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
IBM Virtual Loaner Program: Please read - changes to hardware and operating system reservation options
In an effort to maintain costs while offering you no-charge remote access to the latest IBM Power Systems hardware, the IBM Virtual Loaner Program (VLP) will increase its capacity on IBM POWER7 and POWER7+ systems. At the same time, the VLP will no longer be providing access to IBM POWER5 or POWER6 systems or the IBM AIX 5.3, IBM i 5.4, RHEL 5 and SLES 10 operating systems.
Starting August 24, 2013:
New reservations can be made for AIX 7.1, AIX 6.1, IBM i 6.1 and IBM i 7.1, RHEL 6 and SLES 11 on POWER7 and POWER7+ systems.
Previously saved images on down-level POWER versions or operating systems can be restored on POWER7 systems in most cases except for IBM i 5.4 saved images.
Saved images from IBM i 5.4 will not be available after August 24.
Please make provisions to save your data locally if needed.
For any questions or concerns, go to ibm.com/systems/vlp and click VLP Support to contact the VLP team.
The next-generation Power Systems are here!
On Tuesday, May 11 the IBM Innovation Center in Dallas will host a session to cover several new products and why they are important to our Partners.
- Power7 Overview
- Power7 with System I
- Informal lunch and social networking
To register, please visit: http://bit.ly/9OpYb5
Date : Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Time: 9 AM to 1 PM
Venue: IBM Innovation Center 13800 Diplomat Drive, Farmers Branch, TX 75234
To learn more on POWER7, please visit: http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/power
More details - IIC Briefing Agenda and Details
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POWER8 is the first processor designed for Big Data, Analytics and Cloud.
There are plenty of reasons why Power Systems are the top choice of clients for scalable systems and the market place data proves it. IBM is the 8-socket and above revenue leader, according to IDC, and used by 10 of the top 10 banks, 10 of the top 10 telcos, 8 of the top 10 Insurers, and 8 of the top 10 retailers. When you add in the bold, unprecedented OpenPOWER initiative, the path for even greater collaborative innovation is unlimited.
Want to hear more? Attend a Linux on Power workshop at one of the worldwide IBM Innovation Center where industry experts will talk about the competitive advantage of IBM Power Systems.
Come hear the latest announcements and news on the OpenPower Foundation and IBM Power Systems.
IBM Power Systems Scale-up and Scale-out Offerings including the addition of the E850 and up to 192 cores and 16TB memory in the E880 and new Operating System support.
IBM Power Systems Cloud Offerings including Docker on Power support in Ubuntu 15.04, the new Cloud Manager with OpenStack 4.3 Kilo release and a preview of POWER8 in SoftLayer which GAs in 2Q
IBM Power Systems Big Data & Analytics Solutions including Power Systems Solution Editions for SAP HANA (Up to 40 cores and 2TB of memory) and hear about perfect linear scaling of IBM DB2 with BLU Acceleration up to 192 cores
Still skeptical? Try it to believe it. Bring your Linux code and try it on systems provided by the Power Development Platform (PDP) Cloud and the IBM Innovation Centers (IICs). At the end of this workshop, you'll be able to access a POWER8 virtual server anytime and anywhere to develop, test, tune, proof of concept or demonstrate your application. Get hands on with a pre-built LAMP or WebSphere/DB2 stack. Check out the capability of Docker on Power!
Article by John Jacobson
Cloud Technical Specialist
Dear VLP User,
We want to make you aware of some new features and enhancements to our Linux systems within the IBM Virtual Loaner Program (www.ibm.com/systems/vlp).
Whether you actively develop on Linux or are new to the platform we believe these updates are worth noting. Remember that the VLP is a no charge offering for IBM PartnerWorld Members so come try it out!
SLES11 is now available! You can make SLES11 reservations on both POWER5 and POWER6 servers.
Version updates have been applied to RHEL4, RHEL5 and SLES10
New versions and updates also applied to PowerVM Lx86 images. PowerVM Lx86 supports the installation and running of most 32-bit x86 Linux applications on IBM Power Systems models. If you have never worked are new to Lx86 find out how to get started.
Additional information about VLP Linux systems:
All images use the default package selection as chosen by Redhat or SuSE. Gives the user flexibility to customize the operating system to their needs.
By using this methodology, all Linux images, including the PowerVM i386 environments, are configured to use their built in package management utilities. The FTP hosted package repositories are the actual ISO's used while building the images.
The utilities are:
SLES10... yast2 or rug (rug is a real pain to use, I'd suggest using yast2)
SLES11... yast2 or zypper (zypper is a huge improvement over rug, but yast2 is still easier to use)
RHEL4... up2date (up2date isn't nearly as flexible as yum, but it gets the job done)
Time synchronization with our internal NTP server. (This is very important for development as time skew can disrupt a compiler)All images use the 'noop' disk I/O scheduler. (This increases disk performance and reduces system load by handing the responsibility over to the VIO server)The latest OS supported version of XL C/C++ is always a clean install for every reservation.Apply PTF's which are found in /stage/middleware/Dynamic LPAR and Live Partition Mobility functionality are enabled for RHEL5, SLES10, and SLES11. Reference the VLP LPM User Guide to find out how to get started testing with Live Partition Mobility.
Virtual Loaner Program Administration
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When you are using VLP, you may be tempted to partition your /dev/sdb disk. After all, you've ran a few commands on your reserved system and it looks like you have an extra disk:
172_29_136_133:~ # sfdisk -s
total: 41943040 blocks
<code>172_29_136_133:~ # df
Filesystem 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda2 16281352 2746832 13534520 17% /
udev 506988 96 506892 1% /dev
98631680 89152064 9479616 91% /stage/middleware
1310720 446208 864512 35% /home/u0000653</code>
In this case what you really have is two paths to a single disk. If you partition the second disk /dev/sdb, you will wipe out /dev/sda. This will destroy the root filesystem, a bad thing to do.
As VLP has evolved, we have improved the infrastructure to make it more reliable, but those changes did not keep in synch with the operating systems that we host. So, multipath IO is not enabled in some operating systems. The best course of action in VLP in general is to use the system but do not attempt to alter hardware configuration of the system that you have reserved. We give each user access to root with the understanding that users will use root carefully. But, in this case, even careful Linux root users could get themselves into trouble without this warning about multipath IO.
Be safe! As always, your questions and comments are appreciated.
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POWER7+ systems are now available in the VLP
April 24, 2013
Today the VLP is announcing support for IBM's latest Power Hardware using the POWER7+ processor. Standard reservations can now be processed on systems using the new POWER7+ processor.
In addition, several OS images have been updated to the latest OS support levels. Currently provided OSs and releases for the POWER7+ systems are AIX 7.1 TL2SP2, RHEL 6.4 and SUSE 11 SP2. Images saved from these OS releases are supported on previous hardware levels as well, however system images saved prior to this announce will not restore on the POWER7+ systems.
For access to these new systems, please go the VLP web site at http://ibm.com//systems/vlp
For more information about IBM Power7+ Systems - http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/power/
This new technical resource for the IBM i community contains a wealth of information across major topics such as New to IBM i, Technical Library with new articles weekly, Forums and Community, Technology Updates, Tools and Downloads, Services and Events. http://ibm.co/eXrLh9
New in VLP February 2008:
i5/OS V6R1 is available for early access on VLP. Reservations requested for i5/OS V6R1 require a Non-Disclosure Agreement. For access, send your request to "email@example.com", providing your Name, Company and PW id.
VLP provides System p partitions with PowerVM Lx86 enabled RHEL 4, RHEL 9 and SLES 10 Linux, ready for your remote access. IBM PowerVM Lx86 supports the installation and running of most 32-bit x86 Linux applications on any System p model with POWER5™ or later technology. It creates an x86 Linux application environment running on POWER processor-based systems by dynamically translating x86 instructions to Power Architecture instructions. This feature can help you expand your addressable market to Linux on POWER servers at minimal to no cost by allowing you to run your existing x86 Linux applications in a POWER environment. For more information, see http://ibm.com/systems/p/linux/systempave.html, or send an e-mail to LoP@us.ibm.com.
Use the VLP to validate your applications as Ready for IBM Power Systems Software. Find out more about this validation program then utilize the VLP to test:
- AIX 6 Live Application Mobility allows you to move a running workload partition from one logical partition to another, on the same or different servers. Because this is an AIX-based technology it will work on any Power System that AIX 6 supports.
Follow the VLP LAM user guide to get started.
- AIX 6 Workload Partitions (WPARs) allows the partitioning of AIX 6 into multiple environments, each hosting applications and providing isolation from applications executing in the other environments.
VLP AIX 6.1 systems automatically come with a WPAR. This will soon change and users will have the option to create a WPAR from the Reservation management screen.
More details about this process change will be available once it is available. Until then user can test with WPARs on any AIX 6.1 reservation.
- PowerVM Live Partition Mobility allows you to migrate running AIX partitions and their hosted applications from one physical server* to another without disrupting infrastructure services.
The migration transfers the entire partition state, including processor context, memory, attached virtual devices, and connected users.
Follow the VLP LPM user guide to get started.
- PowerVM Lx86 brings new benefits to customers and application providers who want the reliability and flexibility of Power Systems in their Linux environment yet use applications that have not yet been ported to the platform.
IBM PowerVM Lx86 allows most Linux x86 binaries to run unchanged on POWER systems using translation software that translates x86. Enroll in the PowerVM Lx86 program to start testing the VLP.
- Micropartitioning - if you are already developing your application using the VLP, your validation for micropartitioning is complete!
The VLP environment utilizes Power micropartitioning to create user LPARs.
New video about Dynamic Infrastructure highlighting the VLP and the IBM Innovation Centers. Please let us know your comments and thoughts. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZ8KjSHt0xU New and enhanced offerings from IBM deliver the right solutions
to help you succeed in this increasingly complex and interconnected
world. Whether your organization is just beginning your journey towards
a dynamic infrastructure, or ready to do more, IBM's new offerings are
an ideal step in the right direction towards maximizing your business
and IT investments.
I'm Bob Welgan, and I'm a developer/designer on VLP. I'm very interested in your questions and feedback about how VLP works. I'll try to post regularly about changes we are making to VLP. One of the things we are working on right now is to better represent the convergence of IBM servers into simply POWER5 and POWER6-based systems. Also, we are excited about our recent deployment of IBM i on POWER6 servers. Stay tuned to this blog for more information about that part of the offering.[Read More
You are invited to join a Live Chat with the Virtual Loaner Program (VLP) team as they host an open Question and Answer session.
VLP Live! Q&A ChatDate: Tuesday July 14, 2009
11:00 a.m. India
1:30 p.m. China/Malaysia
2:30 p.m. Japan/Korea
3:30 p.m. Australia
This will be an open forum to discuss topics related to the IBM Virtual Loaner Program. Ask questions and tell us your thoughts.What do you like or not like about the VLP? How do you utilize the VLP? What could we do to improve your experience with the VLP?
We hope you will join us for this event!
Attention: IBM PartnerWorld members can now reserve up to 10 concurrent systems in the Virtual Loaner Program
Dear IBM VLP User,
As a valued IBM Partner and previous user of the IBM Virtual Loaner Program, we are happy to inform you that the limit of concurrent active reservations has been increased from 5 to 10. That means your company can now reserve up to 10 systems at the same time!
This new limit of 10 concurrent engagements applies to all default reservations with standard configurations and durations (up to 14 days). Reservations made using promotional codes are subject to specific configurations and may not allow over 5 concurrent reservations. This new limit is also subject to change and users will be given prior notice to any modifications to this limit.
If you have any general questions about this change or about the VLP please send them along to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions or concerns about your VLP reservation, please submit them through the VLP support
tab available on the VLP site.
Get started today: http://www.ibm.com/systems/vlp
Thanks for using the Virtual Loaner Program!
The PDP will be taking a scheduled outage from November 2 until November 6. This includes all current user systems and the PDP Programs Access Web Page. The outage is to migrate the complex to another location to facilitate room for future expansion. We will update via Twitter and this blog when the PDP is available.
Follow our Twitter @ibmpdp.
Thanks for your patience and understanding.
Please be advised that a planned outage is scheduled for the IBM Virtual Loaner Program website and reserved systems on Wednesday, April 21, 2010, from Noon CST until 6 pm CST. We will be upgrading the hosting environments for these systems as we prepare for exciting new offerings associated with the General Availability of the products and updates announce on April 13th, 2010. Please be aware that the reserved systems will be restarted during this process, and make appropriate plans. A normal system shutdown will be attempted first on all systems, but if that does not shut down a system, then a force power off will be used to shut down the system. The systems will be restarted after the upgrades are complete. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Virtual Loaner Program Administration
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Leveraging IBM's virtual loaner program (VLP) can help you
experience the new IBM POWER7, the next generation of Power Systems
technology. Starting February 9th
, VLP users can reserve POWER7 systems running AIX 6.1 TL4 SP2 or SLES 11. This is a great way to test/port/evaluate/demo your solutions on the all new POWER7 AT NO-CHARGE!
Where else can you get a POWER7 system within 2 hours?? Come try it out and let us know what you think - either by filling out the end of reservation survey, responding to the VLP blog or by contacting our VLP support through e-mail or Live Chat. We'd love to hear from you!
IBM PartnerWorld members can enjoy this easy-to-use, fully
automated and dedicated environment at no charge. The VLP provides a
wide range of operating systems, including AIX, IBM i, Red Hat and SUSE
Linux along with POWER7, POWER6 and POWER5 hardware.
Users on the VLP Web site (www.ibm.com/systems/vlp) can use live
chat or e-mail via "We're here to help" for answers to questions or
help along the way. Visit the site to sign up and reserve a system.
The IBM Power Development Platform now has the next generation of Power Systems servers incorporating IBM's POWER8 processor.
For more info:
The IBM Power Development Platform now has the next generation of Power Systems servers incorporating IBM's POWER8 processor.
For more info:
New: Remote access for simplified solution porting and development on IBM PowerLinux.
The IBM Virtual Loaner Program (VLP) now offers ISVs a set of pre-installed tools, including the Advance Toolchain, the IBM PowerLinux Software Development Kit (SDK) as well as a C++ Compiler for easier solution porting to and development on IBM Power Systems servers running Linux.
The Advance Toolchain provides development products specifically tailored to make use of IBM hardware features.
Complementing the Advance Toolchain, the IBM Linux SDK is a an integrated development environment (IDE) that integrates C/C++ source development with the Advance Toolchain, post-link optimization, and classic Linux performance analysis tools, including OProfile and Valgrind.
This no-cost access to the latest IBM Power Systems hardware, development tools and IBM middleware helps ISVs save time and resources, enabling them to move their solutions off competitive platforms and develop their solutions on IBM Systems more quickly and successfully. To find out more, go to the VLP
Toolchain - http://linuxpatch.ncsa.uiuc.edu/toolchain/at/at5.0/suse/SLES_11/release_notes.at5.0-5.0-0.html
SDK - http://www-304.ibm.com/webapp/set2/sas/f/lopdiags/sdklop.html
PartnerWorld provides how to setup for an evaluation of POWER7 technologies for RHEL 5.5 installed on your VLP system. By upgrading the Linux
kernel, and adding a handful of updated tools, the operating system can
easily exploit the POWER7 system.
For details go here:https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/wikis/display/LinuxP/RHEL+5.5+Checklist+for+POWER7
The system that the web-facing part of VLP runs in will be undergoing some maintenance this weekend. This means that the VLP Web End User Interface (EUI) only will be down for an hour, from 0900 - 1000 CDT on May 31rst. Users will still have access to their reserved systems, since these are not going to be taken down. Also, any reservation that was scheduled to start during this time will start normally.
When we plan downtime, we post a message on the VLP 'Reservation Management' tab. You have to log in to VLP to see these messages, which are rather terse. You can always consult this blog for more details.
Software Product Compatibility Reports
is an innovative new tool designed to allow customers to easily generate custom reports about compatible IBM software combinations, product end-of-service dates and product translations. Using this tool, customers may create reports about a product's compatibility with operating systems, prerequisite software or virtualization environments. Customers may also use the tool to create tailor-make graphical reports about a set of product's end of service dates. Lastly, using the Software Product Compatibility Reports tool a customer can create reports about the translations available for a product or all the products that have been translated into a specific language.
The tool is now available for use here http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/prodguid/v1r0/clarity/index.html