IBM Announces updated Power710 to 740 and brand new Power 750/760
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Hot news this morning is IBM announcing the updating of the Lower End Power 710/730 and Power 720/740 models to include
But much more interesting is a totally new Power750 and Power760 models.
For the original POWER7 Power 750 when we first looked at it we thought: "Hang on!! We have seen this before! It looks just like the POWER6 machine" - Internally it is very similar to the POWER6 machine before it but had the POWER7 processor and uprated internal memory buses that you can't really see.
This time it was very different as looking at the POWER7+ Power 750/760 s we thought: "Hang on!! We have seen this before! It looks just like a Power770 but one U taller (5U instead of 4U)." So it is a completely different machine inside - if it was not for the 32 CPU cores in the Power 750 model and so fits in the uprated range in the same place, it should have been given new number. I guess using the same number means we all know where it fits. The 760 is very much the same machine but with all the higher features as the 750 but you can't convert between them.
Edited highlights are
Watch my movie for a 12 minute very fast talking summary of the Power machine announcements:
Gareth Coates and myself here at the Advanced Technology Support, Europe have had a Early Ship Program Power 760 for three months testing the hardware side and the new software and have been very impressed. Gareth and I have been standing in front of the machine wondering.
Gareth has been hammering the Dynamic Platform Optimiser (what I call the LPAR shuffler) functions, DPO moves the LPARs around inside the machine while they are running to get a performance boost from better CPU core and memory affinity. DPO itself works like a dream. The harder part was getting the LPARs in to a bad condition in the first place. Gareth developed script to torture the poor PowerVM Hypervisor and give it no options but to place the home cores and memory in difference parts of the machine. More on this when Gareth writes up his experiences.
Well I hope you enjoy the movie.
It was hard work talking that quickly and not getting too tongue tied!
Cheers, Nigel Griffiths and Gareth Coates, ATS Europe.
ps: there are lots of other announces today like