IBM Systems magazine - January/February 2020 - SD25

ARTICLE

PERFORMANCE

Improving Application Performance
By Shirley S. Savage

A

pplication performance gets
short shrift primarily because
the effort to do it is considerable
and the tools and monitors aren't
easy to standardize. However, when
response time or job turnaround
time is less than acceptable, it's time
to look at application tuning, writes
technology expert Jim Schesvold.
The primary causes of
unacceptable application
performance are application design,
program language and programming
techniques. Application tuning can
improve performance and is less
costly than application rewrites.
Application tuning is a different
animal from software and
hardware tuning. Software tuning
parameters can be adjusted to
improve performance. Hardware
configurations can be altered.
How an application performs is
partially due to how many users
are on the system and how they are
using it. Discovering what issue
is creating the log jam and then
tuning the application can enhance
performance.
Schesvold suggests several steps to
identify the performance issue and
solve it. These are:
* Understand bottlenecks
and identify constraints. It's
important to find the cause,
location and nature of the
performance issue. Finding
a method to correct it may be
all that's needed to solve the
problem.
* Use customized, streamlined
subroutines to replace

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*

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programmer-written logic, to
boost performance and assist
with complex numeric functions.
Tune using callable services that
come with most programming
languages to find parameters
that impact program
performance. Previously
known as linkage editors,
these products have enhanced
language function and assist
with productivity.
Reduce program processing time
by minimizing I/O overhead and
read/write times. This tuning
is targeted at an application
experiencing performance
issues read/write times. This
often can be solved by boosting
buffer allocations in the
processor and disk controllers.
Application performance can
be affected by distributed
network performance. The
reduced response time is due
to transmission speed, error
rate and availability. The best
solution is to keep data and
processing together and create
a network with sufficient
bandwidth.
If the processor and application
are cycle constrained, then
adding processing power may be
the remedy. This should be the
last option as it is costly.

The best tuned, most efficient IT
system won't provide users with
excellent response times unless
applications programs are tuned and
maintained to emphasize function and
performance.

"To assume the application
programming staff's only
responsibility is to produce code
is a big mistake," Schesvold says.
"If the application once put into
production performs poorly and
prevents employees from performing
their job in a superior manner, the
application isn't providing value nor
is it enabling the people who work
with it ("Application Performance and
Tuning," bit.ly/2OLvWt5).

OTMA Keeps Mobile
Transactions Fast
Lightning speed is needed to process
large, complex mobile transactions.
Even a few extra seconds needed to
process the transaction can make a
consumer nervous.
Many mobile applications connect
with IMS* transactions using Open
Transaction Manager Access (OTMA).
Recent OTMA enhancements have
improved its agility and performance
to handle surging transaction
workloads.
OTMA now has a fast lane to handle
acknowledgement messages (ACK
or NAK) from clients including
IMS Connect and IBM MQSeries.
Processing these messages quickly is
important. An OTMA enhancement
allows these ACK or NAK messages
to be processed faster. OTMA also
has improved storage buffers with
optimize storage for OTMA CM0
and CM1 output messages. Other
enhancements include handling
of IMS callouts and enhanced
tpipe cleanup ("What's New in IMS
OTMA for Mobile Transactions," bit.
ly/2MfouEY).

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Editor's Desk: A new IBM Z cloud era
Currents: Bringing new talent to the mainframe workforce
Currents: On the web
Currents: Accessing electricity in Africa
Currents: Solutions
Currents: AI keeps pets engaged and entertained
Partner POV: The flexibility of z/OS means industry interoperability, but with it comes application programming risks
Hot Topics: Networking support and best practices for zCX
Cover Story: IBM Z Integration: The Next Chapter of the Cloud Journey: Data protection, privacy and enhanced functionality enable enterprises to confidently expose data and applications to the cloud
Feature 1: Cutting-Edge Innovation: Red Hat OpenShift, IBM Cloud Paks and more facilitate digital transformation
Feature 2: DevOps and IBM Z: You've Come a Long Way: IBM's three-pronged DevOps approach helps organizations leverage the IBM Z platform, tools and open-source strategies
TECH Showcase: Leveraging IBM z15, Parallel Sysplex, IBM Z Open Development, zCX and more is key for modernization
Techbits: IBM Lab Services enables next-gen IBM Z and LinuxONE systems
Techbits: Ask the Expert: EKMF and pervasive encryption
Beyond the Box: Everledger CEO and Founder Leanne Kemp on running an organization with purpose
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for IBM Z
2020 IBM Z Solutions Directory
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IBM Systems magazine - January/February 2020 - Partner POV: The flexibility of z/OS means industry interoperability, but with it comes application programming risks
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IBM Systems magazine - January/February 2020 - Cover Story: IBM Z Integration: The Next Chapter of the Cloud Journey: Data protection, privacy and enhanced functionality enable enterprises to confidently expose data and applications to the cloud
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IBM Systems magazine - January/February 2020 - Techbits: IBM Lab Services enables next-gen IBM Z and LinuxONE systems
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IBM Systems magazine - January/February 2020 - Techbits: Ask the Expert: EKMF and pervasive encryption
IBM Systems magazine - January/February 2020 - Beyond the Box: Everledger CEO and Founder Leanne Kemp on running an organization with purpose
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