A. A processor value unit is a unit of measure used to differentiate licensing of IBM server software on various types of processor technology. Previously, the number of IBM Domino licenses was equal to the number of processor cores physically available and active in the machines on which the software is deployed. IBM defines a core to be an independent functional unit that interprets and executes software instructions. IBM recognized the need to simplify licensing for multi-core chips and to align with variations in the value of different types of hardware technology to IBM customers.
On 25 July 2006, IBM adopted a server software licensing model based on processor value unit designations for three technology tiers. The number of IBM Domino licenses required is now based on the number of processor value units. In most cases, the new price per license was established in a way that the total suggested retail price (in US dollars) of licenses needed for your machine did not change on that date.
For example: for IBM Domino software running on a single core chip, the price per processor value unit on 25 July 2006 was the former per-CPU Passport Advantage suggested retail price in US dollars divided by 100. The number of processor value units assigned to a single core chip is 100. The total price remained the same.