IBM United States
Hardware Announcement 102-268
October 8, 2002

IBM eServer Cluster 1600 Overview and Cluster 1600 Enhancements for the IBM eServer pSeries 630 Model Servers, 128 Server Scaling, Cluster Interconnect, and Management

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At a Glance

The IBM eServer Cluster 1600 is enhanced to include the IBM eServer pSeries 630 Model (p630) server (7028-6C4) within the available cluster building blocks. This new server is now available as both an initial option and a field addition to the IBM eServer Cluster 1600.

For ordering, contact:

Your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: RE001).


The IBM eServer Cluster 1600 is enhanced to include the IBM eServer p630 server within the available cluster building blocks. This new server is now available as both an initial option and a field addition to the Cluster 1600.

The IBM eServer pSeries™ delivers cluster-ready servers, which can scale up to 128 servers (p690, p680, p670, p660, and p630) and up to 128 operating system images.

Cluster interconnect is provided with 10/100 Mbps Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, SP™ Switch, or SP Switch2.

New cluster management software is available with Parallel System Support Programs (PSSP) V3.5 on AIX V5.1 or with Cluster Systems Management (CSM) for AIX V1.3 on AIX V5.2. CSM for AIX can manage AIX pSeries servers and Linux IBM eServer xSeries™ servers from an AIX management console.

In addition, software updates are delivered for the General Parallel File System (GPFS) for AIX, V2.1, which provides a shared file system for serial and parallel applications and High Availability Geographic Cluster for AIX®/Geographic Remote Mirror for AIX (HAGEO/RM) V2.4, which can create high-availability clusters across broad geographic distances by mirroring data for disaster recovery.

This announcement provides a central point of management control for:

  • Multiple partitions within a symmetric multiprocessor (SMP) server
  • Multiple stand-alone SMP servers
  • Multiple stand-alone servers in a box (including high-density servers)
  • Any combination of the above
  • Hybrid clusters which broaden cluster management domain to include xSeries servers and Linux

Planned Availability Date

October 25, 2002


The IBM eServer Cluster 1600 is a bundled cluster offering that makes it easier to buy, implement, and benefit from server clustering in both commercial and technical high-performance computing environments. The Cluster 1600 is made up of pSeries servers, a choice of industry-standard or IBM high-performance cluster interconnects, cluster management software, and optional cluster software including a high-performance cluster file system (GPFS), high-availability software for application failover and business continuity High Availability Cluster Multi-Processing (HACMP) and High Availability Geographic Cluster for AIX/Geographic Remote Mirror for AIX (HAGEO/GeoRM), parallel application development software, which uses the Message Passing Interface standard (Parallel Environment and the Parallel Engineering and Scientific Subroutine Library), and load balancing software designed to maximize throughput and increase job-turnaround in engineering and scientific computing centers (LoadLeveler®).

The Cluster 1600 is built on over a decade of cluster leadership with the RS/6000® SP System. Scalability limits of up to 128 servers or AIX operating system images are supported as standard. Higher scalability limits are available by special bid.

At the heart of the Cluster 1600 is powerful, functionally rich cluster management software designed to reduce management complexity and lower administrative costs in medium-to-large information technology centers. Cluster 1600 customers may choose between a new release of the traditional PSSP V3.5 and the new CSM V1.3 for AIX 5L. Both PSSP and CSM manage AIX operating system images running on multiple servers (including densely packaged rack servers), multiple logical partitions of symmetric multiprocessor (SMP) servers, or any combination of the above.

PSSP V3.5 is intended to let existing SP and Cluster 1600 customers take advantage of new servers and operating system enhancements without having to replace older SP nodes, RS/6000/pSeries servers, or the SP Switch and SP Switch2 interconnection networks. For example, the pSeries 630 is now available as a Cluster 1600 building block. In addition, the AIX 5L 64-bit kernel and device drivers can now be exploited in a Cluster 1600 with PSSP V3.5.

CSM V1.3 for AIX 5L is intended for new Cluster 1600 customers with industry-standard cluster interconnection networks such as 10/100 Mbps Ethernet or Gigabit Ethernet. In a Cluster 1600, CSM provides hardware control of servers that are clustered together in a data center and managed by one or more Hardware Management Consoles (HMC). CSM also provides distributed management of AIX 5L operating system images installed on servers or logical partitions of servers in many different, geographically dispersed data centers. In addition, data centers with both AIX and Linux applications, can manage selected IBM eServer xSeries servers running Linux from the same CSM for AIX 5L management console which is managing pSeries servers running AIX 5L.

Product Positioning

Manageability Clusters: The Cluster 1600 should be marketed to large-enterprise data centers in the financial services, communications, distribution, government, and industrial sectors. It should also be marketed to service providers or hosting centers that provide access to data and applications for a broad range of end users. In these environments, the ability to manage many different pSeries servers from a central point of control is valuable to CIOs who are charged with getting the most business value out of their IT infrastructure, in the face of increasing economic uncertainty and continuous pressure to cut costs. With CSM for AIX 5L, the cluster management domain can be broadened to include Intel®-based xSeries servers running Linux.

Performance Clusters: The Cluster 1600 should be marketed to government and academic research centers involved in high-performance technical computing, where floating-point operations run in the tens of hundreds of teraflops, well beyond the limits of the largest, single SMP. Examples include weather forecasting, drug design, and engineering analysis (for example, computational fluid dynamics or structural analysis).

The Cluster 1600 should also be marketed to commercial enterprises for very large, multi-terabyte databases which cannot be accommodated on a single, large SMP. Examples include financial services, retail distribution, telecommunications, insurance, and healthcare where knowledge of customers and customer behavior is critical to long-term business success.

High Availability Clusters: Cluster 1600 customers with business-critical applications that must continue running in spite of hardware and software failures have the option of using HACMP or the Veritas Cluster Server for application failover. They also have the option of using HAGEO to create high-availability clusters across broad geographic distances, allowing applications to continue to run in spite of earthquakes, floods, or acts of terrorism.


The e-business logo, pSeries, SP, xSeries, and IBM eServer are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
AIX, LoadLeveler, and RS/6000 are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
Intel is a registered trademark of Intel Corporation.
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.


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Technical Information

Physical Specifications: To assure installability and serviceability in non-IBM industry-standard racks, review the installation planning information for any product specific installation requirements.

Operating Environment

EMC Conformance Classification: This equipment is subject to FCC rules and it shall comply with the appropriate FCC rules before final delivery to the buyer or centers of distribution.

Homologation: Telecom Environmental Testing (Safety and EMC): Homologation approval for specific countries has been initiated with the IBM Homologation and Type Approval (HT&A) organization in LaGaude.

This IBM eServer pSeries™ models and applicable features meet the environmental testing requirements of the country TELECOM and have been designed and tested in compliance with the Full Quality Assurance Approval (FQAA) process as delivered by the British Approval Board for Telecom (BABT), the U.K. Telecom Regulatory authority.

Product Safety/Country Testing/Certification

  • U.S.: UL
  • Canada: CNL (CSA or cUL)
  • Germany/Europe: CB Report/Certificate, EU DoC (CE Mark, IEC 60950, EN 60950)

General Requirements The pSeries is in compliance with IBM Corporate Bulletin C-B 0-2594-000 Statement of Conformity of IBM Product to External Standard (Suppliers Declaration).

Planning Information

Cable Orders: No cables required.

Security, Auditability, and Control

This product uses the security and auditability features of, for example, host hardware, software, application software.

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

Terms and Conditions

Feature Section

This product is available for purchase under the terms of the IBM Customer Agreement (ICA).

IBM hardware products are manufactured from new parts and used parts. In some cases, the hardware product may have been previously installed. Regardless, IBM's warranty terms apply.

MES Discount Applicable: Equal to the volume commitment discount

Field Installable Feature: Yes

Warranty Period: One year

Customer Set-up: No

Licensed Internal Code: Same license terms and conditions as designated machine


The prices provided in this announcement are suggested retail prices for the U.S. only and are provided for your information only. Dealer prices may vary, and prices may also vary by country. Prices are subject to change without notice. For additional information and current prices, contact your local IBM representative.

                             Feature  Purchase   Both/           RP
Description                  Number   Price      Support   CSU   MES
Machine Type 9078-160
7028 type server             0012     $0         Both      No    No
Machine Types 9076-550, 9076-55H
AIX(R) V5.1 and PSSP V3.5    9535      0         Both      No    No
                             9535      0         Both      No    No

ServiceSuite™ and ServiceElect Maintenance Charges: None

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 Phone:     800-IBM-CALL
 Fax:       800-2IBM-FAX
 Mail:      IBM Atlanta Sales Center
            Dept. RE001
            P.O. Box 2690
            Atlanta, GA  30301-2690

You can also contact your local IBM Business Partner or IBM representative. To identify them, call 800-IBM-4YOU.

Note: Shipments will begin after the planned availability date.


The e-business logo, pSeries, and ServiceSuite are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
AIX is a registered trademark of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

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