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eConsult Eureka project

March 2nd 2013.

Metropolitan University and SW G&M have together participated in Eureka eConsulting project. The eConsulting project is aiming at developing advanced electronic system for offering advanced prompt and personalized electronic consulting services in the field of law, legislation, taxation and financials.

Project resulted with advanced system for document archive searching and tax calculations:


POWER7 Servers

On September 2. 2010 IBM launched three new servers with the new POWER7 processors. At the same price, these new servers offer double the performance speed and fourfold reduction in energy consumption. All POWER7 servers, apart from 755 which does not have support IBM i OS, can run under IBM i, AIX and Linux operating systems.

The Power 750 is a midrange business server with ENERGY STAR certification and it offers up to 32 POWER7 cores with up to 181000 CPW.

The Power 770 extends the very successful 570 modular enterprise server, with up to 64 POWER7 cores and up to 292000 CPW.

The third new server in the series, the Power 780, can be ordered with up to 64 POWER7 cores, amounting to 343,000 CPW. This server also features the new TurboCore option for thoroughput optimisation.

IBM had also announced its plans to deliver a new high-end server by the end of 2010. This new server would offer up to 256 cores in the same physical footprint and energy consumption range as the current POWER6 Power 595 servers which feature up to 64 POWER6+ cores.

The POWER7 processor features a multi-core design with up to 8 cores per socket, ranging between 3.0 and 4.14 GHz. When we compare a Power 550 5.0 GHz POWER6 with 8 cores with a Power 750 at 3.3 GHz with 8 cores, we get an increase in CPW performance by 26 percent. Likewise, a comparison of a Power 570 5.0 GHz POWER6 with 16 cores, and a Power 780 at 3.86 GHz, shows a 35 percent increase in CPW performance.

Complete specifications for Power 750 ENUS110-009Adobe Acrobat
Complete specifications for Power 755 ENUS110-008Adobe Acrobat
Complete specifications for Power 770 ENUS110-025Adobe Acrobat
Complete specifications for Power 780 ENUS110-023Adobe Acrobat

POWER6+ Processor

On April 28. 2009 IBM announced the planned increase in processor speed of POWER 520 and 550 servers as well as some additional improvements (4-core POWER6+ processors, SFF (Small Form Factor) drives, solid state drives, SATA DVD-ROM etc.)

IBM POWER 520 and 550 now feature new POWER6+ processors.

POWER 520 utilises a 4.7GHz POWER6+ dual-core processor with 4 memory slots and can optionally support a 4.7GHz POWER6+ quad-core processor with 8 memory slots.

POWER 550 features new 5.0GHz POWER6+ processors and can be ordered in different confugurations starting with 2, up to do 8 cores and 8 to 32 memory slots.

Complete specifications ENUS109-183

The new solid state drives (SSD) brought about a revolution in the design of data storage devices. Their capacity, currently set at 69.7GB is expected to increase constantly. The main reason behind relatively low speed of the standard HHDs is the fact that they are constructed out of numerous mechanical moving parts - platter, spindle, actuator etc. The solid state drives, however, have no moving parts, thus allowing for a random data access speed that can be measured in microseconds, instead of milliseconds as is the case with ther standard HDDs. This has a remarkable impact on the I/O performance, and hence, on the system as a whole.

SSD drives offer not only greater speed, but also improved reliability - having no moving parts, they can handle shock, vibration and temperature changes far in excess of traditional hard drives. Also, with no electric motor, SSDs consume less electricity and in turn generate less heat. As a standard HDD fills up to over 50% of its capacity, its performance degrades, whereas even the maximum (100%) capacity utilisation has no impact on the performance of a SSD.

The new POWER6+ processors are delivered on blade servers. On April 28. 2009 IBM announced the reliese of two new blade servers; JS23 and JS43.

IBM BladeCenter JS23 is a one-wide BladeCenter with a 4-core 64-bit 4.2 GHz processor, eight memory slots which can contain up to a maximum of 64 GB of memory, and a bay for an optional single 73/146/300 GB SAS SFF disk or a 69GB SSD.

By adding an expansion enclosure, the BladeCenter JS23 is converted into a two-wide IBM BladeCenter JS43 with two sets of 4-core 64-bit 4.2 GHz processors, two sets of eight memory slots, which increases the maximum memory to 128 GB, and a bay for two optional drives.

Both blade servers feature:

  • Dual gigabit controller
  • SAS controller
  • FSP1 service processor
  • 4 USB ports
  • 2 PCI-E slots

Complete specifications ENUS109-231

More Cores For Small And Medium-sized Enterprises

On 7. October 2008 IBM announced the plan to increase the number of processor cores in all existing POWER models that run under IBM i operating system. A brand new POWER 560 model has also been launched, falling midway between 550 and 570 series.

IBM i 5.4 and 6.1 now support the 4-core 520 model (previously they supported up to two cores) and the 8-core 550 model (previously they supported up to four cores), providing low-end and midrange users with double the processing capacity for IBM i applications. ENUS208-315

The new POWER 560 model was designed with the aim to deliver exceptional performance at an affordable price, such as mainframe-level reliability and new systems for virtualisation:

  • IBM® POWER6tm 3.6 GHz processors
  • Configurations with 4, 8 and 16 cores
  • Up to 384GB of DDR2 memory
  • Memory frequencies of up to 667 MHz
  • Up to 12 SAS drives (max 5.4 TB)
  • Modular rack mount design with one or two central enclosures
  • Seven I/O expansion slots per enclosure
  • Dynamic logical partition - up to 160 per system
  • Can be ordered with AIX®, IBM i, or Linux® operating systems - individually or in any combination, by means of virtual partitions

POWER 570 - now features POWER6 processors at 3.5, 4.2, 4.4, 4.7 and 5.0 GHz. An entry-level configuration starts at 2 cores; whereas more powerful configurations can support up to 32 processor cores (previously they supported up to 16).


Power = p + i


On April 2. 2008 IBM merged two product lines - System i and System p platforms into a single platform, dubbed Power Systems. These servers feature POWER6 processors and can run under IBM i (previously i5/OS) IBM AIX and Linux operating systems.

The same day saw the launching of the first products from this series:

  • IBM Power 520 Express
  • IBM Power 550 Express
  • IBM BladeCenter® JS12 Express blade server

IBM Power 520 and 550 Express servers

The 520 and 550 Express servers combine POWER6 processor (the leading-edge processors according to numerous benchmarks), advanced virtualisation technology, energy saving features and high availability. The price/performance ratio of these servers make them an excellent choice for low-end and midrange users who rely on UNIX and/or Linux operating environments. The 520 is ideal for your company's regional branches, small databases or complete transaction systems of small-sized businesses, whereas 550 is fully able of supporting a variety of application packages required by mid-sized companies.

Power 520 Express – AIX and Linux configurations are available and can be ordered. IBM i configuration will be available as of April 18. 2008.

Power 550 Express – AIX and Linux configurations are available and can be ordered. IBM i configuration will be available as of May 23. 2008.

IBM BladeCenter JS12

The new POWER6 powered blade servers cater to the SMB segments of the market, while the JS22 still remains the first choice for the more demanding users.

JS12 is available in one or two-core configurations, utilising 3.8 GHz 64-bit IBM POWER6 cores and supports up to 64 GB of memory and up to two on-board 73GB or 146GB SAS drives. It features an integrated dual-Gigabit Ethernet controller and can be installed in the BladeCenter E, T, H, HT and S chassis.

IBM BladeCenter JS12 can run under IBM i 6.1, as well as AIX and Linux operating systems. It will be available as of May 30. 2008.


 IBM i5/OS V6R1

On January 29. 2008 IBM announced the release of the new version of i5/OS V6R1 operating system. This version features many important innovations and supports the following System i models: 515, 520, 525, 550, 570, 595, 800, 810, 825, 870, 890 and MMA. 

Furthermore, the new operating system supports IBM BladeCenter® JS22, making this effectively the first blade server configuration which can run under i5/OS.

i5/OS V6R1 will be available as of March 21. 2008.
Some of the important improvements include:

  • Virtualisation of i5/OS storage
  • Encryption of backups and data on disk
  • New web-based server administration system - IBM Systems Director
  • Enhanced Java performance
  • Support for IBM BladeCenter servers
  • Better support for System i storage devices (DS4700 and DS4800)
  • Support for IBM High Availability Solutions Manager (HASM)

A more detailed specification can be found in the related PDF document .


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