IBM i 7.2 Technology Refresh 1 offers performance, usability, and integration enhancements

IBM United States Software Announcement 214-418
October 6, 2014

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(Corrected on October 21, 2014)

In the Key prerequisites and Hardware requirements sections deleted references to POWER5, which is not supported.

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IBM® i 7.2 Technology Refresh 1 includes the following features and benefits:

These announcements are documented in the iZone of IBM developerWorks®

For ordering, contact your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: AE001).

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IBM i integrates a trusted combination of relational database, security, web services, networking, and storage management capabilities. It delivers a broad and highly stable database and middleware foundation for efficiently deploying business applications.

With the announcement of IBM i 7.2 Technology Refresh 1, IBM is again extending the function of the IBM i operating system. This technology refresh supports the new POWER8 Enterprise Systems server models, offering new options for clients who have computing requirements larger than the S814 and S824 models announced in April 2014. IBM i 7.2 TR1 delivers support for these models.

IBM integrated Web Services Server for i and IBM Web Administration GUI for i have been enhanced in IBM i 7.2 TR1, now offering support for the industry-accepted and widely used REST-based services. Clients who want to use something other than SOAP protocols can choose the new REST-based services.

The IBM HTTP server helps you isolate the HTTP workload from other work on the system. This means that heavy usage of the HTTP environment may have less impact on the performance of other jobs running on the system.

IBM Navigator for i delivers new features and functions as it continues to be considered the strategic direction for modern system management work. IBM Navigator for i uses the latest in web technology to help improve the user experience.

Continuing the promise of delivering new DB2 for I functionality with every technology refresh, this refresh contains:

IBM i clients can take advantage of new features and new releases of many IBM products. IBM Rational Developer for I, IBM WebSphere® MQ, and IBM Connections have added new features and introduced new releases of their products. Clients using these products should consider upgrading to the latest releases to get additional benefit to their businesses.

These announcements are documented in the iZone of IBM developerWorks.

IBM i BRMS delivers periodic sets of enhancements via its PTF Group. The most recent new functions extend its automation and ease of use and integrate support for the newest generation of enterprise tape.

The RPG IV programming language is enhanced to include additional ALIAS support for files and relaxed rules for data structures, helping to increase productivity and modernizing the RPG language.

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IBM i 7.2 TR1 is supported on IBM Power Systems servers with POWER8 processors; IBM PureFlex systems and blades with POWER7 or POWER7+ processors; Power Systems servers and blades with POWER6, or POWER6+ processors; and IBM i servers with POWER6 processors

Refer to the Technical information section for specific hardware and software prerequisites.

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November 11, 2014

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IBM i Integrated Web Services Server - REST support

The Integrated Web Services (IWS) server support has been enhanced to enable users to deploy programs or service programs as REST services. REST services are supported only on IWS servers that are based on the Integrated Application Server powered by Liberty (IWS server V2.6, or later). This gives you a quick and easy way to expose ILE RPG and ILE COBOL programs as REST-based web services.

In addition to REST support, the IWS scripting is updated in the following ways:

For additional details, visit the Integrated Web Services for IBM i product page
IBM Web Administration GUI for i

The IBM Web Administration GUI for i interface is a single integrated location for IBM i users to create, start, stop, and manage all web-related servers. This includes IBM HTTP Server, IBM WebSphere Application Server, IBM i Integrated Application Server, IBM i Integrated Web Services Server, and IBM WebSphere Portal. You can obtain the following updates by installing the latest HTTP PTF Group level. These and many other enhancements are delivered with the HTTP PTF Group SF99713.

Visit the IBM i Technology Updates wiki on developerWorks to learn more about these and other IBM i Web technology enhancements.
IBM HTTP Server for i

The IBM HTTP Server is built on the industry-standard Apache HTTP Server. This server delivers the necessary HTTP Sever requirements in an integrated and security enhanced environment. The HTTP Server for i is included as part of the 5770-DG1 licensed program product. You can obtain the following updates by installing the latest HTTP PTF Group level.

For additional details on these enhancements, refer to
Node.js for i

Node.js is a platform built on Google Chrome JavaScript run time for server-side and networking applications. It is enabled on IBM i and shipped as part of the licensed program 5770-DG1. Besides the core functions of node.js, IBM i node.js also offers extensions to operate DB2 for i and access native IBM i objects such as programs, commands, data queues, data areas, spool files , user spaces, jobs, system values, environment values, and more.

Additional information on Node.JS on IBM i can be found on the IBM i zone for developerWorks
IBM Navigator for i

Significant updates have been made to the entire Navigator family in IBM i 7.2 TR1. The web-based version of Navigator is the strategic direction for modern system management for IBM i. The interface for the web-based version has undergone a significant transformation by adding new function, improving navigation, and incorporating the latest in web-based technology. All of this helps improve both usability and performance.

The usability updates include the following new and enhanced functions:

DB2 for i

With IBM i 7.2 TR1, DB2 for i continues to focus on new and advanced SQL capabilities, database engineer productivity, and the ability to security enhanced business-critical data in a production environment. By moving up to the suggested DB2 PTF Group, you will have a database that offers significant new capabilities for a wide range of users.

New capabilities for database application developers

Database application developers have the following new capabilities for constructing advanced SQL solutions:
Improved capabilities for database engineers

Database engineers have improved capabilities for designing, reviewing, redesigning, and customizing database objects:

Improved governance of business-critical data

Governance of business-critical data has been improved in the following ways:

IBM DB2 for i Services is extended

In the tradition of recent database enhancements, new IBM i Services deliver the following important alternatives to IBM i commands and APIs:

These and many other enhancements are delivered with the DB2 PTF Group SF99702. Visit the IBM i Technology Updates wiki on developerWorks to learn more about these and other DB2 for IBM i enhancements

To view the DB2 for IBM i PTF Group details, visit


IBM i Backup, Recovery and Media Services (BRMS) is an IBM i licensed program that is geared to implement your business's choices for your backup, recovery, and media management. Similar to DB2, BRMS delivers enhancements periodically via PTF Groups. The most recent enhancements to IBM i 6.1, and later, include the following:

In IBM i 7.2, BRMS object lists have been enhanced to enable omit capability and allow *ALLUSR as a valid value for the library name field. The enhancement provides individual library save timestamps instead of the same timestamp for the *ALLUSR libraries.

For more information about these and other BRMS enhancements visit


IBM Rational has announced enhancements to the RPG IV language delivered in 5770-WDS. In the continuing effort to increase the power of RPG as a modern business language, RPG IV will support extended ALIAS support for files and relaxed rules for data structures for I/O operations. These new enhancements will be delivered through PTF SI54155 for the TGTRLS(*CURRENT) compiler and PTF SI54521 for the TGTRLS(V7R1M0) compiler, and can be applied to RPG IV V7.2. These new enhancements will be documented in the ILE RPG Reference in the 7.2 Info Center and in the RPG Cafe at

IBM Software Group enhancements

Rational Developer for i V9.1.1

Rational Developer for i V9.1.1 includes a number of enhancements to help IBM i developers create and maintain their code on IBM i. These enhancements include the "push to client" capability for standardizing preference and connection settings across a team based on templates maintained on the server. This means that preferences, connections, filters, and actions can be exported and imported when connecting to a central server. These updates can be forced to all team members or can generate a prompt so that imports are done by choice. In addition, other updates include enhancements to the code coverage support that was new in V9.1.

For additional details visit
IBM Connections V5.0 CR1

Connections V5.0 adds new capabilities that make it easier for a company's employees to collaborate with customers and business partners on projects and share relevant information. With Connections V5.0, external users, such as customers and business partners, can be invited to a shared file and an IBM Connections community. Communities that have been opened to external users are identified as such to the members of the community. The CR1 service release includes support for Connections to run natively on IBM i and Connections Content Manager (CCM) support for IBM i. CCM support uses a Filenet server, which is currently supported only for existing platforms.

For additional details on Connections 5.0 refer to Software Announcement 214-190, dated June 17, 2014.

IBM MQ for Multiplatforms, V8.0

MQ for Multiplatforms, V8.0 (MQ V8) offers a universal messaging solution. It delivers the messaging you need, where you need it, from enterprise messaging for security enhanced core business applications to mobile messaging to extend the business to the Internet of things and mobile devices. MQ V8 gives you access to key business data in files from across the business, and helps simplify messaging access for application developers.

The key features of MQ V8 can be grouped mainly into themes of improved scalability, enhanced security, and updates to standards and currency.

It includes the following enhancements:

For additional details refer to Software Announcement 214-177, dated April 22, 2014.

Hardware enhancements

POWER8 technology

IBM i 7.2 Technology Refresh 1 is supported on the new Enterprise Power Systems servers with POWER8 technology. The operating system and most applications for IBM i are built on a Technology Independent Machine Interface (TIMI) that isolates programs from differences in processor architectures, and enables the system to automatically capitalize on many new POWER® architecture features without changes to existing programs. The new IBM i 7.2 release continues the tradition, providing a high degree of integration, security, and ease-of-use across multiple generations of IBM Power Systems and processors, including the new POWER8 processor. A selection of processor support features is highlighted below.

Multicore and multithread

The maximum number of cores varies by system model. Also, the operating system support of multicore and multithread technology varies by operating system and release. The maximum number of processor cores and simultaneous multithreading (SMT) levels supported by a single IBM i logical partition with POWER8 processor technology in an IBM Power System E870 or E880 running IBM i 7.2 Technology Refresh 1 is 48 cores per SMT8.

Clients who require additional capacity beyond the IBM i maximum can contact IBM to request support for additional processor cores. IBM Systems Lab Services works with clients to assess the requirements and to offer IBM i support for the client workload in a partition with a larger number of cores.

Automation and simple controls that offer flexibility to both the inexperienced and experienced system administrator are among the hallmarks of IBM i integration, even with the transition to a whole new generation of Power systems and through the advances in complexity of processor technology. IBM i 7.2 Technology Refresh 1 offers enhanced controls designed to help maximize the flexibility afforded by the greater range of SMT levels available on newer generations of processors. IBM i is designed to automatically deliver maximum single-thread performance when the workload does not demand SMT concurrence. In systems where the workload can benefit from SMT, there are configuration settings that allow for dynamic configuration of the processor SMT context (for example, ST, SMT2, SMT4, or SMT8) used by the logical partition. Recent updates in technology now enable this switching to be dynamic.

Additionally, IBM i 7.2 Technology Refresh 1 includes a job attribute to influence how processor threads for the job are dispatched on the new Enterprise Power Systems servers with POWER8 technology. With a simple adjustment of this configuration value, the system administrator can choose between optimizing a particular job for improved thread performance, or running multiple threads concurrently to maximize system efficiency.

Vector Scalar eXtension (VSX)

VSX in POWER provides support for Vector and Scalar Binary floating point operations conforming to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Standard for Floating Point Arithmetic (IEEE-754). The introduction of VSX increases the parallelism by providing single-instruction, multiple-data (SIMD) execution functionality for floating point double-precision to improve the performance of some applications.

IBM i 7.2 TR 1 automatically uses POWER8 vector instructions to help improve the performance of some cryptographic operations on the new Enterprise Servers. In addition, PASE for i applications running on these servers can now use VSX instructions.

Live Partition Mobility

Live Partition Mobility (LPM) was introduced with IBM i 7.1 Technology Refresh 4 on POWER7® systems. With LPM you can move a running IBM i partition from one system to another, so that planned maintenance can be done on the source system with essentially no downtime. You can also to balance workloads among multiple systems. LPM is supported on both POWER8 and POWER7 systems. Now with the newer generation of Power systems with POWER8 processors, one can move an active IBM i partition between a POWER7 system and a new POWER8 system with essentially no downtime. This function can even be used to permanently migrate a partition from a POWER7 system to a POWER8 system provided appropriate licenses and activations are set up on the POWER8 system.

New I/O options

An expansion drawer with additional gen3 PCIe slots is available to expand the number of adapters that can be used on the new Enterprise System models with POWER8 technology. There are several new options for disk, both SSD and HDD with 10,000 and 15,000 rpm speeds. A new configuration of IBM i with VIOS takes advantage of EasyTier technology to allow a read intensive SSD drive to be used. IBM TS1150 tape driver machine type 3592 models E08 and EH8, which are the newest generation of enterprise tape technology, are now supported. In addition, increased storage capacity for RDX is now available with a 2.0 TB removable disk drive.

Adjusted minimum load source size

Announced with IBM i 7.2, the minimum IBM i load source size was increased to 70 GB. Now with IBM i 7.2 TR1, the minimum size has been reduced to 35 GB usable capacity for load source devices that are external storage disks or virtual disks. Because 35 GB is the usable capacity required, if the disk has a 512-byte sector size, the load source LUN will need to be at least 40 GB. For more details, refer to developerWorks at

For more details on these hardware and I/O enhancements, including more information about planned availability and hardware requirements, Refer to the following Software Announcements:

For an IBM i specific description of these hardware enhancements, refer to

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IBM i 7.2 is the latest version of the IBM i operating environment. IBM i runs on an IBM Power Systems server and offers a highly scalable and virus-resistant architecture with a proven reputation for exceptional business resiliency. Companies that run applications on IBM i running on a Power server are able to focus on innovation and delivering new value to their business, not on managing their data center operations.

IBM i delivers a fully integrated and trusted combination of relational database, security, web services, networking, and storage management capabilities required to run business applications. For example, IBM installs and integrates the SQL standards-based DB2 database for IBM i with advanced database management utilities, plus additional middleware components such as multiple file system options, directory capability, an HTTP web server powered by Apache, a web application server, and a web services environment.

IBM develops, fully tests, and preloads these core middleware components of IBM i together. The preintegration and testing of IBM i is a key factor in enabling companies to realize lower operations costs by deploying applications faster and maintaining them with fewer staff.

Virtualization and workload management are also built into the IBM i operating environment to enable businesses to consolidate and run multiple applications and components together on the same system, helping to drive up system usage and delivering a better return on IT investments. This broad and highly stable database and middleware foundation is ideal for efficiently deploying business processing applications.

Architecture for simplicity, stability, and security

Another important advantage for IBM i is the underlying architecture of the operating system, which enables simplicity, stability, and security. These are not add-on features, but inherent aspects of the operating system. Here are a few examples:


The relational database in IBM i is an integrated component that is built on a set of integrated storage management unique to IBM i and its predecessors. This storage management is based on the single-level storage architecture that treats all of the storage managed by IBM i as one long stream of memory that encompasses the system memory as well as the storage on disks. This architecture makes it critical for the operating system to decide where to store any given piece of data, which removes the user from having to manage data placement. This makes management of storage and the database objects contained in that storage significantly simpler.


IBM i also architecturally separates the address spaces of user applications and the operating system, so it is difficult for poorly written or malicious software to intrude upon the underlying operating system support. This is one of several attributes that can help keep IBM i running for days, weeks, and months without unexpected restarting of the operating system.

Several architectural attributes of IBM i contribute to the stability of the system over the years. First, applications compiled on IBM i are compiled to a set of intermediate code instructions defined as the Technology Independent Machine Interface (TIMI). This enables IBM i to fundamentally change the implementation of underlying hardware, firmware, and virtualization features, without requiring rewriting, changing, or even recompiling the applications written by users. This sort of forward compatibility is a tremendous business advantage and has allowed the movement of software developed and compiled several years to even decades previously to run on later generations of the IBM i operating system.


IBM i and its predecessors have an object-based architecture. Each entity on the system is an object, which has a set of prescribed operations that can be performed on it and connections from the object to those other objects which are allowed to perform various operations. An object that does not have a legal edit operation cannot be edited. It cannot be renamed to another kind of object. If the object does have an edit operation, known as change for most objects, it only has a defined set of attributes that can be edited, and then only by users who have authority to do that editing.

Objects can easily be hidden from other users by use of the library list objects, security enhanced by the object-based security associated with all objects. And users who all have a similar role on the system can be grouped together for role-based security, again as part of the base architecture of the system.

While the IBM i operating system supports open programming methods such as Java™, PHP, web services, and so on, the underlying architecture offers a level of integration, stability, simplicity, and security that makes is significantly different from comparable operating systems. These aspects deliver excellent business value to its users.

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DB2 for i Query Performance:

IBM intends to enhance its DB2 for i database to provide an enhanced in-memory oriented access capability to its database EVI (Encoded Vector Index) technology to facilitate enhanced aggregate query performance.

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5770-SS1      V7.2     IBM i V7.2

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5770-SS1            N/A                N/A

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A supported Power server with POWER8, POWER7+, POWER7, POWER6+ or POWER6 processor is required to run IBM i 7.2 TR1.

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