IBM Power Systems enhances I/O

IBM United States Hardware Announcement 118-079
September 11, 2018

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At a glance

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IBM® Power Systems™ I/O enhancements include:

  • IBM Power® System S924 (9009-42A) and H924 (9223-42H) servers are now available with a single 12-core processor module in a minimum initial configuration.
  • PCIe3 2-port 100 Gb EDR IB Adapter x16 (#EC3E, #EC3F) for IBM POWER9™ scale-out servers.
  • PCIe3 1-port 100 Gb EDR IB Adapter x16 (#EC3U, #EC3T) for POWER9 scale-out servers.
  • PCIe2 4-Port USB 3.0 Adapter (#EC45, #EC46) for POWER9 scale-out servers.
  • The existing PCIe3 2-port 10 GbE NIC and RoCE SFP+ Copper Adapter (#EC38, #EC37, #EL3X, #EL53) is supported only for POWER9 scale-out servers.
  • Two Rail adapter brackets 1U and 2U (#EU0H, #EU0J) for IBM CS821 (8005-12N) and CS822 (8005-22N) servers.


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Overview

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Enhancement for Power System S924 and H924 servers

POWER9 scale-out 4U servers can now be ordered with a single 12-core processor module. The minimum defined initial order configuration for the 12-core POWER9 Processor (#EP1G) is available in a quantity of one, and Processor Core Activation for #EP1G (#EP4G) is available in a quantity of twelve for the Power S924 server (9009-42A). The minimum defined initial order configuration for the 12-core POWER9 Processor (#EP1X) is available in a quantity of one, and Processor Core Activation for #EP1X (#EP4X) is available in a quantity of twelve for the Power H924 server (9223-42H).

Enhancement for POWER9 scale-out servers

The PCIe3 2-port 100 Gb EDR InfiniBand Adapter x16 (#EC3E, #EC3F), based on the Mellanox ConnectX-4 Ethernet Network Controller, provides high-speed connectivity with other servers or IB switches. Each port maximum of 100 Gb assumes no other system or switch bottlenecks are present. A PCIe Gen3 x16 PCIe slot is required. The feature EC3E and EC3F adapters are electronically identical. They differ physically in their tailstock. Feature EC3E is low profile, and feature EC3F is full high.

The PCIe3 1-port 100 Gb EDR InfiniBand Adapter x16 (#EC3T, #EC3U), based on the Mellanox ConnectX-4 Ethernet Network Controller, provides high-speed connectivity with other servers or IB switches. The port's maximum of 100 Gb assumes no other system or switch bottlenecks are present. A PCIe Gen3 x16 PCIe slot is required. The feature EC3T and EC3U adapters are electronically identical. They differ physically in their tailstock. Feature EC3T is low profile, and feature EC3U is full high.

The PCIe2 4-port USB 3.0 Adapter x8 (#EC45, #EC46) provides connectivity with USB 2.0 - 3.0 capable devices. The USB adapters are electronically identical. They differ physically in their tailstock. Feature EC45 is low profile, and feature EC46 is full high.

The following PCIe3 2-port 10Gb NIC/RoCE Ethernet adapter (#EC37, #EC38, #EL3X, #EL53) adapters are supported only for migration on the POWER9 scale-out servers. These adapters provide either NIC or RoCE capabilities.

Enhancement for IBM Hyperconverged Systems powered by Nutanix servers

Rail adapter brackets for 1U and 2U servers (#EU0H, #EU0J) provide the rail adapter brackets to convert square holes to round holes and hardware parts to mount the 1U or 2U servers in a round hole rack. The rail adapter brackets can be ordered as MES only.



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Feature exchange

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Not applicable.



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Planned availability date

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September 21, 2018



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Description

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Multiple hardware enhancements are available for POWER9 scale-out family servers.

Support minimal initial configuration with single 12-core processor for POWER9 S924 and H924 servers

The Power S924 server now supports a single 12-core (#EP1G) typical 3.4 - 3.9 GHz (max) configuration in a 19-inch rack-mount, 4U (EIA units) drawer configuration. All the cores are active with processor core activation (#EP4G).

The Power H924 server now supports a single 12-core (#EP1X) typical 3.4 - 3.9 GHz (max) configuration in a 19-inch rack-mount, 4U (EIA units) drawer configuration. All the cores are active with processor core activation (#EP4X).

I/O enhancements for IBM Power S924, S922, S914, H924, H922, and L922 servers

The PCIe3 Low Profile 2-port 100 Gb EDR InfiniBand Adapter x16 (#EC3E) is available for S922, L922, and H922 servers, and the PCIe3 2-port 100 Gb EDR InfiniBand Adapter x16 (#EC3F) is available for S924, S914, and H924 servers. These adapters provide high-speed connectivity with other servers or IB switches. Each port maximum of 100 Gb assumes no other system or switch bottlenecks are present. The adapters support the InfiniBand Trade Association (IBTA) specification version 2.

The two 100 Gb ports have QSFP+ connections that support EDR cables, either EDR DAC or EDR optical. One adapter can support either or both cable types. The user can choose to attach a cable to just one port if they want. Transceivers are included in the cables. IBM cable features EB50-EB54 (copper shorter distance) and features EB5A-EB5H (optical longer distance) are supported or their copper or optical Mellanox equivalents are supported. Other cables are not supported.

Limitation: The feature EC3E and EC3F adapters do not fit in an x8 PCIe slot. The adapters are not supported in a PCIe Gen3 I/O drawer.

The PCIe3 Low Profile 1-port 100 Gb EDR InfiniBand Adapter x16 (#EC3T) is available for S922, L922, and H922 servers, and the PCIe3 1-port 100 Gb EDR InfiniBand Adapter x16 (#EC3U) is available for S924, S914, and H924 servers. These adapters provide high-speed connectivity with other servers or IB switches. The port's maximum of 100 Gb assumes no other system or switch bottlenecks are present. A PCIe Gen3 x16 PCIe slot is required. These adapters are sourced from Mellanox Corporation, based on ConnectX-4 technology. The adapters support the InfiniBand Trade Association IBTA specification version 2.

The 100 Gb port has a QSFP+ connection that supports EDR cables, either EDR DAC or EDR optical. Transceivers are included in the cables. IBM cable features EB50-EB54 (copper shorter distance) and EB5A-EB5H (optical longer distance) are supported or their copper or optical Mellanox equivalents are supported. Other cables are not supported.

Limitation: The feature EC3T and EC3U adapters do not fit in an x8 PCIe slot. The adapters are not supported in a PCIe Gen3 I/O drawer.

The PCIe2 Low Profile 4-Port USB 3.0 Adapter (#EC45) is available for S922, L922, and H922 servers, and the PCIe2 4-Port USB 3.0 Adapter (#EC46) is available for S924, S922, S914, L922, H922, and H924 servers. These adapters provide support for USB devices. In applications that require the use of an USB extension cable for keyboards, use one feature 4256 adapter per port.

The PCIe3 2-port 10 Gb NIC and RoCE Ethernet adapter (#EC37) is supported for migration only for S922 and H922 servers, and the PCIe3 2-port 10 Gb NIC and RoCE Ethernet adapter (#EC38) is supported for migration only for S922, S914, S924, H922, and H924 servers.

The PCIe3 2-port 10 Gb NIC and RoCE Ethernet adapter (#EL3X, #EL53) is supported for migration only for the L922 server.

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

  • IBM AIX®
  • Linux®
  • IBM i



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Product number

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The following are newly announced features on the specific models of the IBM Power Systems 8005, 9008, 9009, and 9223 machine type:

New features available September 21, 2018

                                                  Machine       Feature
Description                                       type  Model   number

PCIe3 LP 2-port 10GbE NIC&RoCE SFP+ Copper
Adapter                                           9009  22A     EC37 
                                                  9223  22H          
PCIe3 2-port 10GbE NIC&RoCE SFP+ Copper Adapter   9009  22A     EC38 
                                                  9009  41A          
                                                  9009  42A          
                                                  9223  22H          
                                                  9223  42H          
PCIe3 LP 2-port 100Gb EDR IB Adapter x16          9008  22L     EC3E 
                                                  9009  22A          
                                                  9223  22H          
PCIe3 2-port 100Gb EDR IB Adapter x16             9009  41A     EC3F 
                                                  9009  42A          
                                                  9223  42H          
PCIe3 LP 1-port 100Gb EDR IB Adapter x16          9008  22L     EC3T 
                                                  9009  22A          
                                                  9223  22H          
PCIe3 1-port 100Gb EDR IB Adapter x16             9009  41A     EC3U 
                                                  9009  42A          
                                                  9223  42H          
PCIe2 LP 4-Port USB 3.0 Adapter                   9008  22L     EC45 
                                                  9009  22A          
                                                  9223  22H          
PCIe2 4-Port USB 3.0 Adapter                      9008  22L     EC46 
                                                  9009  22A          
                                                  9009  41A          
                                                  9009  42A          
                                                  9223  22H          
                                                  9223  42H          
PCIe3 LP 2-port 10GbE NIC&RoCE SFP+ Copper
Adapter                                           9008  22L     EL3X 
PCIe3 2-port 10GbE NIC&RoCE SFP+ Copper Adapter   9008  22L     EL53 
Rail adapter brackets for 1U (EIA units) server   8005  12N     EU0H 
Rail adapter brackets for 2U (EIA units) server   8005  22N     EU0J 
8 GB-Day billing for Elastic CoD memory           9080  M9S     EMJ4
800 GB-Day billing for Elastic CoD memory         9080  M9S     EMJ5

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 9040-MR9 miscellaneous features:

                                                          Return
From FC:                     To FC:                       Parts

EJ0B - Storage Backplane     EJBB - Storage Backplane     No       
with Zero DASD 8 SAS 2.5"    Base DASD 8 SAS 2.5" HDD/   
HDD/SDD Controllers          SDD Controllers             
EJ0B - Storage Backplane     EJSB - Storage Backplane     No       
with Zero DASD 8 SAS 2.5"    Split DASD 8 SAS 2.5" HDD/  
HDD/SDD Controllers          SDD Controllers             
EJBB - Storage Backplane     EJSB - Storage Backplane     No       
Base DASD 8 SAS 2.5" HDD/    Split DASD 8 SAS 2.5" HDD/  
SDD Controllers              SDD Controllers   
          


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Business Partner information

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If you are a Direct Reseller - System Reseller acquiring products from IBM, you may link directly to Business Partner information for this announcement. A PartnerWorld® ID and password are required (use IBMid).

BP Attachment for Announcement Letter 118-079


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Publications

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No publications are shipped with the announced products.

To access the IBM Publications Center Portal, go to the IBM Publications Center website.

The Publications Center is a worldwide central repository for IBM product publications and marketing material with a catalog of 70,000 items. Extensive search facilities are provided. A large number of publications are available online in various file formats, which can currently be downloaded.



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Services

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IBM Systems Lab Services

IBM Systems Lab Services offers a wide array of services available for your enterprise. It brings expertise on the latest technologies from the IBM development community and can help with your most difficult technical challenges.

IBM Systems Lab Services exists to help you successfully implement emerging technologies so as to accelerate your return on investment and improve your satisfaction with your IBM systems and solutions. Services examples include initial implementation, integration, migration, and skills transfer on IBM systems solution capabilities and recommended practices. IBM Systems Lab Services is one of the service organizations of IBM's world-renowned IBM Systems Group development labs.

For details on available services, contact your IBM representative or go to the IBM Systems Lab Services website.

Global Technology Services

IBM services include business consulting, outsourcing, hosting services, applications, and other technology management.

These services help you learn about, plan, install, manage, or optimize your IT infrastructure to be an on-demand business. They can help you integrate your high-speed networks, storage systems, application servers, wireless protocols, and an array of platforms, middleware, and communications software for IBM and many non-IBM offerings. IBM is your one-stop shop for IT support needs.

For details on available services, contact your IBM representative or go to the IBM Global Technology Services® website.

For details on available IBM Business Continuity and Recovery Services, contact your IBM representative or go to the Business Resiliency Services website.

Details on education offerings related to specific products can be found on the IBM authorized training website.



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Technical information

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Specified operating environment

Homologation

These products are not certified for direct connection by any means whatsoever to interfaces of public telecommunications networks. Certification may be required by law prior to making any such connection. Contact an IBM representative or reseller for any questions.

Planning information

Cable orders

No cables required.

Security, auditability, and control

The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communications facilities.

IBM Systems Lab Services

For details on available services, contact your IBM representative or go to the IBM Systems Lab Services website.



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IBM Electronic Services

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IBM has transformed its delivery of hardware and software support services to help you achieve higher system availability. Electronic Services is a web-enabled solution that offers an exclusive, no-additional-charge enhancement to the service and support available for IBM servers. These services are designed to provide the opportunity for greater system availability with faster problem resolution and preemptive monitoring. Electronic Services comprises two separate, but complementary, elements: Electronic Services news page and Electronic Services Agent.

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.

To learn how Electronic Services can work for you, go to the IBM Electronic Service Agent website.



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Terms and conditions

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Field-installable feature

Yes


Warranty period

To obtain copies of the IBM Statement of Limited Warranty, contact your reseller or IBM. An IBM part or feature installed during the initial installation of an IBM machine is subject to the full warranty period specified by IBM. An IBM part or feature that replaces a previously installed part or feature assumes the remainder of the warranty period for the replaced part or feature. An IBM part or feature added to a machine without replacing a previously installed part or feature is subject to a full warranty. Unless specified otherwise, the warranty period, type of warranty service, and service level of a part or feature are the same as those for the machine in which it is installed.


Customer setup

Yes


Machine code

Same license terms and conditions as base machine



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Prices

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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 8005, 9008, 9009, and 9223 machine type:

                                             Minimum Initial/         
                                             Monthly MES/             
Description          Model  Feature Purchase Maint.  Both/        RP  
Machine type 8005    number number  price    Charge  Support  CSU MES 
 
Rail adapter brackets for 1U
                       12N     EU0H                  MES      Yes No 
Rail adapter brackets for 2U
                       22N     EU0J                  MES      Yes No 

                                             Minimum Initial/         
                                             Monthly MES/             
Description          Model  Feature Purchase Maint.  Both/        RP  
Machine type 9008    number number  price    Charge  Support  CSU MES 
 
PCIe3 LP 2port 100Gb EDR IB Ad
                       22L     EC3E                  Both     Yes No 
PCIe3 LP 1port 100Gb EDR IB Ad
                       22L     EC3T                  Both     Yes No 
PCIe2 LP 4-Pt USB 3.0 Adapter
                       22L     EC45                  Both     Yes No 
PCIe2 4-Port USB 3.0 Adapter
                       22L     EC46                  Both     Yes No 
PCIe3 LP 2-port 10GbE NIC&R CU
                       22L     EL3X                  Support  Yes No 
PCIe3 2-port 10GbE NIC&RoCE Cu
                       22L     EL53                  Support  Yes No 

                                             Minimum Initial/         
                                             Monthly MES/             
Description          Model  Feature Purchase Maint.  Both/        RP  
Machine type 9009    number number  price    Charge  Support  CSU MES 
 
PCIe3 LP 2-port 10GbE NIC&R Cu
                       22A     EC37                  Support  Yes No 
PCIe3 2-port 10GbE NIC&RoCE Cu
                       22A     EC38                  Support  Yes No 
                       41A                           Support  Yes No 
                       42A                           Support  Yes No 
PCIe3 LP 2port 100Gb EDR IB Ad
                       22A     EC3E                  Both     Yes No 
PCIe3 2port 100Gb EDR IB Ad
                       41A     EC3F                  Both     Yes No 
                       42A                           Both     Yes No 
PCIe3 LP 1port 100Gb EDR IB Ad
                       22A     EC3T                  Both     Yes No 
PCIe3 1port 100Gb EDR IB Ad
                       41A     EC3U                  Both     Yes No 
                       42A                           Both     Yes No 
PCIe2 LP 4-Pt USB 3.0 Adapter
                       22A     EC45                  Both     Yes No 
PCIe2 4-Port USB 3.0 Adapter
                       22A     EC46                  Both     Yes No 
                       41A                           Both     Yes No 
                       42A                           Both     Yes No 

                                             Minimum Initial/         
                                             Monthly MES/             
Description          Model  Feature Purchase Maint.  Both/        RP  
Machine type 9223    number number  price    Charge  Support  CSU MES 
 
PCIe3 LP 2-port 10GbE NIC&R Cu
                       22H     EC37                  Support  Yes No 
PCIe3 2-port 10GbE NIC&RoCE Cu
                       22H     EC38                  Support  Yes No 
                       42H                           Support  Yes No 
PCIe3 LP 2port 100Gb EDR IB Ad
                       22H     EC3E                  Both     Yes No 
PCIe3 2port 100Gb EDR IB Ad
                       42H     EC3F                  Both     Yes No 
PCIe3 LP 1port 100Gb EDR IB Ad
                       22H     EC3T                  Both     Yes No 
PCIe3 1port 100Gb EDR IB Ad
                       42H     EC3U                  Both     Yes No 
PCIe2 LP 4-Pt USB 3.0 Adapter
                       22H     EC45                  Both     Yes No 
PCIe2 4-Port USB 3.0 Adapter
                       22H     EC46                  Both     Yes No 
                       42H                           Both     Yes No 


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 
 
8 GB-Day billing CoD memory
                       M9S     EMJ4                  Both     Yes No 
800 GB-Day billing CoD mem
                       M9S     EMJ5                  Both     Yes No 

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

Feature conversion purchase price

Feature conversions for 9040-MR9 miscellaneous features:

                                                    Parts    Purchase
From FC:                  To FC:                    Returned Price   

EJ0B - Storage Backplane  EJBB - Storage Backplane  No               
with Zero DASD 8 SAS      Base DASD 8 SAS 2.5" HDD/
2.5" HDD/SDD Controllers  SDD Controllers          
EJ0B - Storage Backplane  EJSB - Storage Backplane  No               
with Zero DASD 8 SAS      Split DASD 8 SAS 2.5"    
2.5" HDD/SDD Controllers  HDD/SDD Controllers      
EJBB - Storage Backplane  EJSB - Storage Backplane  No               
Base DASD 8 SAS 2.5" HDD/ Split DASD 8 SAS 2.5"    
SDD Controllers           HDD/SDD Controllers 
     


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Pricing terms

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Prices in the following PDF prices link are suggested list prices on day of announcement for the U.S. only. They are provided for your information only. Dealer prices may vary, and prices may also vary by country. IBM list price does not include tax or shipping and is subject to change without notice.

ENUS-118-079-LIST_PRICES_2018_09_11.PDF ENUS-118-079-LIST_PRICES_2018_09_11.PDF

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