IBM United States
Software Announcement 201-336
November 13, 2001
IBM General Parallel File System for AIX V1.5 Provides Support for AIX 5L
(Corrected on December 5, 2001)
Additional information added to the Software Requirements and Ordering
At a Glance
General Parallel File System (GPFS) for AIX, V1.5
GPFS is a fast, highly available, and highly scalable, shared file system for IBM's UNIX systems; both IBM pSeries clusters and IBM RS/6000 SP systems.
This new release of General Parallel File System (GPFS) for AIX® is available on IBM pSeries cluster and RS/6000® SP configurations. GPFS V1.5 is supported on IBM's world-class UNIX® operating system, AIX 5L for Power V5.1, as well as AIX V4.3.3. GPFS V1.5 supports IBM Enterprise Storage Server Fibre Channel-attached disks in a High Availability Cluster Multi-Processing (HACMP) cluster environment. In addition, the Subsystem Device Driver software for the IBM Enterprise Storage Server's multi-pathing capability is also supported. Storage Area Network (SAN) devices extend the support to attach Fibre Channel disks with switches.
GPFS V1.5 for AIX provides file system services to parallel and serial applications running in the AIX operating environment. GPFS provides a single global file system for multiple nodes, workstations, and servers, and is ideal for high-performance parallel file transfer and parallel I/O to single or multiple files.
SP configuration enhancements and PSSP cluster updates provide enhanced quality and support for the enablement of new nodes, including the latest IBM pSeries 690. pSeries 690 support will be available for GPFS V1.5 on HACMP clusters when the license product, HACMP, provides support. Support on the RS/6000 SP will follow. Refer to Preview Announcement 101-285 , dated October 4, 2001.
The maximum supported file system size has been increased from 9 Terabytes (TB) to 100 TB at 256 KB block size.
GPFS is particularly appropriate in an environment where the aggregate peak need for data exceeds the capability of a single file system server. GPFS's key strengths are superior scalability and performance, ability to support extremely large files, and its failure recovery.
GPFS for AIX, V1.3 and V1.4 will be no longer marketed as of April 8, 2002.
For pSeries Cluster configurations
For RS/6000 SP configurations with a switch
For RS/6000 SP configurations without a switch
Note: Two-plane SP Switch2 Attachment Adapter support is available with AIX 5L only.
This latest release of General Parallel File System (GPFS) for AIX provides support on clusters of workstations and servers with High Availability Cluster Multi-Processing (HACMP) V4.4.1, and on SP nodes with the latest enhancements to Parallel System Support Programs (PSSP). GPFS V1.5 is supported with the new AIX 5L for POWER V5.1 operating system as well as AIX V4.3
Disks for a GPFS file system now support both Serial Storage Architecture (SSA) and Fibre Channel attachment. The maximum supported file system size has been increased from 9 Terabytes (TB) to 100 TB at 256 KB block size. Additional commands have been provided in support of default quotas.
GPFS provides a single, global file system for IBM pSeries clusters and RS/6000 SP systems. GPFS provides high performance parallel file transfer and parallel I/O to single or multiple files.
GPFS provides parallel enablement for applications such as SAS, improves performance of database loading utilities, and supports parallel operation of online analysis processing using tools not enabled for parallel use.
For pSeries server consolidation use, GPFS provides a fast, global file system for applications sharing data within a cluster. GPFS is also ideal for users of HACMP/ES clusters who need a global UNIX file system.
Accessibility by People with Disabilities
For software offerings:
The following feature supports use by people with disabilities:
This program is not impacted by euro currency.
GPFS for AIX is complemented by GPFS for Linux, which is targeted for customers who require a robust scalable file system on an Intel®-based server platform; Cluster 1300. Refer to Software Announcement 201-193 , dated June 26, 2001.
Refer to Software Announcement 101-283 , dated October 4, 2001.
Refer to Software Announcement 201-201 , dated July 10, 2001.
Refer to Software Announcement 201-193 , dated June 26, 2001.
IBM Software Maintenance Information
IBM Software Maintenance is a one-year or three-year contract offering that enables customers 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, customers can receive all software product version and release upgrades and voice support, announced during the contract period. If customers allow either the one-year or three-year software maintenance offering to expire without renewal, there will be a "Maintenance-after-license" option to enable reinstatement in the 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 a customer enrolled under the IBM Software Maintenance. Software Maintenance entitles customers 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-AIX platform are not considered upgrades.
Note: Software preventative-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 only announced under the one-year and three-year options when there is an announced version/release change against the original program product. No-charge preventative 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 and three months later PTFs are incorporated into the program package. This is considered an update that would not be obtained under the one-year 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. This allows 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 to order the upgrade under the one-year 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. Stand-alone 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 the one or three year contract period. Customers are not required to renew under either the one-year or three-year offering when the contract expires but will need to use the "Maintenance-after-license" option should they let the contract expire and want to acquire a new version or release of an eligible product. If the one-year or three-year contracts are not renewed, the one- or three-year contracts will be removed from IBM administrative systems. Contract transfers within an enterprise are 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 but must purchase the "Maintenance-after-license" option.
Software Maintenance Prices: The IBM Software Maintenance program prices are based on the published price of the software program at the time of the contract preparation.
Minimum Contract Value: None
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 first quarter 2002. The Software Maintenance component of the Web server will be found at:
A customer ordering a new license for General Parallel File System (GPFS) for AIX LP product number 5765-B95, must include a one-year (5771-GPF) or a three-year (5773-GPF) maintenance order to be entitled to future version or release updates of the licensed program. Not only will customers be entitled to future version or release updates, this new offering also includes a year of voice support at no additional cost. Customers entering a one-year or three-year Software Maintenance offering for GPFS, should specify type/model 5771-GPF or 5773-GPF. After selecting the one-year or three-year type/model, customers should add the applicable billing features with a quantity equal to the number of licenses in the contract.
Product information will be available on day of announcement through Offering Information (OITOOL) at:
No hardcopy publications are shipped with this program.
The following publications are offered in displayable softcopy form:
These displayable manuals are part of the basic machine-readable material and are viewable in PDF and HTML formats.
Terms and conditions for use of the machine-readable files are shipped with the files.
The Publication Notification System (PNS) is available by order number/product number. Customers currently subscribing to PNS will automatically receive notifications by e-mail. Customers who wish to subscribe can visit the PNS Web site at:
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Specified Operating Environment
Additional hardware is required to operate in a switch environment:
Additional hardware is required to operate in a direct-attached disk environment:
On Clusters of RS/6000 workstations and/or servers and on the RS/6000 SP without a Switch:
On RS/6000 SP Systems with a Switch:
GPFS V1.5 supports:
Two-plane SP Switch2 Attachment Adapter support is available with AIX 5L only.
Security, Auditability, and Control
GPFS uses the security and auditability features of the AIX V4 and AIX 5L 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.
GPFS V1.5 has one charge unit based on installations. One-time charge (OTC) feature numbers are available in variable order quantities based on the number of physical installations of the product such as nodes in the RS/6000 SP system, the number of servers in the cluster, or number of partitions in the LPAR, that will be running GPFS. When adding a GPFS license to the SP or cluster, order using the tier equal to the total quantity in the cluster. Upgrades may be acquired via the IBM Software Maintenance program up to the current level of use authorized for the qualifying programs.
Program Name: General Parallel File System for AIX, V1.5
New users of GPFS V1.5 should specify Type 5765, Model B95, asset feature number 9001, and the feature number equal to the total number of desired licenses to be installed times the quantity of installs. For example, if ordering GPFS for 12 nodes, order the feature number for Order Type Description 11 to 50 Installs with a quantity equal to 12.
Existing GPFS users adding licenses to your cluster, use the tier which will reflect the total quantity of GPFS installs in your cluster.
Note: Charge units for SP based products are based on nodes; charge units for workstations and servers are based on the number of physical installations of the product (for example installation on a system or LPAR partition).
OTC Medium Order Type Feature Feature Description Number Number Medium 5765-B95 1 to 5 Installs 0001 5809 CD-ROM 6 to 10 Installs 0002 11 to 50 Installs 0003 51 or More Installs 0004
GPFS V1.4 will remain orderable until April 8, 2002. Refer to Software Announcement 200-453 , dated December 19, 2000 for ordering information.
GPFS V1.3 will remain orderable until April 8, 2002. Refer to Software Announcement 200-223 , dated July 18, 2000 for ordering information.
Software Subscription Option for AIX
Customers who purchased upgrade protection for GPFS for AIX V1.3 or GPFS for AIX V1.4, under Software Subscription Option for AIX (5692-SSO), are entitled to receive V1.5 at no additional charge. Eligible customers should add CD-ROM media supply feature number 0592 under their existing 5692-SSO record. GPFS V1.5 for AIX is offered on CD-ROM media only.
Media Supply 5692-SSO Eligible Feature Description Billing Feature ASC(1) CD-ROM From 5765-B95 GPFS V1.3 or from 5765-B95 GPFS V1.4 to 5765-B95 GPFS V1.5 0592 1 to 5 Installs 6484 6486 6488 6680 6684 6685 6 to 10 Installs 6485 6487 6489 6681 6686 6687 11 to 50 Installs 6490 6492 6493 6682 6688 6689 51 or More Installs 6491 6494 6495 6683 6690 6691
Note that Software subscription option for AIX (5692-SSO) is no longer an offering. The replacement offering is called IBM Software Maintenance.
IBM Software Maintenance is not included with licenses or media obtained via a Software Subscription Offering (5692-SSO) upgrade. Current Support Line contracts will be honored until their expiration date. Customers who obtain GPFS V1.5 under Software Subscription (5692-SSO) may optionally purchase 1-year or 3-year Software Maintenance. Customers wishing to do so should place an order for 5771-GPF (1-year) or 5773-GPF (3-year) and specify the appropriate feature number and quantity under the "Renewal Billing" column from the tables in the Software Maintenance section following.
General Information on IBM Software Maintenance
The IBM Software Maintenance offering was previously announced. Refer to Software Announcement 201-201 , dated July 10, 2001.
The following are some key points from that announcement.
Note: The following term differs from Software Announcement 201-201: Stand-alone upgrades to this product/release, and its future versions and releases, will be considered only on a special request basis from IBM.
Ordering Information for IBM Software Maintenance
Existing Customers of GPFS
Customers with the current level of GPFS for AIX (5765-B95), who are interested in IBM Software Maintenance, and do not have an active AIX Software Subscription or AIX/UNIX Upgrade Protection contract, should select the appropriate feature from the tables that follow.
Customers interested in ordering an upgrade to GPFS for AIX V1.5
(5765-B95) that do not have an active AIX Software Subscription or
AIX/UNIX Upgrade Protection contract should contact their IBM
representative or IBM reseller and request an order be placed for either
the one-year (5771-GPF) or three-year (5771-GPF) Software Maintenance
offering and specify the supply feature and appropriate
"Maintenance-after-license" feature from the tables that follow.
New Licensees of GPFS
The software license for new customers of GPFS for AIX V1.5 (5765-B95) will include Software Maintenance for one year. Customers should then select the one-year or three-year program number, the appropriate feature number, and desired quantity to extend coverage for their software licenses.
Note the following for New Licenses:
OTC 1-Year Software Maintenance 5771-GPF
Maint. After- Current Registration Renewal License Licensee (NC) Billing Billing Supply Feature Feature Feature Feature Program Name Number Number Number Number GPFS (5765-B95) 5809 1 to 5 Installs 0026 0030 0034 6 to 10 Installs 0027 0031 0035 11 to 50 Installs 0028 0032 0036 51 or More Installs 0029 0033 0037
OTC 3-Year Software Maintenance 5773-GPF
Maint. After- Current Renewal License Licensee Registration Billing Billing Supply Feature Feature Feature Feature Program Name Number(2) Number Number Number GPFS (5765-B95) 5809 1 to 5 Installs 0025 0029 0033 6 to 10 Installs 0026 0030 0034 11 to 50 Installs 0027 0031 0035 51 or More Installs 0028 0032 0036
The following features are withdrawn as of April 8, 2002.
Program Feature Description Number Number Software Subscription 5692-SSO 6484 6486 6488 6680 6684 for GPFS 1.3 and 1.4 6685 6485 6487 6489 6681 6686 6687 6490 6492 6493 6682 6688 6689 6491 6494 6495 6683 6690 6691 GPFS for AIX 1.3 and 5765-B95 3001 3002 3003 5214 5244 1.4 3004 3005 3006 1317 3481 3007 3008 1314 1315 1316
Customization Options for 5765-B95:
Select the appropriate feature numbers to customize your order with delivery options desired. These features can be specified on the initial or MES orders.
Feature Description Number Initial Shipments Serial Number Only (suppresses initial 3444 shipment of documentation) Expedite Shipments Local IBM Office Expedite 3445 (for IBM use only) Customer Expedite Process Charge 3446 ($30 charge for each product)
Expedite shipments will be processed to receive 72-hour delivery from the time IBM Software Delivery and Fulfillment (SDF) receives the order. SDF will then ship the order via overnight air transportation.
Terms and Conditions
This software license includes Software Maintenance, previously referred to as Software Subscription and Technical Support.
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 Order Type Machine Feature Description Type/Model Number OTC 1 to 5 Installs 5765-B95 0001 $8,790 6 to 10 Installs 0002 4,688 11 to 50 Installs 0003 3,516 51 or More Installs 0004 1,378
OTC 1-Year Software Maintenance 5771-GPF
Maint. Registra- After- tion Renewal License NC Billing Billing Feature Feature Feature Program Name Number OTC Number OTC Number OTC GPFS (5765-B95) 1 to 5 0026 NC 0030 $1,953 0034 $3,907 Installs 6 to 10 0027 NC 0031 1,042 0035 2,084 Installs 11 to 50 0028 NC 0032 781 0036 1,563 Installs 51 or More 0029 NC 0033 306 0037 613 InstallsOTC 3-Year Software Maintenance 5773-GPF
Maint. Registra- After- tion Renewal License NC Billing Billing Feature Feature Feature Program Name Number(3) OTC Number OTC Number OTC GPFS (5765-B95) 1 to 5 0025 $3,907 0029 $5,860 0033 $9,766 Installs 6 to 10 0026 2,084 0030 3,125 0034 5,209 Installs 11 to 50 0027 1,563 0031 2,344 0035 3,906 Installs 51 or More 0028 613 0032 919 0036 1,531 Installs
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