IBM to Launch Power6-Based Systems in Six Weeks

 
 
By Michael Vizard  |  Posted 2007-05-02 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Big Blue executives said the Power6 microprocessor will hit the market in six weeks and will appear in its System p servers first.

IBM is planning to unveil the first systems that will use next-generation Power6 processors within the next six weeks. At IBMs ParterWorld Conference in St. Louis, Ross Mauri, the general manager for System p in IBMs Systems and Technology group, told eWeek that Big Blue will be announcing new System p servers based on the Power6 processor in the next six weeks.
Currently, IBMs System p servers use its Power5+ processor.
"Were going to leapfrog the competitors again," Mauri said. "Were going to leave them in the dust." The news that Power6 will arrive within the next two months is in line with the Armonk, N.Y., companys previous public statements that its new chip will be ready for a general lease in the second half of 2007. The company has also announced that it will build a supercomputer in Germany that also will use a Power6 processor. IBM is adding Cell processors to the mainframe Click here to read more.
While Mauri did not offer any additional details about Power6s configurations, IBM has been doling out configuration details of the new processor for several months, including the fact that the chips will more than double the frequency offered through Power5+ with a clock speed ranging from 4GHz to 5GHz. The Power6 chips will also be the first IBM processor built using the companys new 65-nanometer manufacturing process. By using the new manufacturing process, as opposed to the current 90-nanometer process, IBM is looking to double the frequency of its current processors but keep the instruction pipeline at the same depth. This switch means IBM engineers will be able to crank up the speed without adding to the amount of time it will take for an instruction to get through a computation. The processor also has been designed for power efficiency and the chip can be configured for high or low voltage, which will allow the platform to scale to the needs of the application that is running. IBM executives have explained that designing flexibility into its microprocessor will allow the chips to run in large and small systems. This plan will allow IBM to have common processor architecture for its server lines, including Systems i, p and z. An IBM spokesperson could not be reached for further comment about the companys plans to launch Power6 with Systems p servers. Charles King, an analyst at Pund-IT Research in Hayward, Calif., said that IBM has been keeping details of the Power6 under wraps. Right now, King said many people are interested in the type of memory resources the System p systems will have to support the Power6 and how the new systems handle robust databases and complex financial transactions. "Usually, IBM first offers something new in a mid-market offering," King said. "Then, over time, they will start offering both low-end and high-end offerings." Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, views and analysis on servers, switches and networking protocols for the enterprise and small businesses.
 
 
 
 
As the Editorial Director and Senior Vice President, Michael Vizard sets the strategic editorial direction for the Enterprise Group at Ziff Davis, which includes eWEEK, Baseline, CIO Insight, The Channel Insider, Publish and Microsoft Watch,. Mr. Vizard has served as the Editor in Chief of CMP Media's Computer Resellers News, in addition to being Editor in Chief at International Data Group's InfoWorld. Mr. Vizard has also had extensive editorial management experience over an 18-year career that has included management positions with PC Week, Computerworld, Digital Review and Electronic Buyers' News.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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