IBM has recently announced its new POWER7 microprocessor architecture along with the 4 new SYSTEM p servers (IBM Power 780 / 770 / 775 / 750) that utilize it.
The development teams for both DB2 and POWER7 worked closely together and DB2 takes full advantage of POWER7’s:
- Simultaneous Multithreading
- 8 cores with 4 threads each, per chip
- Improvements in memory management
The duo also delivers better energy efficiency and lower overall costs.
Users of the free DB2 Express-C can benefit from the POWER7 architecture as well since Express-C can run on a Linux LPAR on a System p or System i server.