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IBM Airline Control System V2.4 delivers a new base designed to support growth with expanded memory and message length

IBM United States Software Announcement 208-103
May 20, 2008

 

 ENUS208103.PDF (26KB)

 

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TOC link At a glance TOC link Technical information
TOC link Overview TOC link Ordering information
TOC link Key prerequisites TOC link Terms and conditions
TOC link Planned availability date TOC link IBM Electronic Services
TOC link Description TOC link Prices
TOC link Reference information TOC link Order now
 
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At a glance

Airline Control System (ALCS) V2.4 is designed with the following new facilities and enhancements:

  • Exploits virtual storage above 2 GB
  • Moves Virtual File Addressing above 2 GB
  • Removes message size constraint of 32 KB
  • Optimizes MQ Bridge facility
  • Provides the ability to display TCP/IP Trace
  • Enhances the display of load module status
  • Allows an application to check availability of a given pool
  • Uses filing stamps that are now application, not TPF Database Facility program names
  • Determines whether storage belongs to an Entity Control Boundary
  • Adds program version to duplicate dump table
  • Changes the minimum operating system prerequisite from OS/390® to z/OS
  • Consolidates the program temporary fixes since the previous release

For ordering, contact:

Your IBM representative or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: LE001).
 
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Overview

Airline Control System (ALCS) is a control monitor designed to run in a z/OS® environment. ALCS is part of the Transaction Processing Facility (TPF) family of products that is also referred to as TPF/MVS™. ALCS provides a TPF API for the z/OS environment. This new release, V2.4, gives you virtual file addressing above the 2-GB level, longer message lengths, and enhanced Message Queuing Series support.
 
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Key prerequisites

The minimum platform for ALCS V2.4 is z/OS V1.2 with z/Architecture™-enabled hardware.
 
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Planned availability date

June 13, 2008
 
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Description

Accessibility by people with disabilities

A U.S. Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) containing details on accessibility compliance can be requested at

ALCS V2.4 meets accessibility requirements with the exception of some diagrams in the documentation. If requested by customers, we will make textual descriptions of those diagrams available to them.

Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act

Airline Control System V2.4 is capable as of June 13, 2008, 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.

Hardware and software support services

SmoothStart™/installation services: SmoothStart Services and Installation Services are not provided.
 
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Reference information

For the announcement of ALCS V2.3, refer to Software Announcement 203-304 , dated November 11, 2003.

For recently updated information on ALCS, visit

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).

BP Attachment for Announcement Letter 208-103

Trademarks

 
MVS, z/Architecture, and SmoothStart are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
z/OS and OS/390 are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

 
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Technical information

Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements

The basic requirement is for a processor that supports the prerequisite operating system and has sufficient processor storage to meet the requirements of the operating system, ALCS V2.4, the application programs, the access methods, and all other software being run.

This includes System z™.

Software requirements

Control programs: The minimum required level of operating system for ALCS V2.4 is z/OS® 1.7 (5694-A01).

Other programs: ALCS V2.4 requires the following programs at a compatible level, or later releases or versions.

  • WebSphere® MQSeries® for z/OS V5.3.1 (5655-F10), or later, if application programs use the message queuing interface (MQI)
  • DB2 Universal Database® Server for OS/390® and z/OS V7.1 5675-DB2®) with PTF UQ77014 or, DB2 Universal Database (UDB) for z/OS V8 (5625-DB2) or later, if application programs use structured query language (SQL)
  • IBM Tivoli® NetView® for OS/390 V1 R3 (5697-B82) or, Tivoli NetView for z/OS V5.1 (5697-ENV) or later, if the installation uses NetView operator IDs to communicate with ALCS

C applications may be compiled using z/OS V1R7 XL C/C++ (5694-A01).

COBOL applications may be compiled using IBM Enterprise COBOL for z/OS V4.1 (5655-S71).

Optional features of z/OS recommended by IBM are:

  • DFSMSdss™ feature of Data Facility Storage Management Subsystem (DFSMS)
  • DFSMShsm™ feature of DFSMS
  • z/OS Security Server (RACF®)
  • Resource Measurement Facility (RMF™)
  • Data Facility Sort (DFSORT™)

Optional recommended IBM products include:

  • TPF Database Facility (TPFDF)
  • IBM Tivoli Decision Support for z/OS
  • DITTO/ESA for MVS™

Compatibility: ALCS V2.4 is fully upward compatible with ALCS V2.3.1, ALCS V2.2.1, and ALCS V2.1.3.

Planning information

Packaging

The following items are shipped together with the basic machine-readable material for the product:

  • License Program Spec for Airline Control System (GC34-6327)
  • CD-ROM (LCD4-7868)

Security, auditability, and control

Airline Control System V2.4 uses the security and auditability features of the z/OS operating environment. 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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Ordering information

The hardcopy publication Airline Control System — Licensed Program Spec (GC34-6327) is shipped with this product.

ALCS V2.4 is not available via the Customized Offerings.

Current licensees

New licensees: Shipment will begin on the planned availability date.

  • Orders that ship before the planned availability will receive ALCS V2.3.1.
  • Orders that ship after the planned availability date will receive ALCS V2.4.

New users of ALCS V2 should specify:

 
        Type: 5695       Model: 068

To order a basic license, specify the program number 5695-068 and feature number 9001 for asset registration.

                   Feature
 Environment       number         Distribution medium
 
 System z/OS       5809           CD-ROM

When ALCS V2.4 is available, ALCS V2.3 will no longer be available.

Parallel Sysplex® license charge (PSLC) basic license: To order a basic license, specify the program number and quantity of MSU.

If there is more than one program copy in a Parallel Sysplex, the charge for all copies is associated to one license by specifying the applicable PSLC license options and quantity represented by the sum of the Service Units in Millions (MSUs) in your Parallel Sysplex. For all other program copies, specify the System Usage Registration No-Charge (SYSUSGREG NC) Identifier on the licenses.

Entitlement                               License option/
identifier        Description             Pricing metric
 
S000BKC           Airline Control System  Basic MLC, PSLC below 3 MSU
                   V2.4                   Basic MLC, PSLC AD
                                          SYSUSGREG NC, PSLC AD
 
 
Orderable supply  Language                Distribution Medium
ID:
S01518L           English                 CD-ROM

Workload license charge (WLC) basic license: If there is more than one program copy in a Parallel Sysplex, the charge for all copies is associated to one license by specifying the applicable WLC license options and quantity represented by the sum of the Service Units in Millions (MSUs) in your Parallel Sysplex. For all other program copies, specify the Workload Registration Variable WLC Identifier on the licenses.

Entitlement                              License option/
identifier        Description            Pricing metric
 
S000BKC           Airline Control        Basic MLC, Variable  WLC
                   System V2.4            Workload Registration,
                                          Variable  WLC
 
Orderable supply  Language               Distribution medium
ID:
 
S01518L           English                CD-ROM

Entry WLC (EWLC) basic license: To order a basic license, specify the program number and the quantity of MSUs.

Entitlement                                  License option/
identifier         Description               Pricing metric
 
S000BKC            Airline Control System    Basic MLC, Entry WLC
                    V2.4
 
Orderable supply   Language                  Distribution Medium
ID:
 
S01518L            English                   CD-ROM

System z entry license charge (zELC): To order zELC software, specify the program number and z800 model.

Specify the zELC monthly license option.

Entitlement                                  License option/
identifier          Description              Pricing metric
 
S000BKC             ALC                      Basic MLC, zELC
 
Orderable supply    Language                 Distribution Medium
ID:
S01518L             English                  CD-ROM

Basic machine-readable material

Orderable
Supply ID:  Language         Distribution medium   Description
 
S015I8L     US English       CD-ROM                ALCS V2.4

Unlicensed documentation: License Program Spec for Airline Control System (GC34-6327)

Subsequent updates (technical newsletters or revisions between releases) to the publications shipped with the product will be distributed to the user of record for as long as a license for this software remains in effect. A separate publication order or subscription is not needed.
 
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Terms and conditions

Licensing: The program in this announcement is licensed under the terms of the IBM Customer Agreement.

Variable charges apply: Yes.

System/390® Multiple operating systems: PR/SM™ (MOSP) Charge option

Attachment applies: Yes, for graduated charge programs licensed to a qualifying machine.

Installation license or location license applies: No. A separate license is required for each machine on which the licensed program materials will be used.

Educational allowance: A 15% educational allowance is applicable toward eligible license charges and is available to qualifying institutions in accordance with the Educational Allowance Attachment. The educational allowance may not be added to any other discount or allowance.

Volume discount: Not applicable.

Warranted: Yes.

Licensed program materials availability: Restricted Materials — Yes. This licensed program will be available with source licensed program material for some modules designated as Restricted Materials OF IBM. In addition, some modules will be available without source licensed program materials. These modules will be available in object code. The remaining modules will be available with source licensed program materials. Refer to publication manual Licensed Program Specifications (GH19-6805), for additional information.

Testing period: Basic License — None

DSLO: Not applicable

Type/duration of program services: Central Service will be available from ALCS development, IBM Poughkeepsie (through the IBM Branch Office or directly via e-mail to alcs@uk.ibm.com) until twelve months after formal announcement of withdrawal of support.

IBM operational support services — SupportLine: No
 
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IBM Electronic Services

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.

To learn how Electronic Services can work for you, visit


 
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Prices

zSeries® entry license charges

zSeries entry license charges are unchanged from ALCS V2.3.

For the announcement of ALCS V2.3, refer to Software Announcement 203-304 , dated November 11, 2003.

Parallel Sysplex license charges

Parallel Sysplex license charges are unchanged from ALCS V2.3.

For the announcement of ALCS V2.3, refer to Software Announcement 203-304 , dated November 11, 2003.

Variable WLC

Variable WLC are unchanged from ALCS V2.3.

For the announcement of ALCS V2.3, refer to Software Announcement 203-304 , dated November 11, 2003.

Entry WLC

Entry workload charges are unchanged from ALCS V2.3

For the announcement of ALCS V2.3, refer to Software Announcement 203-304 , dated November 11, 2003.

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IBM Global Financing offerings are provided through IBM Credit LLC in the United States, and other IBM subsidiaries and divisions worldwide to qualified commercial and government customers. Rates are based on a customer's credit rating, financing terms, offering type, equipment type, and options, and may vary by country. Other restrictions may apply. Rates and offerings are subject to change, extension, or withdrawal without notice.

Financing offering/capabilities: IBM Global Financing offers competitive financing to credit-qualified customers and Business Partners to assist them in acquiring IT solutions. Our offerings include financing for IT acquisition, including hardware, software and services, both from IB and other manufacturers or vendors, as well as commercial financing (revolving lines of credit, terms loans, acquisition facilities and inventory financing credit lines) for Business Partners. Offerings (for all customer segments: small, medium and large enterprise), rates, terms, and availability can vary by country. Contact your local IBM Global Financing organization or visit the Web at:
 
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Order now

To order, contact the Americas Call Centers or your local IBM representative.

To identify your local IBM representative, call 800-IBM-4YOU (426-4968).

 Phone:      800-IBM-CALL (426-2255)
 Fax:        800-2IBM-FAX (242-6329)
 Internet:   callserv@ca.ibm.com
 Mail:       IBM Teleweb Customer Support
             ibm.com Sales Execution Center, Americas North
             3500 Steeles Ave. East, Tower 3/4
             Markham, Ontario
             Canada
             L3R 2Z1
 
 Reference:  LE001

The Americas Call Centers, our national direct marketing organization, can add your name to the mailing list for catalogs of IBM products.

Note: Shipments will begin after the planned availability date.

Trademarks

 
System z, DFSMSdss, DFSMShsm, RMF, DFSORT, MVS, PR/SM, and Electronic Service Agent are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
z/OS, WebSphere, MQSeries, DB2 Universal Database, OS/390, DB2, Tivoli, NetView, RACF, Parallel Sysplex, System/390, and zSeries are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

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