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September 2017

SPARTA President’s Corner

contributed by Randy Springs

After surviving the effects of Hurricane Irma, and seeing the continuing damage of Hurricane Harvey in Texas, I’m reminded of my days on the business recovery team for Glidden Paints data center in RTP. We would send a dozen people to IBM Tampa to bring up our systems at their Business Recovery Center. This included shipping thousands of tape cartridges. Big changes today, with data replication and network communications advances reducing the need for travel for DR testing.

Our speaker this month will be Ed Webb, presenting on new announcements and material obtained at SHARE in Providence last month.

Please plan to join everyone for pizza, networking, and education on Tuesday, September 12 at 6:15 p.m. at our usual LabCorp location.

Randy Springs

Future Speakers

(subject to change)

Sep. 12, 2017 (Special Date) - SHARE 2017 Summer by Ed Webb of SAS

Oct. 3, 2017 - Virtual Tape Update by Brian Kithcart of EMC

We need ideas and volunteers for future speakers. Presentations don’t have to be fancy, just informative and interesting. Even a 5 or 10 minute talk can start an interesting interaction. Contact Ron Pimblett by phone as noted below.

2017-2018 SPARTA

Board of Directors

Randy Springs - President

BB&T                  (919) 745-5241

3200 Beechleaf Court, Suite 300

Raleigh, NC 27604

Ron Pimblett - Vice President

MDI Data Systems

Land line 613 599 6970

Mobile 613 981 6919

190 Guelph Private

Kanata, ON K2T 0J7

Chris Blackshire - Secretary

Retired (Dell, Perot Systems, Nortel)  (919) nnn-nnnn


Durham, NC 27713

Pam Tant - Treasurer

DTS Software Inc.      919-833-8426 x124

4350 Lassiter at N. Hills Avenue

Suite 230

Raleigh, NC 27609

Ed Webb -  Communications Director

SAS Institute Inc.  919-531-4162

SAS Campus Drive

Cary, NC 27513

Mike Lockey -  Web Master

Guilford Co. Information Services  336-641-6235

201 N. Eugene St.

Greensboro, NC 27401


Meetings are scheduled for the first Tuesday evening of each month (except no meeting in January), with optional dinner at 6:15 p.m. and the meeting beginning at 7:00 p.m.

These monthly meetings usually are held at LabCorp’s Center for Molecular Biology and Pathology (CMBP) near the Research Triangle Park (see last page). Take I-40 to Miami Boulevard and go north. Turn right onto T.W. Alexander Drive. Go about a mile or so. Then turn right into LabCorp complex and turn Left to the CMBP Building (1912 T.W. Alexander Drive). In the lobby, sign in as a visitor to see Bill Johnson. Bill will escort you to the conference room.

Call for Articles

If you have any ideas for speakers, presentations, newsletter articles, or are interested in taking part in a presentation, PLEASE contact one of the Board of Directors with your suggestions.

Newsletter e-Mailings

The SPARTA policy is to e-mail a monthly notice to our SPARTA-RTP Group. The newsletter is posted to the website about five (5) days before each meeting so you can prepare. The SPARTA-RTP Group is maintained by Chris Blackshire; if you have corrections or problems receiving your meeting notice, contact Chris at

March 2017 “CBT Tape” Shareware Online

The directory and files from the latest CBT tape V494 (dated March 5, 2017) are available from

If you need help obtaining one or more files, contact Ed Webb at SAS (see Board of Director’s list for contact info).

Minutes of the August 1, 2017 Meeting

• The meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM by Chris Blackshire standing in for Randy Springs, the SPARTA President.

• The meeting was held at a LabCorp conference room in RTP, N.C.

• Twelve (12) people were present of which Ten (10) are 2016/2017 paid members.

• Everyone introduced themselves, told where they worked, and briefly described their job functions or their job hunting challenges.

• The presentation was given first to meet the presenter's schedule - see the presentation below (7:05-8:05 PM).

• The minutes of the July 11, 2017 meeting were approved as published in the August 2017 newsletter.

• The July 2017 Treasurer's report was approved as read by Pam Tant. The balance was $373.07. (See details later in this newsletter). Ed will correct the July financial report in the August newsletter.


• Call For Articles: Articles are needed for this newsletter. If you would like to write an article for this newsletter, please contact Ed Webb. Keep in mind that you don't really need to write the article, it can be an article that you read that you would like to share with the membership.

• The SPARTA Web page is available. To access the SPARTA Web page, point your Web browser to this site: Please send any comments or suggestions about the Web page to Mike Lockey. Be sure to check the Web page every once in a while to see any new or changed information.

• Chris reminded everyone to leave the LabCorp conference room clean.

• Future Speakers and Topics (subject to change based on internal politics, budget, the weather):





September 12, 2017
(Special Date)


Ed Webb

SHARE Providence Update

October 3, 2017


Brian Kithcart

Virtual Tape Update

November 7, 2017

Glasshouse Systems

Jim Elliot

LinuxONE and Linux on z Systems Capacity and Solution Planning

December 5, 2017

Watson & Walker

Cheryl Watson

z/OS Performance

If you have suggestions about speakers and topics, contact Ron Pimblett.

• The next SPARTA monthly meeting will be on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at LabCorp in RTP.

• Food for the September 12 meeting will be Pizza.

• The 2017 dues ($30) were due starting in February 2017. Please pay Pam Tant.

• Thanks to LabCorp and Bill Johnson for hosting the meeting.

• There are currently 72 people on the SPARTA-RTP e-mail list.

• Send any e-mail address changes to Chris Blackshire so he can update the SPARTA-RTP Listserv. You will be added by the moderator (Chris = sending you an invitation to Join the list.

• Possible Vendor Fair - Mitch Hoffman and Chris Blackshire have exchanged a few emails, but don't have a plan. Mitch could not be a the meeting tonight to discuss options.

• Possible collaboration with the Carolinas zEnterprise Council - Garry Grandlienard is checking with IBM management to see if SPARTA can be officially involved.


• There was no new business.

• The Business portion of the meeting ended about 8:35 P.M.

Presentation: Achieving CPU (& MLC) Savings Through Optimizing Processor Cache By Todd Havekost Of Intellimagic

• Agenda
• Key Processor Cache Concepts and Metrics
• Optimize LPAR Topology
• Maximize Work Executing on Vertical High CPs
- - Optimize LPAR weights
- - Increase number of physical CPs

• The presentation ended about 8:40 PM

• Presentation Access - See SPARTA webpage for the complete presentation

Contact Info:
Todd Havekost
Senior z/OS Performance and Availability Consultant
Work: 877-815-3799

Brent Phillips
Managing Director for the Americas
Work: 817-756-8403

• The August 2017 monthly meeting ended about 8:35 PM.

Treasurer’s Report for August 2017

contributed by Pam Tant

The balance in the account is $381.16 as of August 31, 2017.

SPARTA Financial Report
3/01/2017 through 08/31/2017


Opening Balance


Total Deposits

Food money donated


Dues and Sponsorships





Loan repayment (RS)


Loan repayment (PT)




Web Site


Petty Cash


Bank Service Charges






PETTY CASH on hand 




Items of Interest

SPARTA Schedule and Menu for 2017

contributed by Chris Blackshire

Sep. 12, 2017 - Pizza

Oct. 3, 2017 - Chicken

Nov. 7, 2017 - Subs

Dec. 5, 2017 - BarBQ

A Special Message to SHARE from IBM Chairman, Ginni Rometty

contributed by Chris Blackshire

During the Opening Keynote at SHARE in Providence, Rhode Island, on Monday, August 7, 2017, Ginni Rometty, IBM Chairman, President, and CEO spoke to the attendees by recorded message. She said "today the mainframe is integral to our work, the world's work on blockchain, it's an important part of the IBM cloud, it's built for the mobile digital economy, it's enabled now with machine learning, and therefore you can see why, everyone I say this [the IBM mainframe] is my youngest and my oldest product and it's why we keep investing in its future. And we will keep investing in its future for as long as the eye can see. "

Watch the entire 5 minute YouTube video.

The IBM z14 is available on September 13, 2017. See IBM's z14 announcement here.

See IBM's z/OS 2.3 announcement here.

IBM’s Pervasive Encryption: Crypto as a Service?

contributed by Ed Webb

"What IBM has done, to and for hardware environments, is a watershed moment in the industry, with implications that reach far beyond mainframe security alone.

With IBM’s announcement of new pervasive encryption capabilities, the Z world has finally woken up to security, with its myriad of threats and opportunities. This was a very hot topic at the SHARE user group meeting in Rhode Island a few weeks ago. Its potential was clear to all, and financial institutions in particular will race to deploy it. ....

What is especially exciting, for me, are the implications for the non-mainframe security world. If we can do this on the mainframe at high speeds and to such a high degree of quality, pervasive encryption could actually represent a changing role for the mainframe in terms of becoming a security service provider for the wider enterprise. "Crypto as a service," if you like. It gives a whole additional meaning to "pervasive.""

Read Mark Wilson's full article at Enterprise Systems Media.

IBM SDK for Node.js – z/OS Offers Co-Location and Technology Advantages

contributed by Ed Webb

"To succeed in delivering the best digital experience for clients and tapping into new revenue opportunities, enterprises must develop new skills around becoming more agile, customer-centric, innovative and efficient. As a result, they need to embrace newer application platforms that allow them to develop and experiment new digital experiences quickly and at low cost, selecting those that yield business value, while discarding those that don’t. In the past six years, Node.js has emerged as the favored choice and has been steadily establishing its place within enterprises.

Node.js enables enterprises to access a vast pool of JavaScript skills where the developer population is over 11.5 million worldwide. Node.js developers are very passionate about this technology. Forrester's Global Business Technographics Developer Survey, 2016, shows that Node developers are 18 percentage points more likely to want to become an expert in the development community."

"Node.js on z/OS

July 17, IBM announced IBM SDK for Node.js – z/OS V6 (Node.js on z/OS). It’s based on Node.js V6 and runs on z/OS V2.2 and V2.3. It includes a C/C++ compiler and is supported on IBM z196, zEC12, z13 and z14.

IBM SDK for Node.js – z/OS V6, is scheduled to become generally available Sept. 8."

Read more in this IBM Systems Magazine web exclusive article where an IBM developer and an IBM offering manager describe Node.js for z/OS in detail.

There's Another Mainframe Operating System

contributed by Ed Webb

Halfway around the world, Fujitsu keeps its own line of mainframes going. If I recall correctly, Fujitsu built its OS on OS/360 and has extended it many times since.

"Fujitsu Software BS2000 OSD/BC V11.0, the new edition of OS software for Fujitsu BS2000 SE Server series, represents an upgrade of Fujitsu’s mainframe operating system. The latest edition places an emphasis on key features necessary for innovative and secure digital co-creation, such as operating system openness, enhanced performance and usability....

The latest OS software also introduces extended storage integration for text-based files, allowing seamless data exchange with open systems such as LINUX via shared NAS storage. Additional new features include advanced security with encryption as standard, and extended diagnostic functions to help ensure the long-term availability and secure ongoing maintenance of future BS2000 mainframe systems.

“Mainframes, while ubiquitous, are in fact a critical digitalization engine, since they are still trusted to power more than half of all enterprise applications,” said Rupert Lehner, SVP Enterprise Platform Services in EMEIA and managing director Germany at Fujitsu. “Over many decades, mainframes have proven to be the most reliable, solid and efficient solution for processing huge amounts of data, at the highest possible speeds." "

Read all of this news flash here .


Interesting Observation About Sports

contributed by Ed Webb

1. The sport of choice for the urban poor is BASKETBALL.
2. The sport of choice for maintenance level employees is BOWLING.
3. The sport of choice for front-line workers is FOOTBALL.
4. The sport of choice for supervisors is BASEBALL.
5. The sport of choice for middle management is TENNIS.
6. The sport of choice for corporate executives and officers is GOLF.

THE amazing fact is, the higher you go in the corporate structure, the smaller your balls become.
There must be a boat load of people in Washington playing marbles.


Membership Information

Don’t Forget the Next SPARTA Meeting

(Special Date) Tuesday, September 12, 2017

7 p.m.

Location: LabCorp in RTP

Take I-40 to Miami Boulevard and go north. Turn right onto 1912 T.W. Alexander Drive. Go about a mile or so. Then turn right into LabCorp complex and turn left to the CMBP Building. In the lobby, sign in as a visitor to see Bill Johnson. Bill will escort you to the conference room. Use 1912 TW Alexander Drive, Durham, NC 27703 in your map app.

Free Food: Pizza, Sodas and Tea, Dessert


SHARE 2017 Providence Conference Report

Speaker: Ed Webb of SAS


P.O. Box 13194

Research Triangle Park, NC  27709-3194

First Class Postage

SPARTA Corporate Sponsors:

DTS Software

Rocket Software