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Power Navigator uses data collected rom the users’ systemsby the NMON Collection Manager (which is included along with Power Navigator) to produce conservative models o that same workload perorming on a specifed IBM POWER®processor-based server confguration.Power Navigator is a math-modeling algorithm that alsoincorporates published perormance fgures that are suppliedby IBM and other server vendors
, as well as the relevant IDCQPI perormance fgures that have been normalized or thepurpose o comparing these platorms. Power Navigatormakes it possible to collect and access historical perormanceand capacity data that is stored on the system to perormcomparisons or any time period that is relevant (days,months, or even years).
What Power Navigator means for IBMPowerLinux
Perhaps more than any other widely-used OS, Linux can bechallenging or those who need to predict its postmigration,upgrade or consolidation perormance. Linux is so easily customizable and, thereore, there are so many versions o it in the IT community. For example, there are more than 60 versions o Linux alone. That is why the QPI and otherperormance indicators that are part o the Power Navigatormath-modeling algorithm are particularly important whenconsolidating x86 Linux applications on PowerLinux.
4 For example, these performance figures include:
Commercial processing workload (CPW), a relative measure of perfor-mance of systems running the IBM i operating system
SPEC CPU2000, a compute-intensive performance measurement that isportable across platforms
rPerf, the metric of relative performance for IBM Power servers
Making the decision to run your Red Hat or Novell SUSELinux applications on PowerLinux servers brings exceptional value to your Linux IT investments. The IBM Power Systemsamily o IBM POWER7® processor-based systems isdesigned to provide outstanding perormance, availability,scalability and dynamic-resource allocation. Unique IBM virtualization eatures allow you to process more inormationon a single server, creating the potential to save on total cost o system ownership, as well as space and energy costs.Equally important, both Red Hat and Novell SUSE Linux runnatively on Power Systems. IBM has worked to enable itsentire server and storage product line to interoperate withLinux. This includes ensuring that Linux uses the uniqueadvantages and enhanced unctions provided by IBM Systems.IBM pioneered the use o Linux or mission-critical workloadson Power Systems servers, while also ensuring that key business application workloads and the IBM sotware amily run with the stability and efciency demanded o IBMSystems.
“Power Navigator not only recommends thenumber of cores needed to support theworkload but recommends the IBM PowerVM® conguration for each partition.”