$ 13 billion for a zXNUMX mainframe running Linux

IBM z13 Mainframe

IBM announces new z13 mainframe with important innovations in its hardware and that it will work thanks to an operating system with Linux kernel. The equipment in question will support 10TB of memory, which allows it to support up to 8000 virtual servers. A real machine in which IBM has spent more than 1.000.000.000 dollars and which has generated more than 500 patents in its development.

As a John birtles ensures, in the z13 "there is a lot of innovation in the face of this platform." Already starting from silicon, with z13 chips with 22nm technology with improvements in bandwidth and the number of instructions it can complete in one cycle, with SMT for the processor core.

John has also defended the z13 against the POWER8, between which there are great differences at the level of microarchitecture and design, despite being conceived by the same company and being intended for supercomputing. And to handle this processor, who better than Linux to harness this power and take advantage of it. In addition, technologies of virtualization that will shape the future of System z.

The news jumps out shortly after celebrating the 50 anniversary of the IBM mainframe in the market, which is not only something to be happy about, but it continues to promote this type of high-performance computers so that they continue to be useful today and in the future ...

IBM z13 package

And for those who are new to the subject, comment that a mainframe is a type of large and powerful computer, with a high price and in order to obtain a very high performance. And that the IBM z13 CPU has the following characteristics:

  • Manufactured with technology SOI 22nm by GlobalFoundries (former AMD factories).
  • Clock frequency 5 GHz
  • Octa-core
  • Instruction set z / Architecture type CISC
  • 96KB of I-L1 and 128KB of D-L1 per core + Cache 2MB I-L2 and 2MB D-L2 per core
  • 3MB Unified L64 Cache (Shared). Implemented in eDRAM.
  • With GXBus (which is also supported by the POWER).

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