As we announced earlier on this community that starting from 3rd January 2017 Workload Estimator (WLE) & System Energy Estimator (SEE) servers have been moved on IBM Bluemix cloud. Please use new (Bluemix) links here onwards to access WLE & SEE applications respectively. Note : Old WLE & SEE links are no more accessible and all existing sizing guides plug-ins should be updated with new WLE server link.
WLE new link : http://wle.mybluemix.net/wle/EstimatorServlet
SEE new link: http://see.au-syd.mybluemix.net/see/EnergyEstimator
A lot of new features & fixes went into WLE & SEE with 4 WLE and 2 SEE releases in 2016. Our statistic shows WLE produced almost 1400 estimations per week in 2016. Here is quick recap of WLE & SEE 2016 released features –
Year 2016 started with major changes in hardware sizing support. Starting from 1st Jan 2016 WLE dropped support for System X sizing as per IBM & Lenovo divestiture agreement, added sizing support for 160 cores E880 Power System (mid of Jan 2016) and marked POWER7/7+ systems as retired & made them available under retired system sizing option. The removal of Lenovo System X sizing had significant impact on hybrid (POWER + System X) sizing guides. WLE handled this by marking System X tier as Incompatible tier and allowing existing hybrid sizing guides to function with Power System only sizing. Note that as WLE dropped support for System X, the System X performance metric (xPerf) was also removed from WLE database.
Going forward in the month of April (WLE 2016.1 release), WLE added support for new operating systems – AIX 7.2 & IBM i 7.3 and sizing support for PurePower system (based on GA2 specification). (Note: In order to size workload on PurePower system one should select form factor as “PurePower Systems”.) Mid of 2016 (WLE 2016.2 ), WLE added sizing support for z13s (z Systems) and updated Power E850 and E870 specification (memory updates) with respect to the latest announcements.
On 8th September 2016, IBM announced OpenPower Systems S822LC-8335-GBA for HPC and deep learning workloads along with 2 additional LC servers S822LC-8001-22C & S821LC-8001-12C. On the day of announcement WLE provided sizing support for newly announced OpenPower systems. In the same month, WLE also added support for new IBM Power Systems - E870C & E880C. In the same release i.e. WLE 2016.3, WLE team introduced new feature - sizing as a service (Or WLE as a Service (WaaS)) through REST based sizing API. More information on this can be found here http://wle.mybluemix.net/wle/EstimatorServlet?view=help&topic=restAPIDoc
We have also introduced the new landing page (see the screen-shot below). We feel the new landing page will give users a good starting point and enhance the sizing experience. We have introduced different categories(tiles) based on usage type like new users who want to quickly size Power or z Systems based on performance data Or users who want to consolidate/migrate from legacy IBM systems or non IBM systems to current IBM system Or users who know their workloads and know which sizing guide to use.
The links on "Size New IBM System" tile will give access to quickly size Power & z systems while "Migrate from Existing Systems" tile will take you to Server Consolidation section. Easy access to existing sizing guides hosted at PartnerWorld through "Customize Solution Sizing" tile, System Energy Estimator (SEE) through "Power System Energy Estimation" tile and Power system performance proof points through "Power System Performance Claims" tile. On "WLE as a Service (WaaS)" tile, one can find links to documentation on how to use WLE REST API & wle.zip as well as link to download Workload Developer.
The WLE 2016.3 release also enabled KVM hypervisor support for z System sizing and 5th generation SSD support for storage sizing (when sized along with Power System sizing).
The last release of the year, WLE 2016.4 was released on 2nd December 2016. In this release, we have enabled GPU information in sizing report for Power Systems. Also introduced new Power system user option to select CPU only or CPU & GPU only systems for sizing. Selection of this option will ensure either CPU only or CPU + GPU systems will be considered during sizing respectively.
The new option (Systems Data Downloads (see below screen-shot)) has been added on Solution Overview tab to download Power Systems, z Systems and External Storage data in CSV format. (source: WLE systems and storage database). When clicked on Systems Data Download, users will be able to download various tables like latest or legacy Power systems, Power8, Power7, OpenPower, z13, z13s systems etc. with information like min/max cores, cores per socket, frequency, feature code etc. While on storage side users will be able to download information for IBM external storage systems e.g. DS, Storwize, FlashSystems and XIV families.
In the beginning of 2016, SEE enabled rack level energy estimation for non-Power MTM (from eConfig). (Note: The rack energy estimation for Power MTM was enabled in SEE 2015.4 release.) Also, enabled the functionality to generate rack level energy estimation report in PDF format and integrated energy estimation for newly announced E880 Power System model.
Later in second quarter 2016, SEE has been enhanced with support for MES upgrade eConfig files i.e. SEE 2016.1 onwards, it understands base (current) and proposed (target) configuration marked in eConfig file. It can generate rack level energy estimation for base and target configuration separately. The second release of 2016 (SEE 2016.2), added energy estimation support for E870C and E880C Power Systems.