IBM Debuts Mainframe to Battle Data Leaks

Tuesday Jul 26th 2005 by Staff

The z9 scales to 54 processors as a secure box for exchanging information. By Clint Boulton


NEW YORK -- IBM introduced a new mainframe with double the power, memory and capacity of its z990 ancestor. The company also trotted out the second iteration of its Virtualization Engine and proposed the creation of the group.

Equipped with as many as 54 processors in one box, the z9 mainframe processes as much as one billion transactions in a day, which is a major milestone in any computing quarter.

At the core of the large computer lies the multichip module (MCM) semiconductor, which contains 16 chips. While it is roughly the same size as the z990 MCM, the improved package doubles the system capacity, said IBM officials at an event in New York.

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