IBM SDK, Java Technology Edition, Version 7 Release 1: Current news



Support information for IBM® SDK, Java™ Technology Edition, Version 7 Release 1 that is not available in the user documentation.


The documentation to support this release is available in the online product documentation.

Supplementary information is available for the following updates:

For information about the daylight saving time changes included in this release, see Olson time zone updates. Later updates can by applied using the IBM Time Zone Update Utility for Java (JTZU).

To compare the IBM SDK functionality with Oracle build levels at each service refresh level, see Comparative Oracle build levels.

You can download the SDK from developerWorks.

Service refresh 3 fix pack 10 (July 2015)

Partial fix for change in behavior for -Xshareclasses:destroyAll

In service refresh 2 fix pack 10 a behavior change was reported for this option on z/OS platforms. See Change in behavior for -Xshareclasses:destroyAll.

Following a fix for the 64-bit JVM, the problem remains only on the 31-bit JVM. When the destroyAll option is invoked from a 31-bit JVM, 64-bit caches are not destroyed. The following message is displayed:

JVMSHRC735I Use a 64-bit JVM to perform the requested operation on the 64-bit shared cache \"cachename\" as the 31-bit JVM cannot verify that the shared memory was created by the JVM

Service refresh 3 fix pack 1 (June 2015)

Logjam security vulnerability

A potential weakness is exposed with DH and DHE cipher suites that relates to the Logjam security vulnerability. A fix is provided to address this issue. For more information, see IBM SDK, Java Technology Edition: Fix packs to address the Logjam security vulnerability (CVE-2015-4000)

Service refresh 3 (May 2015)

DumpControlMXBean visible in JConsole

The DumpControlMXBean is unintentionally visible in JConsole. Do not use this MXBean to create heap, system, or Java dumps. Instead, use the Health Center tool as described in Triggering Dumps.

Service refresh 2 fix pack 10 (February 2015)

JCE FIPS guide

The certified JCE FIPS guide can be found here:

Change in behavior for -Xshareclasses:destroyAll

Due to a current issue on z/OS, when the destroyAll option is invoked from a 31-bit Java virtual machine (JVM), 64-bit caches are not removed. Similarly, when the destroyAll option is invoked from a 64-bit JVM, 31-bit caches are not removed. The following message is displayed:

JVMSHRC735I: Use a nn-bit JVM to perform the requested operation on the nn-bit shared cache \"cachename\" as the nn-bit JVM cannot verify that the shared memory was created by the JVM.

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Multitenancy feature

This feature is no longer available as part of this release but can be obtained from the Multitenant JVM community site for evaluation.
The following limitations apply when you are using the -Xmt option:
    JAVA_TOOLS_OPTIONS environment variable
      Setting parameters with the JAVA_TOOLS_OPTIONS environment variable is not supported.
    Specifying the -Djavad.home option
      If you specify the -Djavad.home option after the target class, it will be parsed incorrectly as an option, instead of an argument to the program.
      If you specify multiple instances of the -Djavad.home option, the first instance takes precedence. This behavior is incorrect; the final instance should take precedence, as is the convention with other conflicting command-line options.
    Adding options to the javad.options file
      When you add options to the javad.options file, each option must be on a separate line. Combining multiple options on the same line does not work.
    Specifying options on the command line
      If you specify options that are not valid on the command line, the options are silently ignored and the JVM continues to start.
    Obtaining information for each tenant, by using JMX
      When using API methods such as memoryBean.getHeapMemoryUsage() in a tenant, you might not get a value for each tenant. Depending on the API you use, and the method in which it is called, you might get either a value for the specific tenant, or a value for the entire javad process.
    Failure to call the close() method on a WatchService instance can result in tenant not shutting down
      If an application uses the java.nio.file.WatchService class but fails to call the close() method before the application ends, thread resources might not be cleaned up completely. If the resources are not cleaned up completely, the tenant does not shut down.
    Disk IO performance degradation when using the -Xlimit:diskIO option
      Use of the -Xlimit:diskIO resource control feature affects the speed of read and write operations to disk when very small amounts of data are being written. For example, if your application makes continuous write operations of one byte at a time by using the FileOutputStream.write method, there is a noticeable performance degradation. However, this performance degradation is not noticeable if you instead write 4 KB at a time.
    Network throughput degradation when using the -Xlimit:netIO option
      Use of the -Xlimit:netIO resource control feature might result in 10% to 20% network throughput degradation for both regular and datagram sockets, depending on the length of data that is read or written. For example, if your application makes continuous write operations of a few bytes at a time, you might see this impact on throughput.
    ResourceConsumptionException received when using the -Xlimit:threads option
      If your application uses the -Xlimit:threads option and the AsyncIO API is used, the threads started by the AsyncIO API are included in the limit. The result is that your application might receive a ResourceConsumptionException if too small a limit was specified.

Installable packages

When you download and install packages for this release, you can choose a language in which to review and accept the license. On Windows (Installshied) packages, and AIX® or Linux (InstallAnywhere) archive packages, there is no option to review the license in Lithuanian even though a Lithuanian license exists in the package. You must choose an alternative language during installation and then review the contents of the Lithuanian license, which can be found in the docs/lt directory.

Known problem with zEDC

As per the specification of the API, the deflate() API must not compress the data if the level is set to zero. However, with zEDC hardware compression, the deflate() API does compress the data when is set. You can work around this problem by switching to software compression on z/OS®, which can be achieved by using one of these methods:
  • Set the z/OS environment variable _HZC_COMPRESSION_METHOD, by specifying the following command: export _HZC_COMPRESSION_METHOD=software
  • Disable the zEDC hardware adapter by making it offline.
  • Remove READ ACCESS to resource class FPZ.ACCELERATOR.COMPRESSION, which is a System Authorization Facility (SAF) FACILITY that protects access to the zEnterprise® Data Compression Express® coprocessor.

Co-existence of releases

IBM SDK, Java Technology Edition Version 7 Release 1 can co-exist with IBM SDK, Java Technology Edition Version 7 on the same Windows operating system. However, if the first installation is removed, the Windows registry is corrupted and the following error is seen when you run the java -version command:

    Error: Failed reading value of registry key:
    Software\IBM\Java2 Runtime Environment\CurrentVersion
    Error: could not find java.dll
    Error: Could not find Java SE Runtime Environment.

This problem occurs when the second installation is installed as the system or non-system JVM. In this situation, you can obtain version information by specifying the full installation path when you run the java -version command.

Comparative Oracle build levels

The following table indicates the Oracle FCS build level that has comparative functionality to the IBM SDK:

Release date IBM SDK 7 Release 1 Oracle Java 7 FCS build
December 2013 Initial release 7 Update 45 Build 18
April 2014 Service refresh 1 7 Update 55 Build 13
July 2014 Service refresh 1 fix pack 1 7 Update 65 Build 19
November 2014 Service refresh 2 7 Update 71 Build 13
February 2015 Service refresh 2 fix pack 10 7 Update 75 Build 13
May 2015 Service refresh 3 7 Update 79 Build 14
July 2015 Service refresh 3 fix pack 10 7 Update 85 Build 15

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