It appears IBM will stick to its roadmap and roll out Power Systems 9, most likely in the 4th quarter of 2017. While we never know exactly what these upgrades will bring – or even exactly when they’ll happen – the best fortune tellers in the business would bet on a few things in this rollout. They include more cores for stronger thread performance, high bandwidth direct attach memory, PCI 4 buses, cost optimizations for a range of platforms and buffered memory for maximum capacity.
Most importantly, though, is our expectation that we’ll see a clear reflection of IBM’s continued interest and enthusiasm for pushing Linux on Power. Very robust, very tuned Linux-specific servers will be the most exciting upgrade in Power Systems 9 (we expect). This is something clients are asking for, and IBM appears ready to deliver. This makes sense, as requests for AIX drop and the market has gotten so accustomed to Linux that they want it on Power Systems.
However, there’s plenty more to look forward to, at least according to our crystal ball.
We expect to see increased interchip and intersocket performance, and 25 gigs faster processing than with the PCI 3 bus. For scientific compute, that will be pretty fast stuff when coupled with GPU systems. There will also likely be general improvements in the hypervisor, and continued support to provision virtual environments for a hybrid mix of on-prem and off-premise resources.
In general, Power Systems 9 represents a logical continuation of the IBM roadmap. IBM is promising deep workload optimizations for the cognitive era. That means enhanced core and chip architecture for emerging workloads, scale-out and scale-up optimized silicon, and a premier acceleration platform engineered to be open. The company is staying true to its promise to accelerate and simplify cloud deployments, while cutting operating costs.
Ultimately, the whole IBM ecosystem is good for clients, because it spurs higher performance at lower cost. Want to learn more about what’s ahead? Contact us.
Chief Technology Officer
Key Information Systems, Inc.