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TITAN (z/OS) SYSTEM

z/OS System Hardware

    The z/OS mainframe facility is an integrated multiprocessor complex, interconnected by shared disk storage. There is a single IBM z114 Business Class (BC) model 2818-I03 system, with 3 logical processors. The system has 48 gigabytes (GB) of memory and a complement of several hundred peripheral devices.

    The peripheral devices include:
    Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) disk array subsystem
    Oracle SL8500 Automated Tape Library – Offsite Facility
    Oracle SL8500 Automated Tape Library – NIH Data Center
    STK VSM Virtual Storage Manager (virtual tapes)
    STK 9840 ultra high performance magnetic tape drives
    Brocade 7500 high-speed channel extenders – Offsite Facility
    Brocade 7500 high-speed channel extenders – NIH Data Center
    Ricoh 1107EX cut-sheet laser printer
    4245 impact printer
    OSA Express3 network interface cards
    Crypto Express3 cryptographic co-processor cards

    Peripherals are available to all processors, providing non-idle redundancy and minimal disruption of service in the event of any subsystem or component failure.

     

    IBM z114 BC model 2818-I03
     Serial Numbers
         CPU            Serial 
               00          0210C62818
               01          0210C62818
               02          0210C62818

     

     

     z/OS System Software

     z/OS Operating System

    The IBM z/OS Operating System uses job control language as the user interface
     and the Job Entry Subsystem Version 2 (JES2).

    SILK Web Facilities

    http://titan.nih.gov
    Customized, public, and secure  servers are available for general use. SILK provides online tools that include: directory and account information, management functions, RACF processing, data set listing, batch job submission, secure file transfer, and executing TSO commands.

    Interactive Systems

    CICS, ISPF, and TSO

    Databases

    Model 204, DB2, and IMS

    Language Processors

    COBOL, VS FORTRAN, PL/I for MVS, REXX, High Level Assembler, and C/C++

    Graphics Systems

    SAS/GRAPH

    Statistical Systems (limited support)

    SAS and BMDP

    Other

    File management system - VISION:Builder; BookManager online documentation system; Connect:Direct for advanced file exchange; VPS printing service; Interactive Output Facility (IOF) for controlling and examining batch jobs

    Connectivity Products for Access to Titan

    Full connectivity client software for tn3270 and ftp connections, including secure connections. Supported software includes QWS3270 Secure, web-based secure file transfer, WS_FTP Pro, and SSH. 

    zLINUX SYSTEM

    Note: Currently, the zLinux Hosting Service is not accepting new customers.

    zLinux Hardware

    The zLinux Virtual Server runs on a single IBM z114 Business Class (BC) model 2818-I03 system, with 3 general purpose processors and 1 Integrated Facility for Linux (IFL) processor. The system has 48 gigabytes (GB) of memory and a complement of several hundred peripheral devices.The peripheral devices include:

    Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) disk array subsystem
    STK 9840 ultra high performance magnetic tape drives
    Brocade 7500 high-speed channel extenders - off-site facility
    Brocade 7500 high-speed channel extenders - NIH Data Center
    Ricoh 1107EX cut-sheet laser printer
    OSA-Express3 network interface cards
    Crypto Express3 cryptographic co-processor cards

    Peripherals are available to all processors, providing non-idle redundancy and minimal disruption of service in the event of any subsystem or component failure.

     

    IBM z114 BC model 2818-I03
     Serial Numbers
         CPU            Serial 
               00          0210C62818
               01          0210C62818
               02          0210C62818

     


    zLinux System Software

    zLinux Operating System
      The IBM zLinux Operating System under the z/VM hypervisor, uses Red Hat Enterprise Linux to run multiple virtual Linux servers

    Applications that can run in this open source  environment

      LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP/PERL)-based applications -- an interlocking set of technologies on which developers can build and deploy web-based applications, powering:

      • Blogs--shared online journals using WordPress
      • Content management systems (e.g., Joomla, Drupal, WordPress)
      • Wikis--collaborative websites where authorized users can add or modify content using a browser
      • An Apache-based front end to an MS SQL server database
      • A wide variety of other software

    UNIX HOSTING SERVICES

    The Unix environment is appropriate for any Unix-based application and has specific capabilities for applications that use Oracle databases.


    Unix System Hardware

    Servers

    Oracle Servers

    Oracle Servers are appropriate for any application that needs more CPU or memory than a virtual server.  General uses include web servers, application/mid-tier-servers, and databases, which can be managed by the customer or CIT.

    The entry standard offering is the SPARC-T-Series Oracle servers with 64 or 128GB of memory and an 8  core CPU.

    The mid-tier standard offering is the SPARC T4-4 Oracle servers with 256GB or 512GB of memory and four 8-core CPUs (32 cores total).

    Virtual Servers
    The Solaris Virtual Server is a counterpart to the Windows Virtual Server and runs on the same hardware.  It provides a VMware environment for applications that require the Solaris operating system but have low memory and CPU requirements. 

    An additional virtualization solution is based on the Solaris Logical Domains (LDOMS) environment running on the UltraSPARC-T-Series Oracle servers.This service is useful for environments that do not need the full power of the T-Series server and is an effective way to limit the software license requirements for software provided on a per core basis.
     

    Other configurations are available depending on application requirements.
      

    Storage

    Unix Hosting Services will provide online storage for data as needed. Storage can be provided on SAN (storage attached networks) or locally attached storage, depending on the system, application, and storage required. Storage is provided in a RAID configuration for reliability.

    Unix System Software Overview

    CIT supports the software listed below, but customers can provide their own support for many other software options.

    Operating Systems


       Oracle Solaris
       x86 Solaris on VMware

    Database

       Oracle RDBMS on shared or dedicated Unix servers

    Connectivity

       FISMA-compliant highly available, secure connectivity, such as:

    • SSH

    Middle Tier Application Servers

        Oracle Application Server    

    WINDOWS HOSTING SERVICES

    Windows applications can be hosted on a series of servers that are carefully managed and monitored by CIT on a 7x24 basis. These are HP Enterprise class servers with available fiber-connected SAN storage arrays. This facility provides a computing environment that has been proven suitable for mission-critical, enterprise-wide applications.

    Windows Hardware

    HP BL460C - Blade Server

    Processors - Dual Quad-Core 2.4 GHz standard
    Memory - (PC2-5300) standard - expandable to 192 GB
    Storage - 2 Internal 146 GB SAS Drives with 128 MB battery backed write cache standard
       Additional storage available via fiber-connected SAN storage arrays
    Direct attached storage blade available (730 GB maximum size)
    Network – Dual 1GB NIC (Teamed for redundancy)

     

    HP BL685C Blade Server

    Processors - Quad Eight-Core 2.4 GHz standard
    Memory - (PC2-5300) standard - expandable to 192 GB
    Storage - 2 Internal 146 GB SAS Drives with 128MB battery backed write cache standard
      Additional storage available via fiber-connected SAN storage arrays
    Network – Dual 1 GB NIC (Teamed for redundancy)


    Virtual Servers

    The Windows Virtual Server service allows multiple operating system instances to pull resources from a cluster of servers in a VMware managed environment.

    Various configuaions are available:

    • Up to 8 CPU core
    • Up to 1 TB memory

    Windows Application Software

    Operating System
        Windows 2008 64 bit Standard and Enterprise Editions
        Windows 2008R2 64 bit Standard and Enterprise Editions
        Windows 2008R2 SP2 64 bit Standard and Enterprise Editions


    Major components of the Windows Server Suite 
         IIS (virtualized, shared, and dedicated)
         SQL Server 2005/2008/2012 (dedicated), 2008 (shared)
         Microsoft Office SharePoint 2010 (shared and dedicated servces)


    LINUX HOSTING SERVICES

    CIT offers application hosting on x86-based servers running the Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating system. Customers can choose from the following Linux hosting options:

    • Customer-Managed VMs
    • CIT-Managed Virtual Machines (also called VMs or virtual servers)
    • CIT-Managed Dedicated Physical Servers

    For more information about the Linux hosting service, see the Linux Hosting Services and Linux Virtual Server Service pages in the CIT Services Catalog.


    Linux System Hardware

    Customer-Managed Virtual Servers and Managed Virtual Servers

    VMWare Managed Environment

    Various configurations are available:

    • Up to 8 CPU cores
    • Up to 16GB of memory

    Dedicated Physical Servers

    Option 1: 
    HP BL460c G7:
      2 x Intel Xeon E5620 (2.40GHz/4-core)
      8 GB memory standard, upgradable to 48 GB
      2 x 146 GB mirrored hard drives, 300GB, 450GB and 600GB mirrored drives optional

    Option 2:
      HP BL685c G7:
       4 x AMD Opteron 6136 (2.4GHz/8-core)
       64 GB memory standard, upgradable to 512 GB with special order modules
       2 x 300 GB mirrored hard drives, 450GB and 600GB mirrored drives optional

    Other configurations are available depending on the application requirements.


    Linux System Software

    Customer-Managed Virtual Servers

    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating system version 6
    • Apache HTTP Server
    • MySQL
    • Perl/PHP/Python 

    Managed Virtual Servers

    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating system version 6

    Dedicated Physical Servers

    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating system version 6
    • Database - Oracle RDBMS on dedicated Linux servers
    • Middle tier Application Servers - Oracle Application server on dedicated Linux servers

    Linux System Storage

    Customer-Managed Virtual Servers and CIT-Managed Virtual Servers

    75 GB (25 GB for customer file systems and 50 GB for operating system-related file systems) 


    Dedicated Physical Servers

    Initial storage of 146GB or 300GB - additional SAN storage is available in minimum increments of 25GB    


    Scientific Computing Services

    HELIX SYSTEMS

    http://helix.nih.gov, http://biowulf.nih.gov

    The NIH Helix Systems manage high-performance computing systems for the NIH intramural scientific community. The staff provides training, documentation and consulting for the resources on these systems. The front-end 64-processor system (with the network name helix.nih.gov) has 1 TB of main memory and is used for interactive, light compute scientific applications as well as general purpose tasks, such as reading mail and transferring files.

    An additional system, the NIH Biowulf Cluster (biowulf.nih.gov), offers computational capabilities for compute-intensive, large-memory, or swarms of independent jobs. Biowulf (biowulf.nih.gov) is a 18,000+ processor Linux cluster, built by members of the Helix Systems staff, that runs the Linux operating system.

     

    Helix Systems Hardware

    The main interactive system for scientific computing, helix.nih.gov, has 64 processors and 1 TB of memory.

    The Biowulf cluster consists of over 2600 nodes each with 2, 4, 8, 12, or 16 processors, with at least 1 GB of memory and 20 GB of disk. Each node is connected to a fast Ethernet switch (1 GB/s). For applications that can take advantage of more memory or higher network speeds, some nodes contain as much as 256 GB of memory and others are connected to a 16 GB/s low-latency network. 32 nodes with 256 GB memory each, and a “fat” node with 512 GB memory are reserved for applications that require very large amounts of memory.  


    Helix Systems Software

    http://helix.nih.gov/apps

    http://biowulf.nih.gov/apps/


    The helix systems are restricted to NIH use.

    OTHER SERVICES

     

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      This page last reviewed: April 15, 2014