IBM ESSL V5.2 extends optimization with new subroutinesIBM United States Software Announcement 213-026
February 5, 2013
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|At a glance|
IBM® Engineering and Scientific Subroutine Library (ESSL) V5.2 offers additional scientific subroutines for improved performance on IBM POWER® hardware.
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ESSL offers a collection of mathematical subroutines that are tuned for performance on IBM Power Systems servers, including IBM POWER6® and IBM POWER7® processor-based servers and blades. ESSL products support both the AIX® operating system and Linux operating system.
There are 47 new subroutines available with ESSL V5.2:
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Supported on all IBM POWER7 , POWER7+ , POWER6 , and POWER6+ servers and blades with the appropriate AIX or Linux operating system. Refer to the Technical information section for details.
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|Planned availability date|
February 22, 2013
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Accessibility by people with disabilities
A US Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) containing details on accessibility compliance can be requested at
Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act
ESSL V5 is capable as of February 22, 2013, 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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Use ESSL when you need outstanding performance through simple subroutine calls from floating-point engineering and scientific applications running on IBM Power Systems servers or blades.
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Program Program number VRM name 5765-H25 5.2.0 ESSL for AIX 5765-L51 5.2.0 ESSL for Linux on Power
Product identification number
Maintenance Maintenance Program PID number 1-year PID number 3-year PID number 5765-H25 5660-ESL 5663-ESL 5661-ESL 5664-ESL 5662-ESL 5765-L51 5660-ELL 5663-ELL 5661-ELL 5664-ELL 5662-ELL
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No publications are shipped with this program. The following publications are available on the web:
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Specified operating environment
Supported on all IBM POWER7 , POWER7+ , POWER6 , and POWER6+ servers and blades.
Operating system support
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.
ESSL for Linux , V5.2 is not supported on IBM Blue Gene/Q Systems.
ESSL for AIX , V5.2 is not supported on the AIX 5.3 operating system.
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Source code changes may be required in C or C++ application programs that call "cpocon" or "zpocon". See the Migration chapter of the ESSL V5.2 Guide and Reference for details.
The following non-LAPACK conforming subroutines are no longer provided in ESSL V5.2. To run with ESSL V5.2, existing applications using these subroutines will require source code changes to replace these subroutines as shown below.
ESSL V5.1 Non-LAPACK Replace with these Conforming Subroutines ESSL LAPACK Subroutines sgeev, dgeev, cgeev, zgeev sgeevx, dgeevx, cgeevx, zgeevx sspev, dspev, chpev, zhpeev sspevx, dspevx, chpevx, zhpeevx sspsv, dspsv, chpsv, zhpesv sgegv, dgegv sggev, dggev ssygv, dsygv ssygvx, dsygvx
Existing applications that do not use these non-LAPACK conforming subroutines will work without source code changes if you are migrating from ESSL V5.1 to ESSL V5.2.
ESSL is distributed as a single package, AIX or Linux , available on DVD media. with the following:
Security, auditability, and control
ESSL uses the security and auditability features of the operating 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 ESSL for AIX 5765-H25 Per processor with 1 year SWMA 1-year SWMA: 5660-ESL Per processor Registration and Renewal 1-year SWMA: 5661-ESL Per processor After-license 3-year SWMA: 5662-ESL Per processor Registration 3-year SWMA: 5663-ESL Per processor Renewal 3-year SWMA: 5664-ESL Per processor After-license
Part number or Program name PID number Charge metric ESSL for Linux 5765-L51 Per processor with 1 year SWMA 1-year SWMA: 5660-ELL Per processor Registration and Renewal 1-year SWMA: 5661-ELL Per processor After-license 3-year SWMA: 5662-ELL Per processor Registration 3-year SWMA: 5663-ELL Per processor Renewal 3-year SWMA: 5664-ELL Per processor After-license
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Note: No changes to ordering information for this release.
This software license includes one year 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.
System Program Order (SPO): An order for SPO 5692-A6P or 5692-LOP 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 ESSL for AIX or SPO 5692-LOP for ESSL for Linux . The individual licensed program order (for example, 5765-H25) 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 ESSL for AIX, V5.2 2280 5692-LOP ESSL for Linux, V5.2 2270
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Educational allowance available
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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
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