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Measuring CA Datacom® Symmetrical Multiprocessing and the IBM z Integrated Information Processor (zIIP) By Kevin Shuma – November 2020 In earlier posts (Introduction to CA Datacom® and the IBM z Integrated Information Processor (zIIP) and Understanding CA Datacom® Symmetrical Multiprocessing and the IBM z Integrated Information Processor (zIIP)), we discussed the delivery of the IBM zIIP processor and its exploitation in the CA Datacom Multi-User facility (MUF) using Symmetric Multiprocessing. In this post, we discuss various ways that you can collect statistics on zIIP use in the MUF. There are two basic ways to measure zIIP usage within the ...
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What is Solutions Assessments – Db2 for z/OS Report? Mainframe shops (database administrators, application developers, system programmers, storage administrators, and management) often struggle to understand the value of their investment in IBM® Db2 for z/OS and related applications. Db2 for z/OS evolves quickly, leveraging continuous delivery, and it is critical to any business to stay current on new features and functions. To address these concerns, CA MRI has a fast and easy to implement solution for you: the Solutions Assessment – Db2 for z/OS Report. What information does it provide? As the latest addition to the CA MRI catalog, Solutions Assessments ...
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By Kevin Shuma – October 27, 2020 In an earlier post, Introduction to CA Datacom® and the IBM z Integrated Information Processor (zIIP), we discussed the delivery of the IBM zIIP processor and its exploitation in the CA Datacom environment. In that post, we covered zIIP exploitation and its implementation through the use of the Symmetrical Multiprocessing (SMP) capabilities available in the CA Datacom Multi-User facility (MUF). In this post, we discuss in detail the use of SMP capabilities including the use of WLM SRB tasks to offload eligible database workload to zIIP processors. In the mid-1990s, CMOS technologies changed the mainframe forever by ...
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By Kevin Shuma – October 1, 2020   Over the last few months, we received several inquiries asking for updated information about the utilization of zIIP processors within the CA Datacom® environment. This post provides a brief history of zIIP processing in CA Datacom and updated information for the current CA Datacom Version 15.1 delivery. IBM introduced the zIIP (system Z Integrated Information Processor) in 2006. IBM hardware purchase costs for the zIIP processors are significantly lower than the corresponding charges for GP (General Purpose) processors. More importantly to the customer, zIIP processors are not included in the billable processing power, ...
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Featuring:   @Philip Gineo ,  senior systems engineer and president of the Endevor Users of New England In this episode of RE:Frame we hear about what’s new in the world of Mainframe DevOps, and how Phil is not only maintaining his own environments but also helping others in the mainframe community to navigate the latest development technologies and techniques. What is Mainframe DevOps, and how does Endevor support it? How is the community coming together to support it? What kind of person puts their hand up to be a user group president? How different is this new generation of mainframe developers, and what can we learn from them? ...
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Featuring: Dave Helsley: Distinguished Software Engineer at Broadcom In this episode of RE:Frame we hear about how Machine Learning is changing the way we manage mainframes, including: What is zCX and how exciting is it? https://www.ibm.com/support/z-content-solutions/container-extensions/ What is ‘machine exhaust’? What can we learn from harvesting SMF data? What is ‘machine learning’ and what is today’s reality (vs. fiction)? How does it happen in a mainframe environment? Where are we at in this journey - are we ready for it? What kind of skills are needed to make it happen? https://patents.google.com/?inventor=David+Helsley ...
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Show Notes for Episode 1: The People Factor Featuring: George DeCandio, Mainframe CTO and Distinguished Engineer, Broadcom. And on this episode of RE:Frame we talk about people – the kind of people we’re seeing choosing a career in the mainframe, and what they’re doing. Who is being brought into Broadcom’s ASE program? Meet Michelle - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uSG3oi4Dz0   What does it take to become a Distinguished Engineer, and what career options does it provide? How are new development environments and innovations changing the ways we work on the mainframe? What role does open source software and tools ...
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By attending one of our product roadmap webcasts, you can get a clear view of what’s coming down the road for the CA product(s) you use every day, including details on upcoming product functionality, features, and architectural enhancements. Our 2020 schedule has now been released. You can view it here:  https://learn.broadcom.com/broadcom-mainframe-product-roadmap-series I will also be adding the second half of the year sessions in each of the appropriate product communities in the coming weeks.   NOTE: Roadmap session registrations are open to customers only. If you do not receive a registration confirmation email within 24 hours, please check your ...
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Show Notes for Episode 0: The Podcast We Do Without Doing A Podcast In this special pre-release episode, we discuss what RE:Frame is all about, why we need it, and what we’re going to do with the podcast, including: What it means to talk about the now and the next of the mainframe A little about co-hosts  Lenn and Dave A little more about who we’re hoping to talk to And some of the topics we plan to cover. Be sure to subscribe and review via your podcaster of choice, and follow  @REFramePodcast on Twitter to contribute to the discussion. Listen to RE:Frame Episode 0
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Are you looking for education about your CA Mainframe Software products?  You can always find our Mainframe Education Course Catalog here.
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Did you miss the latest product roadmap session for the CA Mainframe Software products you are interested in? Or do you want to watch part or all of them again? The links to all of the most recent replays are now available here. Note: Because our product roadmap webcasts are only available to customers, the above link requires a valid support lo
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CA InterTest™ Support for IBM® Enterprise COBOL for z/OS® and Optimized Code Debugging Blog_Debugging_with_Optimized_Code.pdf Rose Sa
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If you missed our educational session on May 20, 2019 that focused on CA IDMS Buffer Tuning presented by Dick Weiland, CA IDMS Principal Software Engineer, the replay is now available. This video offers an overview of database and journal buffers and how they work, as well as how to tune your buffers for optimal performance. Dick will also address zIIP implications as part of the session. #idms #buffertuning
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Since the recent support portal migration some useful links have temporarily disappeared from he CA Gen product Home page Here is a list which you may find useful: CA Gen Product Home Page:  https://casupport.broadcom.com/product-information-details.html?pname=CA%20Gen CA Gen Solutions & Patches Indexes:  https://techdocs.broadcom.com/us/product-content/recommended-reading/technical-document-index/ca-gen-solutions-patches-indexes.html CA Gen Release and Support Lifecycle Dates:  https://techdocs.broadcom.com/us/product-content/status/support-life-cycle/indexes/ca-gen-release-and-support-lifecycle-dates.html?r=2 CA Gen Product Release and Support Announcements:  ...
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Hello and welcome to the new CA Gen EDGE Community site ! Here is the May list of New & Updated CA Gen Knowledge Base Articles (May 1 – June 3). NOTES: After the recent support site migration to a new platform the KB articles now have a new url prefix: https://ca-broadcom.wolkenservicedesk.com/external/article?articleId=ARTICLE_ID For existing KBs the old url syntax https://comm.support.ca.com/kb/ ... is still valid and will redirect to the new url. The new url syntax can also be used on an existing ARTICLE_ID e.g. for article id 48510 both these urls are valid: https://comm.support.ca.com/kb/ca-gen-r85-linux-implementation-toolset-install-error-binary-file-cannot-be-executed/kb000048510 ...
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Learn how to efficiently execute migrations, accommodate database alterations and automate repetitive tasks when using the Broadcom/CA RC/Merger feature.  The attached brief explains the  advantages of using the RC/Merger feature move analysis processing to migrate Db2 data and perform a data only copy. John Connor Product Manager CA Database Management for Db2 for z/
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CA Database Management Solutions 20.0 for z/OS Incremental Release update DBM 20 GA IR 8 was made available March 29, 2019. PTF # SO07807 . With this announcement, note that DBM 20 GA IR 8 will be the last incremental update (bundled group of features and fixes) for Version 20.0 of the CA Database Management Solutions for DB2 for z/OS. We will no longer bundle fixes and enhancements in increments. Instead, we will now provide new features as individual product PTFs, separate from product fixes. Fixes will now be delivered when needed, separate from product features. Here is a list of some of the enhancements included in this update: Post-install ...
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Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) support is now available for the CA Endevor SCM V18 web services component. Support for MFA is delivered with PTFs SO07729 & SO07730; the CA Endevor SCM v18 product documentation has been updated to provide information about how to activate MFA. https://docops.ca.com/ca-endevor-SCM/18-0/en/securing/multi-factor-authentication-mfa The Endevor Eclipse plugin has been updated to exploit the MFA enhancement. (The plugin is backward-compatible/ operational if the REST API MFA enhancement PTF has not yet been applied.) You can download and update the Eclipse UI from the public update site: http://plugins.ca.com/endevor-plugin/ ...
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Are you new to the community? If so, welcome -- I'm glad you found us! My name is LennThompson and I am the Community Manager supporting this community. Please feel free to reach out to me any time if you have questions or need help with anything here. To help you get started and get the most out of your time here on the community, we've put together this "Getting Started" guide. Be sure to Update Your Profile After logging in to the community site, you’ll see a global drop down with a silhouette icon to the left of the search bar (if you already have a picture uploaded, you’ll see your picture instead). Open the drop-down menu and ...
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All,   As discussed previously, we have spent quit a bit of time working through those ideas marked "under-review". This has taken quite a bit longer than we had initially planned, but we have arrived at a disposition for all but two of the ideas (which are still being researched).   Technical feasibility, resources, and scheduling have been taken into consideration, in addition to the merit and popularity of the idea itself. In many cases, we may therefore decline ideas that are valid but unlikely to occur logistically. We have also had to "wish-list" ideas that we simply could not fit into the schedule at this time. These will be revisited when ...
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