Power Development Platform (PDP)
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]
In VLP, there are two ways of backing up your reserved partition. You can save the state of the system immediately (save now) and you can save the state of the system automatically when the reservation ends (save on exit). In both cases, behind the scenes the VLP automation makes mksysb backups of AIX partitions, tarballs of Linux partitions, and backup images of IBM i reservations. I'm very fuzzy on IBM i things, so forgive/correct me if I got the IBM i-specific name for operating system backups wrong. We call operating system backups images in VLP. Once you've saved an image and your reservation that you used to save the image has ended, you can create a new reservation using that saved image. You can view your saved images by looking at the 'Images' tab in the VLP web application.
Now, I just told you how image saving/restoring is supposed to work. Please leave a comment with your image saving/restoring experiences. I'd like to know your opinions of how this works for you, how useful it is, and about any errors you have encountered.[Read More]
If you are visiting the VLP blog for the first time, please leave us a comment or question. If nothing else just just post a comment to say hello. We would love to hear from you and know who is visiting.[Read More]
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
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
Please join us here for a VLP Live Q&A Chat session, Thursday May 28 at 2:00PM-3:00PM Central US Time. The VLP Team will be there to answer your questions. The Live Chat will be here on the VLP Blog, look for the Chat box that Thursday. Please mark your calendars and come join in the discussion.[Read More]
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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.
Please join us here for another VLP Live! Q&A Chat session, Thursday, July 9 at 10:00am Central US Time. The VLP Team will be here again to answer your questions. Please mark your calendars and come join in the discussion. The VLP team is looking forward to the Live Chat session and hope to have a good turnout from our users!
What would you like to see in the VLP blog? What information would be the most helpful for you?[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 i 7.3 release is available on the PDP - http://www.ibmsystemsmag.com/Blogs/You-and-i/April-2016/IBM-i-7-3-Announce/
The IBM Power Development Platform now has the next generation of Power Systems servers incorporating IBM's POWER8 processor.
For more info:
Please join us here for a VLP Live Q&A Chat session, Thursday May 28 at 2:00PM-3:00PM Central US Time. The VLP Team will be there to answer your questions. Please mark your calendars and come join in the discussion.
The VLP team is looking forward to the Live Chat session and hope to have a good turnout from our users!
We want to keep the discussions general to benefit everyone attending and not dive into issues relating to a particular system/application. If you have a specific question or issue with your VLP reservation please submit those to the VLP support team by going to the VLP support tab.
Examples of topics for the Live Chat include: connectivity/performance, security, VLP usage models, save and restore, using the Software Access Catalog, managing reservations, new virtualization features, etc. These are just examples which do not cover everything - please feel free join us and ask questions. We want to provide useful information for our users and gain your input so we can continue to provide a valuable offering in the VLP.
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 "firstname.lastname@example.org", 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.[Read More]
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.[Read More]
THE VLP IS MOVING!
The Virtual Loaner Program website and systems will be unavailable from 12:01AM CDT (GMT-06:00) on Friday, July 13, 2007 through 12:01 AM CDT (GMT-06:00) on Tuesday, July 17, 2007 as we move all VLP systems to a new Data Center. Please plan your work accordingly. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this extended outage may cause, but it is necessary as we continue to grow the VLP. We do not anticipate any major issues during the move -- all VLP systems will simply be shutdown, moved to the new location, and then restarted. Any active reservations that span the move period will be active and available again on Tuesday. If your reservation is scheduled to end during the outage period, it will be removed during the outage. We recommend that you save or backup any critical information on your active VLP reserved systems to a non-VLP repository prior to the move. If you have any concerns or questions, please contact us using the "VLP Support" tab on your reservation page at---> www.ibm.com/systems/vlp
Thank you for your continued interest, usage, and support of the VLP.[Read More]
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The Power Development Platform (PDP) is planning an upgrade and migration of our storage infrastructure which will allow us room for additional growth. As part of this migration, we will need to drop support for restoration of older IBM i saved images (IBM i6.1.1 and i7.1 prior to TR8). Please backup or migrate critical data from your systems prior to this upgrade which is planned to occur on June 3rd 2016. We appreciate your patience and understanding.
For more details and to ask questions:
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We now have the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS beta image in PDP.
http://ibm.com/partnerworld/pdp … #IBMPower #Ubuntu
Release notes: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/XenialXerus/ReleaseNotes
New on the Power Development Platform:
The IBM Data Engine for NoSQL - Power Systems Edition creates a new tier of memory by attaching up to 57 Terabytes of auxiliary flash memory to the processor without the latency issues of traditional I/O storage. This system is configured with software in a development EMULATION mode, and does not contain real CAPI Flash accelerators. It is intended as a development platform and is suitable for software development, unit testing, and code integration tasks.
For more information, refer to the following resources:
- http://ibm.biz/capiflash - Technical Whitepaper about the IBM Data Engine for NoSQL, including best practices
- https://github.com/open-power/capiflash/ - Complete source for Data Engine for NoSQL enabling software, including test cases
- /opt/ibm/capikv - Software installation on this system, which includes example code, sample applications, headers, and shared libraries, compiled in a development "FILE MODE."
To get started with key-value layer APIs (libarkdb) pass a NULL "file" string to ark_create(...). The database will automatically allocate key/value pairs in system RAM instead of flash.
To get started with block-layer APIs (libcflsh_block) create a temporary block file on the local file system (this is for development purposes only, e.g. "fallocate -l 2G ~/blockfile"), then pass that file path to cblk_open(...). The block APIs will read / write data to this test file instead of a real flash accelerator.
Once software is ready for testing on real systems, dynamically or statically-link to production CAPI Flash shared libraries which are available on the system with real accelerators, or available on IBM FixCentral (search for the EJ16 feature code).
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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.2 (little endian) Beta is now available on the IBM PDP
More info from Red Hat
IBM Linux Power Community Blog Post
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The PDP now offers Ubuntu 15.10 beta image
Try it out today!
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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.
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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
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Testing Docker on the IBM Power Development Cloud
By John Jacobson, IBM Cloud Technical Specialist
There have been a few other blog posts written about Docker on Power (see references at the end of this article) so while this is not the first article written about this topic, this is my account of leveraging the IBM Power Development Cloud (PDP) to test and gain familiarity with this container technology on IBM Power Systems....for free.
The Virtual Server Request
The PDP currently provides Virtual Server access for Power Systems. This is not a Container as a Service like they offer in Bluemix. However, this does not mean you cannot request a virtual server and get Docker running yourself.
To request Virtual Server access on the PDP, follow the easy steps in the Create reservation user guide https://public.dhe.ibm.com/partnerworld/pub/pdp/create_pdp_reservation_guide.pdf
When making your request, be sure to specify the 'Ubuntu Linux' as the Image category and 'Docker on Ubuntu 16.04' under Select an image.
Once the reservation is available, you can run a few commands to see that docker is installed
$ sudo docker version
$ sudo dpkg -l docker.io
Check to see if if the docker service is started
$ sudo service docker status
Jun 11 10:05:27 sys-5920 docker: time="2015-06-11T10:05:27-04:00" lev...)"
If docker is not started issue the following command and check the status again
$ sudo service docker start
$ sudo service docker status
The Docker installation creates a local private network on the virtual server instance. This means by default you won't be able to access your containers unless you expose the particular port. I found a couple different ways to do this. One using the Dockerfile (EXPOSE) as well as deploying the container with -p PORT:PORT. There is an example of this further down in this article.
docker0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 56:84:7a:fe:97:99
eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 52:54:00:8c:6a:18
If you did not request the Docker image above or you are testing in your own environment here are the steps to install Docker...
Looking at various blogs, there are multiple methods to install docker.
$ sudo dpkg -i docker.io-1.4.1-dev_ppc64el.deb
$ sudo echo deb http://ftp.unicamp.br/pub/ppc64el/ubuntu/14_10/docker-ppc64el/ utopic main >> /etc/apt/sources.list
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install docker.io
NOTE: As of Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet, Docker version 1.5 is included. Therefore the apt repository ftp.unicamp.br is not required.
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install docker.io
Check the the installation and status of the docker status using the commands that were previously covered.
Create and Run your own initial base image
There are a couple different methods to get a base image up and running. I tested only the first one as it seemed to be the easiest to get things up and running.
$ cat ubuntu-core-14.10-core-ppc64el.tar.gz | sudo docker import - ubuntucore-ppc64le
$ sudo docker images
REPOSITORY TAG IMAGE ID CREATED VIRTUAL SIZE
NOTE: Other ubuntu-core images can be found here ubuntu-core images can be found here http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-core/
Since I didn't test Method 2, I don't have any notes to share. If you want to try it, its described in Step 2 here https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/library/d-docker-on-power-linux-platform/
Once I had the image created, I issued the following command to run it. This created the container and allows an interactive shell.
$ sudo docker run -t -i ubuntucore-ppc64le:latest /bin/bash
NOTE: flags -i interactive -t allocate pseudo tty
Container Images can be tagged with a label to help identify it. Tags are typically used to specify versioning.
$ sudo docker tag c2511a3aafad ubuntucore-ppc64le:14.10
$ sudo docker images
Run Registry images
One of the features of Docker is the portability of images. Docker hub and private registries are services that enable the sharing of images. So I went to http://hub.docker.com, clicked on Browse & Search and entered 'ppc64le'. This returned a number of images, so I thought I would download and test.
Here's a list of what I found!
Pull and run image
To test pulling and running an existing registry image, issue the following commands
$ sudo docker pull schabrolles/odoo_psql_ppc64le
$ sudo docker run -d -p 8069:8069 schabrolles/odoo_psql_ppc64le
To see that the container is running issue the command
$ sudo docker ps
CONTAINER ID IMAGE COMMAND CREATED STATUS PORTS NAMES
We can see port 8069 is mapped/exported to the docker host IP:port so you can visit http://<IP_ADDRESS_OF_VIRTUAL_SERVER_RESERVATION>:8069
Create and run your own Container Image (Dockerize) So we've seen how an existing container image was pulled from the registry so let's look at how a container image is built. Container images are built using a Dockerfile. More details on Dockerfile can be found here https://docs.docker.com/reference/builder/
On the Virtual Server issue the following commands
$ mkdir -p ~/dockerize/mongodb
$ cd ~/dockerize/monogdb
$ touch Dockerfile
Then add the following to the Dockerfile
MAINTAINER John Jacobson email@example.com
RUN echo "deb http://ports.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-ports/ utopic universe" | tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ubuntu-utopic.list && \
sudo apt-get update && \\
mkdir -p /data/db
NOTE: Consider the use of $(lsb_release -sc) instead of hardcoding the ubuntu release name. This allows portability of your Dockerfile across different versions of the Distro.
i.e. RUN echo "deb http://ports.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-ports/ $(lsb_release -sc) universe" | tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ubuntu-$(lsb_release -sc).list
Build the container
To build the container, issue the following command from the directory ~/dockerize/monogdb
$ sudo docker build -t mongodb-ppc64:latest .
Sending build context to Docker daemon 2.56 kB
deb http://ports.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-ports/ utopic-updates universe
paring to unpack .../libpcap0.8_1.6.2-1_ppc64el.deb ...
Setting up mongodb-clients (1:2.6.3-0ubuntu5) ...
Adding system user `mongodb' (UID 101) ...
Processing triggers for libc-bin (2.19-10ubuntu2) ...
Step 3 : EXPOSE 27017
---> Running in 90b960218f64
Some of the bulid steps have been omitted but in the end you should see a message indicating that the container was successfully built
List new container image
To see our new container image issue the following command
$ sudo docker images | grep mongodb
NOTE: We use grep as to filter our the list of images to just ones containing mongodb
Run the container
To run the newly created mongodb container, issue the following command
$ sudo docker run mongodb-ppc64le
usr/bin/mongod --help for help and startup options
Additional Container Tasks
To remove an image, issue the following command
$ sudo docker rmi <image id or name>
NOTE: You may have an issue removing an image if you deployed a container. Even if the container is no longer running, you will get this error. You need to remove the container first OR use -f i.e. $ sudo docker rmi -f
To remove a container, issue the following command
$ sudo docker rm <container id or name>
Push a container image to a Repository
So once I had my mongodb container image, I thought I would try pushing it to Docker hub. However, when I tried to push it, I got a message about buffering to disk and then it failed. This was with version 1.4.1. Interestingly enough, I was able to push images with the prior version of 1.3.0 (but this is pretty old). Instead I created my own local registry to test the push capability. I used the local registry setup instructions documented in Step 3 here https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/library/d-docker-on-power-linux-platform/
Once my local registry was setup, I was then able to proceed to pushing my image
First you need to tag your current local image appropriately
$ sudo docker tag c608a51dc0ce localhost:5000/mongodb-ppc64le
Then you can push
$ sudo docker push localhost:5000/mongodb-ppc64le
$ sudo docker images | grep mongodb
Remove all exited containers
$ sudo docker ps -a | grep Exit | cut -d ' ' -f 1 | xargs sudo docker rm
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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.
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Thanks for your patience and understanding.