IBM unveils new generation of IBM Power servers to boost the hybrid cloud ecosystem

IBM Power E1080 server can deliver up to 30% more performance and over 50% better total capacity

IBM unveils new generation of IBM Power servers to boost the hybrid cloud ecosystem
  • Industry-first metering of Red Hat OpenShift and Red Hat Enterprise Linux for on-premises server planned to improve software licensing costs

Cairo: As part of its longstanding commitment and leadership in hybrid cloud, AI and security, IBM (NYSE: IBM) is participating in Cairo ICT 2021 Conference and Exhibition, showcasing its latest advanced technologies and sharing its expertise with the industry’s key players and decision makers in Egypt and the region.

As part of the conference, IBM announced the new IBM Power E1080 server, the first in a new family of servers based on the new IBM Power10 processor, designed specifically for hybrid cloud environments. The IBM Power10-equipped E1080 server is engineered to be one of the most secured server platforms and is designed to help clients operate a secured, frictionless[i] hybrid cloud experience across their entire IT infrastructure.

Many see the answer to this need in a hybrid cloud computing model, which combines on-premises resources with cloud-based infrastructure and can offer up to 2.5x greater value than a public cloud-only approach[ii].

 “Our participation at the Cairo ICT conference to provide the latest in hybrid cloud, AI and security technologies so enterprises can achieve the necessary fundamental changes and deliver value to their customers. Today, we are happy to announce that E1080 is IBM's first system designed from the silicon up for hybrid cloud environments, a system tailor-built to serve as the foundation for our vision of a dynamic and secure, frictionless hybrid cloud experience."said Wael Abdoush, General Manager of IBM Egypt.

The new IBM E1080 was designed to introduce several key features including:

  • Enhancements for hybrid cloud like planned industry-first, by the minute metering of Red Hat software including Red Hat OpenShift and Red Hat Enterprise Linux, 4.1x greater OpenShift containerized throughput per core vs x86-based servers[iii], and architectural consistency and cloud-like flexibility across the entire hybrid cloud environment to drive agility and improve costs without application refactoring.
  • New hardware-driven performance improvements that deliver up to 50% more performance and scalability than its predecessor the IBM Power E980[iv], while also reducing energy use and carbon footprint of the E980, allowing customers to do more with less. The E1080 also features four matrix math accelerators per core, enabling 5x faster inference performance as compared to the E980[v].
  • New security tools designed for hybrid cloud environments including transparent memory encryption so there is no additional management setup, 4x the encryption engines per core, allowing for 2.5x faster AES encryption as compared to the IBM Power E980[vi], and security software for every level of the system stack.
  • A robust ecosystem of ISVs, Business Partners, and support to broaden the capabilities of the IBM Power E1080 and how customers can build their hybrid cloud environment, including record-setting performance for SAP® applications in an 8-socket systemii. IBM is also launching a new tiered Power Expert Care service to help clients as they protect their systems against the latest cybersecurity threats while also providing hardware and software coherence and higher systems availability.

Frictionlessiii Hybrid Cloud Experience Drives Modernization on IBM Power E1080

The IBM Power E1080 server helps deliver on the customer demand for a frictionless hybrid cloud experience, with architectural consistency across the entire hybrid cloud estate to simplify management and seamlessly scale applications to meet the dynamic needs of today’s clients.

The Power of Ten for Efficiency, Security, and Enterprise AI

the IBM Power E1080 server and Power10 processor bring new enterprise AI capabilities right to where the data resides, on the server. IBM Power10’s four Matrix Math Accelerator (MMA) engines per core that can drive up to 5x improvements for AI inference as compared to the IBM Power E980 serverviii.


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[i] IBM Power help deliver a frictionless experience in extending mission-critical workloads across hybrid cloud, without requiring additional middleware or application refactoring


[iii] 1. Based on IBM internal testing of Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 4.8.2 worker nodes running 80 pods each with 10 users using the Daytrader7 workload ( ) accessing AIX Db2 databases.  Average cpu utilization for the OCP worker nodes is > 95%. Comparison: E1080 running OCP accessing AIX Db2 on an S922 versus OCP on Cascade Lake accessing AIX Db2 on the same S922.  Valid as of 8/26/2021 and conducted under laboratory conditions. Individual result can vary based on workload size, use of storage subsystems & other conditions. 2.IBM Power E1080 (40 cores/3.8 GHz/2 TB memory) in maximum performance mode, 25 Gb two-port SRIOV adapter, 1 x 16Gbs FCA, with PowerVM. E1080 configuration consists of 2 OCP worker lpars each with 10 cores running SMT8 with 256GB of memory and a VIOS lpar with 4 cores and 8GB of memory. PowerVM LPARs were also affinitized on their respect sockets/NUMA nodes. IBM Power E1080 worker nodes run CoreOS Linux 4.18.0-305.10.2.el8_4. CentOS based DayTrader7 containers with   Open Liberty,  IBM Semeru Runtime Open Edition (build 1.8.0_302-b08) Eclipse OpenJ9 VM (build openj9-0.27.0, JRE 1.8.0 Linux ppc64le-64-Bit Compressed References 20210728_167 (JIT enabled, AOT enabled),   JVM flag within jvm.options file within containers when starting JVM-->“-XX:-PortableSharedCache”. 3.Competitive system: Intel(R) Xeon(R) Gold 6248 CPU (Cascade Lake) in performance mode,  40 cores/3.9GHz/512GB memory),  25Gb two-port SRIOV adapter, 1 x 16Gbps FCA, RHEL 8.4 KVM. Cascade Lake competitive configuration of 2 KVM guests as OCP worker nodes with 20 cores running hyperthreading (HT) with 256GB of memory. SRIOV device passthrough from host to KVM guest. The KVM guest’s CPU & memory are pinned to host’s CPU with respect to their associated NUMA nodes. Cascade Lake worker nodes run worker node OS CoreOS Linux 4.18.0-305.10.2.el8_4. CentOS based DayTrader7 containers with  Open Liberty,  IBM Semeru Runtime Open Edition (build 1.8.0_302-b08) Eclipse OpenJ9 VM (build openj9-0.27.0, JRE 1.8.0 Linux amd64-64-bit Compressed References 20210723_193 (JIT enabled, AOT enabled)   JVM flag within jvm.options file within containers when starting JVM-->“-XX:-PortableSharedCache. 4.Database system S922: Model 9009-22G with 22 cores (2400 MHz) and 1TB of memory. S922 configuration consists of 2 AIX lpars each with 8 cores running SMT8 with 131GB of memory, and a VIOS lpar with 2 cores and 16GB of memory.

[iv] Based on published rPerf results for Power E980/12 core compared to IBM Internal rPerf measurements (using the same methodology) for Power E1080/15 core

[v] 5x improvement in per socket inferencing throughput for large size 32b floating point inferencing models from Power9 E980 (12-core modules) to Power10 E1080 (15-core modules). Based on IBM testing using Pytorch, OpenBLAS on the same BERT Large with SqUAD v1.1 data set.

[vi] AES-256 in both GCM and XTS modes runs about 2.5 times faster per core when comparing Power E1080 (15-core modules ) vs. Power E980 (12-core modules) according to preliminary measurements obtained on RHEL Linux 8.4 and the OpenSSL 1.1.1g library.

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