Mainframe Propeller Head

Sep 1 2010   12:55PM GMT

IBM z196 to ship next week

Ryan Arsenault Ryan Arsenault Profile: Ryan Arsenault

The brawny mainframe that you’ve been waiting for is ready for launch.


IBM announced today that initial shipments of the zEnterprise mainframe with the z196 processor, dubbed by Big Blue as “the world’s most powerful computer chip,” will commence on Sept. 10. As previously reported, the mainframe boasts 96 cores running at speeds of up to 5.2 GHz.  The mainframe offers 60% more capacity than the z10, while still using the same amount of electricity, and the processor chip contains 1.4 billion transistors. According to IBM, the mainframe can handle 17,000 times more instructions than the company’s first system. Clearly, this is not your father’s mainframe. Only time will tell, though, if customers find the new z196’s capabilities to manage across multiple distributed server platforms relevant.

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