This document provides general information about 64-bit mode on AIX
The product documentation library is also available:
The bos.64bit is the Base Operating System 64-bit runtime fileset. If bos.64bit is not installed, you do not have the /etc/methods/cfg64 file. Without the /etc/methods/cfg64 file, you will not have the option of enabling or disabling the 64-bit environment via SMIT, which updates the inittab with the load64bit line (simply adding this line does not enable the 64-bit environment).
The command lslpp -l bos.64bit will reveal if this fileset is installed. The bos.64bit fileset is on the 4.3.x media, however, installing it does not ensure that you will be able to run 64-bit software.
With the bos.64bit fileset installed on non 64-bit hardware, you should be able to compile your 64-bit software; however, you will not be able to run 64-bit programs on your 32-bit hardware.
You must have 64-bit hardware to run 64-bit applications. At AIX levels 4.3.2 and 4.3.3, to determine whether your system has 32-bit or 64-bit hardware architecture:
This produces the output of either 32 or 64, depending on whether the hardware architecture is 32-bit or 64-bit.
In addition, if you enter lsattr -El proc0, at any version of AIX, the output of the command should return the type of processor for your server.
The types of 64-bit processors are as follows:
To determine if the 64-bit kernel extension is loaded, from the command line enter:
genkex |grep 64
You should see information similar to the following:
149bf58 a3ec /usr/lib/drivers/syscalls64.ext
To examine the benefits and drawbacks of going from 32-bit to 64-bit mode
and further effects on the system, consult the following, AIX 64-bit
Performance in Focus, which is available at IBM Redbooks.
In most cases, running 32-bit applications on 64-bit hardware is not a problem, because 64-bit hardware can run both 64-bit and 32-bit software. However, 32-bit hardware cannot run 64-bit software. To find out if any performance issues exist for applications that are running on the system, such as Lotus Notes and Oracle, refer to those application's user guides for their recommended running environment.
[ Doc Ref: 97544978625424 Publish Date: Feb. 06, 2001 4FAX Ref: 8791 ]