The advantages of Processor Value Units [PVUs]

Why did IBM introduce Processor Value Units?

Customers tell us that the widespread adoption of multi-core chips has presented them with a number of challenges. Among the key challenges are:

Facing these challenges, customers are asking IBM for:

When PVUs were initially introduced in July, 2006, our focus was on converting customers from per processor to processor value units without changing customer prices for IBM middleware deployed on existing processors. With this successfully accomplished, we are using the introduction of new processor families, such as x86 quad-core, SPARC64 VI and POWER6™ to begin the evolution to a structure based on relative performance.