Feb 28 2008

IBM Power System (POWER6 processor based) server platform support announcement on AIX V5L version 5.3

Dassault Systèmes and IBM announce the support of the IBM Power System (POWER6 processor based) server platform using AIX V5L version 5.3.

Dassault Systèmes and IBM announce the support of the IBM Power System (POWER6 processor based) server platform using AIX V5L version 5.3.

This support is effective immediately for the following list of products:

  • ENOVIA V5 LCA Server products with V5R17 SP2 as minimum supported level
  • ENOVIA 3d Com Classic Server with V5R17 SP2 as minimum supported level
  • ENOVIA 3d Com Modular Server products with V5R17 SP2 as minimum supported level
  • ENOVIA V5 LCA Nav Server products with V5R17 SP2 as minimum supported level
  • ENOVIA VPM V4 products with VPM 1.6 as minimum supported level (added on June 20th, 2008)

IBM Power System (POWER6 processor based) Server support requires the following minimum software levels:

AIX 5.3 Technology Level 06 Service Pack 1 using 64-bit kernel with following components:

  • XL C/C++ Enterprise Edition V8.0.0 Run-time Environment

    - April 2007 IBM C++ Runtime Environment Component for AIX

  • XL Fortran Enterprise Edition V10.1.0 for AIX Run-Time

    - August 2006 XL Fortran for AIX V10.1 Runtime PTF

  • Java 1.5.0 32 bit SR4

    - JAVA 1.5.0 IBM AIX build pap32dev-20070201
    Fileset: Java5.sdk 5.0.0.100

  • Database supported levels:

    - DB2 V8.1.1 FP9 or DB2 V8.2.2

    - Oracle 9.2.0.3 (note : this level is not supported for VPM 1.6 with AIX 5.3 TL6) or Oracle 10.2.0.3 with <tt>Patch 6154596</tt>

    - Note that Database levels to install may depend of the V5 Release targeted. Refer to the Program Directory of targeted V5 Product level.

  • Websphere Application server at level 6.0.2 (When required)

Hardware used
Certification of the IBM Power System (POWER6 processor based) Server has been run using the above Software prerequisites installed on the following hardware configuration:

Model

  • System Model: IBM,9117-MMA
  • Machine Serial Number: 10D0B9E
  • Caracteristics:

    - Processor Type: PowerPC_POWER6

    - Number Of Processors: 4

    - Processor Clock Speed: 4704 MHz

    - CPU Type: 64-bit

    - Kernel Type: 64-bit

    - RAM: 16 GB

  • Firmware Version: IBM,EM310_048

Architecture
For certification purpose, 3 partitions were used

  • A Virtual I/O Server (VIOS) at level 1.4.1.0 for sharing physical resources between LPARs including virtual SCSI and virtual networking (Resources assigned: 0.25 shared processor uncapped)
  • 2 Dynamic Logical PARtition (DLPAR) using disks resources shared by the VIOS for rootvg, using micro partitioning.

    - 2 dedicated processors

    - 1.5 shared processors uncapped

This architecture was used for certification purpose and is not mandatory.

Required Customization
IBM Power System server does not support 3D Graphic adapters, thus an X Server using the Virtual Frame Buffer technology (XVFB) has to be configured.

The XVFB technology requires installation of the following filesets:

  • OpenGL.OpenGL_X.dev.vfb : OpenGL Virtual Frame Buffer
  • X11.vfb : Virtual Frame Buffer Software

Those filesets could be found on the AIX V5L 5.3 installation CDs.

  • And PTF for the APAR IZ06649: Failure in XtDestroyApplicationContext using XVFB

APARS can be found at: http://www.ibm.com/eserver/support/fixes/. To start the X Server with the XVFB and proper extensions :
export LDR_CNTRL=MAXDATA=0x50000000; /usr/bin/X11/X -force -vfb -x abx -x dbe -x GLX :0 >/dev/null

To restart the X Server automatically at the next reboot, add an entry to the /etc/inittab file :

mkitab "xvfb:2:respawn:export LDR_CNTRL=MAXDATA=0x50000000; /usr/bin/X11/X -force -vfb -x abx -x dbe -x GLX :0 >/dev/null"

Installation and configuration of the XVFB requires root authority.

Remarks
To have more information on the Virtual Frame Buffer Technology, please contact your IBM sales representative.

To have more information on the Virtual Frame Buffer Technology and the V5 Products, please refer to:

  • LCA Documentation: - Enterprise Architecture Installation Guide / Using the Virtual Frame Buffer Technology (AIX only)
  • 3d Com Documentation:

    - Administration Guide / Using the Virtual Frame Buffer Technology

    - Installation Guide / Using the Virtual Frame Buffer Technology (AIX only)