Effective April 17, 2007, each processor core of the new dual-core SPARC64 VI processor family will require 100 Processor Value Units (PVUs) for software licensing. SPARC64 VI processors will be used on midrange and high-end SPARC Enterprise servers, which will be co-marketed by Fujitsu and Sun. Both vendors use the same model numbers for systems using these processors: M4000, M5000, M8000 and M9000 systems. The 100 PVU assignment per processor core is designed to provide software price performance improvements over the Sun and Fujitsu systems this new processor family is likely to replace.
IBM continues its practice of licensing to the processor core. This provides the licensing granularity our customers require, while also providing them the flexibility to configure their systems in the way that best supports their business objectives.
For a complete listing of processor families and their assigned PVUs, go to Processor Value Unit Licensing for Distributed SW.