IBM unveils the z9

Matt Stansberry

NEW YORK -- IBM is touting its z9 mainframe as its most sophisticated platform to date, the result of a three-year, $1.2 billion development effort involving 5,000 IBM engineers, developers and other experts.

Big Blue hopes this new super-charged T-Rex will help shake off the declining revenues of the last three quarters. IBM execs had blamed slow sales for Q2 2005 on customer anticipation of the launch.

Approximately 350 IBMers, business leaders and members of the press crammed into a presentation room at the W Hotel in Manhattan today to hear the announcement.

According to IBM, the z9 more than doubles the capacity of its predecessor (the z990) in these areas:

  • The z9 can process one billion transactions per day (versus 450 million for the z990).
  • It is 54-way (versus 32-way).
  • The machine can process 6,000 secure handshakes or transactions per second (versus 2,000 per second).
  • It boasts 60 logical partitions (LPARs) (versus 30 LPARs)
  • Also, the z9 features 17,800 MIPS (versus 9,060 MIPS), 512 GB (versus 256 GB) and 172.8 GB/second bandwidth (versus 96 GB/second).

    A fully configured, 54-way system has 18 billion transistors, the main components of microprocessors.

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