Key Features

Delivers advanced Reliability, Availability and Serviceability (RAS) capabilities optimized for IBM Power Systems to increase reliability and reduce costs for mission-critical applications

Shared resource pools with the ability to control resource allocation of CPU, memory and I/O increases system reliability

Memory error recovery and memory sharing with support for memory error recovery. Memory sharing across workloads reduces costs by maximizing utilization of hardware resources.

Power System RAS exploitation of features like inventory collection (VPD), platform error reporting and handling, and responding to Emergency Power Off Warning (EPOW) events. The basic POWER platform-related tools and packages like ppc64-diag, servicelog and lsvpd are included to provide faster resolution, enhance system reliability and reduce service costs.

Security standards compliance using the highest level of security for a commercial OS with Common Criteria EAL4+ certification, FIPS 140-2 certification from NIST & CSEC for cryptographic standards, hardware based security with secure cryptoprocessor standard TPM (Trusted Platform Module) 2.0 and implementing federated identity solutions with Shibboleth.

Full System Rollback enables snapshots of the system with a btrfs filesystem, including the kernel files, and roll back. Because the bootloader is now integrated into the rollback process, system administrators can boot from a snapshot, enhancing fault recovery and change tracking and comparison, and improving data safety.

Meets demands for improved application performance and instant access to data

Simultaneous Multi-threading (SMT8) eight threads per core support for instant access to data across the full range of POWER8 and POWER9 (ppc64le) systems and OpenPOWER Abstraction Layer (OPAL) systems.

Fast memory initialization following planned and unplanned downtime reduces large-memory server reboot times up to 57% depending on the configuration.

OpenFabrics Enterprise Distribution (OFED) provides wire-speed messaging to fast I/O storage systems, reducing latency to improve application and platform performance.

Support for up to a 4 PB virtual address space is available with IBM PowerVM, enabling an infrastructure for future application growth in SAP HANA environments.

Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) is supported for faster remote storage device communication.

SR-IOV IBM vNIC shared adapter support is available with IBM PowerVM reducing the CPU load, increasing system I/O performance and providing the ability to enforce quality of service.

Accelerate innovation and improve deployment times for faster time to market

IBM Power Systems "Little Endian" (ppc64le) is supported for POWER8 and POWER9 processor-based systems with the IBM PowerVM hypervisor. KVM support for Power Systems S822LC servers is available as a technical preview.

Container support based on open source docker enables DevOps environments to easily and securely collaborate for creating applications in containers, and quickly deploying them on premise or in the cloud.

Comprehensive installation, configuration, deployment and administration tools powered by Zypper optimize lifecycle management and save time.

Current GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) enables improved application performance, tuning and diagnostics supporting tracing tools, tuning and support for IBM POWER8 and POWER9 processor-based systems.

Open vSwitch is a virtual switch for hypervisors and provides network connectivity for virtual machines. This optimizes networking in a virtual environment as a building block for software-defined networking.

System Roles enables system administrators to configure Power Systems server filesystems faster with templates that are specific to the primary function of that server. These predefined installation pattern templates could be for a variety of configurations including database servers, virtualization host/guest configurations, or for installation options.

SUSE Package Hub provides access to download or contribute open source community-supported and SUSE-validated packages for IBM Power servers using Open Build Service (OBS).