The z13 system can support up to 10 TB of memory and as many as 8,000 virtual servers.
“We spent over $1 billion on the platform and have over 500 patents that have been filed around the z13 platform,” John Birtles, Director System z Business Development and Technical Enablement at IBM, explained to ServerWatch. “There is a lot of innovation going into this platform.”
From a silicon perspective, the z13 has 22 nanometer technology, which is an improvement from the 32 nm technology used in the previous ec12 mainframe system. The new silicon provides improved bandwidth and increases the number of instructions that can be delivered and completed in a computing cycle.