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zPDT V1.6 now supports the z13 EC CPU Architecture

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What is new for zPDT Version 1.6 - available April 30th, 2015

IBM is pleased to announce that zPDT Version 1.6 available April 30th, 2015, builds upon previous releases and delivers z13 CPU Architecture, Cryptographic Enhancements, z13 coupling code, STP support (Basic Sysplex) and minor performance improvements.

zPDT Version 1.6 will be available from Information Technology Company (ITC) on April 30th, 2015

Highlights:

zPDT Version 1.6 helps you remain current with the latest System z capabilities, performance, and functions as you build and test new applications for System z. There are several new enhancements including:

Hardware tested:

zPDT Version 1 Release 6 has been tested on the following PC hardware:

zPDT continues its tradition of helping you to exploit the latest hardware at an affordable price for testing and development purposes. IBM remains committed to your success and is delighted to help you develop new solutions for the latest IBM servers and operating systems.

How to get the zPDT Version 1.6 SW code updates:

All zPDT 1090 SW updates can be obtained for ALL zPDT Customers through Information Technology Company (ITC). zPDT Version 1.5 will be available from ITC on April 30th, 2015

What you need to do:

Visit p390store and click on the zPDT Software Updates icon.

If not already registered, you will need to register with a valid 1090 11S number model type, and serial number. You will then have immediate access to the web site for downloads. Notification of zPDT SW updates/new releases are also done through the yahoo forum at z1090.

Prior Announcements

What is new for zPDT Version 1.5 - available February 28, 2014

IBM is pleased to announce that zPDT Version 1.5 available February 28, 2014, builds upon previous releases and delivers zEC12 GA2 CPU Architecture, Cryptographic Enhancements, zEC12 GA2 Coupling, 3590/3592 Tape Support, Performance Updates, and security for the z/OS V2.1 ADCD.

Highlights:

zPDT Version 1.5 helps you remain current with the latest System z capabilities, performance and functions as you build and test new applications for System z. There are several new innovative enhancements including:

Support for zEC12 GA2 CPU Architecture:

The relevant instruction set for the System zEC12 GA2 CPU Architecture is included.

zEC12 Cryptographic Enhancements:

Provides Emulated Crypto Express 4S support for Export TDES key under AES transport key, Diversified Key Generation CBC support, IPEK support, and RXX Key wrapping method support

zEC12 GA2 Coupling:

Enhanced Coupling Support (zEC12 CF19) with improved resilience

3590/3592 Tape Support :

Emulated 3590/3592 tape is now supported

Performance:

Performance improvements

Security for the z/OS V2.1 ADCD:

The z/OS Version 2.1 Application Developers Controlled Distribution (ADCD) is encrypted. zPDT Version 1.5 provides decryption code for installing the encrypted z/OS ADCD.


What was new for zPDT Version 1.4 - available December 14, 2012


System zEC12 Support - The relevant instruction set for the System zEC12 processor is included. This is a significant new enhancement to the release.

  • Transactional Execution Facility for elimination of software locking overhead increasing parallelism
  • New compilers performance enhancements similar to what is achievable on zEC12
  • 2 GB page frames for performance improvements
  • Miscellaneous Instruction Extension Facility for Java code checking, and memory fetching efficiency

LINUX Support

  • The supported levels of Linux must be at least the 64-bit version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.0 or greater, the 64-bit version of openSUSE 11.0 or greater, or the 64-bit version of SLES 11 SP2 or greater.
  • Earlier versions of RHEL or openSUSE are not supported.

Security - The cryptographic adapter functions provided by zPDT are now at the Crypto Express 4S level.

  • Emulated Crypto Express 4S support with stronger key wrapping, DUKPT for MAC encryption keys, support for EMV and other standards

Performance - Performance enhancements are included such as cache improvements and benefits for the coupling facility and DB2

  • Enhanced time improvements when dynamically altering the entry/element ration or the size of the cache structure
  • DB2 conditional write to a group pool buffer (GPB)
  • Performance throughput enhancements for parallel cache castout processing
  • CF storage class and cast out contention avoidance

Coupling facility

  • Coupling Facility Level 18 code is included


What was new for zPDT Version 1.3 - available March, 2012

  • System z 196 Support - System z 196 processor is included.
  • LINUX Support - RHEL 6.0, 6.1, and openSUSE 11.3 libraries.
  • Security - The cryptographic adapter functions at the Crypto Express 3 level.
  • Performance - enhancements for z/OS WebSphere Application Server.
  • Coupling facility - new CFCC D93G R17 SL4.8 level is supported
  • DASD - Emulated DASD may be shared between instances of zPDT on the same PC.


*What was new for zPDT Version 1.2 - available December 2010

  • z/VM Data migration utility - This utility allows easy migration of 3380, 3390, and FBA volumes to the zPDT-based system, helping you to clone a ‘big z/VM system’ to the zPDT-based system.
  • zPDT Coupling Facility - provides support for a virtual Coupling Facility. ISVs can now use their zPDT systems to write applications and tools that take advantage of parallel sysplex. This capability is for virtual coupling only, used as z/OS guests under z/VM. The zPDT does not support physical coupling links and you cannot cluster multiple zPDT systems together. Additional information about the zPDT coupling facility is provided in the zPDT redbook

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