Technical experts from the IBM Transaction Processing Facility (TPF) Development Lab share knowledge and information about the TPF product set - including z/TPF, TPF Operations Server (TOS), z/TPF Database Facility (z/TPFDF), and the TPF Toolkit.
UPDATES : changed links to reference YouTube for easier use. Updated the YouTube references that moved to System z channel Today IBM held a Mainframe50 event in New York City and was joined by multiple customers highlighting how the IBM mainframe remains a core foundation of today’s global business infrastructure. Visa discussed the impact of IBM mainframes to it's business. VisaNet, Visa's authorization platform, core processing runs on IBM mainframes using the z/TPF Operating System. Jim... [More]
I have been thinking a lot about “Social Business” lately and wanted to write up some of my thoughts on the subject. There is certainly no shortage of information on the topic out there and why it's so great, but actually applying that to our little part of the universe is a different story. Much of the literature that I read about on the subject have statements like “social businesses make 57% more profits” and “employees at social businesses are 92% more engaged.” What I struggle to ever find is... [More]
IBM Knowledge Center is up to date with the latest online product documentation for z/TPF and z/TPFDF PUT 11 . When you click z/Transaction Processing Facility Enterprise Edition 126.96.36.199 in the navigation pane, the IBM z/TPF PUT 11 documentation page has handy links to information that is specific to PUT 11 as well as links to related information outside KC, such as TPF Family Products: Maintenance and the TPF blog on IBM developerWorks. ... [More]
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Interim Fix v4.2.2 for IBM TPF Toolkit v4.2 is now available on the update site. For more information, please see the details at these links: http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21689790 and the security bulletin http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21689369 . Interim Fix v4.0.5 for IBM TPF Toolkit v4.0 is now available on the update site. For more information, please see the security bulletin at this link: http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21689166 . An updated JAVA Runtime Environment for... [More]
Global airline travel is estimated to reach 3.6 billion passengers by 2016 according to the International Air Transport Association. That is a lot of peanuts and seatback transgressions. But something I find amazing as I hear this statistic is how the majority of airline travel, including this predicted increase, has successfully and reliably depended on a singular solution from IBM for almost 50 years! 75% of all airline travel relies on IBM Transaction Processing Facility for their business-critical operations. These... [More]
Many of our clients who rely heavily on z/TPF as a crucial part of their transaction infrastructure also face the challenge of increasing manpower to enhance and grow their critical systems. The TPF Lab and our clients can already claim a valuable, and proficient systems and applications software engineering staff. However, perhaps your project managers are often faced with more work that needs to be done than people they can assign to do that work. Many of us were recruited to work with TPF right out of college. But... [More]
The z/TPF and z/TPFDF PUT 11 eDelivery packages are now available. The downloads can be accessed through the z/TPF 1.1 & z/TPFDF 1.1 tab on the TPF Family Products: Product Software web page. Please see Service Bulletin 182 for details.
Watch and then share this blog entry and short video with your non-TPF colleagues to give them a better idea of what z/TPF is and what it can do. https://ibm.biz/zTPFvideo The video includes comments from Jim McCarthy (SVP at Visa), Martin Kennedy (Director at Citigroup), Gordon Wilson (CEO at TravelPort), and Michael Perera (VP at IBM). Visa's global credit card authorization, Citigroup's North American ATM system and TravelPort's Travel Commerce Platform all run on z/TPF. z/TPF is the foundation for the many of the... [More]
Having worked for IBM nearly 27 years, almost exclusively in the z/TPF development lab, I have had the privilege of working with a wide range of people. From those who remember the early days of ACP (our predecessor), to university students born well after my career began. By starting my career in the middle of TPF's evolution, I have grown to appreciate our long history, from the first SABRE system, to the new developments occurring every day, to our exciting future. Why bring this up in a public BLOG? Even though I am closer to the... [More]
I still recall the first time I saw someone go through the airport security line with their electronic boarding pass. There I was, with my shoes in hand, my computer bag already unzipped for easy laptop removal and my boarding pass and license in my left…or was it my right, pants pocket. The teenager in front of me of course thought the announcement indicating everyone be ready for your turn at the front of the line did not apply to him, as he stood there checking his text messages on his phone instead of having his papers in... [More]
UPDATE :Updated the YouTube references that moved to System z channel. Citi's Managing Director of Core Infrastructure Services, Anthony DiSanto spoke at the IBM Mainframe50 event in New York City on April 8 and shared his insight into the partnership with IBM that has sustained their Enterprise Computing Center for the past 50 years. Hear Mr. DiSanto's perspective on how listening is critical to any relationship and how that translates into the daily operations at Citi, one of the world's largest Financial... [More]
It is my privilege to announce that IBM TPF Toolkit 4.6 is generally available on Passport Advantage . This release is a significant departure from the previous versions of the TPF Toolkit product. A lot of focus and effort has gone into improving usability from the bottom up. From installation of the product to the everyday development tasks the recurring question has been "Can we make this simpler to use?". A good example is managing debug sessions. In prior releases debug sessions were tightly associated with a single... [More]
IBM® Doc Buddy, a no charge mobile application that enables retrieving support documentation for IBM z Systems ™ products, can help you resolve problems faster and improves the total information experience. After you install the application on your smart phone or tablet, you can search for the error messages issued from IBM z Systems products within seconds! IBM Doc Buddy provides the following features: The application enables looking up message documentation without Internet connections after the initial setup. To download z/TPF... [More]
In APAR PJ3641 , an enhancement was made for ZDBUG CLEAR in order to allow the clearing of sessions at the port granularity. Before this APAR, two sessions with the same name could be registered on the same IP address as long as they were on different ports; however, you couldn’t clear only one of those sessions with the ZDBUG CLEAR command. The only filter available was to clear by IP address. With this APAR applied, you can clear by a specific IP address and port. In APAR PJ43689 , the ZDDMP command now supports wildcards for the... [More]