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for z/OS, to turn the mainframe
into a holistic machine-learning
environment."
With DB2 for z/OS acting as
the foundation, IBM Machine
Learning for z/OS and IBM
DB2 Analytics Accelerator
create an agile, secure
mainframe-based continuous
intelligence, cognitive processing
environment that benefits data
scientists, especially when
coupled with other IBM z
Analytics solutions such as the
IBM DB2 Query Management
Facility for z/OS and the IBM
DB2 Analytics Accelerator
Loader for z/OS.
Additionally, machine
learning models are accessed
by applications on and off
platforms via RESTful
APIs, which makes it
easy for application
developers to access
model predictions. This
aligns with IBM's cloudintegration strategy on
the platform, further
allowing organizations to
leverage and extend the
core business assets and
data on the mainframe
to the whole organization
and easily integrate
cognitive modeling into
new and existing business
applications.
The true enabler, however,
is the z Systems server itself.
From a hardware perspective,
IBM continues to drive up
single-thread performance on
every generation of the system,
giving the system the fastest
microprocessor in the market,
and its robust caching structure
speeds up access to data (see
"I/O Improvements for Machine
Learning" on page 32). Memory
has been more than tripled on
the z13 to 10 TB in comparison
to the IBM zEnterprise* EC12.
This allows for the use of more

"The z Systems platform
allows for the training and
retraining of machine learning
models, continuous
intelligence gathering and
cognitive processing in a
looped environment that has
many, many benefits."
-Nick Sardino

memory solely for cognitive
processes, and I/O bandwidth
has been improved to allow for
quicker storage read/writes.
Clients who are using or
considering an on-premises
z Systems mainframe for machine
learning are doing so for speed.
This includes system training and
receiving continuous intelligence
and modeling updates.
As Sardino notes, "Data in the
processor cache is an order of
magnitude faster than data in
main memory, and data in main
memory is an order of magnitude
faster than flash. Flash is an
order of magnitude faster than
spinning disk and spinning disk
is an order of magnitude faster
than tape. So you always want
to keep as much of the data as
possible as close to the processor
as possible."

New Information
Machine learning represents in
many ways a new computing
paradigm: a data-centric
approach to discovering new
insight with little human
intervention. Whether it takes
place in the cloud or on premises,
it provides many benefits.
Running machine learning in
a local z Systems environment

with IBM z Analytics, data
capture, modeling and
cognitive processing leads to
faster results than running it
remotely. Additionally, data can
be captured across database
platforms and melded into a
single view of the truth that can
then lead to improved decisionmaking and, ultimately, increased
competitiveness.
"For every client, for different
workloads or applications,
different models will be needed,
and as the models become
increasingly integrated into
operations and grow, you
need systems that can scale to
accommodate for this," Sardino
notes. "At the same time, you also
need to make data scientists more
productive, because they're going
to be responsible for building
and maintaining more models to
make better business predictions.
The z Systems platform allows
for the training and retraining
of machine learning models,
continuous intelligence gathering
and cognitive processing in a
looped environment that has
many, many benefits."
Jim Utsler, a senior writer for IBM
Systems Magazine, has been covering
technology for more than 20 years.

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Table of Contents
Editor's Desk: Learning About Cognitive Capabilities
Partner PoV: A Clear Picture: IT operational analytics tools can provide a view of management data
Trends: The Connected Mainframe: Java on z Systems delivers portability, security and other benefits
Currents: Keeping Out Risks: Secure Service Containers are a virtual appliance framework for sensitive workloads
IT Today: Protecting Your Crown Jewels: IBM Guardium updates help organizations reduce risk and demonstrate compliance
Feature: Accounting for the Future: Bankwest modernizes its mainframe integration environment with a RESTful API framework and Java
Cover Story: Modeling Machine Learning: Cognitive on IBM z gives clients the tools to make better, faster decisions
Feature: A Thoughtful Pairing: Keeping IBM Machine Learning z/OS next to the data on the mainframe enhances analytics
HotTECH Products
TECH Showcase: Plan for Protection: Five points to consider when preparing for backup and recovery
Hot Topics: Optimized for the Enterprise: IBM Machine Learning for z/OS is supported by Acache Spark
Solutions: JES2MAIL/JES2FTP V5.1, CASI Software; ReACT V5.0, Advanced Software Product Group Inc.; FDR/UPSTREAM Web Portal V2.0.00, INNOVATION Data Processing
Stop Run: Traveling Through Time: IBM archivist assists 'Hidden Figures' movie production with authentic artifacts
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
2017 Mainframe Solutions Edition
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2017 - Intro
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2017 - Cover1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2017 - Cover2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2017 - 1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2017 - Table of Contents
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2017 - 3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2017 - 4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2017 - 5
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2017 - Editor's Desk: Learning About Cognitive Capabilities
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2017 - 7
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2017 - Partner PoV: A Clear Picture: IT operational analytics tools can provide a view of management data
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2017 - 9
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2017 - Trends: The Connected Mainframe: Java on z Systems delivers portability, security and other benefits
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2017 - 11
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2017 - 12
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2017 - Currents: Keeping Out Risks: Secure Service Containers are a virtual appliance framework for sensitive workloads
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2017 - 14
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2017 - 15
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2017 - IT Today: Protecting Your Crown Jewels: IBM Guardium updates help organizations reduce risk and demonstrate compliance
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2017 - 17
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2017 - 18
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2017 - 19
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2017 - Feature: Accounting for the Future: Bankwest modernizes its mainframe integration environment with a RESTful API framework and Java
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2017 - 21
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2017 - 22
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2017 - 23
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2017 - 24
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2017 - 25
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2017 - Cover Story: Modeling Machine Learning: Cognitive on IBM z gives clients the tools to make better, faster decisions
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2017 - 27
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2017 - 28
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2017 - 29
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2017 - Feature: A Thoughtful Pairing: Keeping IBM Machine Learning z/OS next to the data on the mainframe enhances analytics
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2017 - 31
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2017 - 32
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2017 - 33
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2017 - 34
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2017 - 35
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2017 - HotTECH Products
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2017 - 37
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2017 - 38
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2017 - 39
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2017 - 40
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2017 - TECH Showcase: Plan for Protection: Five points to consider when preparing for backup and recovery
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2017 - 42
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2017 - 43
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2017 - 44
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2017 - 45
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2017 - 46
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2017 - 47
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2017 - Hot Topics: Optimized for the Enterprise: IBM Machine Learning for z/OS is supported by Acache Spark
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2017 - 49
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2017 - 50
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2017 - 51
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2017 - 52
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2017 - 53
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2017 - Solutions: JES2MAIL/JES2FTP V5.1, CASI Software; ReACT V5.0, Advanced Software Product Group Inc.; FDR/UPSTREAM Web Portal V2.0.00, INNOVATION Data Processing
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2017 - 55
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2017 - Stop Run: Traveling Through Time: IBM archivist assists 'Hidden Figures' movie production with authentic artifacts
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2017 - Cover3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2017 - Cover4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2017 - Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
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