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Software Announcement 201-364
December 18, 2001

IBM CICS Online Transmission Time Optimizer for z/OS V1.1 Improves User Productivity and 3270 Network Utilization

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At a Glance

By identifying and removing repetitive data and compressing 3270 data streams, IBM CICS Online Transmission Time Optimizer for z/OS improves 3270 network resources utilization, response time, and increases your productivity.

CICS Online Transmission Time Optimizer operates efficiently and transparently to applications and users, supporting both local and remote users.

For ordering, contact:

Your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: LE001).

Overview

CICS® Online Transmission Time Optimizer for z/OS™ improves end-user productivity and increases network utilization through 3270 data stream optimization by:

  • Examining outgoing data streams and dynamically compressing them
  • Eliminating repetitive characters — 20% to 25% of all characters are typically repetitive
  • Ensuring that only changed data is sent to the terminals
  • Optimizing messages to increase printer speed
  • Enabling exclusion and inclusion of terminals dynamically
  • Operating transparently to users and applications
  • Providing an optional exit for you to change the data stream in the optimized message
  • Monitoring its own operation

CICS Online Transmission Time Optimizer is easy to install and to use.

Key Prerequisites

CICS Transaction Server for z/OS, or CICS Transaction Server for OS/390®, or CICS/ESA® V4.1

Planned Availability Date

December 28, 2001

Description

CICS Online Transmission Time Optimizer for z/OS operates in CICS, reducing the number of characters transmitted to supported devices by making optimum use of all available orders for each device type. CICS Online Transmission Time Optimizer keeps the screen layout of conversational terminals in memory so that only changed data is transmitted. CICS Online Transmission Time Optimizer can also reduce the contention between the devices on a communications line and between devices connected to local controllers, helping to improve response times because messages arrive quicker at each device.

CICS Online Transmission Time Optimizer uses the following optimization techniques:

  • Repetitive character elimination for 3270-type terminals and printers
  • Transmission of only changed data for 3270-type terminals
  • Blank elimination for 3270 SNA Character Set (SCS) printers
  • String Control Byte (SCB) compression for 3600/4700 type terminals

CICS Online Transmission Time Optimizer provides the system administrator the following controls:

  • Exclusion list for terminals and modules

    The exclusion list lets you exclude any terminal or module from optimization. For example, you can use the exclusion list to:

    • Exclude terminals that are running specific applications
    • Exclude terminals dynamically, while the CICS Online Transmission Time Optimizer is running
  • Selection list for terminals and modules

    The selection list allows you to select specific terminals or modules you want to include in optimization. For example, you can use this list to:

    • Include a few terminals or modules, while you verify the correct installation
    • Include terminals or modules dynamically, while the CICS Online Transmission Time Optimizer is running
  • Customized control with user exits

    This feature gives you even more control over optimization functions. This user exit is called every time a message is about to be optimized and also after optimization. The user exit may be used to:

    • Process specific messages unchanged by controlling the optimization using return codes
    • Keep parts of the messages and to insert these fields again after optimization
    • Change characters for specific countries

The operation of CICS Online Transmission Time Optimizer is transparent to the users as the product automatically starts up and shuts down with CICS.

CICS Online Transmission Time Optimizer monitors its own operations and tells you how effective its optimization is in your environment by continually monitoring operations and reporting its own progress on demand. Operational statistics may be displayed on a screen or written to the console. At system shut down, statistics can be optionally written to the console or a file.

All controls and settings can be entered on a temporary or permanent basis. Permanent controls are still active at the next start-up and temporary controls are effective only during the current start-up.

Euro Currency

This program is not impacted by euro currency.

Value Unit Based Pricing

Value Unit based pricing will help to align the prices of these products to the principle of the Parallel Sysplex® License Charge (PSLC) pricing curve which provides for a lower price per millions of service units per hour (MSU) for larger capacities.

There will also be a price benefit when customers grow their capacity. Additional capacity will based on the number of Value Units (MSUs) the customer has already installed, that is, additional capacity will not be priced starting at the base with a higher price per unit but on the capacity that is already installed.

Note that Value Units of a given product cannot be exchanged/interchanged/aggregated with Value Units of another product.

International Program License Agreement (IPLA) and Subscription and Support Considerations

IPLA licenses can be transferred from one machine to another within, but not limited to, an enterprise. The customer may aggregate the capacity for all the processors the product is operated on to achieve a more economic price. This will result in a single Proof of Entitlement. It is the customer's responsibility to manage the distribution of Value Units within the limits of the Entitlement of the Product License.

Subscription and Support must cover the same capacity as the Product License entitlement. Subscription and Support will be available in the country in which the agreement is made.

Product Positioning

IBM CICS Online Transmission Time Optimizer is one of a set of tools from IBM that help CICS customers to reduce operational costs by managing their CICS systems workload, network resource utilization, and end-user productivity efficiently.

CICS Online Transmission Time Optimizer is a cost-effective solution for customers with large 3270 networks.

CICS Online Transmission Time Optimizer:

  • Offers high function at a competitive price
  • Helps to increase the productivity of the network without rewriting applications
  • Improves productivity of the system and end users
  • Enables application programmers to concentrate on functionality, rather than performance
  • Minimizes the need for new communications equipment by efficiently utilizing your existing current lines, modems, and controllers
  • Is easy to install and set up

CICS Online Transmission Time Optimizer improves 3270 network utilization by:

  • Ensuring better use of existing network resources and devices
  • Being transparent to applications and users

Having improved network and end-user productivity, CICS Online Transmission Time Optimizer should potentially increase the satisfaction of your customers.

This announcement reflects IBM's commitment to protecting customer product and skills investments.

Trademarks

 
z/OS is a trademark of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
CICS, CICS/ESA, OS/390, and Parallel Sysplex 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.

Offering Information

Product information is available through Offering Information (OITOOL) at:

Publications

The following printed publications are shipped with the product.

                                                       Order
Title                                                  Number
 
CICS(R) Online Transmission Time Optimizer
 User's Guide                                          SC34-6104
 Compatibility Mode Guide                              SC34-6105
 Messages                                              GC34-6106
 Program Directory                                     GI10-2549

Additional printed copies of these books may be purchased for a fee. Contact your IBM representative. Alternatively, books may be purchased from the online IBM Publications Ordering System, at:

Softcopy of the publications are also downloadable free of charge from the above Web site.

Technical Information

Specified Operating Environment

Hardware Requirements

CICS Online Transmission Time Optimizer for z/OS™ operates on any hardware supporting CICS/ESA® V4.1, CICS Transaction Server for OS/390® V1, or CICS Transaction Server for z/OS V2.

CICS Online Transmission Time Optimizer supports both local and remote devices using the VTAM®/SDLC protocol.

Devices connected via ACF/TCAM do so through TCAM's Subsystem Interface (SSI), and appear to CICS as if they are using one of the valid VTAM protocols.

CICS Online Transmission Time Optimizer supports the following Logical Unit (LU) types and devices or their equivalent emulators:

  • IBM LU types
    • LU type 0 — 3600/4700-type financial systems
    • LU type 1 — SCS printers
    • LU type 2 — 3270-type terminals
    • LU type 3 — 3270-type printers
  • IBM device types
    • 3178 display station
    • 3179 display station
    • 3180 display station
    • 3191 display station
    • 3192 display station
    • 3193 display station
    • 3194 display station
    • 3275 Models 1 and 2
    • 3276 display station
    • 3277 Models 1 and 2
    • 3278 Models 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5
    • 3279 Models 2A, 2B, 3A, and 3B
    • 3284 Printer Models 1 and 2
    • 3286 Printer Models 1 and 2
    • 3287 Printer Models 1, 1C, 2, and 2C
    • 3289 Line Printer Models 1 and 2
    • 3290 partitioned display station
    • 3600 financial system
    • 4700 financial system
    • 8100 running in 3270 data stream compatibility mode
    • 5550-type terminals and printers which handle Double-Byte Character Set (DBCS) Kanji characters

CICS Online Transmission Time Optimizer also supports other non IBM devices that are compatible with the terminals listed above. To be supported, these terminals must recognize standard 3270 hardware order streams and not object to String Control Byte (SCB) compression.

Software Requirements

CICS Online Transmission Time Optimizer requires System Modification Program/Extended (SMP/E) of the supported z/OS or OS/390 system for installation and maintenance. It operates with the following (minimum level) CICS configurations:

  • CICS Transaction Server for z/OS V2.1 (5697-E93), and later
  • CICS Transaction Server for OS/390 V1.1 (5655-147), and later
  • CICS/ESA V4.1 (5655-018)

Note that effective December 31, 2002, IBM will discontinue Program Services for CICS/ESA V4.1. CICS/ESA V4.1 is replaced by CICS Transaction Server. Refer to Withdrawal Announcement 900-305 , dated December 12, 2000.

Limitations: This product is shipped in the U.S. English language only.

Planning Information

Packaging

The package in which the product is delivered contains:

  • The runtime component of the product on 3480 ½-inch tape cartridge
  • CICS Online Transmission Time Optimizer User's Guide (SC34-6104)
  • CICS Online Transmission Time Optimizer Compatibility Mode Guide (SC34-6105)
  • CICS Online Transmission Time Optimizer Messages (GC34-6106)
  • Program Directory (GI10-2549)
  • License Information (GC34-6103)
  • International Program License Agreement (IPLA) Booklet (Z125-3301)
  • IPLA Pointer Sheet (Z127-1000)
  • Proof of Entitlement (PoE)

Security, Auditability, and Control

CICS Online Transmission Time Optimizer uses the security and auditability features of the supported OS/390 or z/OS systems.

The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.

Ordering Information

CICS Online Transmission Time Optimizer is an IPLA product with a single charge based on Value Units.

The product is also orderable from Software (SW) Subscription and Support. It is required to provide the same level of support as is delivered with standard IBM S/390® IBM Customer Agreement (ICA) offerings, including voice defect support, together with code updates. It has a single annual charge which, if ordered, must be purchased in the same quantity as CICS Online Transmission Time Optimizer.

Value Unit Exhibit VUE007

                                   Value                 Value
                                   Units/                Units/
Usage Level    Minimum   Maximum   MSU      HW           Machine
 
Base             1         3       1        MP3000 H30    6
PSLC/Level A     4        45       0.45     MP3000 H50    8
PSLC/Level B    46       175       0.36     MP3000 H70   12
PSLC/Level C   176       315       0.27     ESL Models    2
PSLC/Level D   316         +       0.2

The products in this announcement have one charge unit — Value Units.

Value Units for IBM 9672 Processors will be based upon the full capacity of these systems. This is applicable to all S/390-based systems that are measured on MSU capacity. Information on MSU capacities can be found in the IBM System/370™, System/390® and zSeries Machine Exhibit (Z125-3901).

Value Units for IBM e(logo)server zSeries will be based upon full MSU capacity as defined in the Machine Exhibits .

There will be a tool available that provides support for transforming the MSU-based capacities of S/390 Systems to new Value Units by calculating the applicable number of Value Units for a given number of MSUs.

Ordering Example

The total number of Value Units is calculated according to the following example.

If the customer has installed 1000 MSUs, the applicable Value Units would be:

Translation from MSUs to Value Units

                                   Value
                                   Units/                 Value
             MSUs         *        MSU           =        Units
 
Base             3        *        1.00          =          3.00
Tier A          42        *        0.45          =         18.90
Tier B         130        *        0.36          =         46.80
Tier C         140        *        0.27          =         37.80
Tier D         685        *        0.20          =        137.00
 
Total        1,000                                        244

When calculating the total number of Value Units, the sum is to be rounded up to the next integer.

    1 Value Unit — 0001
    250 Value Units — 0002

For a product running on machines with 1000 MSUs requiring 244 Value Units, the customer would order feature number 0001, quantity 244.

Note: For actual feature numbers, refer below.

Basic License: To order, specify the program number, feature number 9001 for asset registration, the one-time charge (OTC) feature numbers, and the feature number of the distribution medium.

New Customers: The CFSW configurator stand-alone path for 5655-I05 will be updated to support price proposals on December 18, 2001. For 5655-I05, media is only shipped via Customized Offerings (CBPDO). CFSW configuration and order entry capability will commence with CBPDO on December 25, 2001.

For CBPDO orders, shipments will begin one week after general availability.

                                 Medium
                                 Feature
Description                      Number          Medium
 
CICS Online Transmission         5802            3480 ½-inch
 Time Optimizer for z/OS                          tape cartridge

                                                 OTC
                                 Program         Feature
Description                      Number          Number
 
CICS Online Transmission         5655-I05
 Time Optimizer for z/OS
 
  1 Value Unit                                   0001
  250 Value Units                                0002

Subscription and Support

IBM is providing Subscription and Support for these products via a separately purchased offering under the terms of the IBM International Agreement for Acquisition of Support (IAAS). This offering:

  • Includes and extends the support services provided in the base support to include technical support via telephone during normal business hours.
  • Entitles customers to future releases and versions at no additional charge. Note that the customer is not entitled for new products.

To order , specify the support program number (5655-I06), feature number 9001 for asset registration, medium feature number 6608, and the Annual Support Charge feature number shown below.

  • The capacity of Subscription and Support (Value Units) must be the same as the capacity ordered for the Product Licenses.
  • Once Subscription and Support is ordered, the charges will renew automatically annually, unless cancelled by the customer.

To decline , specify the support program number (5655-I06), and the Decline SW Subscription and Support feature number shown below.

                                      Annual
                                      Support
                                      Charge    Medium
                           Program    Feature   Feature
Description                Number     Number    Number    Medium
 
Subscription and Support   5655-I06             6608      Paper
 for CICS Online
 Transmission Time
 Optimizer for z/OS
 
  1 Value Unit                        0001
  250 Value Units                     0002
 
  Decline SW Subscription             0003
   and Support (no charge)

Single Version Charging: To elect single version charging, the customer must notify and identify to IBM the prior program and replacement program, and the machine on which the programs are operating.

Customization Options: Select the appropriate feature numbers for expedited shipments.

                                                    Feature
Description                                         Number
 
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.

Customized Offerings

Product media is shipped only via Customized Offerings (that is, CBPDO, ServerPac, Systempac®). Non-customized items (CDs, diskettes, source media, media kits) will continue to be shipped via the stand-alone product.

Terms and Conditions

Licensing: IBM International Program License Agreement (IPLA). Proofs of Entitlement (PoE) are required for all authorized use.

The following agreement applies for maintenance and does not require customer signatures:

  • IBM Agreement for Acquisition of Support (Z125-6011)

These products are licensed under the IBM IPLA, the associated Agreement for Acquisition of Support, and the Addendum for Support (Z125-6435), which provides for support with ongoing access to releases and versions of the program. These programs have a one-time license charge for use of the program and an ongoing recurring 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. S/390 and zSeries IBM Operational Support Services — Support Line is an option for those customers who desire added services.

Limited Warranty Applies: Yes

Program Services: Available until February 22, 2004.

Money-Back Guarantee: 30-day, money-back guarantee, applicable to the first instance per customer enterprise. The money-back guarantee will commence on the Invoice Date.

Copy and Use on Home/Portable Computer: No

Volume Orders (IVO): No

Passport Advantage Applies: No

Software Maintenance Applies: For Operating System software, the revised IBM Operational Support Services — Support Line offering will provide support for those operating systems and associated products that are not available with the newly announced Software Maintenance offering. This will ensure total support coverage for your enterprise needs, including IBM and selected non-IBM products. For complete lists of products supported under both the current and revised Support Line offering, refer to our Web site at:

For additional information on the revised IBM Operational Support Services, refer to Services Announcement 601-023 , dated July 10, 2001.

IBM Operational Support Services — Support Line: Yes

AIX®/UNIX® Upgrade Protection Applies: No

Entitled Upgrade for Current AIX/UNIX Upgrade Protection Licensees: No

IBM e(logo)server iSeries Software Subscription Applies

No

Variable Charges Apply: Yes

Educational Allowance Available: Yes, 15% education allowance applies to qualified education institution customers.

Prices

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.

Program Name: CICS Online Transmission Time Optimizer for z/OS

                                        OTC
                        Program         Feature
Description             Number          Number         OTC
 
1 Value Unit            5655-I05        0001           $  2,200
250 Value Units         5655-I05        0002            550,000

Program Name: CICS Online Transmission Time Optimizer for z/OS — Subscription and Support

                                        Annual
                                        Support
                                        Charge
                        Program         Feature        Annual
Description             Number          Number         Charge
 
1 Value Unit            5655-I06        0001           $   330
250 Value Units         5655-I06        0002            82,500
 
Decline Software        5655-I06        0003           No charge
 Subscription
 and Support
 (no charge)

Upgrades

Contact your sales channel for IBM Operational Support Services — Support Line pricing information.

Variable Charges: The applicable processor-based one-time charge will be based on the group of the designated machine on which the program is licensed for use. If the program is designated to a processor in a group for which no charge is listed above, the charge of the next higher group listed applies. For movement to a machine in a higher group, an upgrade charge equal to the difference in the then current charges between the two groups will apply. For movement to a machine in a lower group, there will be no adjustment or refund of charges paid.

Customer Financing: IBM Global Financing offers attractive financing to credit-qualified commercial and government customers and Business Partners in more than 40 countries around the world. IBM Global Financing is provided by the IBM Credit Corporation in the United States. Offerings, rates, terms, and availability may vary by country. Contact your local IBM Global Financing organization. Country organizations are listed on the Web at:

Order Now

 Use Priority/Reference Code: LE001
 
 Phone:     800-IBM-CALL
 Fax:       800-2IBM-FAX
 Internet:  ibm_direct@vnet.ibm.com
 Mail:      IBM Atlanta Sales Center
            Dept. LE001
            P.O. Box 2690
            Atlanta, GA  30301-2690

You can also contact your local IBM Business Partner or IBM representative. To identify them, call 800-IBM-4YOU.

Note: Shipments will begin after the planned availability date.

Trademarks

 
zSeries and iSeries are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation.
 
z/OS, the e-business logo, and System/370 are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
CICS, CICS/ESA, OS/390, VTAM, S/390, System/390, Systempac, and AIX are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
UNIX is a registered trademark is a registered trademark of the Open Company in the United States and other countries.
 
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.