AIX7 is coming!
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Just a quick look at the features for AIX7 - which is coming soon. Take a look at AIX7 Preview for an official statement.
The two major items for me are
1) Scaling to 256 cores (or CPUs as I have called them for 25 years)
Power systems always had lower CPU counts than the competition particularly in the high end machines due to the faster speed of the processor and this benefits batch (single threaded) work, software costs (lower CPU numbers) and is easier for scaling up but now a truly massive POWER7 machine is near and AIX7 is the OS to run it. The machines can be partitioned in to 100's of LPARs or run as a single AIX7 image or a bit of both.2) Running of AIX 5.2 within the Workload Partitions.
We all know running AIX 5.2 is pretty dumb (as its not under normal support) but it happens. For some reason the code can't get updated, the "if it ain't broken don't fix it" rule sticks for so long that it becomes a nightmare to update or its just not worth the man-power to upgrade a small application. But this also tends to mean its on hardware than is costly to maintain, actually large foot print given is lowly computing power, energy hungry, little or no virtualisation.Of course this is AIX and comes with binary compatibility across versions as we have come to expect
- for a "techno-stunt" I have POWER2 + AIX 4 tools from 1992 that still run on my AIX6 + POWER7 machines.
We live in interesting times - big machines running historic operating systems!