IBM System x x3950 X5 manual

IBM System x x3950 X5
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Ultrascalability combined with extreme availability features and industry-leading performance Please see the Legal Information section for important notices and information.

Product Guide

April 2011

IBM System x3850 X5 / x3950 X5

Architecture Overview
Architecture Overview 1
Key Highlights 2
Key Features 3
Key Options 14
x3850/x3950 X5 Images
x3850/x3950 X5 Specs 17
The Bottom Line 21
Server Comparison 22
For More Information 23
Legal Information 23
Outstanding performance, superior mainframe-like reliability, and
fault-tolerant memory characteristics
has been designing and implementing servers under the X-Architecture
name since
2001. eX5 technology represents the fifth generation of enterprise servers based on the same
design principle IBM began with in 1997: to offer systems that are expandable, offer “big iron”
reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS) features, with extremely competitive
price/performance on an Intel
processor-based system.
The eX5 technology is primarily designed around three major workloads: database servers,
server consolidation using virtualization services, and Enterprise Resource Planning
(application and database) servers.
If you’re using industry-standard Xeon processor-based servers for running business critical
applications, the systems that run these applications need the type of technology designed
into IBM’s eX5 technology systems. eX5 technology represents a $100M+ investment in
designing a flagship offering that can harness the power of 4-socket-and-up 64-bit x86 (x64)
Xeon processors. The eX5 family includes two 4U 4-socket rack-optimized chassis (x3850
X5 and x3950 X5), which are offered in different scaled configurations up to 8 sockets, with
the architectural capability to scale further. In addition, for those workloads that require the
maximum available memory, the x3850 X5 and x3950 X5 support a 1U MAX5 memory
expansion unit, which adds an additional 32 DIMM slots per chassis (up to 96 DIMMs / 3TB
total). Alternatively, if you also need more processor sockets, you can add a second x3850
X5 or x3950 X5 to form one 8U 8-socket server with double the memory (up to 4TB),
HDDs/SSDs, adapter slots, and all the other system resources. For the ultimate in scalability,
you can add two MAX5 memory expansion units to a 2-node/8-socket server, for up to 6TB of
memory, ideal for large virtualization, ERP, and database needs.
IBM FlexNode partitioning allows you to logically divide an 8-socket server into two 4-
socket servers remotely and automatedly, and then revert back to a single 8-socket server,
all without requiring a physical visit to the server. Maybe you’d like to start out with a 4-socket
server and possibly add sockets later, if your needs change. Or perhaps you need more than
a 4-socket server now, but don’t want to get locked into a monolithic 8-socket or larger
server—again, in case your requirements change. With IBM, you can stop at 4 sockets, or
expand memory or CPU sockets further if needed. And if you require a variety of 4- and 8-
socket servers in your data center, you can qualify a single server for all these workloads.
This can save much time and effort and speed up deployment. You can also save money on
software licensing by virtualizing a 4- or 8-processor server into many VMs, rather than using
multiple 2-processor servers. Huge amounts of memory also enable more and larger VMs,
and larger databases.
IBM X-Architecture pioneered XpandOnDemand
(“pay as you grow”) scalability, which
allows chassis to be simply cabled together to form larger scale-up systems. This capability
allows IBM to sell a large SMP (symmetric multiprocessing) system at entry price points. With
XpandOnDemand, you can start small and later expand as your needs change, without
requiring you to buy more than you need up-front or throw away parts later as you expand.
IBM’s eX5 technology-based systems are the ideal solution for scale-up database-serving
applications on Microsoft
with Microsoft SQL Server
or IBM DB2
, as well as
with Oracle or DB2. Database hosting demands ultimate server reliability features, and
once installed, they tend to grow and grow, requiring ever greater levels of availability. eX5
servers provide exactly that degree to availability.
Another strong application area for the eX5-based systems is enterprise server consolidation
activities workloads, including SAP and Oracle. eX5 systems can offer considerable savings
over UNIX
deployments, using our certified solution stacks on either Windows or Linux..
Larger servers need more processor, memory and I/O resources, which make maximum use
of any applicable virtual machine software licensing fees and deliver superior system
utilization levels. The name of the game in consolidation activities is to deploy the fewest new
servers possible and help IT staff manage more images with the same or fewer overall
These eX5 servers are designed to protect your data with high performance, high reliability,

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User manual (PDF)
Processor familyIntel® Xeon® E7 Family
Number of processors installed4
Processor modelE7-8870
Processor front side bus- MHz
Processor manufacturerIntel
Maximum number of SMP processors4
Processor cores10
Processor cache30 MB
System bus rate6.4 GT/s
Processor socketLGA 1567 (Socket LS)
Processor frequency2.4 GHz
Processor cache typeSmart Cache
Processor boost frequency2.8 GHz
Processor lithography32 nm
Processor threads20
Processor operating modes64-bit
FSB Parity
Bus typeQPI
Processor codenameWestmere EX
Tcase69 °C
Maximum internal memory supported by processor4096 GB
Memory types supported by processorDDR3-SDRAM
Memory clock speeds supported by processor800,978,1066,1333 MHz
Memory channels supported by processorQuad
ECC supported by processor
Execute Disable Bit
Thermal Monitoring Technologies
Processor package size49.17 x 56.47 mm
Supported instruction setsSSE4.1,SSE4.2
Processor codeSLC3E
Embedded options available
Thermal Design Power (TDP)130 W
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio)18
Conflict-Free processor
Processor seriesIntel Xeon E7-8800
Total storage capacity4800 GB
Number of HDDs installed8
HDD capacity600 GB
RAID levels0,1
HDD interfaceSerial Attached SCSI (SAS)
HDD size2.5 "
Maximum storage capacity- TB
RAID support
Optical drive type-
Internal memory512 GB
Maximum internal memory- GB
Internal memory typeDDR3-SDRAM
Memory slots32
Memory clock speed1066 MHz
Maximum graphics card memory16 MB
Network ready
Networking featuresGigabit Ethernet
Ethernet LAN
Cabling technology10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Ports & interfaces
PS/2 ports quantity-
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity-
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports2
Serial ports quantity-
USB 2.0 ports quantity-
Number of power supply units2
Power supply1975 W
Redundant power supply (RPS) support
Weight & dimensions
Depth712.1 mm
Height172.8 mm
Width440 mm
Weight49900 g
Operational conditions
Operating relative humidity (H-H)8 - 80 %
Operating temperature (T-T)10 - 35 °C
Compatible operating systemsWindows Server 2008\nRed Hat Enterprise Linux\nSUSE Enterprise Linux\nVMware vSphere Hypervisor
Operating system installed
Chassis typeRack (4U)
Other features
Reboot protection
Processor special features
CPU configuration (max)8
Intel Rapid Storage Technology
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi)
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d)
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT)
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology)
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT)
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology1.0
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD)
Intel® Insider™
Intel Flex Memory Access
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI)
Intel Trusted Execution Technology
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel Demand Based Switching
Intel Clear Video Technology
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID)
Intel 64
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x)
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology
Intel FDI Technology
Intel Fast Memory Access
Processor ARK ID53580
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