IBM WebSphere Real Time V3.0 brings consistent performance to Java applications

IBM United States Software Announcement 211-279
October 4, 2011


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WebSphere® Real Time V3.0 is a Java™ Runtime Environment (JRE) with Software Development Kit (SDK) that delivers the following capabilities:

  • Real-time garbage collection:Consistent short (as short as 1 millisecond) garbage collection pauses for both regular Java applications and real-time Java applications. V3.0 introduces a command-line option to configure the target maximum garbage collection pause time.
  • Real-time Specification for Java:IBM® provides a conformant RTSJ 1.0.2 Class Library.
  • Ahead-of-Time (AOT) compilation:For hard real-time platforms, AOT enables application developers to pre-compile code for the most deterministic execution performance which is significantly faster than interpretation.
  • Class sharing support:This support improves dynamic class loading performance and improves memory footprint in multiple JVM scenarios.


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WebSphere Real Time V3.0 is a Java Runtime Environment (JRE) and development kit designed to provide more consistent performance for Java applications. Customers develop applications with low latency and highly predictable response times. WebSphere Real Time V3.0 can be used in servers or other Java applications to deliver consistent performance and service quality (soft real-time for Linux™ and for IBM AIX®). It can also be used to build real-time Java systems that can meet aggressive and stringent timing constraints (hard real-time for real-time Linux).

Benefits of WebSphere Real Time V3.0 include:

  • Allows garbage collection pauses as short as 1 millisecond
  • Delivers a realistic alternative for real-time programming that supports the Java 7.0 programming model instead of lower-level languages like Ada 95, C, or C++
  • Extends the Java programming model to support real-time applications with the Real-Time Specification for Java (RTSJ) 1.0.2
  • Delivers consistent Java application performance on standard Linux and AIX as well as support to build true real-time systems in conjunction with real-time Linux distributions

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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  • Red Hat Enterprise MRG V1
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time (SLERT) 10

WebSphere Real Time is supported on the following, though without the benefit of the Real-Time Specification for Java (RTSJ) support.

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS Version 5.0 Update 4
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS Version 6.0
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server Version 11
  • AIX V6.1
  • AIX V7.1


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  • October 7, 2011 - Electronic distribution
  • November 4, 2011 - Media packs


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WebSphere Real Time V3.0 is a JRE and development kit designed to provide more consistent performance for Java applications, enabling customers to develop applications with low latency and highly predictable response times. WebSphere Real Time V3.0 is available for soft real-time systems running on standard Linux and AIX distributions (WebSphere Real Time for Linux and AIX) as well as for hard real-time systems running on standard Linux kernels with real-time extensions (WebSphere Real Time for Real Time Linux).

Traditional JREs deliver excellent average performance for Java applications via high-performance garbage collectors and Just-In-Time compiler technologies. WebSphere Real Time V3.0, on the other hand, brings more focus to the quality of service presented by a Java application, primarily through an innovative garbage collector known as Metronome.The Metronome garbage collection divides its work into small packets. This can be completed in as little as 1 millisecond, so Java applications are not interrupted for the longer periods of time typical in other high-performance garbage collection technologies. Metronome also has an agreement with the Java application so that, while garbage collection work is performed, the Java application can expect to be fully active for a certain percentage of the time (70% by default).

This utilization agreement helps relieve bottlenecks when work arrives during garbage collection cycles and makes it possible to build Java systems that reliably meet deadlines.

WebSphere Real Time V3.0 can be used in servers or other Java applications that need to deliver consistent performance and service quality (soft real-time) and it can also be used to build real-time Java systems that can meet aggressive and stringent timing constraints (hard real-time).

You can run any Java application with WebSphere Real Time V3.0 and see the benefits, but if you're building a true real-time system with timing constraints and real deadlines, then WebSphere Real Time V3.0 for Real Time Linux also offers a comprehensive set of tools you can use to enhance your Java application to help you meet your goals:

  • Metronome Garbage Collection lets you use the standard Java programming model for tasks with relatively longer deadlines that can tolerate short 1ms pauses. WebSphere Real Time V3.0 allows you to configure the target pause time for the garbage collector to as little as 1ms.
  • Full support for the Real Time Specification for Java 1.0.2 (also known as the RTSJ, or Java Specification Request #1) lets you take precise control over the events and tasks in your application with Java APIs to measure time and schedule tasks very precisely, prioritize tasks, manage deadlines and control deadline misses, and even design application code that can run concurrently with the garbage collector through the use of the NoHeapRealtimeThreads and ScopedMemory facilities. Although the RTSJ is a large complex specification offering many powerful facilities to Java programmers familiar with use of RTSJ, it is possible to use only selected parts of the specification to achieve significant consistency improvements.
  • Just-in-time compiler runs asynchronously on a low-priority thread so that it can dynamically improve the performance of an application while giving system designers a simple way to prevent the compiler from interfering with higher priority application tasks.
  • Fully Java-7-conformant, ahead-of-time compiled code can be generated to completely avoid the unpredictable effects of the just-in-time compiler. Although compiled code is typically not as fast as JIT compiled code, it is still significantly faster than interpretation. Ahead-of-time code is stored into a shared class cache that accelerates class loading and reduces memory consumption when several WebSphere Real Time JVMs share the same shared class cache.

Traditionally, building a real-time system requires significant application programming skills. Typically the marketplace has relied on application programming languages such as ADA, C, and C++. Skills in these languages are becoming scarce and in great demand. Further, applications written in these languages are difficult to port from one platform to another.

In contrast, applications written in the Java programming language are relatively easy to port to other vendors' platforms and programming skills are readily available. However commercial JRE are not able to deliver real-time behavior because of the unpredictability of application execution time. With the tools provided in the WebSphere Real Time V3.0 JRE, customers get access to the larger pool of Java programmers to find the skills needed to build real-time systems.

WebSphere Real Time V3.0 is comprised of the following components:

  • Real-time garbage collection
  • Shared Classes support
  • Full support for Java Standard Edition (JSE 7.0)
  • Full support for JCP Real-Time Specification for Java 1.0.2.
  • A well-defined list of JDK classes that are No-Heap Real-Time Thread (NHRT) safe.
  • Support for x86 Linux platforms (WebSphere Real Time V3.0 for Linux).
  • Support for IBM POWER® AIX platforms (WebSphere Real Time V3.0 for IBM AIX).
  • Support for WebSphere Real Time V3.0 for Real Time Linux is supported on IBM hardware that has firmware compatible with real-time requirements. The firmware has been designed to eliminate system management events that may interrupt the processing of real-time applications and result in non-deterministic behavior.

A core feature of the hard real-time environment is the underlying open source real-time operating system. WebSphere Real Time V3.0 For Real Time Linux supports enhanced Linux distributions available from Red Hat and Novell as RHEL MRG and SLERT, respectively. IBM originally worked with the Linux community to develop the real-time operating system capabilities needed to obtain required performance for WebSphere Real Time and has subsequently made them available via the open source community. WebSphere Real Time V3.0 includes support for non-real-time Linux kernels, but without the benefit of RTSJ support.

The themes for the WebSphere Real Time V3.0 release include updated support to the most recent Java 7 class libraries, configurable garbage collection target pause time, as well as improved throughput and scalability relative to earlier releases without any decrease in deterministic qualities of service. Customer applications will generally benefit from improved performance or lower CPU load, due to higher quality compiled code and better garbage collection performance.

Accessibility by people with disabilities

A US 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

Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act

WebSphere Real Time V3.0 is capable as of November 11, 2011, when used in accordance with associated IBM 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.



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                                               Availability
 Description            Language               date
 
WebSphere Real Time     Multilingual           October 7, 2011
 V3.0                    Chinese Simplified
 (electronic download)   Chinese Traditional
                         English US, French
                         German, Italian,
                         Japanese, Korean
                         Portuguese Brazilian
                         Spanish, Russian,
                         Czech, Polish,
                         Hungarian


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Program                Program
number         VRM     name
 
5724-R04       V3.0.0  WebSphere Real Time
 


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Product information is available via the Offering Information website

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Also, visit the Passport Advantage® website

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Publications
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No hardcopy publications are shipped with this program.

Online documentation is available at:

http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/realtime/v3r0


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Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements

Supported hardware

The configurations supported for WebSphere Real Time are multiprocessor variants of the following systems:

  • IBM BladeCenter® LS20 (Types 8850-76U, 8850-55U, 7971, 7972)
  • IBM eServer™ xSeries® 326m (Types 7969-65U, 7969-85U, 7984-52U, 7984-6AU)
  • IBM BladeCenter LS21 (Type 79716AU)
  • IBM IntelliStation® zPro (Type 9228)1
  • IBM BladeCenter HS21 XM Dual Quad Core (Type 7995)
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These systems are for development purposes. Do not expect the same level of performance and determinism as the other machines.
Software requirements

Software prerequisites

  • Red Hat Enterprise MRG V1
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time (SLERT) 10

WebSphere Real Time is supported on the following, though without the benefit of the RTSJ support.

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS Version 4.0 Update 7
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS Version 5.0 Update 2
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server Version 10 SP2

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.

Planning information

Packaging

Packaging for WebSphere Real Time V3.0 consists of WebSphere Real Time V3.0 DVD.

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

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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Product group: WebSphere
  Product Identifier Description (PID)
  WebSphere Real Time 5724-R04
 
Product category: Application Integration Middleware Other
Charge metric
                            Part number or
Program name                PID number        Charge metric
 
WebSphere Real Time         5724-R04          Processor Value Unit

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  • A few programs on an exception basis may be licensed on a referenced basis. In that case, the following applies. Rather than obtaining entitlements for the activated processor cores available to the program, licensee must obtain PVU entitlements for this program sufficient to cover the environment made available to the referenced program as if the program itself were executing everywhere the referenced program was executing, independent of the basis on which the referenced program is licensed.

Passport Advantage

                                                              Part
Program name/Description                                      number
 
WebSphere Real Time
 
Per Processor Value Unit
 License + SW Subscription & Support 12 Months                D59J8LL
 Annual SW Subscription & Support Renewal                     E030LLL
 SW Subscription & Support Reinstatement 12 Months            D59J9LL
 

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.

Media packs
description                                             Part number
 
IBM WebSphere Real Time V3.0                            BA11SML
 for Multiplatform DVD Media Pack
 


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