Software Announcement 200-015
February 8, 2000

IBM Program Restart Facility for IMS Facilitates Automated Restarts

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At a Glance

The Program Restart Facility for IMS can help you:

  • Restart applications faster
  • Reduce possibility of error during the restart process
  • Reduce overhead caused by too frequent checkpointing
  • Facilitate restarting applications in sysplex environment
  • Facilitate automatic restart operations

The product:

  • Requires no application or JCL change for basic operation
  • Provides ISPF interface for administration
  • Uses minimum system resources

For ordering, contact:

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

Overview

The IBM Program Restart Facility for IMS™ software helps ensure the correct restart checkpoint ID is used to restart IMS applications using IMS Extended Restart Facilities.

Using Program Restart Facility capabilities requires no application program or JCL changes. An easy-to-use ISPF interface is provided for viewing, editing, and administrating product controls and options.

The Program Restart Facility adds to an already robust portfolio of IBM database tools, and further demonstrates IBM's commitment to being the preferred provider of database tools solutions.

Key Prerequisites

The Program Restart Facility for IMS operates in the IMS Version 5, 6, and 7 environments.

IMS Version 7 support will be provided as a PTF within 30 days of IMS Version 7 availability.

Planned Availability Date

March 10, 2000

Description

The IMS Program Restart Facility software is designed to help you correctly restart abended IMS batch jobs that take advantage of the IMS Extended Restart facility.

Using IMS Program Restart Facility helps prevent data from becoming corrupted from restarting an abended job without specifying any restart checkpoint ID.

Restarting the job correctly can help save you from costly and time-consuming database recoveries that could leave your data unavailable for extended periods of time.

IMS Program Restart Facility automatically supplies the most recent checkpoint ID to jobs being restarted because of an earlier abnormal termination. This task may seem simple enough to perform manually. However, if a job being restarted is supplied a valid but incorrect checkpoint ID, or worse, is restarted without any supplied restart checkpoint ID, data can become corrupted. This can require costly and time-consuming database recoveries. Such situations are even more costly if the manual restart error is not detected right away, causing more delays and longer periods of database unavailability.

IMS Program Restart Facility sets aside the checkpoint records in the IMS log required for a checkpoint restart. It automatically makes them available to the job requiring a restart without requiring manual JCL changes to provide the correct log data set names.

Using IMS Program Restart Facility requires no changes to application code or JCL.

Additional Benefits: The following IMS Program Restart Facility features that if exploited, may require JCL and application programming changes.

  • IMS Program Restart Facility can be used to reduce the overhead incurred by some applications that may be taking checkpoints too frequently. This can result in faster operations.
  • Applications that terminate with a non-zero return code that should be considered abended can be flagged as abended and later restarted automatically using the IMS Program Restart Facility.
  • If you are migrating to data sharing, specifying values for DBRC=, IRLM=, and IRLMNM= for individual jobs or globally without changing any JCL or running system definitions can be facilitated by using the IMS Program Restart Facility.
  • IMS Program Restart Facility can be used to specify values for LOCKMAX= on individual jobs or globally without changing any JCL. This helps prevent abends related to filling up the lock table.
  • IMS Program Restart Facility can be used to specify a list of candidate IMSIDs (as part of an IMSGROUP) that BMPs can signon to in order to avoid U0688 abends without changing the OPT= specification and without waiting for an operator reply to DFS690A messages.

Year 2000

This product does not have date dependencies and is Year 2000 ready.

Euro Currency

This program is not impacted by euro currency.

Hardware and Software Support Services

SmoothStart™/Installation Services

SmoothStart or Installation Services will not be provided for the Program Restart Facility.

Trademarks

 
IMS and SmoothStart are 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.

Technical Information

Specified Operating Environment

Hardware Requirements: The Program Restart Facility operates on any hardware supporting IMS™ Versions 5, 6, or 7.

Software Requirements: Program Restart Facility operates with the following IMS Versions and requires SMP/E Version 1 (5668-949) for installation:

  • IMS Version 5 (5695-176)
  • IMS Version 6 (5655-158)
  • IMS Version 7 (5655-B01)

Security, Auditability, and Control

The announced program uses the security and auditability features of the supported IMS and MVS™ systems. The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.

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:

Ordering Information

New Licensees

Orders for new licenses can be placed now.

Shipment will begin on February 8, 2000.

Unless a later date is specified, orders entered before February 8, 2000, will be assigned a schedule date of one week following availability.

New users of Program Restart Facility for IMS should specify:

   Type     Model
 
   5697      F18

Basic License: There is no Early Support Plan for this product.

Entry Support License (ESL): To order an ESL license, specify the program number, feature number 9001 for asset registration, and the applicable ESL one-time charge (OTC) feature number. Also specify the feature number of the desired distribution medium.

                              ESL OTC
                              Program         Feature
Description                   Number           Number
 
Program Restart Facility      5697-F18          0018

ESL machines can be determined by referring to the IBM Entry End User/390 Attachment (Z125-4379).

Parallel Sysplex® License Charge (PSLC) Basic License: To order a basic license, specify the program number and feature number 9001 for asset registration. Specify the PSLC Base feature. If applicable, specify the PSLC Level A and PSLC Level B, and PSLC Level C, PSLC Level D features and quantity.

If there is more than one program copy in a Parallel Sysplex, the charge for all copies is associated to one license by specifying the applicable PSLC feature numbers and quantity represented by the sum of the Service Units in Millions (MSUs) in your Parallel Sysplex. For all other program copies, specify the PSLC No-Charge (NC) Identifier feature on the licenses.

Also, specify the feature number of the desired distribution medium.

                       PSLC        PSLC Basic License
Machine              Feature       MLC Feature
MSU Capacity          Number       Description
 
1                      0001        PSLC Base, 1 MSU
2                      0002        PSLC Base, 2 MSUs
 
3                      0003        PSLC Base, 3 MSUs
 
4 to 45                0004        PSLC Level A, 1 MSU
                       0005        PSLC Level A, 42 MSUs
 
46 to 175              0006        PSLC Level B, 1 MSU
                       0007        PSLC Level B, 10 MSUs
                       0008        PSLC Level B, 50 MSUs
 
176 to 315             0009        PSLC Level C, 1 MSU
                       0010        PSLC Level C, 10 MSUs
                       0011        PSLC Level C, 50 MSUs
 
316 or more            0012        PSLC Level D, 1 MSU
                       0013        PSLC Level D, 50 MSUs
 
N/A                    0014        PSLC NC Identifier

Example 1: For a single machine with 11 MSUs, the PSLC features would be:

  • 0003 — quantity 1
  • 0004 — quantity 8

Example 2: For two machines in a Parallel Sysplex, which have an aggregation of 60 MSUs, the PSLC features would be:

    PSLC chargeable license #1:
    • 0003 — quantity 1
    • 0005 — quantity 1
    • 0006 — quantity 5
    • 0007 — quantity 1
  • PSLC no-charge license #2:
    • 0014 — quantity 1

PSLC Basic License: To order a basic license, specify the program number and the feature number 9001 for asset registration. Specify the PSLC Base feature and applicable PSLC Level A and PSLC Level B features and quantity.

On a Parallel Sysplex, if there is more than one program copy, the charge for all copies should be associated with one copy by specifying the applicable PSLC feature numbers and the quantity represented by the sum of the Service Units in Millions (MSUs) in your Parallel Sysplex. For all other program copies, specify the PSLC NC Identifier feature.

Also, specify the feature number of the desired distribution medium.

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

Growth Opportunity License Charge (GOLC): To order a Multiprise® 3000, specify the program number, feature number 9001 for asset registration, and the GOLC monthly charge feature number from the table below. Also, specify the feature number for the desired distribution medium.

   Multiprise     GOLC
      3000      Feature
     Model       Number
 
      H30         0015
      H50         0016
      H70         0017

Basic Machine-Readable Material

                                    Feature       Distribution
Environment                          Number       Medium
 
IMS Program Restart Facility          5801        9/6250 bpi tape
IMS Program Restart Facility          5802        3480 cartridge
IMS Program Restart Facility          5042        4-mm cartridge

Customization Options: Select the appropriate feature numbers to customize your order to specify the delivery options desired. These features can be specified on the initial or MES orders.

Example: If publications are not desired for the initial order, specify feature number 3470 to ship media only. For future updates, specify feature number 3480 to ship media updates only. If, in the future, publication updates are required, order an MES to remove feature number 3480; then, the publications will ship with the next release of the program.

                                                    Feature
Description                                         Number
 
Initial Shipments
 
Serial number only (suppresses shipment             3444
 of media and documentation)
 
Ship media only (suppresses initial                 3470
 shipment of documentation)
 
Ship documentation only (suppresses                 3471
 initial shipment of media)
 
Satellite Electronic Delivery                       3450
 
Update Shipments
 
Ship Media updates only (suppresses                 3480
 update shipment of documentation)
 
Ship documentation only (suppresses                 3481
 update shipment of media)
 
Suppress updates (suppresses update                 3482
 shipment of media and documentation)
 
Satellite Electronic Delivery                       3450
 
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.

Unlicensed Documentation: A program directory and one copy of the following publications are supplied automatically with the basic machine-readable material.

                                                    Order
Title                                               Number
 
Program Restart Facility User's Guide               SC26-9687
Program Restart Facility Licensed                   GC26-9688
  Program Specification

Additional copies of unlicensed publications are available for a fee immediately. These copies may be ordered from your IBM representative, direct order, or through the Publication Notification System (PNS) available at:

Subsequent updates (technical newsletters or revisions between releases) to the publications shipped with the product will be distributed to the user of record for as long as a license for this software remains in effect. A separate publication order or subscription is not needed.

Terms and Conditions

Licensing: IBM Customer Agreement

Variable Charges Apply: No

Indexed Monthly License Charge (IMLC) Applies: No

Location License Applies: No

Use Limitation Applies: No

Educational Allowance: Yes, to qualified education customers

Volume Discount: Not applicable

Replaced Program                   Replacement Program
 
Program Restart                    To a follow-on, if any
  Facility (5697-F18)

Warranty Applies: Yes

Licensed Program Materials Availability

  • Restricted Materials of IBM: None
  • Non-Restricted Source Materials: None
  • Object Code Only (OCO): All

Testing Period: Two months (basic license only)

Program Services

  • Support Center applies: Yes. Access is available through the IBM Support Center.
  • Available until discontinued: 12 months' written notice.
  • APAR Mailing Address
      IBM Corporation
      555 Bailey Ave
      San Jose, CA 95141

Support Line: Yes

Charges

The charges 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 Restart Facility for IMS

Multiprise 3000      Feature            GOLC
Description           Number            MLC*
 
H30                    0015             $405
H50                    0016              501
H70                    0017              661
*
Monthly license charge

MSU                                           Feature
Description                   Capacity         Number       Charge
 
PSLC Base, 1 MSU              1                 0001         $134
PSLC Base, 2 MSUs             2                 0002          226
 
PSLC Base, 3 MSUs             3                 0003          357
 
PSLC Level A, 1 MSU           4 to 45           0004           16
PSLC Level A, 42 MSUs                           0005          672
 
PSLC Level B, 1 MSU           46 to 175         0006            6
PSLC Level B, 10 MSUs                           0007           60
PSLC Level B, 50 MSUs                           0008          300
 
PSLC Level C, 1 MSU           176 to 315        0009            5
PSLC Level C, 10 MSUs                           0010           50
PSLC Level C, 50 MSUs                           0011          250
 
PSLC Level D, 1 MSU           316 or more       0012            4
PSLC Level D, 50 MSUs                           0013          200

                              Feature
Description                    Number           OTC
 
Entry End User/390 ESL          0018            $831

ESL OTC: An OTC authorizes use only on IBM Entry End User/390 Machines.

Order Now

 Use Priority/Reference Code: LE001
 
 Phone:     800-IBM-CALL
 Fax:       800-2IBM-FAX
 Internet:  ibm_direct@us.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

 
IMS and MVS are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Parallel Sysplex and Multiprise 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.