2020 Linux on IBM Z and LinuxONE Client Workshop, November 9-14

Get the latest news about the Linux exploitation and advantages of the IBM Z and LinuxONE platform in this technical 5 day workshop. Focusing also on new solutions and capabilities, such as Hybrid Cloud, Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, Security, Performance, Networking and Virtualization presented by our development experts. We will start with introduction sessions on the first day, continue with 3 days of technical deep dive topics, and resume with the latest client experiences, and a panel discussion on the last day. You will also get a chance to interact directly with IBM developers and solution experts during the workshop.

Agenda highlights:

  • Introduction day
    • Linux on IBM Z and LinuxONE introduction and client stories
    • Virtualization options with Linux on IBM Z and LinuxONERed Hat OpenShift Container Platform in the Hybrid Cloud Strategy for IBM Z & LinuxONE
    • Cloud Paks for IBM Z overview
  • Deep dive sessions
    • What's new Linux on IBM Z and LinuxONE
    • z/VM Platform update
    • IBM Secure Execution for Linux - Introduction and Overview
    • Hyper Protect Virtual Server onPrem - Differences to Cloud
    • Red Hat OpenShift on IBM Z - Performance Experiences, Hints and Tips & Networking
    • Securing the Workloads on Red Hat OpenShift on IBM Z
    • IBM z15 Hardware Compression
    • Preparing for Multifactor Authentication for z/VM
    • Best Practices of Installing Red Hat OpenShift on IBM Z
    • Competitive application performance on Red Hat OpenShift
    • Cloud Paks for Data on IBM Z and LinuxONE
    • KVM Network Performance - Best Practices and Tuning Recommendations
  • Experiences and open discussion
    • Client experiences and lessons learned
    • Panel discussion for all

Date: November 9 - 13, 2020
Time schedule: 8:30 AM- 12:00 PM EDT / 2:30 - 6:00 PM CEST daily

Registration is open here till November 5.

New Release: Ubuntu 20.10

Ubuntu 20.10 is out! See the release notes here. Highlights from an IBM Z perspective include:

  • NVMe IPL support
  • SMC-R link failover aka link group support
  • Hardware compression and de-compression support, enabled by default for gzip up to compression level 6

For a more elaborate list of IBM Z-specific features, look here.

New Release: s390-tools v2.15

s390-tools v2.15 is out. This release is in support of Linux kernel 5.9.

The most notable change is the addition of a new tool called lsstp to display information about the current Server Time Protocol (STP) configuration, like co‐ordinated time network (CTN) ID, timing state and leap seconds.

Here is some sample output:

  STP online:            yes
  CTN ID:                STPM46
  CTN type:              STP-only
  Stratum:               2
  Timing mode:           STP
  Timing state:          Synchronized
  DST offset:             60
  Timezone offset:        60
  Time offset:            120
  Active leap seconds:   27
  Scheduled leap second:
insertion at Thu, Dec 31 23:59:59 2020 UTC

Note: STP leap seconds scheduling support as indicated in the bottom line is a forthcoming feature of a future Linux kernel release, tentatively 5.10.

For further details, see the changelog.

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