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z/TPF 101 Outline

Title: z/TPF 101

Overview: This course provides students with a basic introduction to z/TPF. Concepts and structures from a functional and business usage perspective are examined. Commands and macros are included to show the 'externals' of some of the concepts. Emphasis is placed on several of the unique characteristics of a z/TPF system.

Audience: This course is designed for Business Analysts, Systems, Applications, Operations, and Coverage staff, who have had little to no experience with TPF. This course may also be helpful for individuals who have limited experience in specific areas of TPF but have an interest in understanding more about the overall z/TPF product.

Educational Objectives:

  • Provide individuals with a working knowledge of operating a large scale mainframe based system.
  • Enable individuals to successfully manage a z/TPF system.


  • z/TPF system history
  • Online system elements
  • Transaction services
  • Processing assumptions and performance
  • System structural characteristics
  • Message flow through the z/TPF system
  • Memory configurations
  • z/TPF system program classifications and processing
  • Parallel processing
  • z/TPF, ESA/370, ESA/390, and z/Architecture support
  • Tightly and loosely coupled multiprocessing
  • Data organization and storage
  • Database overview and support
  • Multiple database function (MDBF) overview
  • Fixed and pool records
  • Record IDs, holding and addressing
  • Pool management
  • Multiple database function (MDBF)
  • Unique records and shared records
  • Database generation
  • Data communications
  • Communication protocols
  • Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) support
  • Communication interfaces and middleware
  • z/TPF applications
  • Internet mail server support
  • Internet server support

    Prerequisites: No prior z/TPF knowledge is required. In effect, there are no prerequisites other than a need and a willingness to learn about z/TPF. However, experience with a major mainframe operating system is helpful.

    Format: Lecture with students encouraged to ask questions throughout.

    Maximum Class Size: 12

    Duration: 2 days

    Customization Possible: Based on the questions asked in a lecture format, the instructor will attempt to identify areas that may be different in a student's particular implementation. However, specific customizations are not feasible. Most customers modify z/TPF and this class is based on z/TPF 'out of the box'. Many of the items discussed may be different in each customer's environment.

    Required Course Environment:

    The customer shall provide, at no cost to IBM, a suitable classroom environment as outlined below.

    The classroom environment would need to be available to the IBM instructor(s) at least four hours prior to the start of class on the first day of class but preferably the previous day for validation purposes. The classroom environment shall include the following:

  1. Print one copy of the course for each student and place in a binder.
  2. Print one Completion Certificate in color for each student (plus a couple extras) and give to instructor upon his/her arrival, if desired.
  3. One Name tent for each student.
  4. Two broad markers that the students can use to write their names on the name tent.
  5. One pen or pencil for each student.
  6. At least one Laptop projector, but preferably two, (able to project 1024 x 768 pixels) for use with a PC video port.
  7. Extension cords for laptop and/or laptop projector if needed.
  8. Screen for laptop projector.
  9. White board and erasable markers and/or large writing tablet on a stand and permanent markers.