zAAP on zIIP capability
Beginning with z/OS V1.11, z/OS added a capability that can enable System z Application Assist Processor (zAAP) eligible workloads to run on System z Integrated Information Processors (zIIPs). This function can enable you to run zIIP- and zAAP-eligible workloads on the zIIP. This capability is ideal for customers without enough zAAP- or zIIP-eligible workload to justify a specialty engine today; the combined eligible workloads may make the acquisition of a zIIP cost effective, and may simplify planning activities. This capability is also intended to provide more value for customers having only zIIP processors by making Java and XML-based workloads eligible to run on existing zIIPs. Its purpose is not as an overflow capability for zAAP eligible workload to run on the zIIP, rather it enables zAAP eligible work to run on a zIIP engine when no zAAP is defined on the server.
Planned Support for zAAPs and zIIPs
The IBMzEC12 and IBM zBC12 are planned to be the last System z servers to offer support for zAAP specialty engine processors. IBM intends to continue support for running zAAP workloads on zIIP processors (“zAAP on zIIP”).Customer should consider planning for further use of zIIPs or alternatively, zAAPs on zIIPs.
Simplified Testing for zAAP on zIIP
Also IBM APAR OA38829 for z/OS V1.12 and z/OS V1.13 removes the restriction that prevents zAAP-eligible workloads from running on zIIP processors when a zAAP is installed on the server. This is intended for migration and testing purposes only, to facilitate migration of zAAP workloads onto zIIP processors.
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