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This perfpmr package contains a number of performance tools and some instructions.  Some of these tools are products available with AIX.  Some of the tools are prototype internal tools (setpri, setsched, iomon, getevars, pmcount, lsc, fcstat2, memfill, getdate, perfstat_trigger) and are not generally available to customers. 

All results generated by the Program are estimates and averages based on certain assumptions and conditions. Each environment has its own unique set of requirements that no tool can entirely account for. No representation is made that the results will be accurate or achieved in any given IBM installation environment. The result is based on specific configurations and run time environments. Customer results will vary. Any configuration recommended by the Program should be tested and verified. Any code provided is for illustrative purposes only.

AIX 7.1 PERFORMANCE DATA COLLECTION PROCESS

  Note:   The act of collecting performance data will add load on the system.  HACMP users may        want to extend the Dead Man Switch timeout or shutdown HACMP prior to collecting  perfpmr data to avoid accidental failovers.

 I.   INTRODUCTION


      This package contains a set of tools and instructions for  collecting the data needed to analyze a AIX performance   problem.  This tool set runs on AIX V7.1

 II.  HOW TO OBTAIN AND INSTALL THE TOOLS ON AN IBM RISC SYSTEM/6000.

      A. OBTAINING THE PACKAGE

           The package will be distributed as a compressed "tar" file available electronically.

            From the internet:
            ==================
            'ftp://ftp.software.ibm.com/aix/tools/perftools/perfpmr'


      B. INSTALLING THE PACKAGE

           The following assumes the tar file is in /tmp and named  'perf71.tar.Z'.

           a. login as root or use the 'su' command to obtain root  authority

           b. create perf71 directory and move to that directory (this example assumes the directory built  is under /tmp)

              # mkdir /tmp/perf71
              # cd /tmp/perf71

           c. extract the shell scripts out of the compressed tar file:

              # zcat /tmp/perf71.tar.Z | tar -xvf -

 III. HOW TO COLLECT DATA FOR AN AIX PERFORMANCE PROBLEM


      A. Purpose:

           1. This section describes the set of steps that should be followed to collect performance data.

           2. The goal is to collect a good base of information that can be used by AIX technical support specialists or development lab programmers to get started in analyzing and solving the performance problem. This process may need to be repeated after analysis of the initial set of data is completed and/or AIX personnel may want to dial-in to the customer's machine if appropriate for  additional data collection/analysis.

      B. Collection of the Performance Data on Your System

           1. Detailed System Performance Data:

              Detailed performance data is required to analyze and solve a performance problem. Follow these steps to  invoke the supplied shell scripts:

              NOTE:  You must have root user authority when executing these shell scripts.

                a. Create a data collection directory and 'cd' into this  directory.
                   Allow at least 45MB*#of_logicalcpus of unused space in whatever file system is used.


                   *IMPORTANT* - DO NOT COLLECT DATA IN A REMOTELY MOUNTED                FILESYSTEM SINCE IPTRACE MAY HANG

                   For example using /tmp filesystem:
                       # mkdir /tmp/perfdata
                       # cd /tmp/perfdata

                b. HACMP users:
                     Generaly recommend HACMP deadman switch interval be lengthened while performance data is being collected.

                c. Collect our 'standard' PERF71 data for 600 seconds (600 seconds = 10 minutes).  Start the data collection while the problem is already occurring with the command:

                     /directory_where_perfpmrscripts_are_installed/perfpmr.sh 600

                   The perfpmr.sh shell provided will:
                   - immediately collect a 5 second trace (trace.sh 5)
                   - collect 600 seconds of general system performance data (monitor.sh 600).
                   - collect hardware and software configuration information (config.sh).

                   In addition, if it finds the following programs available  in the current execution path, it will:
                   - collect 10 seconds of iptrace information (iptrace.sh 10)
                   - collect 10 seconds of filemon information (filemon.sh 10)
                   - collect 60 seconds of tprof information (tprof.sh 60)

                   NOTE:  Since a performance problems may mask other problems, it is not uncommon to fix one issue and then collect more data to work on another issue.

                d. Answer the questions in the text file called 'PROBLEM.INFO' in the data collection directory created above.  This background information about your problem helps us better understand what is going wrong.

 IV. HOW TO SEND THE DATA TO IBM.


      A. Combine all the collected data into a single binary 'tar' file and compress it:

           Put the completed PROBLEM.INFO in the same directory where the data was collected (ie. /tmp/perfdata in the following example).  Change to the parent directory, and use the tar command as follows:

       Either use: cd /tmp; perfpmr.sh -o perfdata -z pmr#.pax.gz
       or
           # cd /tmp/perfdata   (or whatever directory used
                                  to collect the data)
           # cd ..
       # pax -xpax -vw perfdata | gzip -c > pmr#.pax.gz


      B. Submission of testcase to IBM:

           Internet 'ftp' access:
           ----------------------
             The quickest method to get the data analyzed is for the customer to ftp the data directly to IBM. Data placed on the server listed below cannot be accessed by unauthorized personnel.  Please contact your IBM representative for the PMR#, BRANCH#, and COUNTRY#.  IBM uses all 3 to uniquely associate your data with your problem tracking record.

               'ftp testcase.software.ibm.com'
                Userid:  anonymous
                password:  your_internet_email_address
                           (ie. smith@austin.ibm.com)
               'cd toibm/aix'
               'bin'
               'put  PMR#.BRANCH#.COUNTRY#.pax.gz'
                  (ie. '16443.060.000.pax.gz'
               'quit'

            If the transfer fails with an error, it's possible that a file already exists by the same name on the ftp server. In this case, add something to the name of the file to differentiate it from the file already on the ftp site (ex. 16443.060.000.july18.pax.gz).

             Notify your IBM customer representative you have submitted the data.  They will then update the defect report to indicate the data is available for analysis.
 

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