New on the Power Development Platform:
IBM Data Engine for NoSQL - Power Systems Edition
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).
What would you like to see in the VLP blog? What information would be the most helpful for you?[Read More
Modified on by Jwestern
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
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.
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
Please be advised that a planned production outage is scheduled for the IBM Virtual Loaner Program website only on Saturday, July 11, 2009, from 8 am CDT until 12 pm CDT Saturday, July 11, 2009.
User systems will continue to be available during this time.[Read More
Test and develop on the JS22 POWER6 blade
Users are now able to reserve LPARs on JS22 Power6 blade hardware for development. If you prefer to develop on the blade hardware or simply want to test/validate your solution simply select the POWER Blade JS22 hardware architecture when filling out the resource reservation.
Learn more about IBM Bladecenters and Power blades:
IBM Virtual Loaner Program (VLP) Announces IBM Industry Application Platform
IBM Virtual Loaner Program now offers the IBM® Industry Application
Platform (IAP) pre-configured stack on AIX 6.1 and AIX 5.3 systems. The
IBM® Industry Application Platform is a pre-configured instance of IBM WebSphere® Application Server
, IBM DB2®
and WebSphere MQ
For details on how to use the IAP, check out the
that is available for your IBM AIX® 6.1 and AIX 5.3 operating- system
images on the IBM Virtual Loaner Program (VLP). You can use VLP to
develop, test and validate applications by using these products. After
reserving your VLP partition, which includes choosing the hardware
configuration and operating system, install the IBM Industry Application
Platform on that partition.
For details on how to use the IAP, check out the “IBM Industry Application Platform VLP guide
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
The Virtual Loaner Program now has a Group on the new My developerWorks. The VLP Group has Message Boards, Feeds and Links to help you get the most out of your VLP experience. So please join us and explore all that the new My developerWorks has to offer. The VLP Group on My developerWorks My developerWorks
Virtual Loaner Program: www.ibm.com/systems/vlp
On 10/13 we had the 3rd major VLP deployment for 2008. See what's new below:
PowerVM Live Partition Mobility (LPM)
Users are now able to test, certify, demonstrate their solutions running on AIX 6.1 POWER6 with Live Partition Mobility! As with other features available in the VLP, Live Partition Mobility is easy to use and is available at no charge for IBM PartnerWorld Members! Pass the word on to your ISVs so they can certify their solution with LPM.
The Partition Mobility function requires a promotional code - 213068. Please reference the VLP LPM User Guide to get started.
If your ISV is new to the latest PowerVM & AIX virtualization technologies, there are Live Demos available for Partition Mobility and Application Mobility which provide a high level explanation & business value - and you get to show off functionality working live! See more about the Live Demos below. These demos can be a good way to introduce these topics before the Partner tests within the VLP, IIC, or in house.
VLP White Paper - defining the strategy and functionality of the Virtual Loaner Program
VLP White Paper
IBM Smart Business
ISVs can access the Smart Business stack on x86 in the VLP! Visit http://www.ibm.com/partnerworld/bbp to find out 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
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
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...
The IBM Virtual Loaner Program celebrated it's 5 year Anniversary on May 27, 2009. Thanks to everyone on the VLP Team and to all of our Business Partners that utilize the VLP. We are nothing without you.[Read More
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
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 email@example.com. 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!