IBM Crams 96 Processors into Its "Most Powerful System Ever"

Paul Lilly

IBM is all abuzz about its new zEnterprise mainframe server along with a new systems design the company says allows workloads on mainframe, POWER7, an System x servers to share resources and be managed as a single, virtualized system.

"The new systems design combines IBM's new zEnterprise mainframe server with new technology -- the IBM zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension and the IBM zEnterprise Unified Resource manager -- that enable it to manage workloads running across System z, and select POWER7 and System x servers," IBM said . "The new technology is the result of an investment of more than $1.5 billion in IBM research and development as well as more than three years of collaboration with some of IBM's top clients around the world."

Big Blue isn't revealing too much in the way of specific hardware, but did say that its zEnterprise 196 -- the core server in the zEnterprise System --  comes crammed with "96 of the world's fastest, most power microprocessors running at 5.2GHz," and is capable of executing more than 50 billion IPS (instructions per second).

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