IBM United States
Software Announcement 201-332
November 13, 2001
Parallel System Support Programs V3.4: New Functions and New Hardware Support
(Corrected on February 7, 2002)
Minor Changes made to the Description and Ordering Information section.
(Corrected on December 5, 2001)
Minor corrections were made.
At a Glance
Functional enhancements include new or expanded support in the following areas:
The Parallel System Support Programs (PSSP) V3.4 Licensed Program provides enhanced quality and support for the AIX® 5L 5.1 and AIX 4.3.3 operating systems. Functional enhancements include new or expanded support in the following areas:
This is the last release of PSSP that will support the AIX 4.3.3 operating system.
New Functions for PSSP Version 3.4
Support has been added for the following hardware:
The PSSP 3.4 software includes the following enhancements for the SP Switch2:
Fibre Channel SAN DASD: Support has been added to PSSP for boot and NIM installs from Direct Access Storage Devices (DASD) attached by Fibre Channel in a Storage Area Network (SAN) environment. This support incorporates new function developed in system firmware, AIX 5L, AIX, and Fibre Channel adapter firmware to natively support Fibre Channel SAN DASD as AIX 5L or AIX installation and boot devices.
Secure Remote Command Processing: With PSSP 3.4, the PSSP installation, configuration, and system management software (hereafter called the PSSP system management software) use a secure remote command process instead of the AIX rsh and rcp commands. You can acquire, install, and configure any secure remote command software of your choice that conforms to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) Secure Shell working group protocol. With the required restricted root access option and a secure remote command process both enabled, the PSSP system management software has no dependency to issue rsh and rcp commands internally as a root user from the control workstation to nodes, from nodes to nodes, or from nodes to the control workstation.
PSSP 3.4 includes the following enhancements to the performance of the LAPI software:
The IBM Virtual Shared Disk now supports the Subsystem Device Driver (SDD), an ESS device driver that provides:
Support for 64-bit Applications Running with AIX 5L 5.1 on POWER Nodes: PSSP 3.4 provides support for 64-bit parallel applications that use MPI or LAPI, and run on POWER nodes with AIX 5L 5.1. This 64-bit support is essential for running applications with large virtual memory requirements. The full 64-bit kernel, device drivers, and application environment are not yet used by PSSP.
Accessibility by People with Disabilities
The following feature supports use by people with disabilities:
This program is not impacted by euro currency.
This release of PSSP V3.4 provides significant new functions:
Refer to Hardware Announcement 101-283 , dated October 4, 2001.
Software Maintenance Information
IBM Software Maintenance is a one-year or three-year contract offering that enables you to maintain software product version and release currency, with voice support during normal business hours included at no additional charge for the first year, for selected AIX® and UNIX®-based software products at a predetermined cost. One year of Software Maintenance is included in the price of the original license. For products participating in IBM Software Maintenance, you can receive all software product version and release upgrades and voice support, announced during the contract period. If you allow either the one- or three-year software maintenance offering to expire without renewal, there will be an "Maintenance-After-License" option to enable reinstatement in the IBM Software Maintenance offering, on a product by product basis.
The following is general information regarding the Software Maintenance Offering being announced:
Definition of Software Upgrade: An upgrade is either a new version (3.x.x to 4.x.x) or a new release (x.3.x to x.4.x) of an IBM program announced as eligible for which you enrolled under the IBM Software Maintenance. Software Maintenance entitles you to future upgrades from only the latest announced version or release of an available eligible product.
Upgrades do not include programs sold separately from the enrolled program, but enhance the performance of that program, or are considered add-ons or utilities. Programs that perform the same functions as the enrolled program but are installed on a non-IBM pSeries platform are not considered upgrades.
Note: Software preventive-maintenance releases x.x.1 to x.x.2 (modification level changes, updates, or refreshes) are released under the one-year or three-year maintenance program numbers but only when a supply feature has been announced. Supply features are announced only under the one-year and three-year options when there is an announced version/release change against the original program product. No-charge preventive-maintenance releases should be obtained by Software Maintenance customers in the same manner as non-Software Maintenance customers.
Example: Product A is offered under IBM Software Maintenance for pSeries and three months later PTFs are incorporated into the program package. This is considered an update that would not be obtained under the one- or three-year maintenance program numbers under the IBM Software Maintenance offering. Using the same example above, three months after the PTFs were incorporated into the program package, IBM announces a new version of product A. At that time, a supply feature is announced for product A under the one-year and three-year maintenance program numbers. Customers who are entitled by purchase (or when the first year of maintenance is included with the license) of either the one-year or three-year maintenance offering for product A can order the upgrade under the one- or three-year offering.
IBM may announce a product that can be substituted for an enrolled product. This product is neither a new version, a new release, nor a preventative maintenance release of that enrolled product. In most cases, this product has a different architecture, more function, and a higher license charge than the enrolled product. IBM may provide those customers enrolled in the IBM Software Maintenance offering access to this product at a discounted rate. The terms of this transaction will be included in the new product announcement.
Note: IBM will not offer stand-alone upgrades as a standard product offering. Standalone upgrades to this product/release, and its future versions and releases will be considered only on a special request basis by IBM.
Contract Duration: The IBM Software Maintenance contracts are on a product by product basis and are offered for one or three years. One year of Software Maintenance is included with the purchase of a new license for the product. The three year prepay option covers two additional years of coverage since the first year is included in the product license. The three year prepay option can be purchased at the same time a license for an eligible product is purchased. Refunds do not apply if cancellation occurs during one or three year contract period. Customers are not required to renew under either the one- or three-year offering when the contract expires but must use the "Maintenance-After-License" option if their contract expires and they want to acquire a new version or release of an eligible product. If the one- or three-year contracts aren't renewed, the one- or three-year contracts will be removed from IBM administrative systems. Contract transfer within an enterprise is allowed.
Payment Options: Customers enroll in the plan at a reduced "Initial" price at the same time a new license for an eligible program product is purchased. Customers can also enroll in the plan after purchase of a new license for an eligible program product is purchased but must purchase the "Maintenance-After-License" option.
Notification of Upgrade Availability and Ordering: Changes are currently underway to the Web server where customers will register for e-mail notifications when Software Maintenance products are upgraded. Availability of this service is expected in first quarter 2002. The Software Maintenance component of the Web server will be found at:
The following agreements apply for maintenance and do not require customer signatures.
Ordering Information: To be entitled to future version or release updates of the licensed program, a customer ordering a new license for PSSP 3.4, LP product number 5765-D51, must include a one-year (5771-PSP) or a three-year (5773-PSP) maintenance order. In addition, this new offering includes a year of voice support at no additional cost. Customers entering a one- or three-year Software Maintenance offering for PSSP should specify the appropriate type/model (5771-PSP) or (5773-PSP). After selecting the one- or three-year type/model, customers should add the applicable billing features with quantity equal to the number of licenses in the contract.
The following classes are available:
Course Course Title Number RS/6000 SP Implementing GPFS AU88 RS/6000 SP Overview, Planning AU91 and Installation RS/6000 SP Problem Determination AU93 RS/6000 SP System Administration AU96 RS/6000 SP Network Performance AU97 and Tuning Workshop
Visit the following Web site for locations, availability dates, and additional information:
The appropriate curriculum will be updated, as necessary, to include the enhancements described in this announcement.
Call IBM Education and Training at 800-IBM-TEACH (426-8322) for catalogs, schedules, and enrollments or visit the following Web site for additional information:
Product information will be available on day of announcement through Offering Information (OITOOL) at:
Documentation supporting the RS/6000 SP software licensed programs is no longer available from IBM in hardcopy; however, you can view, search, and print documentation in these ways:
To access the PSSP HTML and PDF publication formats, you must first install the ssp.docs file set. To view the PSSP HTML publications, you need access to an HTML document browser such as Netscape. An index file into the HTML files that are provided with the ssp.docs file is installed in the /usr/lpp/ssp/html directory. Then, you can also view the HTML files from the RS/6000 SP Resource Center.
To view the PSSP PDF publications, you need access to the Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is shipped with the AIX Version 4.3 Bonus Pack and is also freely available for downloading from the Adobe Web site at:
The PSSP library consists of the following publications:
Publication Title Number IBM RS/6000 SP: Planning, Volume 2, GA22-7281 Control Workstation and Software Environment IBM Parallel System Support Programs SA22-7348 for AIX: Administration Guide IBM Parallel System Support Programs GA22-7347 for AIX: Installation and Migration Guide Publication Title Number IBM Parallel System Support Programs GA22-7350 for AIX: Diagnosis Guide IBM Parallel System Support Programs SA22-7351 for AIX: Command and Technical Reference IBM Parallel System Support Programs GA22-7352 for AIX: Messages Reference RS/6000 Cluster Technology: SA22-7354 Event Management Programming Guide and Reference RS/6000 Cluster Technology: SA22-7355 Group Services Programming Guide and Reference IBM Parallel System Support Programs SA22-7349 for AIX: Managing Shared Disks RSCT First Failure Data Capture SA22-7454 Programming Guide and Reference Implementing a Firewalled GA22-7874 RS/6000 SP System
Specified Operating Environment
PSSP must be run on an IBM eServer Cluster 1600, or the equivalent cluster building blocks without the Cluster 1600 designation. These include:
The following list contains the minimum PSSP software requirements for your RS/6000 SP system:
Compatibility: Because the SP system and PSSP use IBM RS/6000 POWER4, POWER3, POWER2, PowerPC®, POWER architecture, and AIX Version 4.3.3 or AIX 5L Version 5.1, programs written for the RS/6000 will run on properly configured SP processor nodes without recompilation. In some cases, improved performance can be achieved by recompiling with the latest versions of the IBM XL FORTRAN compilers to further exploit the POWER, POWER2, POWER3, and PowerPC technology.
PSSP V3.4 is a functional enhancement and complete replacement of PSSP V3.2. PSSP V3.2 will be withdrawn from marketing on February 13, 2002. The End of Service for PSSP V3.2 remains December 31, 2002.
When running with PSSP V3.4, the following products must be at the levels specified, or later:
On AIX 4.3.3:
On AIX 5L 5.1:
Refer to IBM RS/6000 SP: Planning, Volume 2, Control Workstation and Software Environment (GA22-7281) for a matrix of supported combinations of SP licensed programs for compatibility statements on nodes running on different levels of AIX operating system and PSSP.
Note: The optional LAPI function that is within PSSP V3.4, requires IBM Parallel Environment for AIX V3.2. Binaries built with PSSP 3.2 are upward compatible.
The SP control workstation cannot be configured to use HACWS if SP distributed services are configured to exploit DCE security services.
Planning information is in IBM RS/6000 SP: Planning, Volume 2, Control Workstation and Software Environment (GA22-7281).
This manual, and other SP documents, can be found on the Internet at:
Direct Customer Support: Direct customer support in the form of Software Maintenance is now included in the price of each product in this announcement, for one year from date of acquisition. Additional one- and three-year renewal options are available under the new IBM Agreement for Acquisition of Support (Z125-6011), and the Addendum for Support (Software Maintenance) for Select iSeries and pSeries Programs (Z125-6495).
For information regarding Software Maintenance, call 800-IBM-4YOU (426-4968) or visit:
Eligible customers can obtain installation and usage assistance from the AIX Support Family line at 800-225-5249.
To obtain customer eligibility and registration procedures, contact the appropriate support center.
IBM PSSP Program Package is distributed in one package with the following:
Security, Auditability, and Control
PSSP V3.4 uses the security and auditability features of the AIX Version 4 or AIX 5L Version 5 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.
PSSP V3.4 is a product that has one charge unit: installs.
PSSP is available in variable order quantities, and is ordered based on the number of nodes/servers in your SP system, IBM Cluster 1600, or cluster that will be running PSSP.
New users of PSSP Version 3.4 should specify Machine Type 5765, Model D51, asset feature number 9001, and the feature number represented by the appropriate processor group times the quantity of authorizations. For example, if ordering 10 G5 processor group servers multiply the One-Time Charge feature number for PSSP V3.4 on G5 Servers by 10.
One- Time Charge Medium Machine Feature Feature Description Type/Model Number(1) Number Medium PSSP V3.4 on SP 5765-D51 1347 5813 CD-ROM PSSP V3.4 on G5 Servers 5765-D51 1345 5813 CD-ROM PSSP V3.4 on F5 Servers 5765-D51 1344 5813 CD-ROM PSSP V3.4 on E5 Servers 5765-D51 1343 5813 CD-ROM RS/6000 SP Resource Center 5765-D51 5812 CD-ROM
Ordering Information for PSSP Software Maintenance
Current Licensees of PSSP: PSSP customers who are interested in ordering an upgrade and/or IBM Software Maintenance to PSSP V3.4 and who do not have an active AIX Software Subscription or AIX/UNIX Upgrade Protection contract should select the appropriate features from the table below.
New Licensees of PSSP: The software license for PSSP (5765-D51) includes Software Maintenance, previously referred to as Software Subscription and Technical Support (SupportLine), for one year. Although the three-year option is the configurator default, this option configures the price for the second and third year of the contract only.
The following matrix includes feature numbers for one and three years Software Maintenance for PSSP. Note the following:
Software Maintenance 5771-PSP One-Year Offering
Maint. After- Registration Renewal License (No Charge) Billing Billing Feature Feature Feature LPP Program Name Number Number Number Parallel System Support Programs for AIX (5765-D51) Processor Grp E5 0077 0081 0085 Processor Grp F5 0078 0082 0086 Processor Grp G5 0079 0083 0087 Processor Grp P5 0080 0084 0088
Software Maintenance 5773-PSP Three-Year Offering
Maint. After- Renewal License Registration Billing Billing Feature Feature Feature LPP Program Name Number(2) Number Number Parallel System Support Programs for AIX (5765-D51) Processor Grp E5 0076 0080 0084 Processor Grp F5 0077 0081 0085 Processor Grp G5 0078 0082 0086 Processor Grp P5 0079 0083 0087
Software Subscription for AIX
Customers who purchased protection for PSSP V3.2 (5765-D51) under Software Subscription for AIX (5692-SSO) are entitled to receive PSSP V3.4 (5765-D51) at no charge. Eligible customers should add CD media supply feature number 0595 under their existing 5692-SSO record. PSSP V3.4 for AIX is offered on CD-ROM media only.
Software Maintenance is NOT included with licenses or medium obtained via SSO upgrade. Current Support Line contracts will be honored until their expiration. Customers who obtain PSSP V3.4 under SSO upgrade from PSSP V3.2 MAY optionally purchase One-Year or Three-Year Software Maintenance. Customers wishing to do so should place an order for 5771-PSP (One-Year) or 5773-PSP (Three-Year) and specify the desired Authorizations feature number from the RENEWAL column in the tables in the Software Maintenance section below.
5692-SSO Media Eligible Supply Billing Feature Description Feature ASC(3) CD-ROM From 5765-D51 V3.2 to 5765-D51 V3.4 0595 SP or Ext Attached Svr 6460 6462 6463 (P5 or G5) 6461 6464 6465 H80 Svrs. (E5) 7220 7221 7222 M80 Svrs. (F5) 7223 7224 7225
Withdrawal of PSSP Feature Numbers
The effective withdrawal date of the following feature numbers is April 8, 2002.
Program Feature Description Number Number PSSP 5765-D51 4001 4002 4003 4005 4006 40114012 4013 4014
Withdrawal of Software Subscription for AIX Feature Numbers
The effective withdrawal date of the following feature numbers is April 8, 2002.
Program Feature Description Number Number Software Subscription 5692-SSO for PSSP 3.2 SP Ext. Attached Svr or SP (G5/P5) 6460 6462 6463 H80 Svrs. (E5) 7220 7221 7222 M80 Svrs. (F5) 7223 7224 7225
Feature Description Number Initial Shipments Ship Media Only (suppresses initial 3470 shipment of documentation) Expedite Shipments Local IBM Office Expedite 3445 Customer Expedite Process Charge 3446 ($30 charge for each product)
Terms and Conditions
The following agreements apply for maintenance and do not require customer signatures:
The prices provided in this announcement are suggested retail prices for the U.S. only and are provided for your information only. Dealer prices may vary, and prices may also vary by country. Prices are subject to change without notice. For additional information and current prices, contact your local IBM representative.
OTC Program Feature Description Number Number OTC PSSP V3.4 on SP (P5) 5765-D51 1347 $ 0 PSSP V3.4 on G5 Servers 5765-D51 1345 28,125 PSSP V3.4 on F5 Servers 5765-D51 1344 16,875 PSSP V3.4 on E5 Servers 5765-D51 1343 10,125
Ordering Information for PSSP Software Maintenance
Regis- Maint. tration After- (No Renewal License Charge) Billing Billing Feature Feature Feature LPP Program Name Number OTC Number OTC Number OTC Software Maintenance 5771-PSP One-Year Offering Parallel System Support Programs for AIX (5765-D51) Processor Grp E5 0077 NC 0081 $ 2,250 0085 $ 4,500 Processor Grp F5 0078 NC 0082 3,750 0086 7,500 Processor Grp G5 0079 NC 0083 6,250 0087 12,500 Processor Grp P5 0080 NC 0084 6,250 0088 12,500 Software Maintenance 5773-PSP Three-Year Offering Parallel System Support Programs for AIX (5765-D51) Processor Grp E5 0076 $ 4,500 0080 $ 6,750 0084 $11,250 Processor Grp F5 0077 7,500 0081 11,250 0085 18,750 Processor Grp G5 0078 12,500 0082 18,750 0086 31,250 Processor Grp P5 0079 12,500 0083 18,750 0087 31,250
OTC = One Time Charge
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