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Tech Corner

What happens when a PFA warning occurs? PFA exploits the functionality built into IBM Health Checker for z/OS by writing a Health Check exception to the console and writing a report in System Display and Search Facility (SDSF). PFA also writes reports when your system is operating normally. However, when PFA issues an exception, additional information is written to the report to assist you in the investigation of the problem. Example reports and best practices for each check can be found in the z/OS Problem Management book (download version 12: http://bit.ly/pmgmt12).

Figure 1
Sample System Metrics

Layered Approach To Protection
To predict as many soft failures as possible, we focused on different areas of the software stack when designing PFA. We used a layered approach when choosing which metrics to track (i.e., some of the metrics PFA uses in its analysis are closer to the hardware and some are closer to the application). We initially focused on errors closer to the hardware and have been enhancing PFA to provide a solution for detecting a wider range of soft failures using this layered approach. In z /OS V1R10, PFA released two health checks: one focusing on resource exhaustion and one focusing on detecting a damaged s y s t e m . T h e P FA _ C O M M O N _ STOR AGE _USAGE check detects resource exhaustion for the entire

z/OS image while the PFA_LOGREC_ A R R I VA L _ R ATE check analyzes LOGR ECs g rouped by prog ram key across multiple time ranges to detect a damaged system. PFA’s objective isn’t intended to monitor i nd i v idu a l add r e s s s p ac e s or applications. Therefore, individual address spaces aren’t monitored for

PFA is part of IBM’s continuing investment in

the resiliency of z/OS
to meet the ever-increasing demands of solutions deployed on z/OS.

either of these checks nor does the LOGREC arrival rate check analyze individual LOGRECs or patterns. In z /OS V1R11, PFA released two additional health checks. The PFA_FRAMES_AND_SLOTS_USAGE c he c k fo c u se s on dete c t i ng a d a m ag e d s y st em . It a n a ly z e s frames and slots usage of persistent address spaces (those that start within an hour after IPL), which might lead to resource exhaustion and indicate a virtual-storage leak. The PFA_MESSAGE_ARRIVAL_RATE check analyzes abnormal arrival rates of Wire to Operator (WTO) and Wire to Operator with Reply (WTOR) messages across four different

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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2010
Contents
On the Web
Editor's Desk: Tradition Takes Planning
Dashboard: Walk While You Work
Data Display: All About Spam
Think Smarter: IBM Offers Smarter Systems for Performance and Scalability
Trends: Rosamilia Oversees Both System z and Power Systems Lines as New GM
Break Through Economics: Dr. Howard Rubin Discusses Mainframe Efficiencies and the zEnterprise System
Streamlining Development: IBM Rational on zEnterprise System Utilizes Multiplatform Development Capabilities
Administrator: The zEnterprise System Changes Firewall Requirements
Technical Corner: z/OS Predictive Failure Analysis Make It Easy to Spot and Fix Soft System Failures
Developer: Native XML Support Strengthens DB2 and COBOL Development
Solutions
Advertisers' Index
Stop Run: Former IBMer Jim Bell Finds Inspiration in Music
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2010 - On the Web
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2010 - 8
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2010 - 9
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2010 - Editor's Desk: Tradition Takes Planning
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2010 - 11
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2010 - Dashboard: Walk While You Work
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2010 - 13
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2010 - Data Display: All About Spam
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2010 - 15
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2010 - Think Smarter: IBM Offers Smarter Systems for Performance and Scalability
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2010 - BMC1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2010 - BMC2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2010 - BMC3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2010 - BMC4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2010 - 17
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2010 - 18
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2010 - Trends: Rosamilia Oversees Both System z and Power Systems Lines as New GM
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2010 - 21
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2010 - 25
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2010 - Break Through Economics: Dr. Howard Rubin Discusses Mainframe Efficiencies and the zEnterprise System
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2010 - 27
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2010 - 28
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2010 - 29
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2010 - 30
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2010 - 31
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2010 - Streamlining Development: IBM Rational on zEnterprise System Utilizes Multiplatform Development Capabilities
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2010 - 33
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2010 - 34
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2010 - 35
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2010 - 36
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2010 - Administrator: The zEnterprise System Changes Firewall Requirements
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2010 - 38
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2010 - 39
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2010 - Technical Corner: z/OS Predictive Failure Analysis Make It Easy to Spot and Fix Soft System Failures
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2010 - 41
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2010 - 42
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2010 - 43
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2010 - Developer: Native XML Support Strengthens DB2 and COBOL Development
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2010 - 45
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2010 - Solutions
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2010 - Advertisers' Index
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2010 - Stop Run: Former IBMer Jim Bell Finds Inspiration in Music
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