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  1  ©2012 IBM Corporation Active Memory Expansion for AIX 6 & 7Nigel Griffiths Presentation Version 7   v      ©2010 IBM3 A  c  t   i   v  e   M   e  m  o  r    y   E   x   p  a  n  s  i   o  n   Active Memory ExpansionAnnouncement Confusion 1.Marketing thought:  – “Expansion”sounded better than “Compression” 2.It does not “just compress memory pages”  – It’s a lot cleverer than that! 3.“AME”also used for AIX Management Edition  – So ActMemExpwas used ….. “doh!” – Now AME = Active Memory Expansion  2 v      ©2010 IBM4 A  c  t   i   v  e   M   e  m  o  r    y   E   x   p  a  n  s  i   o  n   Active Memory Expansion Pre-Reqs: POWER7 based machineAIX 6.1 TL04 SP2+ Also note:  – Transparent to all applications – Not IVM -Activation key via the HMC  – But configured at LPAR level  – AME will switch off AIX 64KB page support  – Can be enabled but tests showed it was slower   v      ©2010 IBM5 A  c  t   i   v  e   M   e  m  o  r    y   E   x   p  a  n  s  i   o  n   Permanent Enablement -Chargeable  One feature per server  – No matter how many partitions (LPARs) use it – Permanent enablement  new server or via MES order – Enablement “VET”code applied to the VPD anchor card – Once enabled: no mechanism to move it to a different server  Power 750 & Power 755  – #4792 AME Enablement Feature  Power 770 & Power 780  – #4791 AME Enablement Feature  It is a processor feature !!!  One-time, 60-day Trial -No char   ge  – Request via Capacity on Demand Web page www.ibm.com/systems/power/hardware/cod/   3 v      ©2010 IBM6 A  c  t   i   v  e   M   e  m  o  r    y   E   x   p  a  n  s  i   o  n   How do we switch AME on?   v      ©2010 IBM7 A  c  t   i   v  e   M   e  m  o  r    y   E   x   p  a  n  s  i   o  n   Is the machine AME Capable?   HMC  Server Properties  Capabilitiesthen scroll to the bottom  4 v      ©2010 IBM8 A  c  t   i   v  e   M   e  m  o  r    y   E   x   p  a  n  s  i   o  n   Activate on AME on the LPAR profile   Hard reboot (not restart) toactivate LPAR in AME modeExpansion Factor:  1.0 = AME on but inactive  1.2 to 1.5 = Good start point  10.0 = suicidal ! v      ©2010 IBM9 A  c  t   i   v  e   M   e  m  o  r    y   E   x   p  a  n  s  i   o  n   Dynamically changing the Expansion Factor   Use Dynamic LPAR Memory Add/Remove and change the Expansion Factor
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