IBM General Parallel File System for AIX 5L, V3 offers Information Lifecycle Management and enhanced multicluster support

IBM United States Software Announcement 206-101
April 25, 2006

 

 ENUS206-101.PDF (71KB)

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TOC link At a glance TOC link Offering Information
TOC link Overview TOC link Publications
TOC link Key prerequisites TOC link Technical information
TOC link Planned availability date TOC link Ordering information
TOC link Description TOC link Terms and conditions
TOC link Product positioning TOC link Prices
TOC link Reference information TOC link Order now
 
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At a glance

IBM General Parallel File System (GPFS) for AIX 5L, V3.1 offers:

  • Information Lifecycle Management, to allow more flexible support of different disk classes
  • Improved multicluster support and use of multiple networks
  • Improved file serving for Network Filesystem (NFS) V4 functions and performance
  • Administration usability and flexibility improvements
  • Support for mixed clusters of IBM eServer servers sharing file system services running Linux™ or AIX 5L

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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Overview

IBM General Parallel File System (GPFS) for AIX 5L™ is ideal for high-performance parallel file transfer and parallel I/O to single or multiple files. The key strengths of GPFS are multicluster support, superior scalability and performance, ability to support extremely large files, failure recovery, and ease of administration.

Version 3.1 enhancements:

  • Information Lifecycle Management support with the introduction of storage pools, policy-based file management, and filesets.

    GPFS is designed to help you to achieve data lifecycle management efficiencies through policy-driven automation and tiered storage management. User-defined policies provide the ability to better match the cost of your storage resources to the value of your data.

    • Storage pools allow you to manage your file system's storage in groups. You may now partition your storage based on such factors as performance, locality, and reliability.
    • Filesets provide for partitioning of a file system, allowing administrative operations at a finer granularity than the entire file system.
    • New commands and APIs support storage pools, policies, and filesets.
  • Elimination of the need for communication between nodes in different remote clusters.
  • Enhancements to multicluster file access. You can specify the use of multiple networks for a node in your cluster, thus allowing both the use of internal networks within a cluster and the use of external addresses for remote clusters.
  • Enhancements to the support of NFS V4 on AIX 5L, including enhanced ACL behavior and performance improvements.
  • Enhanced file system mounting and Network Shared Disk functions.
  • Improved performance and scalability via option to distribute the token manager.

 
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Key prerequisites
  • AIX 5L for POWER™ V5.3
  • IBM System p5™ servers or
  • IBM eServer pSeries® servers or
  • IBM eServer p5 servers or
  • IBM eServer BladeCenter® servers or
  • IBM eServer Cluster 1600

 
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Planned availability date

April 28, 2006
 
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Description

IBM General Parallel File System (GPFS) provides file system services to parallel and serial applications. GPFS allows parallel applications simultaneous access to the same files, 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.

GPFS allows users shared file access within a single GPFS cluster and across multiple GPFS clusters. A GPFS cluster can consist of AIX 5L V5.3 nodes, Linux nodes, or a combination thereof, and network shared disks (NSDs) created and maintained by the NSD component of GPFS.

GPFS V3.1 enhancements:

  • GPFS now provides for Information Lifecycle Management with the introduction of storage pools, policy-based file management, and filesets. GPFS is designed to help you to achieve data lifecycle management efficiencies through policy-driven automation and tiered storage management. User-defined policies provide the ability to better match the cost of your storage resources to the value of your data.
    • Storage pools allow you to manage your file system's storage in groups. You may now partition your storage based on such factors as performance, locality, and reliability. Files are assigned to a storage pool based on defined policies. Storage policies provide for:
      • File placement to a specific storage pool when it is created
      • Migration of a file from one storage pool to another
      • Deletion of a file based on characteristics of the file

      Filesets provide a method for partitioning a file system, and allow administrative operations at a finer granularity than the entire file system. For example, filesets allow you to:

      • Define data block and inode quotas at the fileset level
      • Apply policy rules to specific filesets
    • New commands provide enhanced support of storage pools, policies, and filesets.
    • New APIs in support of storage pools and filesets include gpfs_igetstoragepool and gpfs_igetfilesetname.
  • This release eliminates the need for communication between nodes in different remote clusters by distributing the token server load over multiple manager nodes in a home cluster and by letting the token server handle revoke requests for tokens rather than delegating this to the client in a remote cluster. This eliminates token traffic required among these different remote clusters.
  • GPFS provides improved multiple-cluster network access and support. You may now specify the use of multiple networks for a node in your cluster, allowing both the use of internal networks within a cluster and the use of external addresses for remote mounts. The mmchconfig command has been enhanced so you may specify a list of private IP addresses used to communicate between nodes in a GPFS cluster.
    • Multiple security levels, up to one for each authorized cluster, may be specified by the cluster granting access.
    • The local cluster no longer needs to be shut down prior to changing security keys. GPFS aims to provide a highly available service while allowing for required periodic changing of keys:
      • In order to make connection rate performance acceptable in large clusters, the size of the security keys used for authentication can not be very large. As a result it may be necessary to change security keys in order to prevent a given key from being compromised while it is still in use.
      • As a matter of policy, some institutions may require periodic changing of security keys.
  • Enhancements to the support of NFS V4 on AIX 5L includes:
    • Enhanced ACL behavior:
      • UNIX® permissions on an object no longer include a delete specification in either the allow or deny entries.
      • Delete is permitted if the user has either delete on the object or delete child on the parent.
    • You may experience a performance improvement for NFS access to large GPFS files from an AIX 5L server when there is no thread-level contention for the file on the client node.
  • Enhanced file system mounting is supported by three new commands:
    • The mmmount and mmunmount commands are provided for cluster-wide file system management, alleviating the administrator from issuing the dsh command.
    • The mmlsmount displays the IP addresses and names of the nodes (local and remote) that have a particular file system mounted.
  • Enhanced Network Shared Disk functions are provided:
    • An option to allow or restrict failover from local to remote access is now provided on the mmchfs, mmmount, and mmremotefs commands.
    • In prior releases of GPFS, the only way to failback to local disk access once the connection had been repaired and access through an NSD server was no longer desired, was to remount the file system. In this release, GPFS can discover if the path has been repaired and if so, falls back to local disk access.
    • Improved NSD access information is provided by the mmlsnsd command:
      • The availability of the disk is now displayed.
      • The device type of the disk is now available when specifying the -X option.
  • Enhancements to the mmpmon performance monitoring tool are provided:
    • Use of a named socket. The mmpmon command no longer uses ports.
    • Ability to include a list of nodes, in the local cluster, to report on instead of just the node from which the command is issued.
  • Enhanced mount support is provided for clusters utilizing NSD servers.
  • You may now specify how long to wait for an NSD server to come online before allowing the mount to fail. The mmchconfig command has been enhanced, allowing you to specify wait time when either bringing a cluster online or bringing an NSD server online when client nodes are already active:
    • The cluster formation time is at most nsdServerWaitTimeWindowOnMount seconds from the current time.
    • The last failed time is at most nsdServerWaitTimeWindowOnMount seconds from the current time.
    • The number of seconds to wait for the server to come up before declaring the mount a failure is as specified by the nsdServerWaitTimeForMount option.
  • You may now specify different networks for GPFS daemon communication and for GPFS administration command usage within your cluster. The node descriptor for the mmchcluster command now allows you to specify separate node interfaces for these uses, for each node within your cluster. You may choose to use this capability when considering cluster security or performance.
  • The use of a single port removes conflicts with existing network services.

    As of November 2004, port number 1191 was officially registered with InterNet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) for handling GPFS-specific traffic. With this release, all GPFS-related traffic has been consolidated on port 1191.

  • Improved usability and command consistency are provided via the -N flag to indicate which nodes are to participate in execution of the command.
  • Enhanced error messages reporting is provided in the mmfs log.

    Messages previously reporting no explanation now provide the proper text.

  • You may experience performance improvements when issuing either the mmlsnsd -M or the mmlsnsd -m command due to a redesign of the command.
  • Quorum semantics are improved when utilizing node quorum with tiebreaker disks. The maximum number of quorum nodes has been increased from two to eight.
  • Enhanced quota information is provided in support of filesets.
  • GPFS now provides the ability to distribute the token management function among file system manager nodes in a cluster, reducing possible bottlenecks.

    You may now choose to distribute the token server load among the nodes in your cluster that have been designated as file system manager nodes. The mmchconfig command has been enhanced with the distributedTokenServer option, allowing you to turn the distributed token management function on and off.

    Refer to Concepts, Planning, and Installation Guide for further information on the roles of the file system manager and General Parallel File System: Advanced Administration for details on distributed token managers.

  • Performance and security enhancements have been made to the mmauth command. You may experience performance improvements as GPFS now uses a multithreaded receiver for authentication, encryption, and decryption.

Other functional changes in GPFS V3.1:

  • The mmpmon command no longer uses ports.
  • GPFS V3 does not support AIX 5L releases earlier than Version 5.3.

Note: Refer to the GPFS FAQ available from the following Web site for complete information

Accessibility by people with disabilities

A U.S. Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) containing details on the product's accessibility compliance can be requested via IBM's Web site at


 
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Product positioning

GPFS can be ideal for high-performance parallel file transfer and parallel I/O to single or multiple files.

The key strengths of GPFS are:

  • Information Lifecycle Management
  • Shared file system access among GPFS clusters
  • Improved system performance
  • Superior scalability and ability to support extremely large files
  • File consistency
  • High recoverability and increased data availability
  • Enhanced system flexibility
  • Simplified storage management
  • Simplified administration
  • Multiple platform support

GPFS for AIX 5L is also positioned as a complementary offering to GPFS for Linux for both POWER and other platforms.
 
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Reference information
  • Software Announcement 206-100 , dated April 25, 2006 (GPFS for Linux on POWER V3.1)
  • Software Announcement 206-095 , dated April 25, 2006 (GPFS for Linux Multiplatform)
  • Withdrawal Announcement 906-059 , dated March 28, 2006 (HPC SW product service end dates)
  • Software Announcement 204-298 , dated December 7, 2004 (On/Off Capacity on Demand)
  • Withdrawal Announcement 906-089 , dated April 25, 2006 (SW product withdrawals from marketing)

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).

BP Attachment for Announcement Letter 206-101

Trademarks

 
AIX 5L, POWER, and System p5 are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
pSeries and BladeCenter are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
UNIX is a registered trademark of the Open Company in the United States and other countries.
 
Linux is a trademark of Linus Torvalds in the United States, other countries or both.
 
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

GPFS for AIX 5L™, V2.3 will remain available via current 5765-F64 billing feature numbers and AIX 5L SPO (5692-A5L) supply feature numbers until further notice.

Program warranty service for GPFS V2.2 will end on April 30, 2007, as previously announced.

Program warranty service for GPFS V2.3 will continue until further notice.

For additional GPFS product information, go to


 
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Offering Information

Product information is available via the Offering Information Web site


 
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Publications

No publications are shipped with this program; however, the following publications are available from the Web:

IBM General Parallel File System:

  • Concepts, Planning and Installation Guide (GA76-0413)
  • Administration and Programming Reference (SA23-2221)
  • Problem Determination Guide (GA76-0415)
  • Data Management API Guide (GA76-0414)
  • Advanced Administration Guide (SC23-5182)

These displayable manuals are viewable in PDF format from

The manuals are also available by selecting the "Library" link off of the IBM eServer Cluster Information Center at

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 U.S.) 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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Technical information

Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements

Any of the following IBM servers:

  • IBM System p5™ servers
  • IBM eServer pSeries® servers
  • IBM eServer Cluster 1600 (with supported network interconnect)
  • IBM eServer p5 servers
  • IBM eServer BladeCenter® JS20 and JS21

Any of the following connectivity and storage:

  • 100 Mb Ethernet, 1 Gb Ethernet, Myrinet (IP only), or InfiniBand (IP only)
  • IBM TotalStorage® DS4000 disk (DS4100, DS4300, DS4400, DS4500, or DS4800)
  • IBM TotalStorage ESS (2105-F20 or 2105-800)
  • IBM eServer pSeries High Performance Switch (HPS)

Note: Refer to the GPFS FAQ available from the following Web site for an updated list of formally qualified disk subsystems and servers

Software requirements

  • GPFS service level 3.1.0.1, APAR #IY82778, available at

  • AIX 5L for POWER™, V5.3 (5765-G03) Technology Level 5300-04 or later level.

  • The Parallel Backup application requires Tivoli® Storage Manager (TSM) V5.2, or later release.

  • For SANergy™ access support, Tivoli SANergy V3.2 plus Patch level 3.2.10.0 is required.

Compatibility: In any cluster or group of clusters that mount the same filesystems, GPFS requires that all nodes be running the same release of code. Nodes running different PTF levels may coexist as long as the different levels do not depend on certain bug fixes for correct execution.

Refer to the online documentation on migration from the "Library" link off of the IBM eServer Cluster Information Center at

Note: GPFS for AIX 5L, V2.3 was the last release that supported AIX® 5L V5.2, Parallel Systems Support Program (PSSP), and the SP™ Switch2.

Limitations: GPFS V3.1 runs on AIX 5L V5.3 only.

The IBM SP Switch2 is not supported with GPFS V3.

Note: For complete and up-to-date information regarding GPFS specifications and capacities, refer to GPFS for AIX 5L (5765-G66) Sales Manual , and to the GPFS FAQ available from the following Web site

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 Web site at

Planning information

This is the final release that will support Tivoli SANergy.

Packaging: This program is distributed as a single package available via CD-ROM media. A product README file and license information are shipped with the product (L-RHAN-6L9R9L or LC23-4989-00). Publications are available online.

Security, auditability, and control

GPFS uses the security and auditability features of the AIX 5L operating system and OpenSSH and OpenSSL. 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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Ordering information

Charge metric

Program               Part number or    Charge
name                  PID number        metric
 
GPFS for AIX 5L V3    5765-G66          Per processor --
                      5660-GPF           small, medium,
                      5661-GPF           large
                      5662-GPF
                      5663-GPF
                      5664-GPF

GPFS V3.1 has one charge unit: number of processors active on either a small, medium, or large server running GPFS for the supported operating environment.

The order quantity is the integer number of processors on which GPFS will be run or installed.

Note: Ordering and billing is per physical processor, regardless of processor sharing ("sub-CPU LPARs").

A new order for GPFS includes one-year IBM Software Maintenance. Upgrades may be acquired via the IBM Software Maintenance agreement up to the current level of use authorized for the qualifying program.

Sub-capacity processor

The required authorized use level for eligible programs is based upon the highest utilization of the partitions where the program or a component of the program executes. The customer agrees to periodically report program use to IBM using an IBM license management tool.

  1. The number of authorizations you must acquire is the smaller value of either of the following methods:
    1. The total number of activated (available for use) processors in the machine, or
    2. The sum of (i) and (ii) as follows (any remaining fraction of a processor must be rounded up to a full processor in the final aggregation)

      (i) When the program is run in partitions with dedicated processors, the sum of the processing units of those partitions, and

      (ii) When the program is run in partitions that are members of a shared processing pool, the smaller of:

      1. The number of processors assigned to the pool, or
      2. The sum of the virtual processors of each uncapped partition plus the processing units in each capped partition running a program.

New users of GPFS for AIX 5L, V3.1 should specify type 5765, model G66, and the one-time charge (OTC) feature number in the appropriate server-size column with a quantity equal to the total number of processors active in that server running the supported operating system in which GPFS will be installed. If a processor is active and GPFS will not be running on that processor, an order for GPFS is not required. For CD-ROM media, specify type 5692, model A5L, and feature number 1485.

Note: Throughout the following tables:

  • Small means small capacity servers (processor groups C5, D5, and E5).
  • Medium means medium capacity servers (processor groups F5 and G5).
  • Large means large capacity servers (processor groups H5 and P5).
  • OTC means one-time charge.
  • OOCoD means On/Off Capacity on Demand.

5765-G66 General Parallel File System for AIX 5L, V3.1

Basic license one-time charge

                                        Small     Medium    Large
                                        OTC       OTC       OTC
                             Program    feature   feature   feature
Description                  number     number    number    number
 
Per processor                5765-G66   0013      0015      0017
Block of 250 processors(1)   5765-G66   0014      0016      0018
(1)
The feature for a block of 250 active processors is provided for convenience with large orders. A quantity of one for this feature will order a license for 250 processors.

Program                Program                 Media supply
name                   number       Media      feature number
 
GPFS for AIX, V3.1     5692-A5L     CD-ROM     1485

This software license includes Software Maintenance, previously referred to as Software Subscription and Technical Support.

Extending coverage for a total of three years from 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 products and features for General Parallel File System (GPFS) for AIX 5L, V3.1 (5765-G66) and GPFS for AIX 5L V2.3 (5765-F64) effective April 25, 2006.

                                                      OTC
                                                      Billing
Feature                                               feature
description                                           number
 
5660-GPF GPFS Software Maintenance Agreement          5809
5661-GPF GPFS Software Maintenance Agreement          5809
5662-GPF GPFS Software Maintenance Agreement          5809
5664-GPF GPFS Software Maintenance Agreement          5809
 
5660-GPF   Maintenance No-Charge 1-year Registration
 
Small per processor                                   0836
Small per block of 250 processors                     0837
Medium per processor                                  0840
Medium per block of 250 processors                    0841
Large per processor                                   0844
Large per block of 250 processors                     0845
 
5660-GPF   Maintenance 1-year 24 x 7 support
 
Small per processor                                   0838
Small per block of 250 processors                     0839
Medium per processor                                  0842
Medium per block of 250 processors                    0843
Large per processor                                   0846
Large per block of 250 processors                     0847
 
5661-GPF   1-year Software Maintenance After License
 
Small per processor                                   0120
Small per block of 250 processors                     0121
Medium per processor                                  0124
Medium per block of 250 processors                    0125
Large per processor                                   0128
Large per block of 250 processors                     0129
 
5661-GPF   After License 1-year 24 x 7 support
 
Small per processor                                   0122
Small per block of 250 processors                     0123
Medium per processor                                  0126
Medium per block of 250 processors                    0127
Large per processor                                   0130
Large per block of 250 processors                     0131
 
5662-GPF   Maintenance 3-year Registration (2-year uplift)
 
Small per processor                                   0180
Small per block of 250 processors                     0181
Medium per processor                                  0184
Medium per block of 250 processors                    0185
Large per processor                                   0188
Large per block of 250 processors                     0189
 
5662-GPF   Maintenance 3-year 24 x 7 support
 
Small per processor                                   0182
Small per block of 250 processors                     0183
Medium per processor                                  0186
Medium per block of 250 processors                    0187
Large per processor                                   0190
Large per block of 250 processors                     0191
 
5664-GPF   3-year Software Maintenance After License
 
Small per processor                                   0001
Small per block of 250 processors                     0002
Medium per processor                                  0005
Medium per block of 250 processors                    0006
Large per processor                                   0009
Large per block of 250 processors                     0010

5664-GPF   After License 3-year 24 x 7 support
 
Small per processor                                   0003
Small per block of 250 processors                     0004
Medium per processor                                  0007
Medium per block of 250 processors                    0008
Large per processor                                   0011
Large per block of 250 processors                     0012

Withdrawal of SWMA program numbers

For the licensed programs, the SWMA is changing structure and type number from 577x to 566x. GPFS Software Maintenance is now available via the new 566x program numbers announced above. Customers who have current software maintenance will be renewed under the new SWMA product numbers at their normal renewal date.

The following program numbers are withdrawn as of April 25, 2006:

                                    Program
Description                         number
 
GPFS for AIX 5L  1-Year             5771-GPF
 Software Maintenance
 
GPFS for AIX 5L  3-Year             5773-GPF
 Software Maintenance

Refer to Software Announcement 906-089 , dated April 25, 2006 (pSeries SW Withdrawal).

System Program Order (SPO) (5692-A5L)

A 5692-A5L SPO is mandatory for shipments of program distribution and publications. The individual licensed program orders (for example, 5765-G66) are for registration and billing purposes only. No shipment occurs under these orders.

Machine-readable materials are only available on CD-ROM. To receive shipment of machine-readable materials under SPO (5692-A5L), order the CD-ROM media.

Specify feature code 3410.

Billing for the media is generated under the SPO. To prevent additional billing expenses, place only one SPO order per machine.

Select one of the following (5692-A5L) features for the licensed program hardcopy entitled publications.

Program          Program
number           name                    Number
 
5692-A5L         GPFS for AIX 5L,        1485
                  V3.1

Under SPO 5692-A5L, feature number 3470 can be used to suppress hardcopy documentation. To order entitled hardcopy documentation only, order feature number 3430.

On/Off Capacity on Demand

IBM offers a daily price option to enable you to dynamically change your available server capacity. On/Off Capacity on Demand (OOCoD) allows you to dynamically increase and decrease server capacity based on changing workload demands. In order to take advantage of OOCoD, you must have activation of the OOCoD hardware offering for pSeries and the applicable base software license on order or on inventory.

This offering allows you to pay a fee to enable and use temporary server capacity of GPFS on a per-day basis using the features below.

The customer must complete and sign contract Z125-6907 — Amendment for iSeries™ and pSeries Software On/Off Capacity on Demand.

For specific terms, refer to Software Announcement 204-298 , dated December 7, 2004.

                                        Small     Medium    Large
                                        OTC       OTC       OTC
                             Program    feature   feature   feature
Description                  number     number    number    number
 
Per Processor Day OOCoD      5765-G66   0019      0021      0023
 Temp Use Chrg
Block of 250 processors(1)   5765-G66   0020      0022      0024
(1)
The feature for a block of 250 active processors is provided for convenience with large orders. A quantity of one for this feature will order a license for 250 processors.

 
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Terms and conditions

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

This software license includes Software Maintenance, previously referred to as Software Subscription and Technical Support.

The following agreement applies for maintenance and does not require customer signatures: IBM Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance (Z125-6011).

Limited warranty: Yes

Warranty: This program includes a warranty for one year from acquisition from IBM or an authorized IBM Business Partner. For one year from acquisition of the program, this warranty provides the customer with access to databases containing program information and FAQs, including any known fixes to defects, which the customer can download or otherwise obtain and install.

Program technical support: Technical support of a program product will be available for a minimum of three years from the general availability date, as long as your Software Maintenance is in effect. This technical support allows you to obtain assistance (via telephone or electronic means) from IBM for product-specific, task-oriented questions regarding the installation and operation of the program product. Software Maintenance also provides you with access to updates, releases, and versions of the program. Customers will be notified, via announcement letter, of discontinuance of support with 12 months' notice. If you require additional technical support from IBM, including an extension of support beyond the discontinuance date, contact your IBM representative or IBM Business Partner. This extension may be available for a fee.

Money-back guarantee: If for any reason you are dissatisfied with the program and you are the original licensee, return it within 30 days from the invoice date, to the party (either IBM or its reseller) from whom you acquired it, for a 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 the customer.

Copy and use on home/portable computer: No

Volume orders (IVO): Yes, contact your IBM representative.

Passport Advantage® applies: No

Usage restriction: Yes

For license information, refer to the License Information document that is available on the IBM Software License Agreement Web site

Software Maintenance applies: Yes

All distributed software licenses include Software Maintenance (Software Subscription and Technical Support) 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 Maintenance 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 Guide at

Software Maintenance 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.

Acquisition of GPFS V3 via SWMA does not change existing SWMA contract start nor end dates.

IBM Operational Support Services — SoftwareXcel: No

iSeries Software Maintenance applies: No

Variable charges apply: Yes

Educational allowance available

Yes, a 15% education allowance applies to qualified education institution customers.

On/Off Capacity on Demand

To be eligible for On/Off Capacity on Demand pricing, customers must be enabled for temporary capacity on the corresponding hardware, and the required contract — Z125-6907, Amendment for iSeries and pSeries Temporary Capacity On Demand — Software — must be signed prior to use.
 
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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: 5765-G66, General Parallel File System for AIX 5L, V3.1

                                        OTC
                                        Billing
Feature                                 feature
description                             number      OTC
 
Base product:
 
 Small per processor                    0013        $    650
 Small per block of 250 processors      0014         162,500
 Medium per processor                   0015             950
 Medium per block of 250 processors     0016         237,500
 Large per processor                    0017           1,150
 Large per block of 250 processors      0018         287,500
 
Per processor day OOCoD temp use charge
 
 Small per processor                    0019        $      7
 Small per block of 250 processors      0020           1,750
 Medium per processor                   0021              10
 Medium per block of 250 processors     0022           2,500
 Large per processor                    0023              12
 Large per block of 250 processors      0024           3,000

OTC = One-time charge

Software Maintenance products and features for General Parallel File System (GPFS) for AIX 5L, V3 (5765-G66)

                                        OTC
                                        Billing
Feature                                 feature
description                             number      OTC
 
5660-GPF GPFS Software                  5809              NC
 Maintenance Agreement
5661-GPF GPFS Software                  5809
 Maintenance Agreement
5662-GPF GPFS Software                  5809
 Maintenance Agreement
5664-GPF GPFS Software                  5809
 Maintenance Agreement
 
5660-GPF   Maintenance No-Charge 1-year Registration
 
 
Small per processor                     0836              NC
Small per block of 250 processors       0837
Medium per processor                    0840
Medium per block of 250 processors      0841
Large per processor                     0844
Large per block of 250 processors       0845
 
5660-GPF   Maintenance 1-year 24 x 7 support
 
Small per processor                     0838        $      9
Small per block of 250 processors       0839           2,250
Medium per processor                    0842              13
Medium per block of 250 processors      0843           3,250
Large per processor                     0846              16
Large per block of 250 processors       0847           4,000
 
5661-GPF   1-year Software Maintenance After License
 
Small per processor                     0120        $    195
Small per block of 250 processors       0121          48,750
Medium per processor                    0124             285
Medium per block of 250 processors      0125          71,250
Large per processor                     0128             345
Large per block of 250 processors       0129          86,250
 
5661-GPF   After License 1-year 24 x 7 support
 
Small per processor                     0122        $      9
Small per block of 250 processors       0123           2,250
Medium per processor                    0126              13
Medium per block of 250 processors      0127           3,250
Large per processor                     0130              16
Large per block of 250 processors       0131           4,000
 
5662-GPF   Maintenance 3-year Registration (2-year uplift)
 
Small per processor                     0180        $    221
Small per block of 250 processors       0181          55,250
Medium per processor                    0184             323
Medium per block of 250 processors      0185          80,750
Large per processor                     0188             391
Large per block of 250 processors       0189          97,750
 
5662-GPF   Maintenance 3-year 24 x 7 support
 
Small per processor                     0182        $     25
Small per block of 250 processors       0183           6,250
Medium per processor                    0186              36
Medium per block of 250 processors      0187           9,000
Large per processor                     0190              43
Large per block of 250 processors       0191          10,750

5664-GPF   3-year Software Maintenance After License
 
Small per processor                     0001        $    415
Small per block of 250 processors       0002         103,750
Medium per processor                    0005             607
Medium per block of 250 processors      0006         151,750
Large per processor                     0009             735
Large per block of 250 processors       0010         183,750
 
5664-GPF   After License 3-year 24 x 7 support
 
 
Small per processor                     0003        $     25
Small per block of 250 processors       0004           6,250
Medium per processor                    0007              36
Medium per block of 250 processors      0008           9,000
Large per processor                     0011              43
Large per block of 250 processors       0012          10,750

OTC = One-time charge
NC = No charge

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, 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.
 
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