IBM Developer Page for Eric Farman
Updated: 12 Oct 2010
Thank you for visiting the z/VM Site and my developer page.
I began working in I/O development for z/VM full time in 2003, after
completing my Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Science from
Susquehanna University. Recently I have started presenting I/O topics
at conferences and user groups, and will keep up-to-date copies of those
presentations here. It has been a pleasure to meet with some of our
customers, and I look forward to meeting more of you in coming years.
The presentations below are available in PDF format. Presentations are
often updated between conferences, and only the most recent (and therefore
most current) presentation is available. If you have a particular need
for an older edition, please contact me directly.
IBM System z Technical University (Berlin, Germany),
May 21-25, 2012:
- z/VM Parallel Access Volumes (PAV) and
This presentation contains an overview of Parallel Access Volumes (PAVs)
and Hyper Parallel Access Volumes (HyperPAVs), z/VM's support of these
devices as minidisks for guest operating systems, such as z/OS, that exploit
the PAV architecture, as well as potential benefits for those guests that
do not exploit PAVs themselves, such as CMS.
- What's New in z/VM I/O Support?
Support is continually added to z/VM outside of the regular release stream.
Here we will discuss some of the highlights of this support, in order to present
useful features that may not otherwise receive much attention (via announcements
or standalone presentations, for example).
- Using z/VM in a SCSI Environment
Provides an overview of z/VM's native support for SCSI disks, and how
they can be used to install, IPL, and run your z/VM system in a
- z/VM Device Support Overview
An overview of existing levels of device support in z/VM Version 6.
The presentations listed below have been presented at previous
IBM conferences or z/VM and Linux user groups, but have been
"retired" from current practice.
- z/VM and Tape Encryption
The IBM System Storage TS1120 and TS1130 tape drives are now capable of encrypting
tapes as it writes them. This presentation provides a high-level overview on how
the solution works, and how to utilize the tape encryption support available on z/VM.
(Last presented at IBM System z Technical University in Boston, Massachusetts,
October 4-8, 2010.)
- Introduction to the IBM System Storage DS6000
Provides information regarding the IBM System Storage DS6000 series,
which is an affordable storage solution specifically designed to help
medium and large enterprises simplify their storage infrastructures,
support business continuity, and optimize information life cycle
management. (Last presented at IBM System z Expo in Orlando, Florida,
October 5-9, 2009.)
- z/VM Device Support Overview
An overview of existing levels of device support in z/VM Version 5,
including some highlights regarding what is new in Version 5 Release 3.0.
(Last presented at IBM System z Expo in Dresden, Germany, May 5-9 2008.)
Mr. Steve Wilkins initially crafted and honed
many of these presentations originally, prior to what you see here.
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