Multiple enhancements for IBM Power Systems I/O and servers are introduced

IBM Asia Pacific Hardware Announcement AG15-0100
October 5, 2015


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Power Systems™ enhancements include:

  • Power® S822 adds support for IBM® i partitions with special terms and conditions
  • Enhanced reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS) for the PCIe Gen3 I/O Drawer
  • High voltage dc (HVDC) power supply options that enable Power servers to improve data center energy efficiency
  • Expanded configuration flexibility for existing PCIe adapters
    • 4-port 8Gb Fibre Channel Adapter (#EN12) on POWER8® servers
    • 2-port 10GbE NIC&RoCE Adapter (#EC2M, #EC2N, #EC37, #EC38, #EL3X, or #EL40) on POWER7+™ servers
    • Additional PCIe adapter support for Power E850
  • Support of LTO-7 tape drives in IBM Storage products such as the Removable Media Drawer



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Multiple Power Systems enhancements for both the server and server I/O are announced.

The Power S822 is enhanced with the ability to run IBM i with special terms and conditions. The new offering provides support for a very space-efficient footprint for IBM i clients with partitions of two or fewer cores using virtual I/O at a P10 software tier. Firmware 840 or later is required.

With the latest 8.4 firmware level, the PCIe Gen3 I/O Drawer has several RAS enhancements. I/O drawers can now be added to Power E870 or E880 while the server is running. Concurrent maintenance is also enhanced with the ability to service a Fan-out Module in a PCIe Gen3 I/O Drawer while the other Fan-out Module in that drawer continues to run for all models. Cable RAS is also enhanced, allowing the drawer to continue operation if either top or bottom cable is detached or fails for all models.

HVDC power supplies, HVDC power cords, and HVDC PDUs are now an option for the POWER8 system units and nodes and for the PCIe Gen3 I/O Drawer. Compared to typical 200-240 V ac power, using 380 V dc power can improve the energy efficiency in the data center by several percent for these devices. Note that ac power is required on the EXP24S disk/SSD drawer, HMC, and Multimedia drawer.

Two adapters previously available on POWER8 servers are given expanded configuration flexibility. The PCIe2 LP 8Gb 4-port Fibre Channel Adapter (#EN0Y), which was previously available only in low profile slots, is now also available as a full high adapter (#EN12) and available in many more PCIe slots. The PCIe3 2-port 10GbE NIC&RoCE SR Adapter (#EC2M, #EC2N, #EC37, #EC38, #EL3X, or #EL40) with NIM and Linux™ Network capability is now supported on POWER7+ servers.

In addition to the above #EN12 adapter, the Power E850 is expanding its PCIe adapter configuration flexibility. The previously announced #5708 10GbE Adapter and #EJ27 Crypto Adapter and #EC2N/EC38 10GbE NIC&RoCE Adapter are now supported on the Power E850.

The new LTO-7 tape drives available in IBM Storage products such as the 7226-1U3 Multimedia Storage Enclosure are supported by POWER8 servers. LTO-7 offers increased capacity and improved price performance.



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October 30, 2015

Note: The PCIe3 2-port 10GbE NIC&RoCE SFP+ Copper Adapter (#EC38, #EC37, #EL3X) and PCIe3 2-port 10GbE NIC&RoCE SR Adapter (#EC2N, #EC2M, #EL40) are not available in the following countries: Abu Dhabi, Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Dubai, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.



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Power S822 supports IBM i

With firmware code level 840, the 2U Power S822 (8284-22A) supports IBM i 7.2 or IBM i 7.1 with special terms and conditions. Technology Refresh 3 or later for IBM i 7.2 or Technology Refresh 11 or later for IBM i 7.1 is required. Multiple IBM i partitions each up to a maximum of two cores are supported. IBM i partitions needing more than two cores can be run on a different model server. The Power S822 software tier is only P10.

Virtual I/O Server (VIOS) is required for all the I/O that IBM i accesses. There is no "native" IBM i support for I/O. Note that async or bisync adapters or crypto cards are not supported under VIOS. Thus IBM i applications requiring use of these adapters are not a good fit for the Power S822. Note IBM i 7.2 clients can connect to a LAN-attached OEM device that has downstream async connections. IBM i partitions accessing direct attached disk or SSD through VIOS must use 4k byte sector drives, not 5xx byte sector drives. The 4k drives are required for performance reasons.


PCIe Gen3 I/O Drawer RAS

The 8.4 firmware level provides the PCIe Gen3 I/O Drawer (feature #EMX0 or #ELMX) with expanded reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS) capabilities.

All POWER8 models with firmware 8.4 are enhanced with the ability to concurrently service a Fan-out Module in a PCIe Gen3 I/O Drawer without taking the server down or taking down a Fan-out Module located in the same PCIe Gen3 I/O Drawer. After the service action is completed the Fan-out Module is returned to the server while the server is running. Note that when a Fan-out Module is being serviced, all six PCIe slots in the module are not available to the server.

All POWER8 models with firmware 8.4 are enhanced with the ability to disconnect either of the cables attaching a Fan-out Module to a system PCIe3 Optical Cable Adapter (#EJ05, #EJ07, or #EJ08). Previously only the top cable could be disconnected and still have the I/O drawer continue running. And previously restoring the configuration to full two-cable bandwidth required scheduled downtime of both sides of the I/O drawer (two Fan-out Modules). With firmware 8.4 the detached cable can be replaced or reattached while the system is running and scheduled downtime is required only for the one Fan-out Module with cabling changes to restore two-cable bandwidth.

The Power E870/E880 with firmware 8.4 can now concurrently add one or more PCIe3 Optical Cable Adapters (feature #EJ07) to a system node and one or more PCIe Gen3 I/O Drawers (feature #EMX0) with either one or two 6-Slot Fan-out Modules (EMXF) while the server is running. Other server models do not have this concurrent add capability. Note adding a second Fan-out Module to an already installed PCIe Gen3 I/O Drawer with only one Fan-out Module initially installed does not have concurrent add capability.


HVDC

Using high voltage dc (HVDC) power instead of ac power to run servers in a data center saves energy and avoids heat. The savings is not to the server or I/O drawer itself. The savings is to the data center since there are fewer conversions being done to the electrical power before being given to the HVDC servers and HVDC I/O. The amount of savings depends on how much electrical power is being used and on the voltage initially being brought into the data center and the efficiency of different ac components. Typical savings will be about 4.5% to 8% for HVDC equipment.

Power Systems adding this capability are the models S822, S814, S824, E850, E870, E880, S812L, S822L, and S824L. System units using HVDC need the appropriate HVDC power supplies (feature #EB2N , #EL1D, or #EBAD) instead of ac power supplies. HVDC power supply feature #EMXB is used for a PCIe Gen3 I/O Drawer. The ac and dc power supplies can not be mixed in the same system unit or CEC. But two different components of the same system, such as a CEC and an I/O drawer, can have different types of power.

Mixing of dc and ac power in the same rack must use grounding that is done in accordance with the applicable electrical code. IBM provides documentation for different ac and dc products as to their disconnecting means for service. Refer to that documentation to determine if the disconnecting means should differ. Mixing ac and dc in the same rack is atypical and given the possibility a client might easily incorrectly wire the grounding, IBM Manufacturing does not support integrating both ac and dc power in the same rack for client safety reasons. Note this might cause more than one rack to be configured in e-config if factory integration has been requested or it might cause some components to be shipped outside of a rack.

The HVDC power supply uses HVDC power cords and attaches to HVDC power distribution units (PDUs). Use feature #EPAD to select a 2.5-meter HVDC power cord for the server or I/O drawer. Or alternatively, use feature #EPAC to let IBM Manufacturing select an HVDC power cord (either 1.0 m, 1.5 m, or 2.5 m) for the server or I/O drawer.

The IBM Power Systems HVDC PDU feature code used depends on country-specific electrical codes (feature #EPAA or #EPAF). The PDU includes vertical mounting hardware for a rack side pocket or horizontal mounting hardware. Often horizontal mounting is preferred to provide better access to power cords and an optional horizontal mounting specify feature #EBA5 communicates this desire to IBM Manufacturing.


LTO-7

The new LTO-7 tape drives available in IBM Storage products such as the 7226-1U3 Multimedia Storage Enclosure are supported by POWER8 servers. LTO-7 offers more than 2X more capacity, providing approximately 6 TB vs the previous 2.5 TB LTO-6 capacity. This provides a lower cost per TB. The drive is attached using an 8Gb or 16Gb Fibre Channel adapter with a maximum bandwidth on Power Systems of 8 Gb.



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The following are newly announced features on the specific models of the IBM Power Systems 7014, 7965, 8202, 8205, 8231, 8246, 8247, 8248, 8268, 8284, 8286, 8408, 8412, 9109, 9117, 9119, and 9179 machine types:

Planned Availability Date October 30, 2015

New Feature

Description                                       MT    Model   Feature
DC Power Supply - 1400W (180-400V)                8284  22A     EB2N 
                                                  8286  41A          
                                                  8286  42A          
                                                  8408  E8E          
HVDC PDU Horizontal Mounting                      7014  T00     EBA5 
                                                  7014  T42          
                                                  7965  94Y          
                                                  8247  21L          
                                                  8247  22L          
                                                  8247  42L          
                                                  8284  22A          
                                                  8286  41A          
                                                  8286  42A          
                                                  8408  E8E          
                                                  9119  MHE          
                                                  9119  MME          
DC Power Chunnels                                 9119  MHE     EBAD 
                                                  9119  MME          
DC Power Supply - 1400W (180-400V)                8247  21L     EL1D 
                                                  8247  22L          
                                                  8247  42L          
DC Power Supply Conduit for PCIe3 Expansion
Drawer                                            8247  21L     EMXB 
                                                  8247  22L          
                                                  8247  42L          
                                                  8284  22A          
                                                  8286  41A          
                                                  8286  42A          
                                                  8408  E8E          
                                                  9119  MHE          
                                                  9119  MME          
HVDC PDU - 90A 6xOutlet                           7014  T00     EPAA 
                                                  7014  T42          
                                                  7965  94Y          
                                                  8247  21L          
                                                  8247  22L          
                                                  8247  42L          
                                                  8284  22A          
                                                  8286  41A          
                                                  8286  42A          
                                                  8408  E8E          
                                                  9119  MHE          
                                                  9119  MME          
Auto Selected HVDC Power Cord                     8247  21L     EPAC 
                                                  8247  22L          
                                                  8247  42L          
                                                  8284  22A          
                                                  8286  41A          
                                                  8286  42A          
                                                  8408  E8E          
                                                  9119  MHE          
                                                  9119  MME          
2.5 Meter HVDC Power Cord                         8247  21L     EPAD 
                                                  8247  22L          
                                                  8247  42L          
                                                  8284  22A          
                                                  8286  41A          
                                                  8286  42A          
                                                  8408  E8E          
                                                  9119  MHE          
                                                  9119  MME          
HVDC PDU - 90A 6xOutlet Alternate Base            7014  T00     EPAF 
                                                  7014  T42          
Rack Content Specify 1U Horizontal PDU - 1 EIA    7965  94Y     ER14 

The following are newly announced features on the specific models of the IBM Power Systems 7014, 7965, 8202, 8205, 8231, 8246, 8247, 8248, 8268, 8284, 8286, 8408, 8412, 9109, 9117, 9119, and 9179 machine types:

Planned Availability Date November 20, 2015

New Feature

Description                                       MT    Model   Feature
10Gb FCoE PCIe Dual Port Adapter                  8408  E8E     5708 
Lift Tool                                         8408  E8E     EB2Z 
OPAL with PowerKVM 3.1                            8247  21L     EC40 
                                                  8247  22L          
                                                  8247  42L          
PCIe Crypto Coprocessor No BSC 4765-001           8408  E8E     EJ27 
Quantity 150 of #EL1Q                             8247  42L     ELQQ 
PCIe2 8Gb 4-port Fibre Channel Adapter            8247  21L     EN12 
                                                  8247  22L          
                                                  8247  42L          
                                                  8284  22A          
                                                  8286  41A          
                                                  8286  42A          
                                                  8408  E8E          
                                                  9119  MHE          
                                                  9119  MME          
Rear rack extension                               8408  E8E     ERG0 

The following are newly announced features on the specific models of the IBM Power Systems 7014, 7965, 8202, 8205, 8231, 8246, 8247, 8248, 8268, 8284, 8286, 8408, 8412, 9109, 9117, 9119, and 9179 machine types:

Planned Availability Date December 11, 2015

New Feature

Description                                       MT    Model   Feature
PCIe3 LP 2-port 10GbE NIC&RoCE SR Adapter         8202  E4D     EC2M 
                                                  8205  E6D          
                                                  8231  E1D          
                                                  8231  E2D     


PCIe3 2-port 10GbE NIC&RoCE SR Adapter            8202  E4D     EC2N 
                                                  8205  E6D          
                                                  8248  L4T          
                                                  8412  EAD          
                                                  9109  RMD          
                                                  9117  MMD          
                                                  9179  MHD          
PCIe3 2-port 10GbE NIC&RoCE SR Adapter            8408  E8D     EC2N 
PCIe3 LP 2-port 10GbE NIC&RoCE SFP+ Copper
Adapter                                           8202  E4D     EC37 
                                                  8205  E6D          
                                                  8231  E1D          
                                                  8231  E2D  


PCIe3 2-port 10GbE NIC&RoCE SFP+ Copper Adapter   8202  E4D     EC38 
                                                  8205  E6D          
                                                  8248  L4T          
                                                  8412  EAD          
                                                  9109  RMD          
                                                  9117  MMD          
                                                  9179  MHD          
PCIe3 2-port 10GbE NIC&RoCE SFP+ Copper Adapter   8408  E8D     EC38 
PCIe3 LP 2-port 10GbE NIC&RoCE SFP+ Copper
Adapter                                           8246  L1D     EL3X 
                                                  8246  L1T          
                                                  8246  L2D          
                                                  8246  L2T          
PCIe3 LP 2-port 10GbE NIC&RoCE SR Adapter         8246  L1D     EL40 
                                                  8246  L1T          
                                                  8246  L2D          
                                                  8246  L2T          

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 9119-MHE processor features:

                                                          Return
From FC:                     To FC:                       parts
ELJ6 - Power IFL Processor   ELJ8 - Power IFL Processor   No       
Activation                   Activation                  
EPBB - 4.35 GHz, 32-core     EPBD - 4.02 GHz 48-core      Yes      
POWER8 processor             POWER8 processor            
EPBK - 1 core Processor      EPBM - 1 core Processor      No       
Activation for #EPBB         Activation for #EPBD        
EPBP - 1 core Processor      EPBR - 1 core Processor      No       
Activation for #EPBB,        Activation for #EPBD,       
Mobile Eabled                Mobile Eabled               


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