Open Mainframe Project - TSC Meeting February 9, 2017


  • John Mertic, Linux Foundation
  • Phil Tully, ADP *
  • Mike Friesenegger, SUSE *
  • Elton Desouza, IBM
  • Don Spoerke, GT Software
  • Bob Dahlberg, VCU
  • Alan Warhurst, BMC

Voting members not in attendance:

  • Dale Hoffman, IBM *
  • James Caffrey, IBM *
  • Scott Fagen, CA *
  • Herbert Daly, U of Bedfordshire *
  • Marcel Mitran, IBM

Mr. Tully opened the meeting at 1:04pm ET. Mr. Tully presented the following agenda for the meeting:

  • Board meeting feedback
  • OMP / Linux on z Security proposal
  • Cloudstack z/VM update
  • Docker update

Internship program update

Mr. Mertic gave an update on the intern selection process. There have been 29 applicants, and on track currently for announcing the accepted list late next week.

Presentation on Apache Spark - TSC to review for potential investment

Mr. Desouza gave an update on Apache Spark. Currently IBM is positioning Apache Spark on z/OS because the data is local to z/OS, but would like to shift that to Linux to align with the Watson ML component.

Feedback from the TSC included:

  • Does TensorFlow require NVIDIA GPUs? Training piece is more efficient with those GPUs, but not a hard requirement

Next steps are for Mr. Desouza to share his slides with the group and discussion offline.

Cloudstack z/VM update

Mr. Tully led a discussion on next steps for this group. The general discussion indicated that it needed to focus on plugging z/VM into any modern cloud management solution.

Docker update

Mr. Mertic said he is waiting for updates from Dale Hoffman before understanding where the project can invest its resources.

Meeting Cadence

The next meeting of the TSC was scheduled for April 20th, 2017 at 1:00pm Eastern Time.


Mr. Tully closed the meeting at 2:01pm Eastern Time.