Archaic to most people, IBM mainframes play a pivotal role in our everyday life. Behind the scenes, these state-of-the-art machines process billions of transactions every day. Announced in July of last year, IBM’s latest mainframe is the z14, succeeding the z13 which launched back in 2015.
Earlier this year at the 65th International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) in San Francisco IBM presented some of the architectural changes between the z13 and z14. The paper was presented by Christopher Berry, a Senior Technical Staff Member for the IBM Systems Hardware Development Team. Mr. Berry led the z14 physical design execution.
The IBM z14 microprocessor and system control design
2018-11-20 IBM 9 Comments
It is a beautiful architecture, so much more elegant than a rack full of Xeon server blades… I wish I had the chance to work with something like it, though I’m afraid that the Temple of IBM High Priests is no place for casual worship, and I am just not ready to sell them my body and soul — if they ever wanted them!
And, let’s be frivolous, I *LOVE* the Evil Empire style enclosures. They are just beautiful, while irradiating power and competence. I want a fridge that looks like a z14.