IBM BladeCenter PS700, PS701, and PS702

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IBM BladeCenter PS700, PS701, and PS702 Technical Overview and Introduction

The IBM® BladeCenter® PS700, PS701, and PS702 are premier blades for 64-bit applications. They are designed to minimize complexity, improve efficiency, automate processes, reduce energy consumption, and scale easily. These blade servers are based on the IBM POWER7™ processor and support AIX®, IBM i, and Linux® operating systems. Their ability to coexist in the same chassis with other IBM BladeCenter blades servers enhances the ability to deliver rapid return of investment demanded by clients and businesses.

This IBM Redpaper™ is a comprehensive guide covering the IBM BladeCenter PS700, PS701, and PS702 servers. The goal of this paper is to introduce the offerings and their prominent features and functions.

August 2010 update: Further clarified the support of the PS700 in the BladeCenter E chassis. Clarified the number of active GX+ buses in these blade servers.

Chapter 1. Introduction and general description
Chapter 2. Architecture and technical overview
Chapter 3. Virtualization
Chapter 4. Continuous availability and manageability

Chapter 1. Introduction and general description

1.1 Overview of PS700, PS701, and PS702 blade servers
1.2 IBM BladeCenter support
1.2.1 Supported BladeCenter chassis
1.2.2 Number of PS700, PS701, and PS702 blades in a chassis
1.3 Operating environment
1.4 Physical package
1.5 System features
1.5.1 PS700 system features
1.5.2 PS701 system features
1.5.3 PS702 system features
1.5.4 Minimum features for the POWER7 processor-based blade servers
1.5.5 Power supply features
1.5.6 Processor
1.5.7 Memory features
1.5.8 I/O features
1.5.9 Disk features
1.5.10 Standard onboard features
1.6 Supported BladeCenter I/O modules
1.6.1 Ethernet switch and intelligent pass through modules
1.6.2 SAS I/O modules
1.6.3 Fibre Channel switch and pass-thru modules
1.6.4 Converged networking I/O modules
1.6.5 InfiniBand switch module
1.6.6 Multi-switch Interconnect Module
1.6.7 Multi-switch Interconnect Module for BladeCenter HT
1.7 Comparison between PS700, PS701, PS702, and 750 models
1.8 Building to order
1.9 Model upgrades

Chapter 2. Architecture and technical overview

2.1 Architecture
2.2 The IBM POWER7 processor
2.2.1 POWER7 processor overview
2.2.2 POWER7 processor core
2.2.3 Simultaneous multithreading
2.2.4 Memory access
2.2.5 Flexible POWER7 processor packaging and offerings
2.2.6 On-chip L3 cache innovation and intelligent cache
2.2.7 POWER7 processor and intelligent energy
2.2.8 Comparison of the POWER7 and POWER6 processors
2.3 POWER7 processor-based blades
2.4 Memory subsystem
2.4.1 Memory placement rules
2.5 Technical comparison
2.6 Internal I/O subsystem
2.6.1 Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) bus
2.6.2 PCIe slots
2.6.3 I/O expansion cards
2.6.4 Embedded SAS Controller
2.6.5 HEA ports
2.6.6 Embedded USB controller
2.7 Integrated Virtual Ethernet
2.7.1 IVE subsystem
2.8 Service processor
2.8.1 Server console access by SOL
2.9 Internal storage
2.9.1 Hardware RAID function
2.9.2 External SAS connections
2.10 External disk subsystems
2.10.1 IBM BladeCenter S Disk Storage Modules
2.10.2 IBM System Storage
2.11 IVM
2.12 Operating system support
2.13 IBM EnergyScale
2.13.1 IBM EnergyScale technology
2.13.2 EnergyScale device

Chapter 3. Virtualization

3.1 POWER Hypervisor
3.2 POWER processor modes
3.3 PowerVM
3.3.1 PowerVM Editions
3.3.2 Logical partitions
3.3.3 VIOS
3.3.4 PowerVM Lx86
3.3.5 PowerVM Live Partition Mobility
3.3.6 Active Memory Sharing
3.3.7 N_Port ID Virtualization (NPIV)
3.3.8 Supported PowerVM features by operating system

Chapter 4. Continuous availability and manageability

4.1 Introduction
4.2 Reliability
4.2.1 Designed for reliability
4.2.2 Placement of components
4.2.3 Redundant components and concurrent repair
4.3 Availability
4.3.1 Partition availability priority
4.3.2 General detection and deallocation of failing components
4.3.3 Memory protection
4.3.4 Cache protection
4.3.5 Special uncorrectable error handling
4.3.6 PCI extended error handling
4.4 Serviceability
4.4.1 Detecting
4.4.2 Diagnosing
4.4.3 Reporting
4.4.4 Notifying the client
4.4.5 Locating and servicing parts requiring service
4.5 Manageability
4.5.1 Service user interfaces
4.5.2 IBM Power Systems firmware maintenance
4.5.3 Electronic Service Agent tool
4.5.4 BladeCenter Service Advisor

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