Northern California Computer
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