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April 17, 2008 Meeting

Final Meeting Agenda:

9:00 AM The IBM System z10 Hardware Innovation Overview
This presentation will provide an overview of IBM's exciting new System z10 Server. It will include detailed information on the new processor, the enhanced memory and the I/O capabilities, and all the new features and functions associated with the new z10 server including the new 'just in time' capacity provisioning capabilities.
The speaker will be Robert Neidig of the IBM Corporation.
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10:30 AM Coffee Break
11:00 AM TCP/IP for z/VM Update
z/VM V5.3 includes TCP/IP Function Level 530, a new level of the TCP/IP Feature that delivers significant new functions. This session gives an overview of these enhancements, as well as describing the VM TCP/IP product and the changes to it that were introduced in Function Level 520 with z/VM V5.2.
The speaker will be Tracy Adams of the IBM Corporation.
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12:30 PM Lunch Break
1:30 PM Administration and Vendor Announcements
1:45 PM Linux on z Update
The speaker will present a brief update of recent developments in the Linux under z/VM area.
The speaker will be Khaylen Kingsley of the IBM Corporation.
2:00 PM Link Aggregation with the z/VM Virtual Switch
Link Aggregation is a new feature of z/VM V5.3. Are you already using a z/VM Virtual Switch to manage your network connections? Do you want to find out how to get more out of z/VM Virtual Switch technology?

Come to this session to learn how to make your backup OSA cards work for you by increasing your throughput and creating near seamless failover for your virtual network.

The speaker will be Tracy Adams of the IBM Corporation.
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3:15 PM Coffee Break and Prize Drawing
3:30 PM OpenKicks: The CICS(R) API on Linux
This is the first peek at the soon to be released CICS(R) emulation environment for Linux(R), UNIX(R), and Windows(R). Built to be friendly to mainframe programmers and UNIX(R) system administrators, OpenKicks takes a fresh look at emulating CICS(R) on UNIX(R). Four concepts set OpenKicks apart from other emulation environments:
  • Available source code to allow on-site customization/extension.
  • Built on a database for trusted data integrity.
  • Good third party vendor support to avoid compiler and database 'lock-in.'
  • Backward compatible to allow painless porting back to the mainframe.
OpenKicks is a product of Replatform Technologies, LLC and not affiliated with IBM(R).

IMPORTANT NOTE: This presentation has several demos which do not convert well to slides. If you are unable to attend the presentation, please contact me to arrange another time.

The speaker will be Michael Potter of Replatform Technologies.
4:45 PM Free-for-All
Members will attempt to answer any reasonable VM or hardware related questions. If you are having a problem and want to find out if others are experiencing it, or you are installing new hardware or software and want to find out what types of problems others have experienced, here is the place to find out.
Members are encouraged to bring ideas for future presentations and speakers to this meeting.

Meeting Location:


This quarter's meeting will be held at the Hewitt Associates 'West Campus' in Lincolnshire, located at 4 Overlook Point, Building B, 2nd floor, Room M1.

Do NOT park on the South side (visitor entrance). Instead: park and enter on the East side of the 4 Overlook Point building. Check in with the security guard when entering.

If you have not attended a meeting at this location before, or you are not familiar with the area, Click here for additional information on directions, maps, lodging and dining.


We would like to request a count of expected attendees by the Monday before the meeting, so that we may plan appropriately for arranging the facilities, and for refreshments and lunch, should one of the vendors wish to provide them. If you are planning to attend, PLEASE send an E-Mail by that date to CAVMEN@comcast.net with a subject line of "Meeting Attendance".

This is meant to be a facilities planning aid and should not be interpreted as a registration requirement. If you suddenly become available at the last minute, please feel free to attend even if you have not responded.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter.

Cell Phone Policy:

All electronic devices (cell phones, Blackberry's, etc.) if switched on must be kept in silent mode during the meeting. If you need to make or receive a call, you must quietly leave the meeting room to do so. There is a large quiet area outside of the meeting room that is ideal for this.

Any intentional or repeat violations of this policy will result in that individual being escorted from the premises and potentially excluded from future meetings.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter.