According to Timothy Prickett Morgan at The Register, IBM is releasing the next version of its mainframe hardware, the z11, as early as next week. We’re still waiting on details about the date and specific configuration info, but TPM said sources have told him the following about the new mainframes:
The System z11 design will keep the four-book design, but boost the number of sockets from five to six per book. The z11 engine will stay at four cores as well. That means the top-end System z11 machine will have 96 processing units, and it looks like a maximum of 80 of them will be usable by z/OS or Linux.
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