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Improved performance and scalability


Tru64 UNIX and TruCluster Server software Version 5.1B-1, minor update to Version 5.1B, deliver the results from HP’s continued investment in operating system quality and capability expansion.Version 5.1B-1 delivers complete binary compatibility with existing Tru64 UNIX Version 5.1 applications, with no need for recertification. A later release is shipping now, Version 5.1B-2.

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HP recommends upgrading Tru64 UNIX systems to the latest version for the longest, lowest-cost support and optimal performance and functionality, and clustering where you have 2 or more systems.

» View the HP Tru64 UNIX support commitment letter (pdf, 34 KB, 6/04)
» View the Tru64 UNIX v5.1B-1 QuickSpec

The vast majority of independent software vendors (ISVs) have committed to continue support for existing applications on Tru64 UNIX Version 5.1B and its updates. In fact, Tru64 UNIX V5.1B was the first qualified platform for SAP and Oracle’s combined solution – SAP/R3 and Oracle9i RAC. Read current comments from some of our key ISVs.

When is Version 5.1B-1 shipping?

Key components of Tru64 UNIX Version 5.1B-1 began shipping in October 2003, factory-installed on HP’s new AlphaServer GS1280 and DS15 systems. Those components, NHD7 and PK3, deliver the new hardware support and operating system enhancements that comprise Version 5.1B-1. The entire software kit, including NHD7, PK3 plus the Associated Product CDs that include new and updated applications, began shipping in the latter part of November 2003 to customers who have support contracts including Rights to New Versions.

What’s new in Version 5.1B-1?

Version 5.1B-1 expands support for EV7-based AlphaServer systems to include the 64-processor GS1280, and supports the new EV68-based DS15.

In addition to supporting the new AlphaServer systems, Version 5.1B-1 delivers enhancements that improve scalability and performance, expand storage capability, and broaden the applications shipping with the operating system while updating previously shipping applications.

 Scalability and performance enhancements

Enhancements apply to

  • File systems.
  • Virtual memory management with application-tunable big pages.
  • Networking and cluster interconnect - shipping IPv6 now compliant with the most recent networking RFCs.
  • System and application performance, with big page enhancements that enable page tables themselves to be included in virtual memory big pages.
  • Automatic workload balancing across cluster nodes.
 Expanded storage capability

Expanded storage capability includes

  • HP Data Protector, a backup device server (media agent) is now supported on Tru64 UNIX. Support is retroactive to include version 5.1A with robotic control for backup devices. Support for version 4 is available without robotic control. Data Protector integrates with Oracle Recovery Manager, Informix IDS, and SAP Brtools. Data Protector is now enhanced to backup and recover mission critical data in a TruCluster Server environment.
  • Legato Networker Single Server V7 is included in V5.1B-1, and is supported on V5.0A, V5.1, V5.1A and V5.1B.
  • Additional devices supported: FCA2384, MSA1000, VCS V3, and new tape technologies.
 New applications shipping with Tru64 UNIX
  • appscan – utility for scoping the porting effort required to migrate a Tru64 UNIX application to HP-UX.
  • Software transition kit – facilitates transition of Tru64 UNIX applications to HP-UX, including application file scanners, scan wizard, developers’ documentation.
  • HP-UX man pages – view the HP-UX online help files on a Tru64 UNIX machine.
  • Mozilla web browser.
 New versions of already-shipping applications
  • Secure Web Server
  • OpenLDAP Directory Server
  • OpenLDAP Utilities
  • Legato Version 7
  • WebES
  • Advanced Server for UNIX
  • New development kit Java 2 SDK V1.4.1, delivering WebLogic Server support and furthered performance leadership
 Money-saving offers

BEA and Stalker extend the following money-saving offers, included in the Tru64 UNIX V5.1B-1 kit:

  • BEA WebLogic Server license for a no-charge download. Read BEA Systems’ recent statement confirming ongoing support for Tru64 UNIX customers.
  • A no-charge download of Stalker's CommuniGate Pro email solution, including an embedded enterprise directory server.