IBM LoadLeveler for Linux on x86 Architecture V5.1 delivers improved serviceability and job launch performanceIBM United States Software Announcement 212-023
March 13, 2012
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LoadLeveler® for Linux on x86 Architecture V5.1, available for System x® ordering, schedules applications to clusters of select IBM® System x servers. Loadleveler supports load balancing for interactive parallel operating environment sessions and focuses on parallel job scheduling and scalability running on the RHEL 6 or SLES 11 operating system.
With LoadLeveler for Linux on x86 Architecture, you can get:
Licenses for offerings in this announcement include one year or three years of Software Subscription and Support. Software Subscription and Support renewals for all features are aligned through Passport Advantage® Express® or Passport Advantage, reducing the administrative burden of keeping your Subscription and Support up to date.
If a new release of a given offering in this announcement is made generally available in Passport Advantage after the announcement of the offering in System x ordering systems, you may elect to take delivery of any release generally available for that offering during the product registration process.
Eligible software products, offered and selected during the ordering process with each hardware system, are enabled for electronic download for the system unit for which the product was ordered. Optionally, software and license-only orders can be created for these products based on existing supported hardware system units in the business environment. Offerings included in this announcement are available exclusively by electronic download.
For ordering, contact your IBM representative or an IBM Business Partner. For more information contact the Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (426-2255). Reference: YE001
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|Planned availability date|
March 16, 2012
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LoadLeveler for Linux on x86 Architecture Version 5.1 is a job management tool designed to allow users to run more jobs in less time by matching processing needs with the available resources. LoadLeveler for Linux schedules jobs and provides functions for building, submitting, and processing jobs quickly and efficiently in a dynamic environment.
Batch jobs can be submitted, either serial or parallel, to run in the background and require no input from the user. LoadLeveler scheduling algorithms use the availability of consumable resources to determine the machine or machines on which a job will run.
With LoadLeveler V5
Large-scale cluster options are delivered to make commands more usable in large clusters and are designed to improve scheduling and job launch performance.
Commands are provided to improve serviceability, logging, and analysis:
"Scale-out" support on System x servers allows exploitation of IBM PE Runtime using InfiniBand User Space.
Advance reservation includes a reservation type and keyword for flexible resources and user options, and reservations can specify floating consumable resources.
LoadLevelersupports a rich set of configuration keywords. For sites using both xCAT and LoadLeveler, the LoadLeveler configuration data can be stored in the same MySQL database that xCAT configures. An option is provided to check the validity of configuration data in files or databases.
Among keyword and command enhancements is the capability for configuring groups of machines with common characteristics. After the configuration data specified by the administrator is read from the configuration files or database, it is stored in shared memory for quick access by LoadLeveler daemons and processes.
LoadLeveler is packaged with separate install images for the resource manager and job scheduler. Each software package has its own set of externals such as commands and APIs. A user has the option of installing just the LoadLeveler resource manager, which is also packaged with the IBM PE Runtime Edition product, or installing both the LoadLeveler resource manager and scheduler.
A well-defined API is created and made available in the LoadLeveler resource manager, to allow a robust and efficient interaction with any scheduler.
In making use of this API, your scheduling software could provide scheduling functions in a similar way as the LoadLeveler scheduler does, while taking advantage of the specific features provided in the LoadLeveler resource manager.
Accessibility by people with disabilities
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Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act
IBM LoadLeveler for Linux on x86 Architecture is capable as of March 16, 2012, when used in accordance with associated IBM 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 on the following website
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LoadLeveler for Linux on x86 Architecture provides an excellent framework for managing both serial and parallel batch workload in a single cluster as well as multicluster environments. Jobs can be submitted within the same LoadLeveler cluster or across multiple clusters on a grid. LoadLeveler supports load balancing for interactive parallel operating environment sessions and provides various advanced job scheduling functions in a large-scale parallel computing environment.
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Program Program number VRM name 5641-LL1 5.1.0 LoadLeveler for Linux on x86 Architecture with 1-year SW S&S 5641-LL3 5.1.0 LoadLeveler for Linux on x86 Architecture with 3-year SW S&S
Product identification number
Business Partner information
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To allow for ease of order submission, the offerings in this announcement can be configured in conjunction with eligible System x hardware, software, and license-only configurations that can be created for this product based on existing supported System x hardware system units in a given business environment.
Orders placed for the eligible offerings in this announcement will be routed and fulfilled through Passport Advantage Express. Invoicing for the initial license orders will occur through the System x order management systems. Subscription and Support renewals will be managed through Passport Advantage.
Passport Advantage allows you to have a common anniversary date for Software Subscription and Support renewals. The anniversary date, established at the order ship date for the initial product acquisition, will remain unchanged while your Passport Advantage Agreement remains in effect.
New software purchases initially include 12 or 36 full months of Subscription and Support coverage. Subscription and Support in the second year (the first year of renewal) can be prorated to be coterminous with your common anniversary date but managed and invoiced through Passport Advantage. Thereafter, all Software Subscription and Support will renew at the common anniversary date and include 12 full months of Subscription and Support.
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Product information is available via the Offering Information website
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No hardcopy publications are shipped with this program.
The following publications are available from the web:
To access the above LoadLeveler documentation, refer to the IBM Cluster Information Center website. This website contains the most recent LoadLeveler documentation in PDF and HTML formats and is located at
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Specified operating environment
Operating system, one of these:
To run parallel operating environment jobs, IBM PE Runtime Edition for Linux on x86 Architecture V1.2 is required.
If using the database configuration option, Extreme Cloud Administrative
Toolkit (xCAT) V2.6 using a MySQL database is required.
Note: Running parallel jobs with OpenMPI and Intel MPI are also supported.
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 would compliment this product:
- IBM PE Runtime Edition for Linux on x86 Architecture V1.2 (5641-PR1)
- Extreme Cloud Administrative Toolkit (xCAT)
- IBM GPFS for Linux on x86 Architecture V3.4 (5641-A07)
- System x options
- IBM System x servers
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IBM includes one year of Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) with each program license acquired. The initial period of Software Subscription and Support (Software Maintenance) can be extended by the purchase of a renewal option, if available.
For software products in this announcement, physical media and hardcopy documentation are not included in the deliverable package. The software code is delivered only via electronic download.
After receipt of an order, the Business Partner or end-user customer will be required to register and accept Passport Advantage or Passport Advantage Express terms and conditions. The product includes the license and one or three years of Software Subscription and Support.
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This program, when downloaded from a website, contains the applicable IBM license agreement and License Information, if appropriate, and will be presented for acceptance at the time of installation of the program. For future reference, the license and License Information will be stored in a directory such as LICENSE.TXT.
Security, auditability, and control
IBM LoadLeveler for Linux on x86 Architecture uses the security and auditability features of the system in which it is installed.
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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Part number or Program name PID number Charge metric IBM LoadLeveler 5641-LL1 Per install - small, for Linux on medium, or large server x86 Architecture with 1-year S&S IBM LoadLeveler 5641-LL3 Per install - small, for Linux on medium, or large server x86 Architecture with 3-year S&S
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.
Orders for new licenses will be accepted now. Electronic download ability begins on March 16, 2012.
To order the programs described in this announcement, specify the type model number, order type description, supply feature, and quantity of desired licenses for the appropriate one-time charge (OTC) features listed in the tables below. After receipt of your order, you will be requested to register through Passport Advantage Express to allow for entitlement for support and notification of upgrades. Upon registration completion you will be provided with a Web site for the electronic download. The one-time charge for the product includes the license and one or three years of Software Subscription and Support (S&S).
Single entity offering (SEO) numbers in the table below can be ordered through ibm.com®. The SEO numbers in the table below are equivalent to the type model number, description, supply feature, and OTC billing feature numbers as designated in the table. After receipt of your order, you will be requested to register through Passport Advantage Express to allow for entitlement for support and notification of upgrades. Upon registration completion, you will be provided with a Web site for the electronic download. The one-time charge for the product includes the license and one or three years of Software Subscription and Support.
OTC Supply billing Program number and feature feature SEO feature description number number number
5641-LL1 LoadLeveler for Linux 5809 0316 00D4813 on x86 Arch V5.1, Small 1-2 Sockets per Install with 1-year SW S&S 5641-LL1 LoadLeveler for Linux 5809 0315 00D4814 on x86 Arch V5.1, Medium 3-4 Sockets per Install with 1-year SW S&S 5641-LL1 LoadLeveler for Linux 5809 0314 00D4815 on x86 Arch V5.1, Large 5+ Sockets per Install with 1-year SW S&S 5641-LL3 LoadLeveler for Linux 5809 0306 00D4816 on x86 Arch V5.1, Small 1-2 Sockets per Install with 3-year SW S&S 5641-LL3 LoadLeveler for Linux 5809 0305 00D4817 on x86 Arch V5.1, Medium 3-4 Sockets per Install with 3-year SW S&S 5641-LL3 LoadLeveler for Linux 5809 0307 00D4818 on x86 Arch V5.1, Large 5+ Sockets per Install with 3-year SW S&S
Select the appropriate feature numbers to customize your order with delivery options desired. These features can be specified on the initial or MES orders.
Expedite shipments Feature Description 3445 Expedite
Expedite shipments will be processed to receive 72-hour delivery from the time IBM Software Delivery and Fulfillment (SDF) receives the order.
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This software license includes Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance).
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These programs are licensed under the IBM Program License Agreement (IPLA). IBM includes one or three years of Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) with the initial license acquisition of each program acquired.
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Volume orders (IVO)
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Variable charges apply
Educational allowance available
Yes. A 15% education allowance applies to qualified education institution customers.
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IBM has transformed its delivery of hardware and software support services to help you achieve higher system availability. Electronic Services is a web-enabled solution that offers an exclusive, no-additional-charge enhancement to the service and support available for IBM servers. These services are designed to provide the opportunity for greater system availability with faster problem resolution and preemptive monitoring. Electronic Services comprises two separate, but complementary, elements: Electronic Services news page and Electronic Services Agent.
The Electronic Services news page is a single Internet entry point that replaces the multiple entry points traditionally used to access IBM Internet services and support. The news page enables you to gain easier access to IBM resources for assistance in resolving technical problems.
The Electronic Service Agent is no-additional-charge software that resides on your server. It monitors events and transmits system inventory information to IBM on a periodic, client-defined timetable. The Electronic Service Agent automatically reports hardware problems to IBM. Early knowledge about potential problems enables IBM to deliver proactive service that may result in higher system availability and performance. In addition, information collected through the Service Agent is made available to IBM service support representatives when they help answer your questions or diagnose problems. Installation and use of IBM Electronic Service Agent for problem reporting enables IBM to provide better support and service for your IBM server.
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Program name: LoadLeveler for Linux on x86 Architecture
OTC billing Program number and feature SEO feature description number number
5641-LL1 LoadLeveler for Linux 0316 00D4813 on x86 Arch V5.1, Small 1-2 Sockets per Install with 1-year SW S&S 5641-LL1 LoadLeveler for Linux 0315 00D4814 on x86 Arch V5.1, Medium 3-4 Sockets per Install with 1-year SW S&S 5641-LL1 LoadLeveler for Linux 0314 00D4815 on x86 Arch V5.1, Large 5+ Sockets per Install with 1-year SW S&S 5641-LL3 LoadLeveler for Linux 0306 00D4816 on x86 Arch V5.1, Small 1-2 Sockets per Install with 3-year SW S&S 5641-LL3 LoadLeveler for Linux 0305 00D4817 on x86 Arch V5.1, Medium 3-4 Sockets per Install with 3-year SW S&S 5641-LL3 LoadLeveler for Linux 0307 00D4818 on x86 Arch V5.1, Large 5+ Sockets per Install with 3-year SW S&S
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