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IBM High IOPS SSD PCIe Adapters
IBM System x at-a-glance guide
The IBM High IOPS SSD PCIe Adapters provide a new generation of ultra-high-performance storage
based on solid state device technology for System x and BladeCenter. These adapters are alternatives to
disk drives and are available in several sizes, from 160 GB to 1.2 TB. Designed for high-performance
servers and computing appliances, these adapters deliver throughput of up to 300,000 I/O operations per
second (IOPS), while providing the added benefits of lower power, cooling, and management overhead,
and a smaller storage footprint.
The IBM 320GB High IOPS SSD PCIe Adapter is shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1. The IBM 320GB High IOPS SS and MS Class SSD PCIe Adapter
Did You Know?
These adapters use flash memory as the storage medium, contain no moving parts, and do not have the
issues associated with vibration, noise, and mechanical failure. The adapters are built as block devices on
a PCIe bus with advanced wear-leveling, advanced ECC, and N+1 chip-level redundancy, providing
unparalleled reliability and efficiency.
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Part number information
Table 1 lists the ordering part numbers and feature codes.
Table 1. Ordering part numbers and feature codes
Description
Part number
Feature code
IBM 160GB High IOPS SS Class SSD PCIe Adapter
46M0877
0096
IBM 320GB High IOPS MS Class SSD PCIe Adapter
46M0898
1649
IBM 320GB High IOPS SD Class SSD PCIe Adapter
46M0878
0097
320GB High IOPS SLC Adapter for IBM System x
81Y4535
A1NE
640GB High IOPS MLC Adapter for IBM System x
81Y4531
A1NC
640GB High IOPS MLC Duo Adapter for IBM System x
81Y4519
5985
640GB High IOPS SLC Duo Adapter for IBM System x
81Y4539
A1ND
1.28TB High IOPS MLC Duo Adapter for IBM System x
81Y4527
A1NB
The part numbers for the adapters include the following items:
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One PCIe adapter with 3U bracket
2U bracket (except for the Duo adapters, 81Y4519, 81Y4539, and 81Y4527)
Quick install guide
Documentation on a USB key
Safety flyer
Figure 2 shows the 640GB High IOPS SLC Duo Adapter for IBM System x
Figure 2. 640GB High IOPS SLC Duo Adapter for IBM System x
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Features
Based on standard PCIe architecture coupled with silicon-based NAND clustering storage technology, the
High IOPS Adapters are optimized for System x racks and can be deployed in blades via the PCIe
expansion units. These scalable designs come with both Single Level Cell (SLC) and MultiLevel Cell
(MLC) technologies in standard PCIe form factors. While MLC offers a cost-effective alternative, SLC
provides over 12X more endurance and up to 30% better performance over MLC.
These adapters use NAND flash memory as the basic building block of solid-state storage and contain no
moving parts, thus they are less sensitive to issues associated with vibration, noise, and mechanical
failure. These adapters are built as block devices on a PCIe bus with advanced wear-leveling, ECC, and
N+1 chip-level redundancy providing unparalleled reliability and efficiency.
Typical uses are applications with ultra-high performance I/O needs:
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Data-in-memory applications
Medium to large databases
Cache
Video
Data warehousing
Business intelligence and analytics
Decision support
The IBM High IOPS SSD PCIe Adapters have the following features:
Performance features :
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High performance - 230 times better IOPS. That means, for example, 97,014 IOPS at 4K block
random reads versus 420 IOPS for a 15K RPM 146GB disk drive.
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Low latency of 50 μs - 1% of the latency of a 15K RPM 146GB disk drive.
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600 MB/s random writes sustained.
Reliability features:
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Predictable lifetime.
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Up to 25 years of data retention.
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N+1 redundancy built-in to ensure data protection
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Available in SLC or MLC
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11-bit ECC protection.
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Advance bad-block management algorithms enable taking blocks out of service when their failure rate
becomes unacceptable.
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IBM High IOPS Launch Manager management suite.
Energy efficiency features :
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Low power consumption for performance: 9W delivering 100,000 IOPS versus 5.5W for 420 IOPS
from a 15K RPM 146GB disk drive.
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Only 57 kWh/yr at 100,000 IOPS sustained.
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Specifications
The IBM High IOPS SSD PCIe Adapters have the following specifications:
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Storage capacity from 160 GB to 1.28 TB
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Functions as a PCIe storage and controller device -- operating system sees a block device
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PCI Express host interface as listed in Table 2
Note: These adapters cannot be used as bootable devices.
Table 2. PCI Express host interface specification
Description
Part number
PCIe interface
IBM 160GB High IOPS SS Class SSD PCIe Adapter
46M0877
PCIe 1.0a (Gen1) x4
IBM 320GB High IOPS MS Class SSD PCIe Adapter
46M0898
PCIe 1.0a (Gen1) x4
IBM 320GB High IOPS SD Class SSD PCIe Adapter
46M0878
PCIe 2.0 (Gen2) x8
320GB High IOPS SLC Adapter for IBM System x
81Y4535
PCIe 1.0a (Gen1) x4
640GB High IOPS MLC Adapter for IBM System x
81Y4531
PCIe 1.1 (Gen1) x4
640GB High IOPS MLC Duo Adapter for IBM System x
81Y4519
PCIe 2.0 (Gen2) x8
640GB High IOPS SLC Duo Adapter for IBM System x
81Y4539
PCIe 2.0 (Gen2) x8
1.28TB High IOPS MLC Duo Adapter for IBM System x
81Y4527
PCIe 2.0 (Gen2) x8
Comparison
Table 3 shows a comparison between the High IOPS SSD PCIe Adapters and solid-state drives.
Table 3. Comparison
High IOPS SSD PCIe Adapters
Solid-state drive
Model
160
SLC
320
MLC
320
SLC
320
SLC
Duo
640
MLC
640
MLC
Duo
640
SLC
Duo
1.28
MLC
eXFlash
1.8” 50GB
MLC
(8 drives)
eXFlash
1.8” 200GB
MLC
(8 drives)
Part number
46M0877
46M0898
81Y4535
46M0878
81Y4531
81Y4519
81Y4539
81Y4527
43W7726
43W7746
Capacity
160 GB
320 GB
320 GB
320 GB
640 GB
640 GB
640 GB
1.28 TB
400 GB
1.6 TB
Max IOPS
4KB Read
129K
128K
189K
301K
129K
301K
358K
316K
Non-RAID: 203K
RAID 5: 121K
Max IOPS
4KB Write
130K
108K
154K
110K
136K
109K
374K
277K
Non-RAID: 140K
RAID 5: 22K
Max transfer
Read
754
MBps
735
MBps
787
MBps
1524
MBps
763
MBps
1703
MBps
1538
MBps
1511
MBps
Non-RAID: 2052 MBps
RAID 5: 1668 MBps
Max transfer
Write
635
MBps
476
MBps
769
MBps
1129
MBps
543
MBps
961
MBps
1047
MBps
818
MBps
Non-RAID: 1864 MBps
RAID 5: 1141 MBps
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Physical specifications
Table 4 lists the dimensions and weight of each card.
Table 4. Physical specifications
Adapter
Dimensions
IBM 160GB High IOPS SS Class SSD PCIe Adapter
IBM 320GB High IOPS MS Class SSD PCIe Adapter
320GB High IOPS SLC Adapter for IBM System x
640GB High IOPS MLC Adapter for IBM System x
Height: 1.6 cm (0.625 in)
Width: 7.0 cm (2.75 in)
Depth: 16.8 cm (6.625 in)
Weight: 138 g (0.3 lb)
IBM 320GB High IOPS SD Class SSD PCIe Adapter
640GB High IOPS MLC Duo Adapter for IBM System x
640GB High IOPS SLC Duo Adapter for IBM System x
1.28TB High IOPS MLC Duo Adapter for IBM System x
Height: 1.6 cm (0.625 in)
Width: 11.0 cm (2.75 in)
Depth: 17.0 cm (6.625 in)
Weight: 279 g (0.61 lb)
Operating environment
The adapters are supported in this environment:
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Temperature:
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10° to 35°C (50° to 95°F) at 0 to 914 m (0 to 3,000 ft)
10° to 32°C (50° to 32°F) at 914 to 2,133 m (3,000 to 7,000 ft)
Relative humidity:
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20% to 80% (non-condensing)
Warranty
The IBM High IOPS SSD PCIe Adapters have a three-year limited warranty.
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Supported servers
The IBM High IOPS SSD PCIe Adapters are supported in the IBM System x servers listed in Table 5.
Table 5. Supported System x servers (Part 1)
Adapter
IBM 160GB High IOPS SS Class SSD
46M0877
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
Y
N
IBM 320GB High IOPS MS Class SSD
46M0898
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
Y
N
IBM 320GB High IOPS SD Class SSD
46M0878
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
Y
N
320GB High IOPS SLC Adapter
81Y4535
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
Y
Y
Y
640GB High IOPS MLC Adapter
81Y4531
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
Y
Y
Y
640GB High IOPS MLC Duo Adapter
81Y4519
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
Y
Y
Y
640GB High IOPS SLC Duo Adapter
81Y4539
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
Y
Y
Y
1.28TB High IOPS MLC Duo Adapter
81Y4527
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
Y
Y
Y
Table 5. Supported System x servers (Part 2)
Adapter
IBM 160GB High IOPS SS Class SSD
46M0877
N
N
Y
Y
N
Y
N
N
Y
Y
Y
Y*
N
IBM 320GB High IOPS MS Class SSD
46M0898
N
N
Y
Y
N
Y
N
N
Y
Y
Y
Y*
N
IBM 320GB High IOPS SD Class SSD
46M0878
N
N
Y
Y
N
Y
N
N
Y
Y
Y
N
Y†
320GB High IOPS SLC Adapter
81Y4535
Y
N
Y
Y
N
Y
N
N
N
N
Y
N
N
640GB High IOPS MLC Adapter
81Y4531
Y
N
Y
Y
N
Y
N
N
N
N
Y
N
N
640GB High IOPS MLC Duo Adapter
81Y4519
Y
N
Y
Y
N
Y
N
N
Y
Y
Y
Y*
N
640GB High IOPS SLC Duo Adapter
81Y4539
Y
N
Y
Y
N
Y
N
N
N
N
Y
N
N
1.28TB High IOPS MLC Duo Adapter
81Y4527
Y
N
Y
Y
N
Y
N
N
N
N
Y
N
N
* The HS22 supports these adapters with the addition of the IBM BladeCenter PCI Express I/O Expansion
Unit (PEU3e), part number 43W4391
† The HX5 supports these adapters with the addition of the IBM BladeCenter PCI Express Gen 2
Expansion Blade (BPE4), part number 46M6730
See IBM ServerProven for the latest information on the adapters supported by each System x server type:
http://ibm.com/servers/eserver/serverproven/compat/us/.
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Supported operating systems
The IBM High IOPS SSD PCIe Adapters support the following operating systems:
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Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2003 R2, Datacenter x64 Edition
Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2003 R2, Enterprise x64 Edition
Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2003 R2, Standard x64 Edition
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Datacenter x64 Edition
Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Enterprise x64 Edition
Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Standard x64 Edition
Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Web x64 Edition
Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2008 Premium Edition
Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2008 Standard Edition
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server with Xen x64 Edition
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server x64 Edition
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server x64 Edition
SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 10 for AMD64/EM64T
SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 10 with Xen for AMD64/EM64T
SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 11 for AMD64/EM64T
SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 11 with Xen for AMD64/EM64T
Related publications
For more information refer to these documents:
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IBM High IOPS SSD PCIe Adapters documentation
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IBM High IOPS SSD Management Application
Release Notes
User Guide for Linux
User Guide for Windows
http://ibm.com/support/entry/portal/docdisplay?lndocid=MIGR-5083907
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IBM High IOPS SSD PCIe Adapters product page
http://www.ibm.com/systems/storage/disk/ssd/ssd_adapters.html
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IBM US Announcement Letters
http://ibm.com/common/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?infotype=dd&subtype=ca&&htmlfid=897/ENUS109-396
http://ibm.com/common/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?infotype=dd&subtype=ca&&htmlfid=897/ENUS111-051
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IBM System x Configuration and Options Guide
http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=psg1SCOD-3ZVQ5W
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