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January 29, 2015 Meeting

Meeting Agenda:

9:00 AM z/VM CPU Pooling or How to Make Your Linux on System z More Software Cost Effective
z/VM CPU Pools were introduced in z/VM 6.3 via an SPE that became available in June, 2014. Then in August, support was released for the IBM License Metric Tool to recognize CPU Pools as containers that can be used to provide software sub-capacity pricing boundaries. This presentation will describe both of these technologies and explore potential customer use cases and the benefits they can provide.
The speaker will be Romney White, Senior Technical Staff Member, System z Architecture and Technology.
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10:15 AM Coffee Break
10:30 AM System z in a Mobile World  Very Useful for Linux on z System Programmers
As enterprises work to gain control of the challenging mobile environment, System z has a role to play in deploying and managing mobile devices and applications. IBM announced the IBM Mobile Foundation in 2012, following with IBM MobileFirst in 2013. This session will provide an overview of these topics plus information about the latest releases and their capabilities. The objective is to make the System z Linux system programmer literate in the components of IBM Mobile Foundation and MobileFirst, and in particular aware of the runtime capabilities of the IBM Worklight product. In addition, an overview of related mobile capabilities of System z, including CICS, Message Broker and MQ, will be presented.
The speaker will be Romney White, Senior Technical Staff Member, System z Architecture and Technology.
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11:45 PM Lunch Break
12:45 PM Administration and Vendor Announcements
1:00 PM Linux on Z Update
The session will present a brief update of recent developments in the Linux under z/VM area.
The speaker will be Len Santalucia, CTO Vicom Infinity, Inc.
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1:30 PM z/VM Support for IBM z13: Multithreading and CPU Scalability and the Implications for Linux Guests
IBM's recent announcement of the IBM z13 included information about the associated z/VM support. A new key z13 technology is Simultaneous MultiThreading (SMT). This session will describe SMT, explain how z/VM will exploit it, and outline some additional z/VM enhancements that will enable increased processor scalability.
The speaker will be Romney White, Senior Technical Staff Member, System z Architecture and Technology.
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2:45 PM Coffee Break and Prize Drawing
3:30 PM Enterprise Cloud System  Building A Private Linux on z Cloud
Learn about IBM's pre-integrated, pre-tested cloud solution designed to enable enterprise clients build a private Linux cloud and MSP's build a public both in weeks not months. This session will cover 'why' you should build a cloud on Linux on z Systems and then describe how IBM has codified expertise into the session to explain 'how' you build a cloud on z Systems.
The speaker will be Steven Dickens, IBM Cloud Offering Manager.
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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 once again be held at the Aon Hewitt site at 4 Overlook Point on the west side of Lincolnshire. Please note that our attendees are required to enter through the Building A entrance.

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We are fortunate to have refreshments and lunch sponsored by Vicom Infinity once again this quarter. We would like to request a count of expected attendees by the Monday before the meeting to assist in planning appropriately. If you are planning to attend, PLEASE send an E-Mail by that date to dmoyer@lakecountyil.gov with a subject line of "Meeting Attendance". (Note - The SEND TO email address is not an actual link. Please cut and paste the address. Thanks, Dave.)

This request is meant to be a planning aid and should not be interpreted as either a registration or attendance requirement. Attendance is always encouraged and appreciated regardless.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter.