IBM United States
Software Announcement 202-264
October 8, 2002
IBM Parallel System Support Programs V3.5: New Function and Hardware Support
(Corrected on October 25, 2002)
The Key Prerequisites and Ordering Information sections are revised.
At a Glance
Parallel System Support Programs (PSSP) V3.5 functional enhancements include:
For ordering, contact:
Your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: RE001).
A Word on Parallel System Support Programs (PSSP)
PSSP software provides a comprehensive suite of applications for the installation, operation, management, and administration of the RS/6000® SP and IBM Cluster 1600 from a single point of control.
New for V3.5
The PSSP V3.5 licensed program is functionally enhanced for the AIX® 5L V5.1 operating systems with new or expanded support in the following areas:
PSSP V3.4 will also support the new p630 servers.
PSSP V3.5 does not support the AIX V4.3.3 operating system.
New Function in PSSP V3.5
File Collections: The supman user ID is used by PSSP when distributing file collections. Not managing a supman AIX user ID password is a security risk. PSSP V3.4 and later releases provide new commands to initially set and routinely change the supman password.
IBM Virtual Shared Disks: The IBM Virtual Shared Disk component of PSSP improves performance under extreme loads using IP, via flow control. With AIX trace hooks, you can better assess overall system problems.
Migration and Coexistence: With PSSP V3.5, AIX 5L V5.1 must be on the control workstation. Support is provided for migrating to PSSP V3.5 running on AIX 5L V5.1. If you have any pSeries servers in your system, AIX 5L V5.1 must be on each pSeries node along with the PSSP V3.5 or PSSP V3.4 software. PSSP V3.5 nodes can coexist with nodes that have PSSP V3.4 or PSSP V3.2.
Statement of Direction
PSSP Support Provided on AIX 5L POWER V5.2
To help you plan your Cluster 1600 migrations to AIX 5L for POWER V5.2, the following information is being made available:
IBM intends to provide support for AIX V5.2 with the PSSP for AIX product on Cluster 1600 systems in 2003.
All statements regarding IBM's plans, directions, and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice.
Software Announcement 202-262 , dated October 8, 2002.
Software Maintenance Information
Description: IBM Software Maintenance is a one-year or three-year contract offering that enables you to maintain software product version and release currency, with voice support during normal business hours included at no additional charge for the first year, for selected AIX(R) and UNIX(R)-based software products at a predetermined cost. One year of Software Maintenance is included in the price of the original license.
The following is general information regarding the Software Maintenance offering being announced:
Definition of Software Upgrade: An upgrade is either a new version (3.x.x to 4.x.x) or a new release (x.3.x to x.4.x) of an IBM program announced as eligible for which you enrolled under the IBM Software Maintenance. Software Maintenance entitles you to future upgrades from only the latest announced version or release of an available eligible product.
Upgrades do not include programs sold separately from the enrolled program, but enhance the performance of that program, or are considered add-ons or utilities. Programs that perform the same functions as the enrolled program but are installed on a non-IBM pSeries platform are not considered upgrades.
Note: Software 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 announced only under the one-year and three-year options when there is an announced version/release change against the original program product. No-charge 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 for pSeries and three months later PTFs are incorporated into the program package. This is considered an update that would not be obtained under the one-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 preventive 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 one or three year contract period. Customers are not required to renew under either the one- or three-year offering when the contract expires but 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- or three-year contracts aren't renewed, the one- or three-year contracts will be removed from IBM administrative systems. Contract transfer within an enterprise is allowed.
Payment Options: Customers enroll in the plan at a reduced "Initial" price at the same time a new license for an eligible program product is purchased. Customers can also enroll in the plan after purchase of a new license for an eligible program product is purchased but must purchase the maintenance after license option.
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: Customers register for e-mail notifications when Software Maintenance products are upgraded. The Software Maintenance component of the Web server is:
The following agreements apply for maintenance and do not require customer signatures:
To order a new license for PSSP V3 (5765-D51), include a one-year (5771-PSP) or a three-year (5773-PSP) maintenance order to be entitled to a future version or release updates of the licensed program. Not only will you be entitled to future version or release updates, this new offering includes a year of voice support at no additional cost. Enter a one-year or three-year Software Maintenance offering for PSSP and specify the appropriate type/model (5771-PSP) or (5773-PSP). After selecting the one-year or three-year type/model, add the applicable billing features with quantity equal to the number of licenses in the contract.
The following classes are available:
Course Course Former Title Number Title pSeries Cluster AU88 RS/6000(R) SP(TM) RS/6000 SP Implementing Implementing GPFS GPFS Cluster 1600 AU91 RS/6000 SP System Admin I: Overview, Implementation Planning, Implementation, and Installation Cluster 1600 AU93 RS/6000 SP Problem System Admin III: Determination Problem Determination Cluster 1600 AU96 RS/6000 SP System System Admin II: Administration Using PSSP RS/6000 SP Network AU97 RS/6000 SP Network Performance and Performance and Tuning Workshop Tuning Workshop
Visit the following Web site for locations, availability dates, and additional information:
The appropriate curriculum will be updated, as necessary, to include the enhancements described in this announcement.
Call IBM Education and Training at 800-IBM-TEACH (426-8322) for catalogs, schedules, and enrollments or visit the following Web site for additional information:
Product information is available through Offering Information (OITOOL) at:
Documentation supporting the Cluster 1600 software licensed programs is no longer available from IBM in hardcopy format. However, you can view, search, and print documentation:
To access the PSSP HTML and PDF publication formats, you must first install the ssp.docs file set. To view the PSSP HTML publications, you need access to an HTML document browser such as Netscape. An index file into the HTML files that are provided with the ssp.docs file is installed in the /usr/lpp/ssp/html directory. Once installed, you can also view the HTML files from the Cluster Resource Center.
To view the PSSP PDF publications, you need access to the Adobe Acrobat Reader. The Acrobat Reader is shipped with the AIX Bonus Pack and is also available for free for downloading from the Adobe Web site at:
The PSSP library consists of the following publications:
Publication Title Number IBM RS/6000 SP: Planning, GA22-7281 Volume 2, Control Workstation and Software Environment IBM Parallel System Support GA22-7348 Programs for AIX: Administration Guide IBM Parallel System GA22-7347 Support Programs for AIX: Installation and Migration Guide IBM Parallel System Support GA22-7350 Programs for AIX: Diagnosis Guide IBM Parallel System Support SA22-7351 Programs for AIX: Command and Technical Reference IBM Parallel System Support GA22-7352 Programs for AIX: Messages Reference Publication Title Number RS/6000 Cluster Technology: SA22-7354 Event Management Programming Guide and Reference RS/6000 Cluster Technology: SA22-7355 Group Services Programming Guide and Reference IBM Parallel System Support SA22-7349 Programs for AIX: Managing Shared Disks RSCT First Failure Data Capture SA22-7454 Programming Guide and Reference Implementing a Firewalled GA22-7874 RS/6000 SP System
PSSP must be run on a Cluster 1600, or the equivalent cluster building blocks without the Cluster 1600 designation. These include:
Minimum PSSP software requirements for your RS/6000 SP system or Cluster 1600 system:
Compatibility: Because the SP system and PSSP use RS/6000 POWER4, POWER3, POWER2, and PowerPC® architecture, and AIX 5L V5.1, 32-bit programs written for the RS/6000 will run on properly configured SP processor nodes without recompilation. In some cases, improved performance can be achieved by recompiling with the latest versions of the IBM XL FORTRAN compilers to further exploit the POWER2, POWER3, POWER4, and PowerPC technology. 64-bit applications that had run on AIX V4.3.3 will need to be recompiled.
PSSP V3.5 is a functional enhancement of PSSP V3.4. The end of service for PSSP V3.4 remains December 31, 2003.
When running with PSSP V3.5, the following products must be at the levels specified:
Refer to IBM RS/6000 SP: Planning, Volume 2, Control Workstation and Software Environment (GA22-7281) for a matrix of supported combinations of SP licensed programs for compatibility statements on nodes running on different levels of AIX operating system and PSSP.
The SP control workstation cannot be configured to use HACWS if SP distributed services are configured to exploit DCE security services.
Planning information is in IBM RS/6000 SP: Planning, Volume 2, Control Workstation and Software Environment (GA22-7281).
This manual, and other SP documents, can be found at:
Direct Customer Support: Direct customer support is provided by IBM Operational Support Services Support Line. This fee service enhances customers' productivity by providing voice and electronic access into the IBM support organization. IBM Operational Support Services Support Line will help answer questions pertaining to usage, and suspected software defects for eligible products. Installation and technical support is provided by Global Services. For more information call 800-IBM-4YOU (426-4968). Eligible customers can obtain installation and usage assistance from the AIX Support Family line at 800-225-5249.
To obtain customer eligibility and registration procedures, contact the appropriate support center.
Security, Auditability, and Control
PSSP V3.5 uses the security and auditability features of the AIX 5L V5 operating system.
The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.
PSSP V3.5 has one charge unit installs.
PSSP is available in variable order quantities, and is ordered based on the number of nodes/servers in your SP system, Cluster 1600, or cluster that will be running PSSP.
New users of PSSP V3.5 should specify program number 5765-D51, and the feature number equal to the total number of desired licenses to be installed times the quantity of authorizations. For example, if ordering PSSP for 12 servers in server group F5, order the feature number for the server group purchased (F5) with a quantity of 12.
If a customer orders additional licenses then the server group feature number for the number of additional authorizations should be used. For example, if ordering 32 additional PSSP V3.5 licenses in the example above, multiply the additional PSSP authorizations for server group F5 you purchased.
OTC(1) Medium Feature Feature Description Number Number Program Number: 5765-D51 Medium: CD-ROM PSSP V3.5 on SP 1347(2) 5809 PSSP V3.5 on G5 servers 1345(2) 5809 PSSP V3.5 on F5 servers 1344(2) 5809 PSSP V3.5 on E5 servers 1343(2) 5809 PSSP V3.5 on D5 servers 1348(2) 5809 Cluster Resource Center 5819
Ordering Information for PSSP Software Maintenance
Customers who already have Software Maintenance: Customers who purchased protection for PSSP (5765-D51) under Software Maintenance (5771-PSP or 5773-PSP) are entitled to receive PSSP V3.5 (5765-D51) at no charge. Eligible customers should add the applicable media supply feature number (from the table below) under their existing 5771-PSP or 5773-PSP record. PSSP V3.5 (5765-D51) is only offered on CD-ROM media.
Customers who want to add Software Maintenance: To register for future upgrades of products from Software Maintenance for programs described in this announcement, specify 5771-PSP for one-year registration or 5773-PSP for three-year registration, and the applicable After License billing feature with quantity equal to the number of licenses in the Software Maintenance contract. If an AIX Software Subscription (5692-SSO) license is already in effect for PSSP V3.5, select the applicable Renewal billing feature instead of After License billing feature. Use the tables below as reference to select the appropriate billing feature.
Software Maintenance OTC (5771-PSP) One-Year Offering
Feature Number Maint. After- Registration Renewal License LP3 Program Name (No Charge) Billing Billing PSSP for AIX (5765-D51) Processor Group D5 0077 0246 0247 Group E5 0077 0081 0085 Group F5 0077 0082 0086 Group G5 0077 0083 0087 Group P5 0077 0084 0088 Media Feature For Base code 5829 For Resource 5849 Center For CSM for 5859 AIX V1.3
Software Maintenance OTC (5773-PSP) Three-Year Offering
Feature Number Maint. After- Renewal License LP Program Name Registration Billing Billing PSSP for AIX (5765-D51) Processor Group D5 0244 0245 0246 Group E5 0076 0080 0084 Group F5 0077 0081 0085 Group G5 0078 0082 0086 Group P5 0079 0083 0087 Media Feature For base code 5819 For Resource 5839 Center For CSM for 5849 AIX V1.3
Software Subscription for AIX (5692-SSO)
Note: New orders for Software Subscription for AIX (5692-SSO) are no longer being accepted. Software Subscription for AIX has been replaced by Software Maintenance. Refer to Software Maintenance section.
Customers who purchased protection for PSSP V3.2 (5765-D51) under Software Subscription for AIX (5692-SSO) are entitled to receive PSSP V3.5 (5765-D51) at no charge. Existing SSO customers who already have the following billing features on record should place an MES order under 5692-SSO to delete (if applicable), and then add the corresponding supply feature based on the PSSP V3 component purchased under the Software Subscription contract, per the table below. PSSP V3.5 (5765-D51) is only offered on CD-ROM media.
5692-SSO Eligible Media Billing Supply Feature Feature Description ALC(5) CD-ROM PSSP V3.2 (5765-D51) Resource Center/ PSSP Code PSSP (E5) 7220(6) 7221(6) 7222 0647/0648 PSSP (F5) 7223(6) 7224(6) 7225 0647/0648 PSSP (G5) 6461(6) 6464(6) 6465 0647/0648 PSSP (SP) 6460(6) 6462(6) 6463 0647/0648
Feature Description Number Initial Shipments Ship media only (suppresses initial 3470 shipment of documentation) Expedite Shipments Local IBM office expedite 3445 (for IBM use only) Customer expedite process charge 3446 ($30 charge for each product)
Terms and Conditions
The following agreements apply for maintenance and do not require customer signatures:
Money-Back Guarantee: If for any reason you are dissatisfied with the program, 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. This applies only to your first acquisition of the program.
The following agreements apply for maintenance and to not require customer signatures:
Software Maintenance Applies: No 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.
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.
Base license, Software Maintenance ordering, and price information for this product remains unchanged. Ordering information was originally announced for PSSP V3 in Software Announcement 201-332 , dated November 13, 2001, and prices were reduced in June, 2002 in Marketing Announcement 302-120 , dated June 25, 2002.
It is repeated here for your information and convenience.
OTC Feature Description Number OTC Program Number 5765-D51 PSSP V3.5 on SP (P5) 1347 $ 0 PSSP V3.5 on G5 servers 1345 28,125 PSSP V3.5 on F5 servers 1344 9,500 PSSP V3.5 on E5 servers 1343 4,000 PSSP V3.5 on D5 servers 1348 1,000
Software Maintenance (5771-PSP) One-Year Offering
Registr. Maint. OTC After- (No Renewal License LP Charge) Billing Billing Program Feature Feature Feature Name Number Number OTC Number OTC PSSP for AIX (5765-D51) Processor Group D5 0245 0246 $ 150 0247 $ 150 E5 0077 0081 600 0085 600 F5 0077 0082 1,425 0086 1,425 G5 0077 0083 4,500 0087 4,500 P5 0077 0084 2,500 0088 2,500
Software Maintenance (5773-PSP) Three-Year Offering
Renewal LP Registr. Billing Program Feature Feature Name Number OTC Number OTC PSSP for AIX (5765-D51) Processor 0244 $ 300 0245 $ 450 Group D5 Processor 0076 1,200 0080 1,800 Group E5 Processor 0077 2,850 0081 4,275 Group F5 Processor 0078 9,000 0082 13,500 Group G5 Processor 0079 5,000 0083 7,500 Group P5
Maint. After- License LP Billing Program Feature Name Number OTC PSSP for AIX (5765-D51) Processor 0246 $ 450 Group D5 Processor 0084 1,800 Group E5 Processor 0085 4,275 Group F5 Processor 0086 13,500 Group G5 Processor 0087 7,500 Group P5
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