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Getting Started with zPCR (IBM's Processor Capacity Reference)

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This is the Getting Started page for those interested in using IBM's Processor Capacity Reference (zPCR) to capacity plan for IBM Z and LinuxONE processors. It includes links for accessing related educational materials and downloading the tool itself.

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 Note:  If your currently installed zPCR version is older than C9.0, it  MUST be uninstalled prior to installing zPCR C9.4b (package includes Java). This is necessary to facilitate conversion to the new IBM Java v8 64-bit runtime environment that is required for zPCR. 

 To review the zPCR C9.4b NEWS file, click on  What's New  below. 

 zPCR - Processor Capacity Reference for IBM Z 

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 zPCR is a PC-based productivity tool under Windows. It is designed to provide capacity planning insight for IBM Z and LinuxONE processors running LPAR configurations with various workload environments under z/OS, z/VM, z/VSE, KVM, Linux, zAware, zACI, SSC, and CFCC. Capacity results are based on IBM's LSPR data supporting all IBM Z and LinuxONE processors including the new IBM z15 Model T02 and LinuxONE III  Model LT2 processor families.

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Name: zPCR

Version: C9.4b

 This section provides download links for zPCR, documentation, and installation instructions. 

 Note: The currently supported IBM Java runtime environment must be installed in order to use zPCR. It is automatically installed with the zPCR including IBM Java Runtime package.

zPCR Package Currency 

Version: C9.4b

IBM Java version: Java 2 v8 64-bit (SR5 FP20)

OS: Win 10/8/7 64-bit

Change date: Jan 23, 2021

zPCR for Windows

Filename: zPCRInstallWithJava.exe

Size: 181 MB

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zPCR for macOS

Filename:
zPCR-Cust-mac.pkg

Size: 114 MB

zPCR Documentation (PDF)

zpcr_quickstart_guide

zpcr_usrguide

zpcr_abstract

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CP3KEXTR (z/OS) for zPCR 

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CP3KVMXT (z/VM) for zPCR 

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Installing zPCR on Windows

All users must install the zPCR including IBM Java Runtime package. The zPCR only package is no longer supported.

After downloading, execute the EXE file from Windows Explorer , or with RUN under the Windows START button and respond to the InstallShield prompts.

Note: zPCR may be installed to a Standard Windows ID. It must be run from the ID to which it was installed.

Installing zPCR on a Mac
To install zPCR on a Mac: Please go to "System Preferences" --> "Security and Privacy" --> "General" and ensure the radio button "Allow apps downloaded from: App Store and identified developers" is selected. Then go through the install and in response to the prompt: "zPCR was blocked from use because it is not from an identified developer". Select "Open Anyway". Please review the Installation Guide for CPS Tools on macOS for more details.

About CP3KEXTR 

CP3KEXTR runs on an IBM Z processor under z/OS. It reads SMF records to produce an Enterprise Data File (EDF) . A single EDF can be used to generate the entire LPAR configuration in zPCR or to copy individual partitions into an already defined LPAR configuration.

About CP3KVMXT 

CP3KVMXT runs on an IBM Z processor under z/VM. It reads CP Monitor data and generates an Enterprise Data File (EDF) of system and workload related metrics for input into zPCR . It can be used to model interactive z/VM workloads or z/VM guest operating systems such as Linux.

 zPCR is an "as is" tool, but there is limited technical support. Use this section to learn more about the technical support provided. 
 Limited Defect Support:  zPCR is an "as is" tool, but there is limited technical support. Use this section to learn more about the technical support provided. 
 Limited Defect Support: 
Because of zPCR's status as an "as is" tool, defect support is not provided via the normal IBM support structure. Instead users wishing to report problems with the tool's operation can send an email to:
 zpcr@us.ibm.com 
Defect support will not be staffed on a 24/7 basis. Responses to defect inquiries will be made on a best effort basis, normally within 2 business days.
 zPCR is officially supported under Windows 10/8/7 64-bit .
 IBM does not have a specific end of life date set for zPCR 
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 Getting Started with zPCR is easy and this set of in-depth documentation will make it even easier! 

 Obtain Training Material Here 

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1. zPCR Demonstration (updated 02/28/2017)

zPCR Fundamentals

LPAR Capacity Planning in Basic-Mode

LPAR Capacity Planning in Advanced-Mode

2. zPCR Introduction and Overview 

zPCR Introduction and Overview

3. zPCR Familiarization Exercise 

Familiarization Exercise (PDF)

4. Introduction to LPAR Controls 

Video Clip (AVI)

5. Introduction to IBM's LSPR 

Video Clip (AVI)

Visuals (PDF)

6. Enabling CPU MF COUNTERS 

CPU MF Overview and WSC Experiences

 This section is used to document  Special Notices  and  FAQs  regarding the operation of zPCR. 
 Special Notices 

Use of Capacity Estimates from zPCR

The information contained in the zPCR tool and documentation has not been submitted to any formal IBM test and is distributed on an "as is" basis without any warranty either expressed or implied. The use of this information or the implementation of any of these techniques is a customer responsibility and depends on the customer’s ability to evaluate and integrate them into the customer’s operational environment. While each item may have been reviewed by IBM for accuracy in a specific situation, there is no guarantee the same or similar results will be obtained elsewhere. Customers attempting to adapt these techniques to their own environments do so at their own risk.

Performance data contained in this document was determined in a controlled environment; therefore the results which may be obtained in other operating environments may vary significantly. No commitment as to your ability to obtain comparable results is any way intended or made by this release of information.

zPCR estimates have a degree of error of +/- 5%. Customers using zPCR information are solely responsible for building capacity plans using zPCR results which accommodate the degree of error inherent in the tool.

Registration

Registration is required to use zPCR. The primary purpose for registration is to have an email contact in case important information must be distributed concerning the use of zPCR. A simple form is presented at zPCR initiation, requesting the necessary information. The user must "opt-in" and agree to provide the requested basic information in order to proceed with registration and using zPCR.

If internet attached, and your installation does not block IP address and/or port used, your information is transmitted and a response should be immediate. If unable to internet connect, an email option to complete registration is provided.

zPCR can be used up to 3 times without completing the registration process.

Subsequent registration for zPCR will only be required on a version change, which is expected to happen very infrequently. New releases or modification levels of zPCR will be made available on a regular basis but these updates will not require the user to register again.

End of Life Statement for zPCR

IBM does not have a specific end of life date set for zPCR

How are the IBM z15 models identified?

The IBM z15 has 1 model (T01) with 5 Features that define the maximum number of processor units (PU) which are configurable as General Purpose CPs, zIIPs, IFLs, or ICF's.

z15 Model T01 Feature Max34 - Supports up to 34 configurable PUs

Feature Max71 - Supports up to 71 configurable PUs

Feature Max108 - Supports up to 108 configurable PUs

Feature Max145 - Supports up to 145 configurable PUs

Feature Max190 - Supports up to 190 configurable PUs

In addition, for General Purpose CPs, there are 4 engine speeds, listed below in increasing speed sequence. All zIIPs, IFLs, and ICFs are full speed CPs.

400 Limit of 34 General Purpose CPs

500 Limit of 34 General Purpose CPs

600 Limit of 34 General Purpose CPs

700 Limit of 190 General Purpose CPs

z15 Model T02 Feature Max4 - Supports up to 4 configurable PUs (4 General Purpose CPs)

Feature Max13 - Supports up to 13 configurable PUs (6 General Purpose CPs)

Feature Max21 - Supports up to 21 configurable PUs (6 General Purpose CPs)

Feature Max31 - Supports up to 31 configurable PUs (6 General Purpose CPs)

Feature Max65 - Supports up to 65 configurable PUs (6 General Purpose CPs)

For General Purpose CPs, there are 26 engine speeds (Axx to Zxx)

How are the IBM z14 models identified?

The IBM z14 has 6 models. The models support different numbers of processor units (PU) which are configurable as General Purpose CPs, zIIPs, IFLs, ICF's, or optional SAPs.

z14 Models M01 - Supports 1 to 33 Configurable PUs

M02 - Supports 1 to 69 Configurable PUs

M03 - Supports 1 to 105 Configurable PUs

M04 - Supports 1 to 141 Configurable PUs

M05 - Supports 1 to 170 Configurable PUs

ZR1 - Supports 1 to 30 Configurable PUs (6 General Purpose CPs)

In addition, for General Purpose CPs, there are 4 engine speeds, listed below in increasing speed sequence. All zIIPs, IFLs, and ICFs are full speed CPs.

400 Limit of 33 General Purpose CPs

500 Limit of 33 General Purpose CPs

600 Limit of 33 General Purpose CPs

700 No limit for General Purpose CPs

How are the IBM z13 models identified?

The IBM z13 has 5 models. The models support different numbers of processor units (PU) which are configurable as General Purpose CPs, zIIPs, IFLs, ICF's, or optional SAPs.

z13 Models N30 - Supports 1 to 30 Configurable PUs

N63 - Supports 1 to 63 Configurable PUs

N96 - Supports 1 to 96 Configurable PUs

NC9 - Supports 1 to 129 Configurable PUs

NE1 - Supports 1 to 141 Configurable PUs

In addition, for General Purpose CPs, there are 4 engine speeds, listed below in increasing speed sequence. All zIIPs, IFLs, and ICFs are full speed CPs.

400 Limit of 30 General Purpose CPs

500 Limit of 30 General Purpose CPs

600 Limit of 30 General Purpose CPs

700 No limit for General Purpose CPs

How are the IBM zEnterprise EC12 models identified?

The IBM zEnterprise EC12 (zEC12) has 5 models. The models support different numbers of processor units (PU) which are configurable as General Purpose CPs, zAAPs, zIIPs, IFLs, ICF's, or optional SAPs.

zEC12 Models H20 - Supports 1 to 20 Configurable PUs

H43 - Supports 1 to 43 Configurable PUs

H66 - Supports 1 to 66 Configurable PUs

H89 - Supports 1 to 89 Configurable PUs

HA1 - Supports 1 to 101 Configurable PUs

In addition, for General Purpose CPs, there are 4 engine speeds, listed below in increasing speed sequence. All zAAPs, zIIPs, IFLs, and ICFs are full speed CPs.

400 Limit of 20 General Purpose CPs

500 Limit of 20 General Purpose CPs

600 Limit of 20 General Purpose CPs

700 No limit for General Purpose CPs

How are the IBM zEnterprise 196 models identified?

The IBM zEnterprise 196 (z196) has 5 models. The models support different numbers of processor units (PU) which are configurable as General Purpose CPs, zAAPs, zIIPs, IFLs, ICF's, or optional SAPs.

z196 Models M15 - Supports 1 to 15 Configurable PUs

M32 - Supports 1 to 32 Configurable PUs

M49 - Supports 1 to 49 Configurable PUs

M66 - Supports 1 to 66 Configurable PUs

M80 - Supports 1 to 80 Configurable PUs

In addition, for General Purpose CPs, there are 4 engine speeds, listed below in increasing speed sequence. All zAAPs, zIIPs, IFLs, and ICFs are full speed CPs.

400 Limit of 15 General Purpose CPs

500 Limit of 15 General Purpose CPs

600 Limit of 15 General Purpose CPs

700 No limit for General Purpose CPs

How are the IBM System z10 EC models identified?

The IBM System z10 EC has 5 models. The models support different number of processor units (PU) which are configurable as General Purpose CPs, zAAPs, zIIPs, IFLs, ICF's, or optional SAPs.

System z10 EC Models E12 - Supports 1 to 12 Configurable PUs

E26 - Supports 1 to 26 Configurable PUs

E40 - Supports 1 to 40 Configurable PUs

E56 - Supports 1 to 56 Configurable PUs

E64 - Supports 1 to 64 Configurable PUs

In addition, for General Purpose CPs, there are 4 engine speeds, listed below in increasing speed sequence. All zAAPs, zIIPs, IFLs, and ICFs are full speed CPs.

400 Limit of 12 General Purpose CPs

500 Limit of 12 General Purpose CPs

600 Limit of 12 General Purpose CPs

700 No limit for General Purpose CPs

How are the IBM System z9 EC models identified?

The IBM System z9 EC has 5 models. The models support different number of processor units (PU) which are configurable as General Purpose CPs, zAAPs, zIIPs, IFLs, ICF's, or optional SAPs.

System z9 EC Models S08 - Supports 1 to 8 Configurable PUs

S18 - Supports 1 to 18 Configurable PUs

S28 - Supports 1 to 28 Configurable PUs

S38 - Supports 1 to 38 Configurable PUs

S54 - Supports 1 to 54 Configurable PUs

In addition, for General Purpose CPs, there are 4 engine speeds, listed below in increasing speed sequence. All zAAPs, zIIPs, IFLs, and ICFs are full speed CPs.

400 Limit of 8 General Purpose CPs

500 Limit of 8 General Purpose CPs

600 Limit of 8 General Purpose CPs

700 No limit for General Purpose CPs

How are the IBM zSeries 990 models identified?

The IBM z990 has 4 models. The models support different number of processor units (PU) which are configurable as General Purpose CPs, zAAPs, IFLs, ICF's, or optional SAPs.

zSeries z990 Models A08 - Supports 1 to 8 Configurable PUs

B16 - Supports 1 to 16 Configurable PUs

C24 - Supports 1 to 24 Configurable PUs

D32 - Supports 1 to 32 Configurable PUs

How often will I need to register my use of zPCR?

Registration is required to begin using zPCR. Subsequent registration for zPCR will only be required on a version change. This is expected to happen very infrequently. New releases or modification levels of zPCR will be made available on a regular basis but these updates will not require the user to register again.

What versions of Windows will support zPCR?

The currently supported environment is Windows 10/8/7 64-bit

When must I reinstall the IBM Java runtime environment?

Periodically, the IBM Java runtime environment supporting zPCR will be updated to newer releases. When a new release is required, you must download and install the zPCR including IBM Java Runtime package, which will replace the older Java.

 This section is used to document  Special Notices  and  FAQs  regarding the operation of zPCR. 
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