Active Memory Expansion now available on VLP.
Find out how to use AME from the VLP user guide - http://cot.ag/byaXp6
Active Memory Expansion is an innovative POWER7 technology that allows the effective maximum memory capacity to be up to 100% larger than the true physical memory maximum for AIX 6.1 partitions.
Active Memory Expansion relies on compression of in-memory data to increase the amount of data that can be placed into memory and thus expand the effective memory capacity of a POWER7 system. The in-memory data compression is managed by the system, and this compression is transparent to applications and users.
Active Memory Expansion is configurable on a per-logical partition (LPAR) basis. Thus, Active Memory Expansion can be selectively enabled for one or more LPAR's on a system.
When Active Memory Expansion is enabled for a LPAR, the operating system will compress a portion of the LPAR's memory and leave the remaining portion of memory uncompressed. This results in memory effectively being broken up into two pools - a compressed pool and an uncompressed pool. The operating system will dynamically vary the amount of memory that is compressed based on the workload and the configuration of the LPAR.
Because Active Memory Expansion relies on memory compression, some additional CPU utilization will be consumed when Active Memory Expansion is in-use. The amount of additional CPU utilization needed for Active Memory Expansion will vary based on the workload and the level of memory expansion being used.
More info on DeveloperWorks wiki:
AIX 6 Open Beta is Live on VLP. Please let us know your thoughts about the AIX Open Beta and how it works for you on the VLP.
Try it out today...
AIX 6 WPAR Support in VLP
VLP users are now be able to reserve partitions that run AIX 6.1. These partitions will have two Workload Partitions (WPARs) installed by default. A WPAR is an instance of AIX that runs within a global AIX instance. WPARs are an AIX 6 feature and are supported on the POWER5, POWER6, and I5 platforms. Each WPAR will have an IP address assigned to it on the 172.X.X.X network. The user can either use the clogin command to log in to the WPAR from the hosting AIX partition, or they can log in via ssh directly to their WPAR from the SSH gateway machine.
The user will be able to perform simple management tasks from the EUI including:
- Stop WPAR
- Start WPAR
- Reset WPAR root password
- Restart WPAR
The Virtual Loaner Program now offers the GA level of AIX 7.1
on POWER7, POWER6 and POWER5 systems. Try out the latest release of AIX at www.ibm.com/systems/vlp
AIX 7.2 Beta is available on the Power Development Platform.
As always with AIX, Binary Compatibility continues with the AIX 7.2 release, so if your applications run on AIX 6.1 or 7.1, they'll also run on AIX 7.2. For more on Binary Compatibility, go here.
You can access the Beta in one of several ways:
Note: To participate through the ESP, you will need an activation key. To obtain a key, fill out the form.
At a glance, the AIX 7.2 release includes the following new function:
• AIX Live Update for Interim Fixes.
• Cluster Aware AIX (CAA) automation with repository replacement mechanism.
• SRIOV-backed Virtual Network Interface Card (VNIC).
• RDSv3 over RoCE adds support of the Oracle RDSv3 protocol over the
Mellanox Connect RoCE adapters.
• CAPI (Coherently Accelerator Processor Interface) infrastructure and support
for CAPI attached flash storage.
• Flash caching. Workloads can take advantage of a read-only cache.
The AIX Porting and AIX Currency images in VLP now have with the latest WebSphere, DB2, and Java already installed.
The How To section of VLP has a link about the porting and currency image.
Important -- During the AIX 6 Open Beta trial, the System Workload Partitions (WPARs) are not automatically enabled. The automatic WPAR creation feature will be only available later this year when AIX 6 will be released officially.
AIX 6 open beta -- IBM is offering access to a prerelease version of AIX 6 during the no-charge open beta. AIX 6 provides support for the advanced features of the new IBM POWER6 systems and will include significant new capabilities for virtualization, security, continuous availability features and manageability. AIX 6 is fully binary compatible with AIX 5L. For more information on AIX 6 and the open beta program see: AIX6 Open Beta - Early Programs
Now IBM Business Partners can try the AIX 6 open beta preinstalled and ready to use in VLP. With this beta offering, you will receive easy, no-cost access to an AIX 6 image to develop, test or demonstrate your solutions.
IBM Systems magazine has an article about System i on the Virtual Loaner Program.
Test Drive IBM i For Free
Virtual Loaner Program gives you the keys to the newest OS
Over the years, I've had the opportunity to work with a number of bussiness partners who needed to access VLP. One subject that frequently came up was bandwidth. People wanted to know how fast their networks needed to be in order to use VLP. Of course, faster is always better when it comes to network speeds. Here are the minimum speeds for VLP:
- 700 kbps download
- 250 kbps upload
You can test your network speeds here: http://www.speedtest.net (Although I personally find this site very useful, all the ususal disclaimers apply, this site is not endorsed by IBM, etc.) We're going to put something on the 'About VLP' section of the VLP website, too.
IBM Watson passed its first test on Jeopardy! in February 2011, but the real test will be in applying the underlying systems, data management and analytics technology in business and across different industries. http://bit.ly/hWjaWw
Moderated by Stephen Baker, author of Final Jeopardy: Man vs Machine and the Quest to Know Everything, and featuring a panel of IBM business and research executives, this webcast will delve into the present and future business implications of the DeepQA technology behind Watson. http://bit.ly/hWjaWw
- Overview of IBM Watson, Jeopardy! The IBM Challenge, and DeepQA technology
- Business implications of Watson in the areas of
Industry transformation, including healthcare
- Data management and analytics
- Workload optimized systems
On April 7, IBM announced
how we will further our enterprise cloud computing leadership with the announcement of new capabilities and proof points based on these thousands of engagements around the world. The announcement includes the new IBM BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud - http://ibm.co/fOPNIX
The world is changing. A new reality is emerging for organizations of every size from every part of the planet. It’s called the cloud—a profound evolution of IT with revolutionary implications for business and society, creating new possibilities and enabling more efficient, flexible and collaborative computing models.
IBM is helping clients excel in cloud computing, providing secure and reliable Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (Paas) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solutions http://ibm.co/fOPNIX
AIX 6 open beta -- IBM is offering access to a pre-release version of AIX 6 during the no-charge open beta. AIX 6 provides support for the advanced features of the new IBM POWER6 systems and will include significant new capabilities for virtualization, security, continuous availability features and manageability. AIX 6 is fully binary compatible with AIX 5L, and its new workload partition (WPAR) feature allows isolation of system workloads and regulation of system resources within a single AIX image. WPARs are virtualized operating system environments within a single instance of the operating system. WPARs complement other virtualization tools such as LPAR.
For more information on AIX 6 and the open beta program
Soon IBM Business Partners can try the AIX 6 open beta pre-installed and ready to use in VLP. With this beta offering, you will receive easy, no-cost access to an AIX 6 image with the standard AIX global environment plus two ready-to-use system WPARs to develop, test or demonstrate your solutions. Using VLP, you will be able to test the installation, deployment and operation of your application in one or more AIX system WPAR. Look for this capability planned for availability in VLP in September 2007.
The IT landscape is evolving rapidly. Today, IT projects are a key part of business performance. IBM POWER7 can help IT deliver services faster, with higher quality and with superior economics. Learn why
"Power is performance redefined."
An historic shift is underway of clients migrating from Sun and HP UNIX® systems to IBM Power Systems™. Over the last four and a half years alone, more than 2,600 businesses have migrated their competitive UNIX systems to Power. With the introduction of POWER7®, that pace has accelerated with over 500 clients migrating in just the 1st half of 2010. In addition, more clients are realizing the benefits of consolidating workloads that have been running on x86 servers onto Power Systems. http://ibm.co/hNgIUN
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Docker images for ppc64le are making their way onto Docker Hub!! https://hub.docker.com/u/ppc64le/
The repository contains base images that are commonly used to create a number of popular images.
As an example, the official docker repository for Java is built from the buildpack-deps image.
We can use the image ppc64le/buildpacks-dep to create a Java image using the same Dockerfile (with slight modification) that is used for x86_64
Check out our previous blog post on requesting a Virtual Server instance with Docker pre-installed to test out the steps below...
From your pp64le system running docker....
$ sudo apt-get install -y git
$ git clone https://github.com/docker-library/java.git
$ cd java/openjdk-7-jre
Now edit the Dockerfile, substituting 'FROM buildpack-deps:jessie-curl' with 'FROM ppc64le/buildpack-deps:jessie-curl' and initiate the build
$ sudo docker build -t java-ppc64le:openjdk-7-jre .
Once the build is complete we can see the new image in our local repository
$ sudo docker images
REPOSITORY TAG IMAGE ID CREATED VIRTUAL SIZE
java-ppc64le openjdk-7-jre 903e33235587 3 minutes ago 312.6 MB
websphere-liberty-ppc64le webProfile6 02da0fdd861c 2 hours ago 497.9 MB
websphere-liberty-ppc64le common a2765487ee91 3 hours ago 474 MB
websphere-liberty-ppc64le kernel 0327cf8f2cfb 3 hours ago 437.9 MB
websphere-liberty-ppc64le 188.8.131.52-kernel 0327cf8f2cfb 3 hours ago 437.9 MB
ppc64le/buildpack-deps jessie-curl 55368c1042bb 27 hours ago 173.2 MB
ppc64le/ubuntu trusty 165249976a05 29 hours ago 209.1 MB
Running the image we can see that java 1.7.0_85 was installed
$ sudo docker run -it java-ppc64le:openjdk-7-jre /bin/bash
root@f69dff8037e1:/# java -version
java version "1.7.0_85"
OpenJDK Runtime Environment (IcedTea 2.6.1) (7u85-2.6.1-6+deb8u1)
OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM (build 24.85-b03, mixed mode)
Happy New Year from the Virtual Loaner Program. 2008 should be an exciting year with new and improved features and functionality. What would you like to see enhanced for the VLP in 2008?[Read More
Membership in the IBM Academic Initiative is the best way to ensure that you have the latest technology and tools to use in your curricula and research, while supporting the culture of open standards throughout the industry.
Who can join? Faculty members and researcher professionals at accredited institutions of learning, all over the globe. Membership is granted on an individual faculty basis. There is no limit on the number of faculty members from an institution that can join.
What does it cost? Your only "cost" to join is the time it takes you fill out the registration forms and get approved. After that, the majority of our offerings are available to you at no-charge. This includes the ability to download all the available IBM technology and courseware, remote access to certain hardware systems, participation in technical webcasts, electronic delivery of our newsletter, and much more.
Why bother to join? Members get access to a wider range of assets, are eligible for additional discounts and assistance, and build collaborative partnerships with IBM and other institutions in the open source community. With the possibility of leadership in your field, prestige for your school, and highly employable students....what's not to like?
IBM AIX 5.2 Workload Partitions for AIX 7
Workload partitions (WPARs)
are virtualized operating
system environments within a single instance of the AIX® operating
system. WPARs secure
and isolate the environment for the processes and signals that are
used by enterprise applications.
Applications running in an AIX 5.2 WPAR use AIX 5.2 commands and
If you have applications that have not been certified on newer versions
of AIX, the AIX 5.2
commands and libraries
provides a way to run them in an AIX 5.2
environment on top
of AIX 7.1. Such
a setup allows running those applications on currently available
that might not support the use of AIX 5.2 as the
system. The AIX 5.2 WPARs
are also referred
to as versioned WPARs. A versioned WPAR is always a system WPAR,
and is not shared.
Versioned WPARs own writable /opt and /usr file
Quick how to:
To Create a versioned WPAR on the VLP, make an AIX 7 Open Beta Reservation on Power 7.
After the reservation is active, from the My Reservations page, select that reservation.
Under the Reservation(s) Information section, under the Select a reservation action drop down, choose "Add Versioned WPAR".
A new Versioned WPAR will be created on your AIX 7 system. Once completed, go back to the Reservation info page to see the IP address and the root password for the Versioned WPAR.
You can now ssh to the Versioned WPAR from yor VLP lpar or from the SSH Gateway using your normal VLP user ID and password.
ssh <user id>@<wpar IP address>
You can then "su -" to root for full access to the Version Wpar.
From the AIX 7 host, use the "lswpar" and the "lswpar -L" to see more information about your versioned wpar.
For more details on IBM AIX 5.2 Workload Partitions for AIX 7go here:
The AIX 7 Open Beta is now available on the Virtual Loaner Program.
When creating a new reservation select the AIX 7 Open Beta.http://www.ibm.com/systems/vlp
Welcome to the open beta for IBM’s premier UNIX operating system, AIX 7.
AIX 7 is binary compatible with previous releases of AIX including AIX
6, 5.3, 5.2 and 5.1. AIX 7 extends the leadership features of AIX to
include exciting new capabilities for vertical scalability,
virtualization and manageability.
The open beta for AIX 7 is intended to give our clients, independent
software vendors and business partners the opportunity to gain early
experience with this new release of AIX prior to general availability.
This open beta can be run on any Power Systems, IBM System p or eServer
pSeries system that is based on POWER4, PPC970, POWER5, POWER6, or
For more AIX 7 Open Beta Info:
AIX 7 Open Beta Forum
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IBM i 7.2 is available on the PDP. Please request a promocode for access on the PDP web page. http://ibm.com/partnerworld/pdp
More info on IBM i v7.2
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Did you know that you can
use VLP resources and IBM Innovation Center resources
together? If the systems available in VLP suit your needs, but you
need more hands-on application technical support, you might
qualify for technical support from an IBM Innovation Center for
Business Partners technical consultant. The IBM Innovation
Centers around the world are also able to leverage VLP
resources in their Business Partner engagements.[Read More
Would you like to have one-to-one technical assistance from IBM? The IBM Innovation Centers can help. This video gives an overview of the IBM Innovation Centers and how they can help you grow your business.
IBM Innovation Centers Video link
IBM Innovation Centers -Collaborate today. Innovate for tomorrow.
Use our worldwide centers to help grow your business locally and globally. Training and one-to-one technical assistance to build and test your solutions. Linkage to IBM's sales support for sales opportunity assistance. Collaboration opportunities with IBM, other Business Partners, IT professionals and academia.
IBM Innovation Centers Main Page
A new whitepaper, titled IBM Systems Director: Platform Management Backbone and Baseline for Integrated Service Management from IT industry analyst Jeff Cotrupe of Stratecast (a division of Frost & Sullivan) is now available for sellers and IBM Business Partners to download. Find out how IBM Systems Director is the backbone of IBM's Integrated Services Management portfolio, and helps companies achieve their goals of improving responsiveness, service, managing risk, while reducing costs and complexity. http://ibm.co/ekpWBe
IBM Virtual Loaner Program Was Cloud before the Cloud
With all the attention on cloud computing these days—including the
recent architectural metaphors for private cloud solutions—you might be
surprised to learn that IBM has been a cloud services provider since
2004. Through IBM’s Virtual Loaner Program (VLP), IBM’s PartnerWorld
members can get access to IBM i, AIX, and Linux on POWER, running their
very own instance with virtually total control.
Read the whole article - http://systeminetwork.com/article/ibm-virtual-loaner-program-was-cloud-cloud?ref=nf