IBM z Systems customers benefit from ongoing technological innovations to improve performance, availability and efficiency. New server technology and features demonstrate the valuable capabilities that enable the IBM mainframe to transform your business for mobile, cloud and analytics.
Simultaneous multi-threading (SMT): Get more out of your z/OS and Linux on z platforms with this option that allows two separate processes to run simultaneously on the same core.
Single Instruction Multiple Data (SIMD): A new set of instructions to support mathematical optimization integrated into our new IBM z Systems and Linux platforms.
IBM zAware: IT operational analytics technology helps identify unusual system and application behavior in near real time.
Shared Memory Communications Direct Memory Access (SMC-D) and Shared Memory Communications - Remote Direct Memory Access (SMC-R): New protocols ideal for improved internal communications and cross processor communications.
Specialty Engines: Processors that expand the use of the mainframe for new workloads, such as Linux on z, while helping to lower cost of ownership.
zEDC Compression acceleration: Augmenting coprocessor compression technology with the zEDC Express accelerator allowing more data to be compressed and still kept active.
Flash Express: SSD memory for the mainframe to improve availability during workload transition and paging spikes.
Simultaneous multithreading (SMT)
Benefits: Intelligent implementation of multithreading on the z13s, z13 delivers predictable capacity for Linux workloads such as Cloud, Analytics, Mobile with improvements seen for Java applications, COGNOS on Linux under z/VM, SAP AppServer on Linux under z/VM and much more.
Found: IBM z13 IFL and zIIP specialty engines, as an option
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IBM z13 vector facility works to accelerate features
Benefits: Helps improve efficiency of complex mathematical models and vector processing bringing value to workloads such as Enterprise COBOL 5.2, Java SDK8, z/OS XML System Services, CPLEX Optimizer on z/OS 12.6.1 and others.
Found: A subset of 139 new instructions are integrated into the IBM z13s™ (z13s), IBM z13™ (z13) processor cores.
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Benefits: Helps identify unusual system and application behavior in near real time, reducing the time to diagnose problems from hours to minutes.
Found: Support of IBM zAware for z/OS on zBC12 and zEC12 mainframes and support of both z/OS and Linux on z Systems is offered on the IBM z13s and IBM z13 mainframes.
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Benefits: Designed to provide low overhead communications helping to reduce both latency and CPU consumption--ideal for data transmission within (using SMC-D) and across (using SMC-R) processors.
Found: SMC-D for z/OS 2.2, a new protocol for z13s and z13, SMC-R for z/OS V2.1, a new network protocol for z13s, z13, zBC12 and zEC12 with the 10GbE RoCE Express feature
Back to top Specialty engines
Benefits: Expands the use of the mainframe for new workloads and lower cost of ownership.
Found: Specialty engines are available on z13, zBC12 and zEC12 mainframes
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Benefits: More efficient, low-latency compression and improved cross platform communications.
Availability: zEnterprise Data Compression (zEDC) for z/OS V2.1, runs on z13s, z13, zBC12 and zEC12 with the zEDC Express feature.
Found: IBM System z Batch Network Analyzer (zBNA, a free, as-is tool) helps determine if your files are candidates for zEDC and estimates the number of H/W features you will need.
Back to top Flash Express
Benefits: Helps improve availability during workload transition and paging spikes and enable faster snapshots of diagnostics with less interruption.
Found: An optional feature on the z13s, z13, zBC12 and zEC12 mainframes.
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