Winter 2009 [Number 245] Printable version (309KB PDF) Download Adobe Reader Please note that this issue of Interface is an archived issue. Therefore, the information contained in each article may no longer be current.
As part of greening the NIH Data Center, Titan’s default centralized printing will change from continuous-form paper to cut-sheet paper starting on November 15, 2009. Facing rising energy costs and concerns about sustainability, data centers worldwide are looking for ways to reduce the consumption of power and natural resources. At 30-40 percent of the operational budget today, energy usage is becoming the NIH Data Center’s largest single operating cost. As reported in the Spring 2009 Interface article “Going Green by Increasing Printing Efficiency”(issue 243), the maintenance costs for the 3900 continuous-form printers have been increasing steadily, due to the energy use and need for special equipment associated with these printers.
We encourage you to consider alternate—and often lower-cost—ways of viewing your Titan output. The Data Center is ready to assist you in identifying the option that best fits your needs. Together we can find alternatives to continuous-form printing that help both the environment and the bottom line.
Do I have to change my JCL to use cut-sheet printers to generate the output?
Starting on November 15, 2009, the default printer for centralized output generation will be the cut-sheet printer. No JCL (Job Control Language) changes will be required to generate the output on cut-sheet printers as of the November 15th date.
The default print service will feature double-sided, cut-sheet forms in landscape mode. Available options include portrait mode, single-sided printing, and 3-hole-punched paper. In addition, there are slower impact printing services for labels and user-supplied forms.
Alternatives to continuous-form printing
There are a number of alternatives to continuous-form printing you can select that are cheaper and greener:
Benefits of alternatives to printing output:
Making the switch
The remainder of this article describes how to use each of these greener (and cheaper!) alternatives.
1 - Use IOF in TSO/ISPF to save output on disk—The Interface article “Going Green by Increasing Printing Efficiency”describes this technique. To save on your printing costs and reduce the physical space needed for storing and filing printouts, consider using the ISPF Input Output Facility (IOF) to save your job output as disk data sets instead of printing it. You can always print the job from the data set at a later date or edit the data set and then print the output. To avoid printing, you must hold the output using either MSGCLASS=H with SYSOUT=* or /*ROUTE OUTPUT HOLD.
2 - Use IOF as a Batch Job to save output on disk—Instead of using TSO/ISPF, a batch job that executes IOF can be used to save output on disk. Let’s assume a userid, JOEUSER, has several jobs in output hold that could be saved to disk:
------------------------------ IOF Job List Menu -------------( 4 )------------ COMMAND ===> SCROLL ===> DATA --------------------------------- Output Jobs --------------------------------- -------JOBNAME--JOBID---ACT-STAT-OWNER----DEST/DEVICE-------RECS-HELD-DAY--TIME _ 1 JOB1 J002621 8 JOEUSER NIHJES2 1664 037 5:01 _ 2 JOB2 J002112 JOEUSER NIHJES2 5342 037 :13 _ 3 JOB3 J001918 JOEUSER NIHJES2 1787 036 5:01 _ 4 JOB4 J001440 JOEUSER NIHJES2 5342 036 :17
On August 22, 2009, JOEUSER wishes to run the IOF batch utility, BATCHTSO, to save JOB4 (job number = J001440) to disk as a dataset named JOEUSER.JOB4.AUG2209. The following JCL would save the job to disk as data set JOEUSER.JOB4.AUG2209:
3 - Use JCL to route reports directly to a Titan data set
4 - Use JCL to fetch job output and email to recipients
5 - Use JCL to fetch job output and convert it to a PDF file and email it to users
Reducing Titan’s dependence on the 3900 continuous-form printer will help us lower one of our largest single operating costs—energy usage—and bring the NIH Data Center in line with NIH greening goals (http://www.nems.nih.gov) of sustainability and reduced resource consumption. We hope to work with our customers to achieve our goals of becoming more energy efficient and increasing our IT capacity without expanding our energy footprint from what it is today.
If you need help or have any questions regarding Output Distribution, contact the NIH Help Desk at http://ithelpdesk.nih.gov/support or call 301-496-HELP (301-496-4357), 866-319-4357 (toll free), or 301-496-8294 (TTY).
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