IBM GPFS V3.5 offers improved file and data management support (AAS)IBM United States Software Announcement 212-047
April 10, 2012
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|At a glance|
IBM® GPFS V3.5 offers improved file and data management support.
For ordering, contact your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: YE001).
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The IBM General Parallel File System (GPFS) is a cluster file system designed for high-performance, parallel file access and management. GPFS delivers proven reliability, multicluster support, scalability and performance with automated failure recovery, and decentralized data management for simplifying administration. GPFS provides several essential services to allow you to effectively manage growing quantities of structured and unstructured data.
The new features in GPFS V3.5 allow you to manage very large amounts of unstructured file data better than ever before. With improved small file performance, finer granularity namespace management, increased performance for some administration tasks, and an innovative approach to expanding the global namespace, managing large volumes becomes tractable. New features include:
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|Planned availability date|
April 20, 2012
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GPFS delivers file system services to parallel and serial applications. It gives parallel applications simultaneous access to the same or different files from any node that has the GPFS file system mounted, while managing a high level of control over all file system operations. GPFS is particularly appropriate in an environment where the aggregate peak need for data bandwidth exceeds the capability of a distributed file system server.
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GPFS is ideal for a wide range of workloads where it is imperative to have high-speed, reliable access or automated management of very large file sizes, or a very large number of files:
The new features in GPFS V3.5 allow you to manage very large amounts of unstructured file data better than ever before. With improved small file performance, finer granularity namespace management, increased performance for some administration tasks, and an innovative approach to expanding the global namespace, managing large volumes becomes tractable.
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Refer to Software Announcement 212-048, dated April 10, 2012.
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Program Program number VRM name 5765-G66 3.5 IBM GPFS on POWER 5765-XA3 3.5 IBM GPFS on x86 Architecture
Product identification number
Maintenance Maintenance Program PID number 1-year PID number 3-year PID number 5765-G66 5660-SGP 5662-SGP 5661-SGP 5663-SGP 5664-SGP 5765-XA3 5660-XA3 5662-XA3 5661-XA3 5663-XA3 5664-XA3
IBM Volume Offering (IVO)
These programs are added to IVO Category B, Power Systems Enterprise Products
Program number Program name 5662-SGP Maintenance 3-year registration 5662-XA3 Maintenance 3-year registration 5660-SGP Software Maintenance 1-year 7 x 24 support 5660-XA3 Software Maintenance 1-year 7 x 24 support
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Entitled Software Update (ESU) is a way for customers to self-order their Power® software release upgrades via the Entitled Software Support (ESS) website without the need to go to their seller to place the upgrade order. Entitled Software Update (ESU) orders for Electronic Software Delivery (ESD) is now available in all countries.
ESU orders for software will be placed on the Entitled Software Support (ESS) website
Customers should generally select electronic delivery when ordering via ESU, but do have the ability to select physical delivery. Programs ordered for ESD will have the same download images provided as on the CD media shipped for physical orders. Countries requiring physical delivery of License Information documentation will have these documents shipped separately. This physical shipment will not delay the immediate availability of the ESD images for customer download.
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.
Note: The GPFS on x86 Architecture product is not available for initial delivery via ESS.
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The following classes are available:
Course Course Course code title type AN810 GPFS System Administration Classroom AX810 GPFS System Administration Instructor Led-Online AN820 GPFS Performance Tuning Classroom AX820 GPFS Performance Tuning Instructor Led-Online
IBM training provides education to support many IBM offerings. Descriptions of courses for IT professionals and managers are on the IBM training website
Call IBM training at 800-IBM-TEACH (426-8322) for catalogs, schedules, and enrollments.
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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:
To access the above GPFS documentation, refer to the IBM Cluster Information Center website. This website contains the most recent GPFS documentation in PDF and HTML formats and is located at
The IBM Publications Center
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
GPFS for POWER® is supported on IBM POWER processors with the minimum hardware requirements noted below, unless stated otherwise in the GPFS FAQs:
GPFS on x86 Architecture is supported on all IBM ServerProven® servers with the minimum hardware requirements that follow, unless stated otherwise in the GPFS FAQs:
See the IBM ServerProven site at
GPFS for Linux and Windows on x86 Architecture, minimum hardware requirements:
Additionally, see the FAQs for supported connectivity, formally qualified disk subsystems, and use of GPFS on compatible non-IBM hardware.
The GPFS FAQs are available at
For GPFS V3.5, service update 3.5.0-1 is required (APAR IV15333).
It is suggested that you install the latest service update that is available at
GPFS for AIX on POWER V3.5 is supported on:
GPFS for Linux on x86 Architecture and GPFS for Linux on POWER are supported on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) distributions.
For currently supported release levels and the latest supported kernel levels, consult the GPFS FAQs at
GPFS for Windows on x86 Architecture V3.5 is supported on:
Required software from Microsoft includes Utilities and SDK for UNIX-based Applications. The Utilities and SDK for UNIX-based Applications can be obtained from
For heterogeneous clusters, required software from InteropSystems includes the SUA Community version of OpenSSH. OpenSSH can be obtained from
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.
Related products to GPFS are:
Nodes running GPFS V3.5 can coexist and interoperate with nodes running GPFS V3.4.
For complete and up-to-date information regarding GPFS specifications and capacities, refer to the GPFS on POWER (5765-G66) or GPFS on x86 Architecture (5765-XA3) Sales Manual, and to the GPFS FAQs available at
GPFS on x86 Architecture (5765-XA3) is not available via ESD.
For additional information, refer to usage restrictions in the Terms and conditions section of this announcement or to the License Information document that is available on the IBM Software License Agreement website at
For installation information, refer to the GPFS Concepts, Planning, and Installation Guide.
IBM GPFS for AIX on POWER and GPFS for Linux on POWER are distributed on individual packages containing installation files and GPFS Client and GPFS Server installation code.
IBM GPFS on x86 Architecture is distributed as a single package containing both Linux and Windows installation files and GPFS Client and GPFS Server installation code.
Installation files include:
GPFS V3.5 program filesets:
Linux on POWER:
Linux on x86 Architecture:
Publications are available at
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
GPFS uses the security and auditability features of the operating system on 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 GPFS for POWER 5765-G66 Per processor - small, medium, or large processor tier 1-year SWMA: 5660-SGP Per processor - small, Registration medium, or large processor tier and Renewal 1-year SWMA: 5661-SGP Per processor - small, After-license medium, or large processor tier 3-year SWMA: 5662-SGP Per processor - small, Registration medium, or large processor tier 3-year SWMA: 5663-SGP Per processor - small, Renewal medium, or large processor tier 3-year SWMA: 5664-SGP Per processor - small, After-license medium, or large processor tier GPFS x86 on Architecture 5765-XA3 Per processor core - small, medium, or large processor tier 1-year SWMA: 5660-XA3 Per processor core - small, Registration medium, or large processor tier and Renewal 1-year SWMA: 5661-XA3 Per processor core - small, After-license medium, or large processor tier 3-year SWMA: 5662-XA3 Per processor core - small, Registration medium, or large processor tier 3-year SWMA: 5663-XA3 Per processor core - small, Renewal medium, or large processor tier 3-year SWMA: 5664-XA3 Per processor core - small, After-license medium, or large processor tier
No changes or updates from prior release.
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.
Specify feature number 3435.
To receive shipment of machine-readable materials the order needs to include SPO 5692-A6P for GPFS for AIX or SPO 5692-LOP for GPFS for Linux on POWER. The individual licensed program order (5765-G66) 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 GPFS V3.5 for AIX 2292 5692-LOP GPFS V3.5 for Linux on POWER 2320 Note: With GPFS V3.5, the x86 Architecture product is no longer ordered with the 5692-LOP SPO.
Stand-alone supply: An order for feature number 5809 is mandatory for shipments of program distribution for GPFS for x86 Architecture V3.5. The individual licensed program order (5765-XA3) is needed for registration and billing as well as shipment of machine-readable materials.
Feature Program number Program/Function name number 5765-XA3 GPFS V3.5 for x86 Architecture 5809
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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).
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The IBM Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance (Z125-6011) agreement applies for Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) and does not require customer signatures.
These programs are 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.
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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).
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
Yes. GPFS has two types of licenses, a Server license and a Client license. For each node in a GPFS cluster (see Permitted use of GPFS Server and GPFS Client below), the customer determines the appropriate number of GPFS Server or GPFS Client licenses that correspond to the way GPFS is used on that node A node is defined as one operating system instance on a single computer or running in a virtual partition.
During GPFS cluster configuration, the customer is prompted to identify whether a particular node is a GPFS Server or a GPFS Client. If a GPFS Client is chosen, function that requires a GPFS Server license will be disabled on this node. Because the node that acts as the GPFS cluster configuration server requires a GPFS Server designation, at least one node in the GPFS cluster requires a GPFS Server license.
Permitted use of GPFS Server and GPFS Client:
You may use the GPFS Server in order to perform the following GPFS functions:
You may use a GPFS Client license when the nodes are exchanging data between nodes that locally mount the same GPFS file system. The GPFS Client may not be used for nodes to share GPFS data through any application, service, protocol, or method, such as NFS, CIFS, FTP, or HTTP. For this use, entitlement to GPFS Server is required.
Note: Refer to the GPFS FAQs available from the following website for more information, including example configurations and license definitions regarding the new GPFS Server and GPFS Client model
For additional information, refer to the License Information document that is available on the IBM Software License Agreement website
Software Subscription and Support applies
Yes. All distributed software licenses include Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) 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
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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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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