(Update of Volume 9, Issue 5)
OpenMPE gains two new directors
New voices will join the OpenMPE board of directors this
month, after a three-week-long election added Chuck Ciesinski and
gave Mathew Perdue a chance to serve the future of MPE/iX. All
winners will serve two-year terms.
Ciesinski, a two-time candidate for the Interex user group
board of directors, led the field of first-time OpenMPE candidates in
the voting. The groups incumbent directors who were running for
another term -- Paul Edwards, Birket Foster and Alan Tibbetts -- all
won new terms.
Foster, the groups chairman, will begin his second full
two-year term. No other founding director of OpenMPE - the group
started operations in 2002, and Foster has served since the first
meeting - has returned for another term of volunteer service. Edwards
and Tibbetts each ran for full terms this year, after stepping in
during 2004 to fill resigned board posts.
A 2005 board resignation, from former treasurer Ron Horner,
left the group with another directors slot to fill by
appointment. Perdue, who operates an HP 3000 support and consulting
business and launched a new ISP management app for MPE, won the
appointment to the board.
OpenMPE directors serve as unpaid volunteers and serve as an
advocacy group and sounding board to HPs virtual HP 3000
managers. The OpenMPE-HP talks take place under an informal
Confidential Disclosure Agreement to encourage HP to discuss its
plans candidly. At some time after June 30 this year, HP intends to
announce its plans about licensing MPE/iX for development outside of
HPs labs. Last year OpenMPE mounted a campaign to raise funds
for a virtual lab to take over the HP work, but failed to
gain financial commitments from 100 HP 3000 customers.
Directors for the group are now Donna Garverick, John Wolff,
Stephen Suraci, and John Burke, along with Edwards, Foster,
Ciesinski, Tibbetts and Perdue. The election of the board was limited
to OpenMPEs members, who can join for free. More than 125 were
eligible to vote. This years election drew twice as many
candidates as board openings. The 3000 NewsWires Ron
Seybold served as independent election overseer.
HP wants input on CI enhancements
Time is short to tell HP about how well it has designed
spooler information improvements to the HP 3000s Command
Interpreter. The new volinfo and spoolinfo functions for the CI have
been among the fastest improvements to emerge from HPs
development labs. Jeff Vance, the HP engineer whos been the
guru of the CI for many years, notified customers through the HP 3000
newsgroup and mailing list about the chance to comment on CI
The customer and developer comments will need to arrive
before the end of this week to have any impact at HP, Vance said.
At some point, probably in a month or so, the specs will need
to be frozen, he said. Customers can post their comments to the
3000 newsgroup, or e-mail Vance directly at email@example.com. Vance posted a
message that shows what spoolinfos HELP text might look like.
Customers with a greater interest can get a spreadsheet from Vance
which has a bit more detail and maps the spoolinfo items to their
corresponding AIFSPFGET items.
Full text of the help text messages with proper formatting is
available from HPs Jazz Web server:
For volinfo: http://jazz.external.hp.com/private/volinfoHelp.txt
For spoolinfo: http://jazz.external.hp.com/private/spoolinfoHelp.txt
These CI improvements ranked as numbers 11 and 15 in the 2004
balloting for HP 3000 system improvements. Network printing upgrades
were the top vote getter in the 2004 survey of 3000 customers.
IBM shows HP an example of IP sharing
HPs latest SIB responses for the 3000 -- the list of
items it agreed to work on for customers -- includes source trees and
build scripts for open source parts of MPE/iX like Samba. But
HPs intellectual property inside MPE/iX remains in limbo until
the company decides on future licenses. In the meantime, IBM is
showing the way on unlocking intellectual property. The company has
released more than 500 patents in a commons, a means to permit open
source developers to use IBMs patents in open source
We will increasingly use patents to encourage and
protect global innovation and interoperability through open
standards, and we urge others to do so as well, said Dr. John
E. Kelly, IBMs senior VP of Technology and Intellectual
IBM pledged patented technologies to open source
that cover a wide range of technologies, from databases to
networking, software development and interfacing. This patented
technology can be used for open source software, which IBM defined as
any computer software program whose source code is published
and available for inspection and use by anyone, and is made available
under a license agreement that permits recipients to copy, modify and
distribute the programs source code without payment of fees or
royalties. For a full list of the IBM patents it placed in a
the PDF file.
HP has leaned toward negotiating royalties rather than filing
lawsuits over patents during the past year. The HP 3000s
operating system code will likely need an exception that leans even
further toward a commons approach -- or it may fall outside the
budgets of a 3000 development community scrapping for resources this
Fiorina gets cut from World Bank
After losing her HP job last month, former CEO Carly
Fiorina got some consideration for the top job at the World Bank, but
lost out on a nomination for the job. The banks prospective
candidate list grew as wide as rock singer Bono, who has a history of
fundraising for underdeveloped nations. President George Bush
nominated US Defense Deputy Secretary Paul Wolfowitz for the job over
Fiorina. Rumors about Fiorinas future in politics preceded her
dismissal last month as HPs CEO and chairman.
HPs current chairman, Patricia Dunn, told HP
shareholders at the companys annual meeting last week the
search for a replacement CEO is well under way, that were
pleased with our progress and that we are where we expected and
wanted to be at this juncture, according to an Associated Press
report. Analysts have been predicting a lengthy search for an
executive who must lead a $90 billion company with a game plan
drafted by a predecessor.
Interex, HP head into expo
As Interex was scheduled to roll out the session details this
week for this summers HP World conference and expo, the user
group could see its largest sponsor of the show ramp up booth sales
for the HP Technology Forum. HPs conference will debut one
month after HP World, including an expo hall where a few HP
3000-related sponsors have already booked space.
Interex officials continue to report that HP is supporting HP
World with speakers and sponsorship money, although the latter
resource has been pared back from prior years. Association conference
and expo producer SmithBucklin is handling the expo for the new HP
show, including an interactive show floor map on the Web to help
vendors choose booth space. Interex has had its own interactive
Web-based show floor map for several years.
The Compaq and Digital-based Encompass user group is taking
the lead in session planning for the HP conference. Speaker proposals
for the HP Forum were due March 21. A Frequently-Asked Questions file
on the new HP conference is at http://www.hptechnologyforum.com/faqs.jsp.
(You can find the exhibitor map on the left-hand navigation panel; it
loads a Java app.)
The latest data on the HP World conference, including a
keynote by HP executive VP Ann Livermore -- who some say is a
candidate for HPs next CEO -- can be found on the Interex Web site.
Making note of TRACERTs
HP 3000 users have their own version of the helpful
networking trace tool TRACERT, software which is a staple on any open
system. But using TRACERT on an MPE/iX system will deliver trace
information more slowly than a TRACERT from, say, Windows servers.
The reason is that HP coded TRACERT according to the standard for the
3000, according to HP support engineer James Hofmeister.
The issue came up when a customer tried to use TRACERTs
response time as a way to benchmark performance through their HP
3000s firewall. Bad idea, said Hofmeister:
The TRACERT on the 3000 is slow, he said in an
Internet message. The implementation is more
standard than is typically used with the TRACERT
implementations on PCs.
Do not use the performance of TRACERT as an indicator
of performance through your firewall. Ping would be a more accurate
Hofmeister offered more details on what makes those 3000
traces look slower:
Another IMAGE bug can cause
While HP continues to work on a fix for a LargeFile dataset
bug in TurboIMAGE - a story we have on our March issues front
page -- theres been another corruption bug waiting for HP 3000
customers running under MPE/iX 6.0. Adager has developed a workaround
for this bug, and CEO Rene Woc reports that a couple of customers a
week run into the problem:
Theres a known data corruption problem on 6.0
when ALTERCHKPTSTAT is not enabled on all your disc volume sets. This
data corruption will cause broken chains, as well as data loss, on
your IMAGE databases.
In the MPE/iX 6.0 Communicator on page 216 there is an
article on Transaction Manager. On page 219 within the article there
is a section entitled Checkpoint Improvement which describes 2 new
commands in Volutil for showing and setting this new feature.
By default this option is DISABLED when you install 6.0.
The two commands are:
alterchkptstat <volset-name> ENABLE|DISABLE
You should make sure ALTERCHKPTSTAT is ENABLED on all your
disc volume sets (system volume as well as any user volumes).
A key paragraph on page 220 then states:
Since this solution remembers the dirty page ranges in
a data structure associated with each open file, it cant affect
files that were open before giving this request (ENABLE). However, it
will come into effect for the files that were open (for the first
time) after giving the request. So the best way to enable or disable
the Checkpoint Improvement is to reboot the machine after giving the
command. The following URL has a write-up on this topic:
The check point improvement code operates by keeping a
bit map of the portions of a file that changed so only those portions
need to be posted by transaction management. (thats the very
simple explanation :)
This option doesnt exist in 6.5. The bit map
method does not scale well with > 4GB files, so it was