IBM GPFS V3.5 offers improved file and data management support (PPA)

IBM United States Software Announcement 212-048
April 10, 2012


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Overview Overview Publications Publications
Key prerequisites Key prerequisites Technical information Technical information
Planned availability date Planned availability date Ordering information Ordering information
Description Description Terms and conditions Terms and conditions
Product positioning Product positioning Prices Prices
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IBM® GPFS™ V3.5 offers improved file and data management support.

For ordering, contact your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: YE001).



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Overview
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The IBM General Parallel File System (GPFS) is a cluster file system designed for high-performance, parallel file access and management. GPFS delivers proven reliability, multicluster support, scalability and performance with automated failure recovery, and decentralized data management for simplifying administration. GPFS provides several essential services to allow you to effectively manage growing quantities of structured and unstructured data.

The new features in GPFS V3.5 allow you to manage very large amounts of unstructured file data better than ever before. With improved small file performance, finer granularity namespace management, increased performance for some administration tasks, and an innovative approach to expanding the global namespace, managing large volumes becomes tractable. New features include:



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Key prerequisites
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Refer to the Hardware requirements and Software requirements sections.



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Planned availability date
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April 20, 2012



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Description
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GPFS 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.

Accessibility by people with disabilities

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

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Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act

GPFS is capable as of April 20, 2012, when used in accordance with IBM's associated documentation, of satisfying the applicable requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, provided that any assistive technology used with the product properly interoperates with it. A US Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) can be requested at

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Product positioning
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GPFS is ideal for a wide range of workloads where it is imperative to have high-speed, reliable access, or automated management of very large files, or a very large number of files:

The new features in GPFS V3.5 allow you to manage very large amounts of unstructured file data better than ever before. With improved small file performance, finer granularity namespace management, increased performance for some administration tasks, and an innovative approach to expanding the global namespace, managing large volumes becomes tractable.



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Reference information
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Refer to Software Announcement 212-047, dated April 10, 2012.



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Program number
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Program          Program
number    VRM    name

5724-N94  3.5    IBM General Parallel File System on x86 Architecture
 


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Education support
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The following classes are available:

Course    Course                          Course
code      title                           type

AN810     GPFS System Administration      Classroom
AX810     GPFS System Administration      Instructor Led-Online
AN820     GPFS Performance Tuning         Classroom
AX820     GPFS Performance Tuning         Instructor Led-Online
 

IBM training provides education to support many IBM offerings. Descriptions of courses for IT professionals and managers are on the IBM training website

http://www.ibm.com/services/learning/

Call IBM training at 800-IBM-TEACH (426-8322) for catalogs, schedules, and enrollments.



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Offering Information
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Product information is available via the Offering Information website

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

Also, visit the Passport Advantage® website

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


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Publications
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No publications are shipped with this program.

The following publications are available from the web:

To access the above GPFS documentation, refer to the IBM Cluster Information Center website. This website contains the most recent GPFS documentation in PDF and HTML formats and is located at

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

The IBM Publications Center

http://www.ibm.com/shop/publications/order

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 US) 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
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Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements

GPFS on x86 Architecture is supported on all IBM ServerProven® servers with the minimum hardware requirements that follow, unless stated otherwise in the GPFS FAQs:

See the IBM ServerProven site at

http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/info/x86servers/serverproven/compat/us/

GPFS for Linux and Windows on x86 Architecture, minimum hardware requirements:

Additionally, see the FAQs for supported connectivity, formally qualified disk subsystems, and use of GPFS on compatible non-IBM hardware.

The GPFS FAQs are available at

http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/clresctr/vxrx/topic/com.ibm.cluster.gpfs.doc/gpfs_faqs/gpfs_faqs.html
Software requirements

For GPFS V3.5, service update 3.5.0-1 is required (APAR IV15333).

It is suggested that you install the latest service update that is available at

http://www-933.ibm.com/support/fixcentral/

GPFS for Linux on x86 Architecture V3.5 is supported on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) distributions.

For currently supported release levels and the latest supported kernel levels, consult the GPFS FAQs at

http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/clresctr/vxrx/topic/com.ibm.cluster.gpfs.doc/gpfs_faqs/gpfs_faqs.html

GPFS for Windows on x86 Architecture V3.5 is supported on:

Required software from Microsoft includes Utilities and SDK for UNIX-based Applications. The Utilities and SDK for UNIX-based Applications can be obtained from

http://www.msdn.microsoft.com

For heterogeneous clusters, required software from InteropSystems includes the SUA Community version of OpenSSH. OpenSSH can be obtained from

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:

Compatibility

Nodes running GPFS V3.5 can coexist and interoperate with nodes running GPFS V3.4.

Limitations

For complete and up-to-date information regarding GPFS specifications and capacities, refer to the GPFS on x86 Architecture (5724-N94) Sales Manual, and to the GPFS FAQs available at

http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/clresctr/vxrx/topic/com.ibm.cluster.gpfs.doc/gpfs_faqs/gpfs_faqs.html

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 website at

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

Planning information

Installability

For installation information, refer to the GPFS Concepts, Planning, and Installation Guide.

Packaging

IBM GPFS on x86 Architecture is distributed as a single package containing both Linux and Windows installation files and GPFS Client and GPFS Server installation code with the following:

Publications are available online at

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

This program, when downloaded from a website, contains the applicable IBM license agreement and License Information, if appropriate, and will be presented for acceptance at the time of installation of the program. For future reference, the license and License Information will be stored in a directory such as LICENSE.TXT.

Security, auditability, and control

General Parallel File System uses the security and auditability features of the operating system on which it is installed.

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
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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 on x86 Architecture (5724-N94)
 
Product category: System Software
Charge metric
 
                           Part number or
Program name               PID number     Charge metric

GPFS on x86 Architecture   5724-N94       10 PVUs
 

Processor Value Unit (PVU)

PVU is a unit of measure by which the program can be licensed. The number of PVU entitlements required is based on the processor technology (defined within the PVU table by processor value, brand, type, and model number at the website below) and the number of processors made available to the program. IBM continues to define a processor, for the purpose of PVU-based licensing, to be each processor core on a chip. A dual-core processor chip, for example, has two processor cores. The PVU table can be found at

http://www.ibm.com/software/lotus/passportadvantage/pvu_licensing_for_customers.html

Licensee can deploy the program using either full capacity licensing or virtualization capacity (sub-capacity) licensing according to the Passport Advantage Sub-Capacity Licensing Terms (refer to the web page below). If using Full Capacity licensing, Licensee must obtain PVU entitlements sufficient to cover all activated processor cores1in the physical hardware environment made available to or managed by the program, except for those servers from which the program has been permanently removed. If using Virtualization Capacity licensing, Licensee must obtain entitlements sufficient to cover all activated processor cores made available to or managed by the program, as defined according to the Virtualization Capacity License Counting Rules at

http://www.ibm.com/software/lotus/passportadvantage/Counting_Software_licenses_using_specific_virtualization_technologies.html
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An activated processor core is a processor core that is available for use in a physical or virtual server, regardless of whether the capacity of the processor core can be or is limited through virtualization technologies, operating system commands, BIOS settings, or similar restrictions.

Notes:

The programs in this announcement all have Value Unit-Based pricing.

Program
number      Program name                  Value Unit exhibit

5724-N94   IBM GPFS on x86 Architecture   Processor
 

Passport Advantage

Program name/Description                                    Part number

IBM GPFS on x86 Architecture V3.5                           BH040EN
GPFS Server 10 Processor Value Unit Lic + SW S&S 12 Mo      D091MLL
GPFS Server 10 Processor Value Unit Annual SW S&S Rnwl      E06VULL
GPFS Server 10 Processor Value Unit SW S&S Reinstate 12 Mo  D091NLL
GPFS Client 10 Processor Value Unit Lic + SW S&S 12 Mo      D091RLL
GPFS Client 10 Processor Value Unit Annual SW S&S Rnwl      E06VWLL
GPFS Client 10 Processor Value Unit SW S&S Reinstate 12 Mo  D091SLL

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

Server
 
General Parallel File System 10 Value Units               D091MLL
   LIC+SW MAINT 12 MO
 
General Parallel File System 10 Value Units               E06VULL
  ANNUAL SW MAINT RNWL
 
General Parallel File System 10 Value Units               D091NLL
   SW MAINT REINSTATE 12 MO
 
Client
 
General Parallel File System 10 Value Units               D091RLL
   LIC+SW MAINT 12 MO
 
General Parallel File System 10 Value Units               E06VWLL
  ANNUAL SW MAINT RNWL
 
General Parallel File System 10 Value Units               D091SLL
   SW MAINT REINSTATE 12 MO
 
 
Media packs
Description                                               Part number

IBM General Parallel File System V3.4 on x86 Architecture BH03VEN
 
IBM General Parallel File System V3.3 Linux Media Pack    BH03REN
 
IBM General Parallel File System V3.3 Windows             BH03QEN
   Media Pack
 


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Terms and conditions
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The information provided in this announcement letter is for reference and convenience purposes only. The terms and conditions that govern any transaction with IBM are contained in the applicable contract documents such as the IBM International Program License Agreement, IBM International Passport Advantage Agreement, and the IBM Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance.

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

Licensing

IBM International Program License Agreement including the License Information document and Proof of Entitlement (PoE) govern your use of the program. PoEs are required for all authorized use. Part number products only, offered outside of Passport Advantage, where applicable, are license only and do not include Software Maintenance.

This software license includes Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance).

These programs are licensed under the IBM Program License Agreement (IPLA) and the associated Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance, which provide for support with ongoing access to releases and versions of the program. IBM includes one year of Software Subscription and Support with the initial license acquisition of each program acquired. The initial period of Software Subscription and Support can be extended by the purchase of a renewal option, if available. These programs have a one-time license charge for use of the program and an annual renewable charge for the enhanced support that includes telephone assistance (voice support for defects during normal business hours), as well as access to updates, releases, and versions of the program as long as support is in effect.

License Information form number

L-LMUY-8P4LYE

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

http://www.ibm.com/software/sla/sladb.nsf
Limited warranty applies

Yes

Limited warranty

IBM warrants that when the program is used in the specified operating environment, it will conform to its specifications. The warranty applies only to the unmodified portion of the program. IBM does not warrant uninterrupted or error-free operation of the program or that IBM will correct all program defects. You are responsible for the results obtained from the use of the program.

IBM provides you with access to IBM databases containing information on known program defects, defect corrections, restrictions, and bypasses at no additional charge. For further information, consult the IBM Software Support Handbook found at

http://www.ibm.com/support/handbook

IBM will maintain this information for at least one year after the original licensee acquires the program (warranty period).

Money-back guarantee

If for any reason you are dissatisfied with the program and you are the original licensee, you may obtain a refund of the amount you paid for it, if within 30 days of your invoice date you return the program and its PoE to the party from whom you obtained it. If you downloaded the program, you may contact the party from whom you acquired it for instructions on how to obtain the refund.

For clarification, note that (1) for programs acquired under the IBM International Passport Advantage offering, this term applies only to your first acquisition of the program and (2) 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 you.

Volume orders (IVO)

No

Passport Advantage applies

Yes, and through the Passport Advantage website at

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

Yes. 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 determines the appropriate number of GPFS Server or GPFS Client licenses that correspond to the way GPFS is used on that node. A node is defined as one operating system instance on a single computer or running in a virtual partition.

During GPFS cluster configuration, the customer is 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 requires a GPFS Server license.

Permitted use of GPFS Server and GPFS Client:

You may use the GPFS Server in order to perform the following GPFS functions:

You may use a GPFS Client license when the nodes are 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 is required.


Note: Refer to the GPFS FAQs available from the following website 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/topic/com.ibm.cluster.gpfs.doc/gpfs_faqs/gpfs_faqs.html

For additional information, refer to the License Information document that is available on the IBM Software License Agreement website

http://www.ibm.com/software/sla/sladb.nsf
Software Subscription and Support applies

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.

IBM includes one year of Software Subscription and Support with each program license acquired. The initial period of Software Subscription and Support can be extended by the purchase of a renewal option, if available.

While your Software Subscription and Support 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, 7 days a week. For additional details, consult your IBM Software Support Handbook at

http://www.ibm.com/support/handbook

Software Subscription and Support 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 the applicable agreements.

For additional information about the International Passport Advantage Agreement and the IBM International Passport Advantage Express Agreement, visit the Passport Advantage website at

http://www.ibm.com/software/passportadvantage
System i Software Maintenance applies

No

Variable charges apply

No

Educational allowance available

Not applicable.



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IBM has transformed its delivery of hardware and software support services to help you achieve higher system availability. Electronic Services is a web-enabled solution that offers an exclusive, no-additional-charge enhancement to the service and support available for IBM servers. These services are designed to provide the opportunity for greater system availability with faster problem resolution and preemptive monitoring. Electronic Services comprises two separate, but complementary, elements: Electronic Services news page and Electronic Services Agent.

The Electronic Services news page is a single Internet entry point that replaces the multiple entry points traditionally used to access IBM Internet services and support. The news page enables you to gain easier access to IBM resources for assistance in resolving technical problems.

The Electronic Service Agent™ is no-additional-charge software that resides on your server. It monitors events and transmits system inventory information to IBM on a periodic, client-defined timetable. The Electronic Service Agent automatically reports hardware problems to IBM. Early knowledge about potential problems enables IBM to deliver proactive service that may result in higher system availability and performance. In addition, information collected through the Service Agent is made available to IBM service support representatives when they help answer your questions or diagnose problems. Installation and use of IBM Electronic Service Agent for problem reporting enables IBM to provide better support and service for your IBM server.

To learn how Electronic Services can work for you, visit

http://www.ibm.com/support/electronic


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For additional information and current prices, contact your local IBM representative.



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To order, contact the Americas Call Centers or your local IBM representative, or your IBM Business Partner.

To identify your local IBM representative or IBM Business Partner, call 800-IBM-4YOU (426-4968).

Phone:      800-IBM-CALL (426-2255)
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Reference: YE001

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Note: Shipments will begin after the planned availability date.
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