767      Coprocessor BSC-Gen3 4767  
 


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Publications

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The Electronic Services news page is a single internet entry point that replaces the multiple entry points traditionally used to access IBM Internet services and support. The news page enables you to gain easier access to IBM resources for assistance in resolving technical problems.

The Electronic Service Agent™ is no-additional-charge software that resides on your server. It monitors events and transmits system inventory information to IBM on a periodic, client-defined timetable. The Electronic Service Agent automatically reports hardware problems to IBM. Early knowledge about potential problems enables IBM to deliver proactive service that may result in higher system availability and performance. In addition, information collected through the Service Agent is made available to IBM service support representatives when they help answer your questions or diagnose problems. Installation and use of IBM Electronic Service Agent for problem reporting enables IBM to provide better support and service for your IBM server.

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Machine code

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