IBM General Parallel File System Multiplatform V3.3 delivers excellent scalability and performance

IBM United States Software Announcement 209-106
July 14, 2009

 
 ENUS209-106.PDF (119KB)

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IBM® General Parallel File System™ (GPFS™) Multiplatform (IBM X-Architecture®), V3.3 offers:

  • New pricing, licensing, and entitlement structure
  • In GPFS for Windows® Multiplatform, support for the Windows Server 2008 operating system running on 64-bit architectures (AMD x64, Intel® 64)
  • Administration, performance, policy, and scaling improvements
  • Enhancements to the Inode Scan Interface
  • Additional scalable filesystem backup facilities
  • In GPFS for Linux® Multiplatform, support for the Linux AIO APIs and improvements in the GPFS trace subsystem

 
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GPFS Multiplatform is ideal for high-performance parallel file transfer and parallel I/O to single or multiple files. GPFS delivers multicluster support, scalability and performance, support for extremely large files, failure recovery, and ease of administration.

Version 3.3 enhancements:

  • Introduction of a new pricing, licensing, and entitlement structure for GPFS V3.3 and V3.2.
  • GPFS for Windows Multiplatform now supports the Windows Server 2008 operating system running on 64-bit architectures (AMD x64, Intel 64).
  • Administration improvements include:
    • The scope of password-less remote shell command execution is now reduced.
    • Users are now allowed to define custom commands to be executed after certain GPFS events.
    • The build process for the GPFS portability layer on Linux is improved.
  • Performance and scaling improvements include raising the limit on the number of snapshots per file system from 32 to 256, and the mmrestripefs, mmfsck, and mmcheckquota commands are enhanced.
  • Policy improvements for GPFS V3.3 include several enhancements to the GPFS mmapplypolicy command and the associated GPFS SQL-based policy language.
  • Existing calls for the Inode Scan Interface are enhanced and new calls are available.
  • Additional scalable filesystem backup facilities are available through the enhanced mmbackup command.
  • GPFS for Linux adds support for the Linux AIO APIs io_submit and io_getevents for workloads that open files using the O_DIRECT flag when the file system is created on local disks.
  • GPFS for Linux introduces improvements in the GPFS trace subsystem.

 
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Refer to the Hardware requirements and Software requirements sections.


 
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September 25, 2009


 
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GPFS Multiplatform delivers file system services to parallel and serial applications. It gives parallel applications simultaneous access to the same 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 V3.3 enhancements:

GPFS introduces a new pricing, licensing, and entitlement structure for Version 3.3 and Version 3.2.

  • GPFS has two types of licenses, a server license and a client license. For each node in a GPFS cluster (see Permitted use of GPFS Server and GPFS Client below), the customer obtains the appropriate number of server or client licenses that correspond to the way GPFS is used on that node.
  • Licenses continue to be priced per 10 Processor Value Units (PVU).
  • During GPFS cluster configuration, the customer will be prompted to identify whether a particular node is a GPFS Server or a GPFS Client. If a GPFS Client is chosen, function that requires a GPFS Server license will be disabled on this node. Because the node that acts as the GPFS cluster configuration server requires a GPFS Server designation, at least one node in the GPFS cluster will require one or more GPFS Server licenses.
  • GPFS V3.2 will remain available to order; however, the pricing will now be the same as GPFS V3.3 for GPFS Server and GPFS Client licenses. GPFS V3.2 customers will not be prompted during cluster configuration to identify a node as a GPFS Server or GPFS Client. During the ordering process, the number of GPFS Server and GPFS Client licenses will need to be identified.
  • Permitted use of GPFS Server and GPFS Client:
  • A node is defined as an individual operating system image that may appear on a single computer within a cluster, on a system within a cluster, or on a partition.
    • You may use the GPFS Server in order to perform the following GPFS functions:
      • Mounting GPFS file systems and accessing data from operating system block devices and NSD servers
      • Performing GPFS management functions such as cluster configuration manager, quorum node, manager node, and Network Shared Disk (NSD) server
      • Sharing data through any application, service protocol, or method, such as Network File System (NFS), Common Internet File System (CIFS), File Transfer Protocol (FTP), or Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP)
    • You may use GPFS Client in order to perform the following functions:
      • Mounting GPFS file systems and accessing data from operating system block devices and NSD servers
      • Exchanging data between nodes that locally mount the same GPFS file system
    • The GPFS Client may not be used for nodes to share GPFS data through any application, service, protocol, or method, such as NFS, CIFS, FTP, or HTTP. For this use, entitlement to GPFS Server would be required.
  • See the Ordering information section for an ordering example.


Note: Refer to the GPFS FAQs available from the following Web site for more information, including example configurations and license definitions regarding the new GPFS Server and GPFS Client model.

http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/clresctr/vxrx/index.jsp?topic=/com

GPFS for Windows Multiplatform now supports the Windows Server 2008 operating system running on 64-bit architectures (AMD x64, Intel 64). GPFS on Windows participates in a new or existing GPFS cluster (Version 3.2.1.5, or later) in conjunction with AIX® and Linux (32- or 64-bit) operating systems. GPFS does not support homogeneous Windows clusters. GPFS V3.3 support is limited to Windows Server 2008.

Administration improvements include:

  • The scope of password-less remote shell command execution is now reduced. GPFS can now be configured so that password-less remote shell execution is not required between all nodes. Prior to GPFS V3.3, GPFS had to be configured so that all nodes can run commands on other nodes via a remote shell without being prompted for a password. GPFS V3.3 can be configured so that only the terminal session where a GPFS administrative command is being executed has to be able to execute remote shell commands on other nodes without being prompted for a password. All other nodes in the cluster do not have to have the ability to run password-less commands everywhere else.
  • GPFS for Linux improves the build process for the GPFS portability layer by:
    • Eliminating the dependency on the imake utility through the use of the kernel Kbuild infrastructure
    • Optionally generating an RPM package containing the GPFS portability layer binaries to facilitate the installation process
  • Users are now allowed to define custom commands to be executed after certain GPFS events. The administrator can use the mmaddcallback command to register a user exit script, the mmdelcallback command to delete a user exit script, and the mmlscallback command to list all the callback scripts currently registered in the GPFS configuration.

Performance and scaling improvements include:

  • The limit on the number of snapshots per file system has been raised from 32 to 256.
  • Performance enhancements have been made to the mmrestripefs, mmfsck, and mmcheckquota commands, and directory locking for concurrent file creates and deletes from multiple nodes.
  • GPFS V3.3 adds support for the Linux AIO APIs io_submit and io_getevents (pread and pwrite only) for workloads that open files using the O_DIRECT flag when the file system is created on local disks.

Policy improvements include several enhancements to the GPFS mmapplypolicy command and the associated GPFS SQL-based policy language:

  • A new command option (-g) is provided to enable a fully parallelized (multi-node and multi-threaded) directory traversal and faster metadata scan with policy rule set evaluation.
  • When invoked with the new -g option, mmapplypolicy can tolerate and recover from faults in individual nodes.
  • New command options and policy language extensions allow finer control and customization of the generation of the file lists and the execution of the user scripts associated with the EXTERNAL POOL and EXTERNAL LIST features of the policy language. File lists can be generated by the mmapplypolicy command, generated or manipulated by user programs, and input to the mmapplypolicy command for execution.
  • The policy language now provides for access to Posix and Windows file attributes and to extended attributes.
  • The THRESHOLD file selection criteria can be interpreted with respect to GPFS quotas for EXTERNAL POOLs or EXTERNAL LISTs.

Existing calls for the Inode Scan Interface are enhanced and new calls are available.

GPFS V3.3 provides additional scalable filesystem backup facilities through the enhanced mmbackup command. Enhancements include:

  • Improved performance by use of the policy engine
  • The processing of unlinked filesets
  • Parallel backup to TSM servers
  • Backup of snapshots as filesystem data versus being under the .snapshots/ directory
  • Backup of a live system

Improvements have been made in the GPFS trace subsystem on Linux. The trace subsystem can be configured to run in an overwrite mode for reduced trace overhead and to perform raw trace data compression for extended trace coverage.

Improvements have been made in detecting and diagnosing network problems. GPFS can now automatically detect lost GPFS network messages.

Accessibility by people with disabilities

A U.S. Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) containing details on accessibility compliance can be requested at

http://www.ibm.com/able/product_accessibility/index.html

 
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GPFS is ideal for several different roles in clustered computing and shared storage:

  • A multicluster file system for parallel processing on compute clusters, featuring extreme scalability and throughput optimized for streaming workloads such as those common in Web 2.0, digital media, scientific, and engineering applications. Users are allowed shared access to files in either the cluster where the file system was created or other GPFS clusters. Each site in the network is managed as a separate cluster, while allowing shared file system access.
  • An information lifecycle management file system enabling multiple tiers of storage, including tape, with powerful policy-driven file placement, migration, archival, and deletion. The unique GPFS policy engine enables file migration scalable to billions of files and multiple petabytes of data.
  • A scalable, shared storage file system for storage consolidation and virtualization. This includes Clustered NFS support, providing a scalable shared namespace, enabling horizontally scalable file serving. Additionally, GPFS includes many data/SAN management features, including storage hardware-agnostic snapshots/mirroring.
  • A high availability file system for any business application or database that may benefit from very rapid failover of a consistent application data environment.
  • A distributed file system, providing a global, cross-platform coherent namespace across an enterprise for around-the-world, around-the-clock operations.

 
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Refer to Software Announcement 209-105, dated July 14, 2009.


 
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Program                Program
number         VRM     name
 
5724-N94      3.3.0    General Parallel File System Multiplatform
 

 
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Product information is available via the Offering Information Web site

http://www.ibm.com/common/ssi

Also, visit the Passport Advantage® Web site

http://www.ibm.com/software/passportadvantage

 
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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)

You can view the manuals by selecting the GPFS Library link from the IBM Cluster Information Center at

http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/clresctr/vxrx/index.jsp

The IBM Publications Center

http://www.elink.ibmlink.ibm.com/publications/servlet/pbi.wss

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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Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements

For GPFS for Linux Multiplatform

  • Any of the following IBM X-Architecture servers:
    • IBM System x® enterprise servers
    • Cluster 1350™
    • BladeCenter® blade servers
    • System x modular servers

For supported connectivity, formally qualified disk subsystems, and use of GPFS on compatible non-IBM hardware, refer to the GPFS FAQs available at

http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/clresctr/vxrx/index.jsp?topic=/com.i

For GPFS for Windows Multiplatform

  • Up to 64 Windows 64-bit clients of either AMD x64 or Intel 64 architectures
  • An existing GPFS cluster that includes AIX or Linux nodes
Software requirements

For GPFS for Linux Multiplatform

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For GPFS for Windows Multiplatform

  • Required software from Microsoft® includes:
    • Windows Server 2008 (with Service Pack 2)
    • Utilities and Software Development Kit (SDK) for SUA

    Access this software at

    http://www.msdn.microsoft.com
  • Required software from InteropSystems includes:
    • SUA Community version of OpenSSH to support administrative functions

    Access this software at

    http://www.interopsystems.com/community/

The program's specifications and specified operating environment information may be found in documentation accompanying the program, if available, such as a readme file, or other information published by IBM, such as an announcement letter. Documentation and other program content may be supplied only in the English language.

Companion products

Related products to GPFS are:

  • IBM DS and DCS disk arrays
  • IBM GPFS for POWER®
  • Tivoli® Storage Manager
  • Tivoli Provisioning Manager
  • HPSS (High Performance Storage System)
  • IBM System Storage™ SAN Volume Controller
Compatibility

Nodes running GPFS V3.3 can coexist and interoperate with nodes running GPFS V3.2.1.

Limitations

For complete and up-to-date information regarding GPFS specifications and capacities, refer to the GPFS Multiplatform (5724-N94) Sales Manual, and to the GPFS FAQs available from

http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/clresctr/vxrx/index.jsp?topic=/com.i

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

http://www.ibm.com/software/sla/sladb.nsf

Planning information

Ordering and customer responsibilities

GPFS introduces a new pricing, licensing, and entitlement structure for Version 3.3 and Version 3.2.

  • GPFS has two types of licenses, a server license and a client license. For each node in a GPFS cluster (see Permitted use of GPFS Server and GPFS Client below), the customer obtains the appropriate number of server or client licenses that correspond to the way GPFS is used on that node.
  • Licenses continue to be priced per core.
  • During GPFS cluster configuration, the customer will be prompted to identify whether a particular node is a GPFS Server or a GPFS Client. If a GPFS Client is chosen, function that requires a GPFS Server license will be disabled on this node. Because the node that acts as the GPFS cluster configuration server requires a GPFS Server designation, at least one node in the GPFS cluster will require one or more GPFS Server licenses.
  • GPFS V3.2 will remain available to order; however, the pricing will now be the same as GPFS V3.3 for GPFS Server and GPFS Client licenses. GPFS V3.2 customers will not be prompted during cluster configuration to identify a node as a GPFS Server or GPFS Client. During the ordering process, the number of GPFS Server and GPFS Client licenses will need to be identified.
  • Permitted use of GPFS Server and GPFS Client:
  • A node is defined as an individual operating system image that may appear on a single computer within a cluster, on a system within a cluster, or on a partition.
    • You may use the GPFS Server in order to perform the following GPFS functions:
      • Mounting GPFS file systems and accessing data from operating system block devices and NSD servers
      • Performing GPFS management functions such as cluster configuration manager, quorum node, manager node, and Network Shared Disk (NSD) server
      • Sharing data through any application, service protocol, or method, such as Network File System (NFS), Common Internet File System (CIFS), File Transfer Protocol (FTP), or Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP)
    • You may use GPFS Client in order to perform the following functions:
      • Mounting GPFS file systems and accessing data from operating system block devices and NSD servers
      • Exchanging data between nodes that locally mount the same GPFS file system
    • The GPFS Client may not be used for nodes to share GPFS data through any application, service, protocol, or method, such as NFS, CIFS, FTP, or HTTP. For this use, entitlement to GPFS Server would be required.
  • At GPFS V3.3 announcement, the customer's entitlements will be migrated to the new GPFS Server and GPFS Client model. At the customer's renewal date, the customer must identify the number of GPFS Client and GPFS Server licences required for their configuration.
  • See the Ordering information section for an ordering example.

Note: Refer to the GPFS FAQs available from the following Web site for more information, including example configurations and license definitions regarding the new GPFS Server and GPFS Client model.
http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/clresctr/vxrx/index.jsp?topic=/com.i

GPFS V3.3 is the last release that will support

  • Data shipping mode
  • 32-bit AIX kernels
Installability

For installation information, refer to the GPFS Installation Guide.

Packaging

IBM GPFS Multiplatform is distributed via electronic software distribution (ESD) or CD-ROM. There is a separate CD for each platform (one for GPFS for Linux Multiplatform, and one for GPFS for Windows Multiplatform). The GPFS Client installation code and GPFS Server installation code are shipped in the same package.

A product readme file and license information is shipped with the product. Publications are available online.

Security, auditability, and control

GPFS for Linux Multiplatform V3.3 uses the security and auditability features of the Linux 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.


 
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The ITS Specific Service offering supports the GPFS Multiplatform product.

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This product is only available via Passport Advantage. It is not available as shrinkwrap.

 
Product group: Other Software
  Product Identifier Description (PID)
  General Parallel File System Multiplatform  (5724-N94)
 
Product category: System Software
Charge metric
 
                     Part number or
Program name         PID number           Charge metric
 
GPFS Multiplatform   5724-N94             10 Processor Value Units
 

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Ordering example:

  • GPFS license = 10 Processor Value Units (PVUs)
  • Common System x HPC setup, no virtualization
    • Four x3655 machines (eight cores each), 32 x3455 machines (four cores each). Each physical machine is a GPFS node (no virtualization).
    • Four x3655 nodes are configured as NSD servers and quorum nodes: four nodes with eight cores each = 32 Xeon® cores*50 PVUs = 160 server licenses.
    • 32 x3455 nodes are configured as NSD clients: 32 nodes with four cores each = 128 Xeon cores*50 PVUs = 640 client licenses.


Note: Refer to the GPFS FAQs available from the following Web site for more information, including example configurations and the licenses required, about the new GPFS Server and GPFS Client model.

http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/clresctr/vxrx/index.jsp?topic=/com
                                                      Part
Program name/Description                              number
 
IBM General Parallel File System V3.3 Linux           BH03REN
Media Pack
IBM General Parallel File System V3.3 Windows         BH03QEN
Media Pack
 
 
GPFS Server 10 Processor Value Unit Lic + SW S&S      D091MLL
  12 Mo
GPFS Server 10 Processor Value Unit Annual SW S&S     E06VULL
  Rnwl
GPFS Server 10 Processor Value Unit SW S&S Reinstate  D091NLL
  12 Mo
 
GPFS Client 10 Processor Value Unit Lic + SW S&S      D091RLL
  12 Mo
GPFS Client 10 Processor Value Unit Annual SW S&S     E06VWLL
  Rnwl
GPFS Client 10 Processor Value Unit SW S&S Reinstate  D091SLL
  12 Mo

Passport Advantage customer: Media pack entitlement details

Customers with active maintenance or subscription for the products listed are entitled to receive the corresponding media pack.

 
Entitled maintenance offerings
description                               Part number
 
Genl Para File Sys Linux Ins              CLGPFSLXSB01
 
 
Media packs
description                                                     Part number
 
IBM General Parallel File System V3.2 Linux Media Pack          BH031EN
IBM General Parallel File System V3.2.1 Windows                 BH03KEN
    Media Pack
IBM General Parallel File System V3.3 Linux Media Pack          BH03REN
IBM General Parallel File System V3.3 Windows                   BH03QEN
   Media Pack

On/Off Capacity on Demand (CoD)

 
Part
number      Description
 
D091ULL     IBM General Parallel File System Server
            Proc Day OOCoD Temp Use Chrg
D091TLL     IBM General Parallel File System Client
            Proc Day OOCoD Temp Use Chrg

 
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The program's License Information will be available for review on the IBM Software License Agreement Web site

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Limited warranty applies

Yes

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Authorization for use on home/portable computer

You may not copy and use this program on another computer without paying additional license fees.

Volume orders (IVO)

No

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Yes. Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) is included with licenses purchased through Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express. Product upgrades and Technical Support are provided by the Software Subscription and Support offering as described in the Agreements. Product upgrades provide the latest versions and releases to entitled software, and Technical Support provides voice and electronic access to IBM support organizations, worldwide.

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No

System i Software Maintenance applies

No

Variable charges apply

No

Educational allowance available

Not applicable.

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To be eligible for On/Off CoD pricing, you must be enabled for temporary capacity on the corresponding hardware, and the required contract, Amendment for iSeries® and pSeries® Temporary Capacity On Demand - Software (Z125-6907), must be signed prior to use.


 
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