Z/OS System Services

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Classroom Virtual Classroom Private Group - Virtual Self-Paced Online


This course presents the structure and control blocks of the z/OS BCP and system services. It prepares the z/OS system programmer to identify potential bottlenecks and performance problems, perform initial error symptom gathering, and identify opportunities and requirements for tailoring a z/OS system.

This course also provides prerequisite information needed for further training in specialized areas such as system measurement, tuning and problem determination. After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain the z/OS functions and control blocks necessary to support a task in a multitasking and multiprocessing environment
  • Describe the software and hardware functions that allow a program to interact with programs running in other address spaces, use data in other address spaces, and use data in data spaces
  • Trace the flow of an I/O operation from the initial request in the application program through the completion of data transfer
  • Identify the control blocks that describe the current status of an I/O request
  • Describe the functions of the z/OS Virtual, Real, and Auxiliary Storage Managers
  • Describe the functions performed by the Recovery Termination Manager and recovery management components to minimize failure impact and enhance error correction
  • Select the appropriate IBM publication to provide further technical information (SRLs, Technical Bulletins, Self-study and other z/OS courses)
  • Describe the services provided by cross system extended services (XES).
  • Identify and explain the purpose of the cache, list, & lock structures.
  • Plan the implementation of the global resource serialization STAR environment.

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System Introduction (4 topics)

  • z/OS Review
  • z/OS System Components Review
  • Introduction to Control Blocks
  • Basics of z/Architecture

Operating Environment Initialization (2 topics)

  • System Libraries
  • Initial Program Load

Task Management (6 topics)

  • Task Dispatching
  • Service Request Scheduling
  • Program Managing
  • Serializing Resources
  • Supervisor Calls
  • Status Saving on Interrupt

Addressability (3 topics)

  • Addressability Review
  • Cross Memory Services - Addressability to Two Address Spaces
  • Extended Addressability to Multiple Spaces

Input/Output Supervisor (4 topics)

  • I/O Definition and Initialization
  • I/O Request Flow
  • I/O Interrupt Flow
  • Error Handling

Storage Management (5 topics)

  • Storage Management Review
  • A Programmer's Use of Storage
  • Paging and Swapping
  • Coupling Facility Storage
  • Exploitation

Recovery Termination Manager (RTM) (5 topics)

  • RTM Overview
  • Preparing the Environment
  • Normal Termination Processing
  • Abnormal Termination Processing
  • Recovery Management Support

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Before this course you should have attended the z/OS Systems Programming Introduction or have equivalent knowledge. Completion of the Assembler Language course is recommended but not essential. You should be able to: •Describe the z/OS characteristics of multiprocessing, multiprogramming, virtual storage and paging, and multiple address space/data space architecture. •Explain how paging and swapping are accomplished through the interaction of real/central, expanded, auxiliary, and virtual storage in an z/OS system. •Explain the role of the dispatcher, interrupts, SVCs, the program manager, and serialization in managing work in an z/OS system. •State the role of z/OS software and hardware components in handling an I/O request for data on a direct access storage device.

Additional Learning

The courses below may help you meet the knowledge level required to take this course.

  • Assembler Language

    This 4-day Assembler Language training course provides ability to write and debug Assembler language programs and understand the software their installation uses.

    4 Day Course Hands On Training Official Curriculum Course Code A1
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  • z/OS Systems Programming Introduction

    This 4-day z/OS Systems Programming Introduction training course will enable understanding of the role of systems programmers and familiararity of the technical set-up of z/OS systems.

    4 Day Course Course Code SPI
    Classroom Virtual Classroom Private Group - Virtual Self-Paced Online

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