Northern California Computer 

Measurement Group



Prior Meetings

 & Agendas



Links & Other Info


CMG2011 Conference

CMG2010 Conference

CMG2009 Conference

CMG2008 Conference

CMG2007 Conference

CMG2006 Conference

CMG2005 Conference



CMG Home

CMG MeasureIt

NCCMG Bylaws








May 6, 2014


Conference Room 1 (1248)

First Floor, Building G

5805 Owens Drive

Pleasanton, CA 94588

Sponsored by SysperTec



8:30 – 9:30      Registration


9:30 - 10:30    Improving the Performance of Web-initiated CICS Transaction Workloads

Speaker: Patrick Fournier, SysperTec


A growing number of consumers conduct their personal business and shop online every day. It results in an avalanche of web-initiated transactions hitting the supporting – oftentimes CICS – applications. Unfortunately CICS and associated system components add over 90% overhead to this web-initiated TP workload which they are not designed for. This presentation exposes the causes for overhead with web-initiated CICS TP, and the technology behind a new “bare bone” transaction server that can run CICS transactions with over 50% improvement in footprint, response times, and throughput.  Discussion items include 1) changing nature of CICS TP workloads, 2) understanding CICS TP overhead, 3) design brief for a lighter and faster transaction server, 4) benchmarking against standard CICS/SOAP, 5) impact on CICS programs, 6) implementation strategy, and 7) next steps.


10:45 – 11:45  FCIP and IBM System Z

Speaker:  Dr. Stephen Guendert, Brocade


This session will discuss Fibre Channel over IP (FCIP) networking for IBM System z environments. We will discuss basics, such as tunnels, circuits, and the protocol itself. We will also cover several more advanced technical subjects, such as FCIP trunking, metrics/failover, lossless link loss, and how TCP plays a role in FCIP networks. Finally, we will discuss different FICON protocol emulation techniques used to improve performance over very long distances.


11:45 ‑ 12:30  NCCMG Business Meeting/Lunch Sponsored by SysperTec/SysperTec Product Presentation


12:30– 1:30     Manage your IBM Sub Capacity Pricing – are you STILL paying too much?

Speaker:  Brian Hoare, Softwareonz


In October of 2000 IBM added the "Define Capacity" setting for Sub-Capacity customers.  How does this affect each LPAR, WLM and the 4 hour rolling average? The dynamics of this and what it will cost you if this is not managed correctly. Every month companies could be paying less for software costs if the 4-hour rolling average is reduced (and managed more effectively).  This session will discuss ideas on managing WLM to reduce costs and to improve performance by ensuring the right MSU's are in the right place, at the right time & for the right cost.


1:30 – 1:45      What’s Happening with CMG!

Speaker:  Denise Kalm, CMG Vice-President


Please pre-register by contacting Keith McAndrew at (916) 715-8352 or signing up through PayPal by Friday May 2, 2014. Registration is free for this meeting.


NC CMG Meeting 05/06/2014




Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every February, May, August, and November.  


bulletNext Meeting is May 6th

Questions or comments about this web site? Please email the webmaster.

Updated: 05/01/2014