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IBM Parallel ESSL for AIX , V4.1 offers scientific subroutines for outstanding performance

IBM United States Software Announcement 211-091
July 12, 2011


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Key prerequisites Key prerequisites Technical information Technical information
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Description Description Terms and conditions Terms and conditions
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IBM® Parallel Engineering and Scientific Subroutine Library (Parallel ESSL) for AIX® is tuned for outstanding performance on select clusters of IBM Power Systems™ servers based on IBM POWER7® technology.

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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Parallel ESSL is a scalable mathematical subroutine library that supports parallel processing applications. Parallel ESSL for AIX, V4.1 supports IBM Power 775 clusters using the Host Fabric Interface (HFI) and select stand-alone POWER7 clusters or POWER7 clusters connected with a LAN supporting IP running AIX 7.1.

For communication, Parallel ESSL includes Basic Linear Algebra Communications Subprograms (BLACS), which use the Message Passing Interface (MPI). For computations, Parallel ESSL uses ESSL for AIX subroutines.

The Parallel ESSL SMP libraries are provided for use with the IBM Parallel Environment MPI threads library. You can run single or multithreaded user space or IP applications on all types of nodes. However, you cannot simultaneously call Parallel ESSL from multiple threads.

The Parallel ESSL for AIX libraries support both 32-bit and 64-bit environment applications. The subroutines can be called from applications written in Fortran, C, and C++.

Release 4.1 includes:

  • New ScaLAPACK subroutines: PDTRTRI and PZTRTRI - Triangular Matrix Inverse
  • New Fast Fourier Transform subroutines:
    • PSCFTD and PDCFTD - Multidimensional Complex Fourier Transform
    • PSRCFTD and PDRCFTD - Multidimensional Real-to-Complex Fourier Transform
    • PSCRFTD and PDCRFTD - Multidimensional Complex-to-Real Fourier Transform


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Key prerequisites
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  • IBM AIX 7.1 with Service Pack 3, or later
  • IBM Power 775 Supercomputer (9125-F2C) or select stand-alone POWER7 clusters or POWER7 clusters connected with a LAN


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Planned availability date
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August 26, 2011



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Description
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Parallel ESSL is a scalable mathematical subroutine library that supports parallel processing applications running on the following clusters under AIX 7.1:

  • Power 775 clusters (based on POWER7 technology) using the HFI.
  • Select stand-alone POWER7 clusters or POWER7 clusters connected with a LAN supporting IP.

Note: Refer to the Technical information and Limitations sections for additional details.

Parallel ESSL for AIX, V4.1 is a functional enhancement and complete replacement of Parallel ESSL for AIX, V3.3.

Parallel ESSL supports the Single Program Multiple Data (SPMD) programming model.

Parallel ESSL for AIX provides over 130 subroutines in six major areas of mathematical computations:

  • Level 2 Parallel Basic Linear Algebra Subprograms (PBLAS)
  • Level 3 PBLAS
  • Linear algebraic equations
  • Eigensystem analysis and singular value analysis
  • Fourier transforms
  • Random number generation

For communication, Parallel ESSL includes BLACS, which use the MPI. For computations, Parallel ESSL uses ESSL for AIX subroutines.

The Parallel ESSL SMP Libraries are provided for use with the IBM Parallel Environment MPI threads library. You can run single or multithreaded user space (US) or IP applications on all types of nodes. However, you cannot simultaneously call Parallel ESSL from multiple threads.

The Parallel ESSL for AIX libraries support both 32-bit and 64-bit environment applications. The subroutines can be called from application programs written in Fortran, C, and C++.

Release 4.1 includes:

  • New ScaLAPACK subroutines: PDTRTRI and PZTRTRI - Triangular Matrix Inverse
  • New Fast Fourier Transform subroutines:
    • PSCFTD and PDCFTD - Multidimensional Complex Fourier Transform
    • PSRCFTD and PDRCFTD - Multidimensional Real-to-Complex Fourier Transform
    • PSCRFTD and PDCRFTD - Multidimensional Complex-to-Real Fourier Transform

Accessibility by people with disabilities

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

http://www.ibm.com/able/product_accessibility/index.html

Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act

Parallel ESSL for AIX is capable as of August 26, 2011, 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

http://www.ibm.com/able/product_accessibility/index.html


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Product positioning
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Use Parallel ESSL for AIX when you need outstanding performance through simple subroutine calls from floating-point engineering and scientific MPI applications.



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Reference information
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Refer to Software Announcement 210-152, dated June 08, 2010.



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Program                Program
number         VRM     name

5765-ESX       4.1.0   Parallel ESSL for AIX
 

Product identification number

                    Maintenance        Maintenance
Program PID number  1-year PID number  3-year PID number

5765-ESX            5660-PES           5663-PES
                    5661-PES           5664-PES
                                       5662-PES
 


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ESD customers placing ESD software orders will receive an email with the software order information. The ESU customer will be able to immediately proceed to the Downloads website for program access, instead of waiting for delivery of a physical package shipped from IBM.

Customers choosing physical delivery will also have the electronic images available for ESD download.



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Product information is available via the Offering Information website

http://www.ibm.com/common/ssi

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).

https://www.ibm.com/partnerworld/mem/sla.jsp?num=211-091


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Publications
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No publications are shipped with this program.

The following publications are available on the web:

  • IBM Parallel ESSL: Guide and Reference
  • IBM Parallel ESSL for AIX: Installation Guide

To access ESSL and Parallel ESSL documentation, refer to the IBM Cluster information center website. It contains the most recent Parallel ESSL documentation in PDF and HTML formats and is located at

http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/clresctr/index.jsp

The IBM Publications Center

http://www.ibm.com/shop/publications/order

The Publications Center is a worldwide central repository for IBM product publications and marketing material with a catalog of 70,000 items. Extensive search facilities are provided. Payment options for orders are via credit card (in the US) or customer number for 50 countries. A large number of publications are available online in various file formats, and they can all be downloaded by all countries, free of charge.



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Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements

IBM Power 775 clusters using the Host Fabric Interface (HFI) or Power 730 or Power 740 clusters running stand-alone or connected with a LAN supporting IP running AIX 7.1.

Software requirements

AIX 7.1 operating system with Service Pack 3, or later

Software products

  • For compiling (one of these):
    • IBM XL Fortran Enterprise Edition V13.1 for AIX
    • IBM XL C/C++ Enterprise Edition V11.1 for AIX
  • For linking, loading, or running:
    • ESSL for AIX, V5.1
    • Parallel Environment Runtime Edition for AIX, V1.1
    • IBM XL Fortran Run-Time Environment V13.1 for AIX provided with the IBM XL Fortran Enterprise Edition for AIX or downloadable from
      http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg24026634
    • IBM XL C libraries (included in the AIX Application Development Toolkit)

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.

Companion products
  • IBM Tivoli® Workload Scheduler LoadLeveler® can be used for submission of batch parallel jobs. It can help assist with node allocation for job management.
  • IBM General Parallel File System™ (GPFS™) is a high-performance cluster file system for AIX, Linux®, and mixed clusters that provides users with shared access to files spanning multiple disk drives. GPFS delivers multicluster support, superior scalability and performance, support for extremely large files, failure recovery, and ease of administration.
  • GPFS APAR IV00760 is required in support of the Power 775 cluster solution.
Limitations

Parallel ESSL is not thread-safe. However, the Parallel ESSL SMP libraries are thread-tolerant and can therefore be called from a single thread of a multithreaded application. Customers should not make multiple simultaneous calls to Parallel ESSL from different threads of a single process as this causes unpredictable results.

Support is not provided with Parallel ESSL for AIX, V4.1 for:

  • AIX 5.3 or AIX 6.1 operating system
  • POWER4™, POWER5™, and POWER6® processor types, including IBM BladeCenter®
  • Power 755 servers
  • Qlogic 9000 Series DDR InfiniBand switches
  • High Performance Switch
  • Myrinet-2000 switch with Myrinet/PCI-X adapters
  • Parallel ESSL GM libraries


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Usability

Parallel ESSL for AIX is designed for usability with:

  • An easy-to-use call interface
  • Informative error-handling capabilities
  • Support in a 64-bit environment. Note that 64-bit applications can be created on any system, but can only run on 64-bit hardware. The data model used for the 64-bit environment is referred to as LP64. This data model supports 32-bit integers and 64-bit pointers. In accordance with the LP64 data model, all Parallel ESSL for AIX integer arguments remain 32-bit.
  • The data types operated on by the short-precision, long-precision, and integer versions of the subroutines are ANSI/IEEE 32-bit and 64-bit binary floating-point format, and 32-bit integer.
Areas of application

Parallel ESSL provides a variety of mathematical functions for many different types of scientific and engineering applications. Some of the industries using these applications are: Aerospace, Automotive, Electronics, Petroleum, Finance, Utilities, and Research. Examples of applications in these industries are:

  • Structural Analysis Time Series Analysis
  • Computational Chemistry Computational Techniques
  • Fluid Dynamics Analysis Mathematical Analysis
  • Seismic Analysis Dynamic Systems Simulation
  • Reservoir Modeling Nuclear Engineering
  • Quantitative Analysis Electronic Circuit Design

The subroutines provided in Parallel ESSL for AIX fall into the following groups:

  • Six major areas of mathematical computation, providing the computations commonly used by the industry applications listed above
  • Utilities, performing general-purpose functions
High-performance algorithms

The Parallel ESSL subroutines have been designed to provide high performance for numerically intensive computing jobs. To achieve this performance, the subroutines use advanced algorithms tailored to specific operational characteristics of the hardware, such as cache size, Translation Lookaside Buffer (TLB) size, and page size.

The FORTRAN Language Interface to the Subroutines
  • The Parallel ESSL for AIX subroutines follow standard FORTRAN calling conventions and must run in the FORTRAN runtime environment.
  • When Parallel ESSL for AIX subroutines are called from a program in a language other than FORTRAN, such as C or C++, the FORTRAN conventions must be used. This applies to all aspects of the interface, such as the linkage conventions and the data conventions. For example, array ordering must be consistent with FORTRAN array ordering techniques.

Planning information

Packaging

Parallel ESSL for AIX is distributed as a single package available via DVD media with the following:

  • IBM International Program License Agreement in multilanguage booklet (LC23-5101-00) and its License Information (L-RHAN-8CCLST) in multiple languages
  • Proof of Entitlement (POE)
  • Product readme file that describes the program's specified operating environment and program specifications
  • Program filesets:
    pessl.loc.license.4.1.0.0.I
    pessl.man.en_US.4.1.0.0.I
    pessl.msg.En_US.4.1.0.0.I
    pessl.msg.en_US.4.1.0.0.I
    pessl.rte.4.1.0.0.I
    pessl.rte.mp.4.1.0.0.I
    pessl.rte.up.4.1.0.0.I

Security, auditability, and control

Parallel ESSL 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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Charge metric
                      Part number or
Program name          PID number       Charge metric

Parallel ESSL         5765-ESX         Per processor with
  for AIX                                1 year SWMA
 
1-year SWMA:          5660-PES         Per processor
 Registration
 and Renewal
 
1-year SWMA:          5661-PES         Per processor
 After-license
 
3-year SWMA:          5662-PES         Per processor
 Registration
 
3-year SWMA:          5663-PES         Per processor
 Renewal
 
3-year SWMA:          5664-PES         Per processor
 After-license
 

Processor

A processor is the unit of measure by which this program is licensed. A processor (commonly called a CPU or core) is a functional unit within a computing device that interprets and executes instructions. A processor consists of at least an instruction control unit and one or more arithmetic or logic units. With multicore technology, each core is considered a processor.

5765-ESX - Parallel ESSL for AIX, V4
 
Basic license one-time charge
 
Feature                                                    Feature
description                                                number
 
Per processor with 1-year software maintenance             0001



Notes:

  • When configuring the 9125-F2C (775), the number of active processors is 256. Since some fulfillment systems have an ordering limitation quantity of 250, the initial order will default to the maximum 250 quantity and a second order will need to be placed for a quantity of 6.
  • The following information is updated for Version 3 of Parallel ESSL for AIX.
5765-F84 - Parallel ESSL for AIX, V3
 
Basic license one-time charge
 
Feature                                                    Feature
description                                                number
 
Per processor with 1-year software maintenance             0017



This software license includes 1-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.

Software Maintenance for Parallel ESSL for AIX - 5765-ESX

Feature                                      Feature
description                                  number

5660-PES   Maintenance no-charge 1-year registration
Per processor                                1690
5660-PES   Maintenance 1-year 24 x 7 support
Per processor                                1691
5662-PES   Maintenance 3-year registration
Per processor                                0904
5662-PES   Maintenance 3-year 24 x 7 support
Per processor                                0905
5661-PES   1-year Software Maintenance after-license
Per processor                                0625
5661-PES   After-license 1-year 24 x 7 support
Per processor                                0626
5664-PES   3-year Software Maintenance after-license
Per processor                                0016
5664-PES   After-license 3-year 24 x 7 support
Per processor                                0017

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 Parallel ESSL for AIX. The individual licensed program order (for example, 5765-ESX) 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         Parallel ESSL for AIX, V4.1        2286
 


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Volume orders (IVO)

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Passport Advantage applies

No

Software Subscription and Support applies

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IBM Operational Support Services -- SoftwareXcel

No

Other support

Power Systems SWMA

System i Software Maintenance applies

No

Variable charges apply

No

Educational allowance available

Yes. A 15% education allowance applies to qualified education institution customers.



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For additional information and current prices, contact your local IBM representative.

Information on charges is available at

http://www.ibm.com/support

Choose the option entitled Purchase/upgrade tools.

Program name: Parallel ESSL for AIX

                                                   One-
                                                   time
                                         Type-     charge    One-
                                         model     feature   time
Order type                               number    number    charge

Per processor with 1 year SWMA           5765-ESX  0001     $
Per processor with 1 year SWMA           5765-F84  0017     $



Program name: Software Maintenance for Parallel ESSL for AIX

                                                   One-
                                                   time
                                         Type-     charge    One-
                                         model     feature   time
Order type                               number    number    charge
 
Maintenance no-charge 1-yr registration  5660-PES  1690     $
Maintenance 1-year 24 x 7 support        5660-PES  1691
Maintenance 3-year registration          5662-PES  0904
Maintenance 3-year 24 x 7 support        5662-PES  0905
 
1-yr Software Maintenance after-license  5661-PES  0625     $
After-license 1-year 24 x 7 support      5661-PES  0626
3-yr Software Maintenance after-license  5664-PES  0016
After-license 3-year 24 x 7 support      5664-PES  0017



Pricing terms

Prices in the following PDF prices link are suggested list prices on day of announcement for the U.S. only. They are provided for your information only. Dealer prices may vary, and prices may also vary by country. IBM list price does not include tax or shipping and is subject to change without notice.

ENUS-211-091-List_prices_2011_07_12.PDF ENUS-211-091-List_prices_2011_07_12.PDF



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