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IBM z13 Technical Introduction

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This IBM® Redbooks® publication introduces the IBM z13™. IBM z13 delivers a data and transaction system reinvented as a system of insight for digital business. IBM z Systems™ leadership is extended with these features:

  • Improved ability to meet service level agreements with new processor chip technology that includes simultaneous multithreading, analytical vector processing, redesigned and larger cache, and enhanced accelerators for hardware compression and cryptography

  • Better availability and more efficient use of critical data with up to 10 TB available redundant array of independent memory (RAIM)

  • Validation of transactions, management, and assignment of business priority for SAN devices through updates to the I/O subsystem

  • Continued management of heterogeneous workloads with IBM z BladeCenter Extension (zBX) Model 004 and IBM z Unified Resource Manager


  • This Redbooks publication can help you become familiar with the z Systems platform, and understand how the platform can help integrate data, transactions, and insight for faster and more accurate business decisions.

    This book explains how, with innovations and traditional strengths, IBM z13 can play an essential role in today's IT environments, and satisfy the demands for cloud deployments, analytics, mobile, and social applications in a trustful, reliable, and secure environment with operations that lessen business risk.

    Table of Contents

    1. Front cover
    2. Notices
      1. Trademarks
    3. IBM Redbooks promotions
    4. IntelliMagic
    5. Preface
      1. Authors
      2. Now you can become a published author, too!
      3. Comments welcome
      4. Stay connected to IBM Redbooks
    6. Mainline Information Systems, Inc.
    7. Chapter 1. Infrastructure matters
      1. 1.1 Overview
      2. 1.2 IBM z13 technical description
        1. 1.2.1 CPC drawers
        2. 1.2.2 Processor unit characterization
        3. 1.2.3 I/O subsystem
        4. 1.2.4 Hardware Management Console and Support Elements
        5. 1.2.5 Capacity on demand and performance
      3. 1.3 IBM z BladeCenter Extension Model 004
      4. 1.4 IBM z Unified Resource Manager
      5. 1.5 Software
      6. 1.6 Reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS)
      7. 1.7 IBM z Advanced Workload Analysis Reporter (IBM zAware)
      8. 1.8 Simultaneous multithreading (SMT)
      9. 1.9 Single-instruction, multiple-data (SIMD)
      10. 1.10 Dynamic memory reassignment
      11. 1.11 Shared RoCE support
    8. Chapter 2. Hardware overview
      1. 2.1 The z13 highlights, models, and upgrades
        1. 2.1.1 IBM z13 highlights
        2. 2.1.2 IBM z13 models
        3. 2.1.3 IBM z13 upgrades
      2. 2.2 Frames
        1. 2.2.1 IBM z13 frames
      3. 2.3 z13 CPC drawers, and single chip modules
      4. 2.4 Processor chip
      5. 2.5 Processor unit
      6. 2.6 Memory
        1. 2.6.1 IBM z13 memory
        2. 2.6.2 Concurrent memory upgrade
        3. 2.6.3 Redundant array of independent memory (RAIM)
        4. 2.6.4 Hardware system area (HSA)
      7. 2.7 I/O system structure
      8. 2.8 I/O features
        1. 2.8.1 FICON Express16S
        2. 2.8.2 FICON Express8S
        3. 2.8.3 FICON Express8 (carry forward only)
        4. 2.8.4 OSA-Express5S
        5. 2.8.5 OSA-Express4S (carry forward only)
        6. 2.8.6 Flash Express
        7. 2.8.7 zEDC Express
        8. 2.8.8 The 10 Gigabit Ethernet RoCE Express
        9. 2.8.9 Coupling links and timing-only links
        10. 2.8.10 Cryptographic features
      9. 2.9 Coupling and clustering
        1. 2.9.1 Integrated Coupling Adapter (ICA SR)
        2. 2.9.2 InfiniBand coupling links
        3. 2.9.3 Internal Coupling (IC)
        4. 2.9.4 Coupling Facility Control Code (CFCC)
      10. 2.10 Time functions
        1. 2.10.1 Server Time Protocol (STP)
        2. 2.10.2 Network Time Protocol support
        3. 2.10.3 Time coordination for zBX components
      11. 2.11 Hardware Management Console and Support Element
      12. 2.12 Power and cooling
      13. 2.13 IBM z BladeCenter Extension
    9. Chapter 3. Key functions and capabilities of IBM z13
      1. 3.1 Virtualization
        1. 3.1.1 z13 hardware virtualization
        2. 3.1.2 IBM z Systems software virtualization
        3. 3.1.3 zBX virtualized environments
        4. 3.1.4 z Systems based clouds
        5. 3.1.5 GDPS Virtual Appliance
      2. 3.2 The z13 technology improvements
        1. 3.2.1 Microprocessor
        2. 3.2.2 Memory
        3. 3.2.3 Native PCIe features and integrated firmware processor
        4. 3.2.4 Flash Express
        5. 3.2.5 zEDC Express
        6. 3.2.6 10GbE RoCE Express
        7. 3.2.7 I/O capabilities
        8. 3.2.8 Cryptography
      3. 3.3 Capacity and performance
        1. 3.3.1 Capacity settings
        2. 3.3.2 z13 Capacity on Demand (CoD)
        3. 3.3.3 z13 performance
      4. 3.4 Common time functions of z Systems
        1. 3.4.1 Server Time Protocol (STP)
        2. 3.4.2 Network Time Protocol (NTP) client support
      5. 3.5 Hardware Management Console (HMC) functions
        1. 3.5.1 HMC key enhancements for z13
      6. 3.6 z13 power and cooling functions
        1. 3.6.1 High voltage DC power
        2. 3.6.2 Integrated battery feature (IBF)
        3. 3.6.3 Power capping and power saving
        4. 3.6.4 Power estimation tool
        5. 3.6.5 IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager
        6. 3.6.6 Top Exit Power
      7. 3.7 IBM z BladeCenter Extension (zBX) Model 004
        1. 3.7.1 IBM blades
      8. 3.8 Reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS)
        1. 3.8.1 IBM z Advanced Workload Analysis Reporter (IBM zAware)
        2. 3.8.2 RAS capability for the SE
        3. 3.8.3 RAS capability for the HMC
        4. 3.8.4 RAS capability for zBX
      9. 3.9 High availability
        1. 3.9.1 High availability for z Systems with Parallel Sysplex
        2. 3.9.2 PowerHA in zBX environment
      10. 3.10 IBM z Systems and emerging paradigms
    10. Chapter 4. Operating system support
      1. 4.1 Software support summary
      2. 4.2 Support by operating system
        1. 4.2.1 z/OS
        2. 4.2.2 z/VM
        3. 4.2.3 z/VSE
        4. 4.2.4 z/TPF
        5. 4.2.5 Linux on z Systems
        6. 4.2.6 References
      3. 4.3 Software support for zBX Model 004
      4. 4.4 z/OS considerations
      5. 4.5 Coupling facility and CFCC considerations
      6. 4.6 Input/output configuration program (IOCP) considerations
      7. 4.7 GDPS Virtual Appliance
    11. Chapter 5. A system of insight for digital business
      1. 5.1 Integrated hybrid infrastructures
        1. 5.1.1 A cornerstone of a smart IT infrastructure
      2. 5.2 Benefiting from a smart infrastructure
      3. 5.3 Cloud, analytics, mobile, social, and security
        1. 5.3.1 Cloud computing
        2. 5.3.2 Analytics on IBM z13
        3. 5.3.3 IBM z13 serving mobile and social applications
        4. 5.3.4 Security on IBM z13
    12. Appendix A. Software licensing
      1. Software licensing considerations
      2. zBX licensed software
      3. IBM z Unified Resource Manager
    13. Appendix B. Channel options
    14. Related publications
      1. IBM Redbooks
      2. Other publications
      3. Online resources
      4. Help from IBM
    15. Back cover
    16. IBM System x Reference Architecture for Hadoop: IBM InfoSphere BigInsights Reference Architecture
      1. Introduction
      2. Business problem and business value
      3. Reference architecture use
      4. Requirements
      5. InfoSphere BigInsights predefined configuration
      6. InfoSphere BigInsights HBase predefined configuration
      7. Deployment considerations
      8. Customizing the predefined configurations
      9. Predefined configuration bill of materials
      10. References
      11. The team who wrote this paper
      12. Now you can become a published author, too!
      13. Stay connected to IBM Redbooks
    17. Notices
      1. Trademarks