IBM Parallel Environment Runtime Edition for AIX , V1.2 offers parallel development enhancementsIBM United States Software Announcement 212-422
November 13, 2012
|Table of contents|
|At a glance|
IBM® Parallel Environment (PE) Runtime Edition for AIX® , V1.2 offers multiple enhancements to scaling and usability.
For ordering, contact your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: RE001).
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IBM PE Runtime Edition for AIX , V1.2 provides the core components a user needs to develop, debug, and execute parallel applications such as applications using the industry-standard MPI.
Release 2 provides the following additional enhancements:
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|Planned availability date|
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IBM PE Runtime Edition for AIX , V1 is a capability-rich development and execution environment for parallel applications. IBM PE Runtime Edition for AIX offers parallel application programming interfaces, such as MPI and Parallel Active Messaging Interface (PAMI), an execution environment for parallel applications.
The following enhancements are available with Version 1.2:
As previously noted, the following are components of IBM PE Runtime Edition:
Accessibility by people with disabilities
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Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act
IBM PE Runtime Edition for AIX is capable as of November 30, 2012, when used in accordance with IBM's associated documentation, of satisfying the applicable requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, provided that any assistive technology used with the product properly interoperates with it. A US Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) can be requested at
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IBM PE Runtime Edition V1 is a must for high performance computing cluster customers who demand effective tools for developing, tuning, and running parallel applications that use the industry-standard MPI. IBM PE MPI is MPI 2.2 compliant. It is designed to scale to over one million cores and optimized to maximize application performance on IBM Power Systems ( POWER7 ) clusters.
IBM PE Runtime Edition also offers a way to improve resource utilization and reduce time to solution in a cluster environment. IBM PE Runtime Edition can offer high performance and fast turnaround time for numerically intensive and demanding scientific, technical, and strategic business applications.
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Program Program number VRM name 5765-PER 1.2.0 IBM PE Runtime Edition for AIX
Product identification number
Maintenance Maintenance Program PID number 1-year PID number 3-year PID number 5765-PER 5660-PER 5663-PER 5661-PER 5664-PER 5662-PER
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Product information is available via the Offering Information website
Business Partner information
If you are a Direct Reseller - System Reseller acquiring products from IBM , you may link directly to Business Partner information for this announcement. A PartnerWorld® ID and password are required (use IBM ID).
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No publications are shipped with this program. The following publications are available from the web:
Parallel Environment Runtime Edition for AIX V1.2:
To access the most recent documentation listed above, in PDF or HTML format, visit the IBM Cluster Information Center website
or the IBM Publications Center
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Specified operating environment
One of the following:
Note: For supported levels, compatibility, and limitations, refer to the applicable readme located under documentation and IBM High Performance Computing Clusters Service Packs at
Operating environment: AIX 7.1, with the latest service level
For compiling, one of these:
For running, one of these:
To run Parallel Operating Environment jobs, any job scheduler or TWS LoadLeveler® for AIX , V5.1 is required.
Note: The common resource manager interfaces used by Parallel Operating Environment allow the use of schedulers other than LoadLeveler if those schedulers utilize the LoadLeveler resource manager interfaces.
The program's specifications and specified operating environment information may be found in documentation accompanying the program, if available, such as a readme file, or other information published by IBM , such as an announcement letter. Documentation and other program content may be supplied only in the English language.
The following products could be purchased with this product:
- IBM Parallel ESSL for AIX , V4.2 (5765-ESX)
- IBM General Parallel File System for AIX , V3.5 (5765-G66)
- IBM Platform LSF® V8.3 (5725-G82)
- IBM Tivoli® Workload Scheduler LoadLeveler for AIX , V5.1 (5765-L50)
The benefits to the customer are:
Parallel Engineering and Scientific Subroutine Library (Parallel ESSL) is a scalable mathematical subroutine library that provides outstanding performance through simple subroutine calls for engineering and scientific MPI applications on clusters of Power Systems servers using the IBM MPI library for communication.
General Parallel File System ( GPFS ) is beneficial because MPI-IO depends on the underlying file system's ability to maintain file consistency when multiple tasks modify a file. An MPI job distributes tasks across many nodes, and these tasks commonly do large amounts of concurrent and even coordinated file I/O.
IBM Platform LSF provides intelligent workload allocation based on policy and system architecture, designed to maximize performance for the most demanding compute-intensive or data-intensive applications. Unifying multiple systems, it cost effectively creates a single, dedicated HPC infrastructure with maximum compute power. By providing optimal utilization of existing IT infrastructures, more work is done with fewer resources, reducing infrastructure and administration costs, and providing low total cost of ownership.
IBM Tivoli Workload Scheduler LoadLeveler can be used to manage parallel workload, maximize resource utilization, and minimize job completion time. LoadLeveler schedules jobs, and provides functions for building, submitting, and processing jobs quickly and efficiently in a dynamic environment.
Due to AIX binary compatibility support, applications compiled under previous versions of the AIX operating system and IBM Parallel Environment for AIX are supported and compatible with IBM PE Runtime Edition for AIX .
IBM Electronic Support
The IBM Support Portal is your gateway to technical support. This includes IBM Electronic Support tools and resources, for software and hardware, to help save time and simplify support. The Electronic Support tools can help you find answers to questions, download fixes, troubleshoot, automate data collection, submit and track problems through the Service Request online tool, and build skills. All these tools are made available through your IBM support agreement, at no additional charge.
This is the last release of IBM PE Runtime Edition for AIX to ship the LAPI programming interface. PAMI is the replacement interface, already included with IBM PE Runtime Edition for AIX , V1.2.
If you have the IBM Parallel Environment for AIX , V5 product installed in your environment, you need to uninstall it prior to installing IBM PE Runtime Edition for AIX , V1.
IBM PE Runtime Edition for AIX is distributed as a single package available on DVD media with the following:
Security, auditability, and control
IBM PE Runtime Edition for AIX uses the security and auditability features of the AIX 7 operating system.
The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.
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IBM Software Services has the breadth, depth, and reach to manage your services needs. You can leverage the deep technical skills of our lab-based, software services team and the business consulting, project management, and infrastructure expertise of our IBM Global Services team. Also, we extend our IBM Software Services reach through IBM Business Partners to provide an extensive portfolio of capabilities. Together, we provide the global reach, intellectual capital, industry insight, and technology leadership to support a wide range of critical business needs.
To learn more about IBM Software Services or to contact a Software Services sales specialist, visit
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Part number or Program name PID number Charge metric IBM PE Runtime 5765-PER Per install - small, Edition for medium, or large server AIX including one year SWMA 1-year SWMA: 5660-PER Per install - small, Registration medium, or large server and Renewal 1-year SWMA: 5661-PER Per install - small, After-license medium, or large server 3-year SWMA: 5662-PER Per install - small, Registration medium, or large server 3-year SWMA: 5663-PER Per install - small, Renewal medium, or large server 3-year SWMA: 5664-PER Per install - small, After-license medium, or large server
Install is a unit of measure by which the program can be licensed. An install is an installed copy of the program on a physical or virtual disk made available to be executed on a computer. Licensee must obtain an entitlement for each install of the program.
Note: No changes to ordering information for this release.
This software license includes one year of Software Maintenance. Extending coverage for a total of three years from the date of acquisition may be elected. Order the program number, feature number, and quantity to extend coverage for your software licenses. If maintenance has expired, specify the after-license feature number.
Refer to Software Announcement 211-237, dated July 12, 2011 .
System Program Order (SPO): An order for SPO 5692-A6P is mandatory for shipments of program distribution. The individual licensed program orders are for registration and billing purposes only. No shipment occurs under these orders.
To receive shipment of machine-readable materials the order needs to include SPO 5692-A6P for IBM PE Runtime Edition for AIX . The individual licensed program order (for example, 5765-PER) must still be ordered but will be for registration and billing purposes only and will not result in shipment of materials.
Feature Program number Program/Function name number 5692-A6P IBM PE Runtime Edition for AIX, V1.2 2287
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|Terms and conditions|
The information provided in this announcement letter is for reference and convenience purposes only. The terms and conditions that govern any transaction with IBM are contained in the applicable contract documents such as the IBM International Program License Agreement, IBM International Passport Advantage® Agreement, and the IBM Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance.
IBM International Program License Agreement including the License Information document and Proof of Entitlement (PoE) govern your use of the program. PoEs are required for all authorized use.
This software license includes Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance).
Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance
The IBM Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance (Z125-6011) applies for Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) and does not require customer signatures.
This program is licensed under the IBM Program License Agreement (IPLA) and the associated Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance, which provide for support with ongoing access to releases and versions of the program. IBM includes one year of Software Subscription and Support with the initial license acquisition of each program acquired. The initial period of Software Subscription and Support can be extended by the purchase of a renewal option, if available. These programs have a one-time license charge for use of the program and an annual renewable charge for the enhanced support that includes telephone assistance (voice support for defects during normal business hours), as well as access to updates, releases, and versions of the program as long as support is in effect.
License Information form number
The program's License Information will be available for review on the IBM Software License Agreement website
Limited warranty applies
IBM warrants that when the program is used in the specified operating environment, it will conform to its specifications. The warranty applies only to the unmodified portion of the program. IBM does not warrant uninterrupted or error-free operation of the program or that IBM will correct all program defects. You are responsible for the results obtained from the use of the program.
IBM provides you with access to IBM databases containing information on known program defects, defect corrections, restrictions, and bypasses at no additional charge. For further information, consult the IBM Software Support Handbook found at
IBM will maintain this information for at least one year after the original licensee acquires the program (warranty period).
Program technical support
Technical support of a program product version or release will be available for a minimum of three years from the general availability date, as long as your Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) is in effect. This technical support allows you to obtain assistance (via telephone or electronic means) from IBM for product-specific, task-oriented questions regarding the installation and operation of the program product. Software Subscription and Support also provides you with access to updates (modifications or fixes), releases, and versions of the program. You will be notified, via announcement letter, of discontinuance of support with 12 months' notice. If you require additional technical support from IBM , including an extension of support beyond the discontinuance date, contact your IBM representative or IBM Business Partner. This extension may be available for a fee.
If for any reason you are dissatisfied with the program and you are the original licensee, you may obtain a refund of the amount you paid for it, if within 30 days of your invoice date you return the program and its PoE to the party from whom you obtained it. If you downloaded the program, you may contact the party from whom you acquired it for instructions on how to obtain the refund.
For clarification, note that for programs acquired under any of IBM's On/Off Capacity on Demand (On/Off CoD) software offerings, this term does not apply since these offerings apply to programs already acquired and in use by you.
Volume orders (IVO)
Yes. Contact your IBM representative.
Passport Advantage applies
Software Subscription and Support applies
Yes. All distributed software licenses include Software Subscription and Support for a period of 12 months from the date of acquisition, providing a streamlined way to acquire IBM software and assure technical support coverage for all licenses. Extending coverage for a total of three years from date of acquisition may be elected.
While your Software Subscription and Support is in effect, IBM provides you assistance for your routine, short duration installation and usage (how-to) questions, and code-related questions. IBM provides assistance via telephone and, if available, electronic access, only to your information systems (IS) technical support personnel during the normal business hours (published prime shift hours) of your IBM support center. (This assistance is not available to your end users.) IBM provides Severity 1 assistance 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
For additional details, consult your IBM Software Support Handbook at
Software Subscription and Support does not include assistance for the design and development of applications, your use of programs in other than their specified operating environment, or failures caused by products for which IBM is not responsible under this agreement.
IBM Operational Support Services -- SoftwareXcel
Power Systems SWMA
System i Software Maintenance applies
Variable charges apply
Educational allowance available
Yes. A 15% education allowance applies to qualified education institution customers.
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|Statement of good security practices|
IT system security involves protecting systems and information through prevention, detection, and response to improper access from within and outside your enterprise. Improper access can result in information being altered, destroyed, or misappropriated or can result in misuse of your systems to attack others. Without a comprehensive approach to security, no IT system or product should be considered completely secure and no single product or security measure can be completely effective in preventing improper access. IBM systems and products are designed to be part of a comprehensive security approach, which will necessarily involve additional operational procedures, and may require other systems, products, or services to be most effective. IBM does not warrant that systems and products are immune from the malicious or illegal conduct of any party.
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|IBM Electronic Services|
Electronic Service Agent and the IBM Electronic Support web portal are dedicated to providing fast, exceptional support to IBM Systems customers. The IBM Electronic Service Agent tool is a no-additional-charge tool that proactively monitors and reports hardware events, such as system errors, performance issues, and inventory. The Electronic Service Agent tool can help you stay focused on your company's strategic business initiatives, save time, and spend less effort managing day-to-day IT maintenance issues. Servers enabled with this tool can be monitored remotely around the clock by IBM Support all at no additional cost to you.
Now integrated into the base operating system of AIX 5.3, AIX 6.1, and AIX 7.1, Electronic Service Agent is designed to automatically and electronically report system failures and utilization issues to IBM , which can result in faster problem resolution and increased availability. System configuration and inventory information collected by the Electronic Service Agent tool also can be viewed on the secure Electronic Support web portal, and used to improve problem determination and resolution by you and the IBM support team. To access the tool main menu, simply type "smitty esa_main", and select "Configure Electronic Service Agent ." In addition, ESA now includes a powerful Web user interface, giving the administrator easy access to status, tool settings, problem information, and filters. For more information and documentation on how to configure and use Electronic Service Agent , refer to
The IBM Electronic Support portal is a single Internet entry point that replaces the multiple entry points traditionally used to access IBM Internet services and support. This portal enables you to gain easier access to IBM resources for assistance in resolving technical problems. The My Systems and Premium Search functions make it even easier for Electronic Service Agent tool-enabled customers to track system inventory and find pertinent fixes.
Increased uptime: The Electronic Service Agent tool is designed to enhance the Warranty or Maintenance Agreement by providing faster hardware error reporting and uploading system information to IBM Support. This can translate to less wasted time monitoring the "symptoms," diagnosing the error, and manually calling IBM Support to open a problem record. Its 24 x 7 monitoring and reporting mean no more dependence on human intervention or off-hours customer personnel when errors are encountered in the middle of the night.
Security: The Electronic Service Agent tool is designed to be secure in monitoring, reporting, and storing the data at IBM . The Electronic Service Agent tool securely transmits either via the Internet (HTTPS or VPN) or modem, and can be configured to communicate securely through gateways to provide customers a single point of exit from their site. Communication is one way. Activating Electronic Service Agent does not enable IBM to call into a customer's system. System inventory information is stored in a secure database, which is protected behind IBM firewalls. It is viewable only by the customer and IBM . The customer's business applications or business data is never transmitted to IBM .
More accurate reporting: Since system information and error logs are automatically uploaded to the IBM Support center in conjunction with the service request, customers are not required to find and send system information, decreasing the risk of misreported or misdiagnosed errors. Once inside IBM , problem error data is run through a data knowledge management system and knowledge articles are appended to the problem record.
Customized support: Using the IBM ID entered during activation, customers can view system and support information in the "My Systems" and "Premium Search" sections of the Electronic Support website at
My Systems provides valuable reports of installed hardware and software using information collected from the systems by Electronic Service Agent . Reports are available for any system associated with the customer's IBM ID. Premium Search combines the function of search and the value of Electronic Service Agent information, providing advanced search of the technical support knowledgebase. Using Premium Search and the Electronic Service Agent information that has been collected from your system, customers are able to see search results that apply specifically to their systems.
For more information on how to utilize the power of IBM Electronic Services, contact your IBM Systems Services Representative, or visit
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