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RE: Power8 PCI slots



Do we know the specs on the Power8 base Raid controller?
Is it limited as in the past (P5, P6, P7) or have they given it some sizable cache?


-----Original Message-----
From: MIDRANGE-L [mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of DrFranken
Sent: Monday, April 28, 2014 3:43 PM
To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion
Subject: Re: Power8 PCI slots

You would need a machine with two processor modules installed to use all the slots. With just one module you get a little over half the slots.

- Larry "DrFranken" Bolhuis


On 4/28/2014 3:10 PM, Steinmetz, Paul wrote:

This may a bit early and maybe pre-mature.
Now that the Power8 PCI slots are again "hot swappable" (Power 5 was, Power 6 and Power7 not).
Current Power7 is configured with 2 loops, (4 5913) each 5913 pair is split in one of two 5877, in case of drawer and/or loop failure.

If I were to upgrade to a Power8, at some point, I theoretically could eliminate my two 5877, put all 11 slots in Power8 CEC.
Not only would this eliminate all expansion drawers, but also both GX++ loops.
Hardware maintenance would also be reduced.

One negative would be that I'd be maxed, no room for expansion, currently I have 9 empty slots.

Any other negatives or thoughts from the group.

Thank You
Paul Steinmetz
IBM i Systems Administrator

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Palmerton Pa 18071

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