IBM Power8 L Series Comparison

If the speed of your server is number one on your wishlist, then Power8 is for you.
Each core of the Power8 chip can handle eight hardware threads at the same time. So, the 12-core chip can run 96 threads simultaneously.
That will keep your pipeline full, and provide massive performance gains to number-crunching tasks like database servers, big data and analytics.
Data, data and more data is the way it’s going. We all know it.
IBM Power8 servers can help you corral it, store it, secure it and then retrieve it when you need it.

The chart below compares the S812, S814, S822 and S824 servers.
Generally, they break down like this:

  • IBM Power S824: For analytics applications and small to mid-size database (generally 105 or less to 107 records).
  • IBM Power S822: Geared for combining multiple applications and workloads in virtual machines.
  • IBM Power S814: Highly secure and scalable and provides a stable database and middleware platform for efficient deployment of business processing and mission critical applications.
  • IBM Power S812L: Optimized for Linux environments that run multiple applications in virtual machines.
  • IBM Power S822L: Same as above, plus  and entry into big data analytics, open infrastructure.
  • IBM Power S824L: Supports the unique requirements of dual NVIDIA Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) accelerators and offers dramatic accelerations of specific technical computing and big data and Java tasks.

The links below take you to each server’s product page at our main site.

Click on the “Eyeball Columns” link above the table to narrow down what is shown or download the PDF to grab the whole chart.

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For our comparisons on other Power8 Systems, see these blog articles.

IBM P8 L Series

SpecificationsPower S812LPower S822LPower S814Power S822Power S824Power S824LPower S824L (no GPU)
Machine type - model 8247-21L 8247-22L 8286-41A 8284-42A 8286-42A 8247-42L 8246-42L
System package 2U, 19″ rack 2U, 19 inch rack 4U, 19 inch rack or tower 2U, 19 inch rack 4U, 19 inch rack 4U, 19 inch rack 4U, 19 inch rack
# of processor sockets 1 2 1 1 or 2 1 or 2 2 1 or 2
POWER8 Processor Options 3.42 GHz - 10 cores (ELPD) 4.15 GHz - 16 cores (ELPF) 3.02 GHz - 4 cores (EPXK) 4.15GHz - 8,16 cores (EPXL) 3.89 GHz - 6,12 cores (EPXE) 3.42 GHz - 20 cores (ELP2) 4.15 GHz - 8, 16 cores (ELPH)
3.02 GHz - 12 cores (ELP3) 3.42 GHz - 20 cores (ELPD) 3.02 GHz - 6 cores (EPX0) 3.89 GHz - 6, 12 cores (EPX1) 4.15 GHz - 8, 16 cores (EPXF) 3.02 GHz -24 cores (ELP5) 3.52 GHz - 24 cores (ELPJ)
3.02 GHz -24 cores (ELP4) 3.72 GHz - 8 cores (EPX6) 3.42 GHz - 10,20 cores (EPXD) 3.52 GHz - 24 cores (EPXZ)
3.02GHz - 4 cores (EPXN)
Max memory (1600 MHz DIMMs) 512GB 1024GB 4-core: 64 GB 1-socket 512 GB 1-socket 1 TB 2 TB 1-socket 1 TB
6/8-core: 1 TB 2-sockets 1024 GB 2-sockets 2 TB 2-sockets 2 TB
Memory Features 16 GB 1600 MHz (EL3P) 16 GB 1600 MHz (EL3P) 16 GB 1600 MHz (EM8B) 16 GB 1600 MHz (EL3P) 16 GB 1600 MHz (EM8B) 16 GB 1600 MHz (EM8B) 16 GB 1600 MHz (EM8B)
32 GB 1600 MHz (EL3Q) 32 GB 1600 MHz (EL3Q) 32 GB 1600 MHz (EM8Z) 32 GB 1600 MHz (EL3Q) 32 GB 1600 MHz (EM8Z) 32 GB 1600 MHz (EM8Z) 32 GB 1600 MHz (EM8Z)
64 GB 1600 MHz (EL3RD) 64 GB 1600 MHz (EL3RD) 64 GB 1600 MHz (EM8D) 64 GB 1600 MHz (EL3RD) 64 GB 1600 MHz (EM8D) 64 GB 1600 MHz (EM8D) 64 GB 1600 MHz (EM8D)
128 GB 1600 MHz (EM8E) 128 GB 1600 MHz (EM8E) 128 GB 1600 MHz (EM8E) 128 GB 1600 MHz (EM8E)
PCIe Gen3 slots 6 9 7 6 (1- socket) 11 (2-socket) 7 (1-socket)
9 (2- socket) 11 (2-socket)
Max PCIe slots: System node plus Gen3 PCIe I/O drawers 10 17 4-core : 6 1-socket 10 1-socket 17 N/A 1-socket 17
6/8 core 17 2-socket 17 2-socket 31 2-socket 31
System drive bays - standard backplane 12 SFF-3 12 SFF-3 4-core: 10 12 SFF-3 12 SFF-3 12 SFF-3 12 SFF-3
6/8-core: 12 SFF-3
System drive bays - split backplane 6+6 SFF-3 6+6 SFF-3 4-core: 5+5 SFF-3 6+6 SFF-3 6+6 SFF-3 N/A 6+6 SFF-3
6/8-core: 6+6 SFF-3
System drive bays with expanded function backplane 8 SFF-3 8 SFF-3 plus 4-core: 10 SFF-3 8 SFF-3 plus 18 SFF-3 plus N/A 18 SFF-3 plus
6 1.8-inch SSD bays 6/8-core: 18 SFF-3 6 1.8-inch SSD bays 8 1.8-inch SSD bays 8 1.8-inch SSD bays
Max EXP24S storage drawers 28 28 4-core: n/a 28 28 N/A 28
6/8-core: 28
Max total EXP24S disk/SSD 672 672 4-core: n/a 672 672 N/A 672
6/8-core: 672
Max total system unit + EXP24S with 1.8TB drives 1,231 TB 1,231 TB 4 core: 3.0 TB 4 1,231 TB 1,245 TB 14.4 TB 1,245 TB
6/8 core: 1,245 TB
AIX rPerf Range N/A N/A 66.9 - 143.9 66.9 - 346.7 120.8 - 421.9 N/A N/A
IBM i CPW Range N/A N/A 39,500 - 85,500 23,000-27,000 per 2-core partition 72,000 - 230,500 N/A N/A
Capacity on Demand N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Max partitions 240 480 160 400 480 N/A 480
IBM i level N/A N/A 7.1, 7.2 7.1, 7.2 7.1, 7.2 N/A N/A
AIX level N/A N/A 6.1, 7.1, 7.2 6.1, 7.1, 7.2 6.1, 7.1, 7.2 N/A N/A
Linux support BE: RHEL 6.6,7.1,7.2 SLES 11 BE: RHEL 6.6,7.1,7.2 SLES 11 BE: RHEL 6.6,7.1 SLES 11 BE: RHEL 6.6,7.1 SLES 11 BE: RHEL 6.6,7.1 SLES 11 Ubuntu 14.04 BE: RHEL 6.6,7.1 SLES 11
LE: Ubuntu 14.04, SLES 12 RHEL 7.2 LE: Ubuntu 14.04, SLES 12 RHEL 7.2 LE: Ubuntu 14.04, SLES 12, RHEL 7.1 LE: Ubuntu 14.04, SLES 12, RHEL 7.1 LE: Ubuntu 14.04, SLES 12, RHEL 7.1 LE: Ubuntu 14.04, SLES 12, RHEL 7.1
PowerKVM Optional Optional N/A N/A N/A N/A Optional
PowerVM Optional Optional Std Std Std N/A Std
Systems Director Editions (with VMControl) Optional Optional Optional Optional Optional N/A Optional



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