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IBM Parallel ESSL for AIX , V4.2 adds subroutines for continued performance gains

IBM Parallel ESSL for AIX , V4.2 adds subroutines for continued performance gains

IBM United States Software Announcement 212-425
November 13, 2012

ENUS212-425.PDF ENUS212-425.PDF

Table of contents
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
Program number Program number  Order now Order now


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IBM® Parallel Engineering and Scientific Subroutine Library (Parallel ESSL) for AIX® , V4.2 offers additional ScaLAPack subroutines.

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
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Parallel ESSL is a scalable mathematical subroutine library that supports parallel processing applications.

Release 4.2 includes the following new ScaLAPACK subroutines:



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Planned availability date
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Description
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Parallel ESSL is a scalable mathematical subroutine library that supports parallel processing applications running on IBM Power Systems servers connected with a high-speed switch or a LAN supporting IP.

For communication, Parallel ESSL includes Basic Linear Algebra Communications Subprograms (BLACS), which use the Message Passing Interface (MPI). For computations, Parallel ESSL uses ESSL for AIX subroutines.

The Parallel ESSL SMP libraries are provided for use with the IBM Parallel Environment Runtime Edition MPI threads library. You can run single or multithreaded user space or IP applications on all types of nodes. However, you cannot simultaneously call Parallel ESSL from multiple threads.

The Parallel ESSL for AIX libraries support both 32-bit and 64-bit environment applications. The subroutines can be called from applications written in Fortran, C, and C++.

Accessibility by people with disabilities

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Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act

Parallel ESSL for AIX is capable as of November 30, 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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Use Parallel ESSL for AIX when you need outstanding performance through simple subroutine calls from floating-point engineering and scientific MPI applications.



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Reference information
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Refer to Software Announcement 211-091, dated July 12, 2011 .



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Program number
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Program                Program
number         VRM     name

5765-ESX       4.2.0   Parallel ESSL for AIX
 

Product identification number

 
                    Maintenance        Maintenance
Program PID number  1-year PID number  3-year PID number

5765-ESX            5660-PES           5663-PES
                    5661-PES           5664-PES
                                       5662-PES
 


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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

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).

https://www.ibm.com/partnerworld/mem/sla.jsp?num=212-425


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Publications
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No publications are shipped with this program. The following publications are available on the web:

To access ESSL and Parallel ESSL documentation, refer to the IBM Cluster information center website. It contains the most recent Parallel ESSL documentation in PDF and HTML formats and is located at

http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/clresctr/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

One of the following:


Note: For supported levels, compatibility, and limitations, refer to the applicable readme located under documentation and IBM High Performance Computing Clusters Service Packs at
https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/wikis/display/hpccentral/HPC+Central
Software requirements

AIX 7.1 operating system, with the latest service level

Software products

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
Limitations

Parallel ESSL is not thread-safe. However, the Parallel ESSL SMP libraries are thread-tolerant and can, therefore, be called from a single thread of a multithreaded application. Clients should not make multiple simultaneous calls to Parallel ESSL from different threads of a single process as this causes unpredictable results.

Support is not provided with Parallel ESSL for AIX , V4.2 for:

IBM Electronic Support

The IBM Support Portal is your gateway to technical support. This includes IBM Electronic Support tools and resources, for software and hardware, to help save time and simplify support. The Electronic Support tools can help you find answers to questions, download fixes, troubleshoot, automate data collection, submit and track problems through the Service Request online tool, and build skills. All these tools are made available through your IBM support agreement, at no additional charge.

Planning information

Packaging

Parallel ESSL for AIX is distributed as a single package available on DVD media. with the following:

Security, auditability, and control

Parallel ESSL uses the security and auditability features of the AIX 7 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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Software Services
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IBM Software Services has the breadth, depth, and reach to manage your services needs. You can leverage the deep technical skills of our lab-based, software services team and the business consulting, project management, and infrastructure expertise of our IBM Global Services team. Also, we extend our IBM Software Services reach through IBM Business Partners to provide an extensive portfolio of capabilities. Together, we provide the global reach, intellectual capital, industry insight, and technology leadership to support a wide range of critical business needs.

To learn more about IBM Software Services or to contact a Software Services sales specialist, visit

http://www.ibm.com/software/sw-services/


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Charge metric
 
                      Part number or
Program name          PID number       Charge metric

Parallel ESSL         5765-ESX         Per processor with
  for AIX                                1 year SWMA
 
1-year SWMA:          5660-PES         Per processor
 Registration
 and Renewal
 
1-year SWMA:          5661-PES         Per processor
 After-license
 
3-year SWMA:          5662-PES         Per processor
 Registration
 
3-year SWMA:          5663-PES         Per processor
 Renewal
 
3-year SWMA:          5664-PES         Per processor
 After-license
 

Processor

A processor is the unit of measure by which this program is licensed. A processor (commonly called a CPU or core ) is a functional unit within a computing device that interprets and executes instructions. A processor consists of at least an instruction control unit and one or more arithmetic or logic units. With multicore technology, each core is considered a processor.


Note: No changes to ordering information for this release.

This software license includes one year Software Maintenance. Extending coverage for a total of three years from the 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.

Refer to Software Announcement 211-091, dated July 12, 2011 .

System Program Order (SPO): An order for SPO 5692-A6P is mandatory for shipments of program distribution. The individual licensed program orders are for registration and billing purposes only. No shipment occurs under these orders.

To receive shipment of machine-readable materials, the order needs to include SPO 5692-A6P for Parallel ESSL for AIX . The individual licensed program order (for example, 5765-ESX) must still be ordered but will be for registration and billing purposes only and will not result in shipment of materials.

                                                     Feature
Program number   Program/Function name               number
 
5692-A6P         Parallel ESSL for AIX, V4.2         2286
 


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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.

Licensing

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License Information form number

L-RHAN-8UYPMU

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

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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

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

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Volume orders (IVO)

Yes. Contact your IBM representative.

Passport Advantage applies

No

Software Subscription and Support applies

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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 this agreement.

IBM Operational Support Services -- SoftwareXcel

No

Other support

Power Systems SWMA

System i Software Maintenance applies

No

Variable charges apply

No

Educational allowance available

Yes. A 15% education allowance applies to qualified education institution customers.



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IBM Electronic Services
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Electronic Service Agent™ and the IBM Electronic Support web portal are dedicated to providing fast, exceptional support to IBM Systems customers. The IBM Electronic Service Agent tool is a no-additional-charge tool that proactively monitors and reports hardware events, such as system errors, performance issues, and inventory. The Electronic Service Agent tool can help you stay focused on your company's strategic business initiatives, save time, and spend less effort managing day-to-day IT maintenance issues. Servers enabled with this tool can be monitored remotely around the clock by IBM Support all at no additional cost to you.

Now integrated into the base operating system of AIX 5.3, AIX 6.1, and AIX 7.1, Electronic Service Agent is designed to automatically and electronically report system failures and utilization issues to IBM , which can result in faster problem resolution and increased availability. System configuration and inventory information collected by the Electronic Service Agent tool also can be viewed on the secure Electronic Support web portal, and used to improve problem determination and resolution by you and the IBM support team. To access the tool main menu, simply type "smitty esa_main", and select "Configure Electronic Service Agent ." In addition, ESA now includes a powerful Web user interface, giving the administrator easy access to status, tool settings, problem information, and filters. For more information and documentation on how to configure and use Electronic Service Agent , refer to

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

The IBM Electronic Support portal is a single Internet entry point that replaces the multiple entry points traditionally used to access IBM Internet services and support. This portal enables you to gain easier access to IBM resources for assistance in resolving technical problems. The My Systems and Premium Search functions make it even easier for Electronic Service Agent tool-enabled customers to track system inventory and find pertinent fixes.

Benefits

Increased uptime: The Electronic Service Agent tool is designed to enhance the Warranty or Maintenance Agreement by providing faster hardware error reporting and uploading system information to IBM Support. This can translate to less wasted time monitoring the "symptoms," diagnosing the error, and manually calling IBM Support to open a problem record. Its 24 x 7 monitoring and reporting mean no more dependence on human intervention or off-hours customer personnel when errors are encountered in the middle of the night.

Security: The Electronic Service Agent tool is designed to be secure in monitoring, reporting, and storing the data at IBM . The Electronic Service Agent tool securely transmits either via the Internet (HTTPS or VPN) or modem, and can be configured to communicate securely through gateways to provide customers a single point of exit from their site. Communication is one way. Activating Electronic Service Agent does not enable IBM to call into a customer's system. System inventory information is stored in a secure database, which is protected behind IBM firewalls. It is viewable only by the customer and IBM . The customer's business applications or business data is never transmitted to IBM .

More accurate reporting: Since system information and error logs are automatically uploaded to the IBM Support center in conjunction with the service request, customers are not required to find and send system information, decreasing the risk of misreported or misdiagnosed errors. Once inside IBM , problem error data is run through a data knowledge management system and knowledge articles are appended to the problem record.

Customized support: Using the IBM ID entered during activation, customers can view system and support information in the "My Systems" and "Premium Search" sections of the Electronic Support website at

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

My Systems provides valuable reports of installed hardware and software using information collected from the systems by Electronic Service Agent . Reports are available for any system associated with the customer's IBM ID. Premium Search combines the function of search and the value of Electronic Service Agent information, providing advanced search of the technical support knowledgebase. Using Premium Search and the Electronic Service Agent information that has been collected from your system, customers are able to see search results that apply specifically to their systems.

For more information on how to utilize the power of IBM Electronic Services, contact your IBM Systems Services Representative, or visit

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

Information on charges is available at

http://www.ibm.com/support

Choose the option entitled Purchase/upgrade tools.



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

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Reference: RE001

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