IBM has announced details of its most powerful commercial system ever. The core server of the new zEnterprise System mainframe – called zEnterprise 196 – contains 96 z196 processors, which IBM touts as the world’s fastest, most powerful computer chip. IBM is aiming the system at businesses such as banks and retailers dealing with the skyrocketing amounts of data resulting from the ever increasing amount of business transactions carried out in an increasingly inter-connected business world.
The new system features new software to optimize performance of data-heavy workloads, including up to a 60 percent improvement in data-intensive and Java workloads. It also offers 60 percent more capacity than its predecessor, the System z10, and uses about the same amount of electricity.
This energy efficiency is achieved through advances in the microprocessor design, more efficient power conversion and distribution, as well as advanced sensors and cooling control firmware that monitors and makes adjustments based on environmental factors such as temperature, humidity levels and even air density.
IBM will begin shipping the new zEnterprise System mainframe on September 10.
See the stories that matter in your inbox every morning