ECR Lab Equipment Specifications

The Enterprise Computing Research (ECR) Lab has recently installed an IBM zEnterprise system which significantly boosts computing power for research projects being run at Marist. The zEnterprise system consists of an IBM z114 mainframe and an IBM BladeCenter extension (zBX). The IBM z114 is the latest generation of the IBM mainframe and provides a new hybrid computing architecture to more efficiently support workloads which span platforms.  With the addition of the zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension (zBX), the new z114 is being called a “system of systems” by IBM.

This new hybrid architecture will allow research projects to leverage multiple CPU architectures while managing overall performance as a single workload.  To enable the most efficient use of all platforms, IBM has introduced the zEnterprise Unified Resource Manager (zManager) as firmware. The zManager provides a single interface and API for controlling virtual resources across all of the supported platforms. The zManager is able to manage multiple virtual machines across multiple architectures as a single workload. View detailed specifications for the ECR z114 here.

In 2013 Marist was awarded a grant from New York State that funded the purchase of an IBM® PureFlex™ System and an IBM PureData™ System for the lab.

  • The IBM® PureFlex™ System integrates advanced hardware and systems management software into an optimized configuration that is simple to deploy.   The PureFlex™ is a complete, flexible cloud infrastructure system that optimizes all compute, storage and networking resources to deliver infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) out of the box.
  • The IBM PureData™ System optimizes performance of data services for analytic applications, enabling very complex algorithms to run in minutes. The PureData™ provides high-performance data warehousing and is designed for advanced analytics applications, including business analytics, predictive analytics and business continuity planning.