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IBM Z Batch Network Analyzer (zBNA) Tool



Document Author:
Additional Author(s):

Valerie Spencer
Shawn Lundvall


Document ID:

PRS5132


Doc. Organization:

Advanced Technical Sales


Document Revised:

04/24/2018


Product(s) covered:

z Systems; z/OS







Abstract: zBNA is a PC-based productivity tool designed to provide a means of estimating the elapsed time for batch jobs solely based on the differences in CPU speeds for a base processor and a target processor, the number of engines on each system, and system capacities; data sharing is not considered. zBNA provides powerful, graphic demonstration of the z/OS batch window.

Important: Any previous version of zBNA must be uninstalled prior to installing the new version (1.7.0) that supports Java V8. This is necessary in order to preserve Windows Registry integrity with respect to this tool.
Product Name:
zBNA
Product Version:
1.8.2
Operating System:
Windows 7/8/10 64-bit
Change Date:
April 10, 2018
Approximate Size:
169MB
Click to download the zBNA install package which includes the required IBM CPS Java V8
Click on the icon to view/download the user's guide

zBNA requires an independent version of the IBM CPS Java Runtime Environment v8 64-bit, which is packaged with the tool.

Obtain the CP3KEXTR program
CP3KEXTR runs on a System z processor under z/OS. It reads the SMF records to produce an Enterprise Data File (.edf) that contains the SMF Type 70's & 113 data and a (.dat) file, which contains the Type 14, 15, 30 (4) (5), 42 (6) data as input to zBNA.

Access the CP3KEXTR materials.

Hide details for What's NewWhat's New
V1.8.2 (04/10/2018)
  • The IBM z14 (3907-ZR1) processor family has been added, with 156 General Purpose models (26 speed settings) and 30 IFL models. It is a single drawer configuration providing a maximum of 30 real CPs. CPs may be configured as General Purpose (maximum of 6), zIIP, IFL, or ICF.
  • The new Multiple Systems Graph Creator allows loading multiple CSVs saved from the graphs within zBNA and aggregate them together to get a “multi-system” graph. The support is currently available to the zEDC, Encryption and zHyperLink applications.
  • Enhancements to the Data Set and Coupling Facility Encryption function.
  • Added the ability to estimate the benefit of zHyperLink I/O activity using the new zHyperLink Application. SMF 42 (6) records are required.
  • Miscellaneous other enhancements and bug fixes.

V1.8.1d (12/15/2017)
  • Added a message to display when there is no SMF Type 30 subtype 5 data.
  • Corrected the problem in the zEDC table that affected the compression ratio.

V1.8.1c (12/07/2017)
  • Display a message when there is no SMF type 30 subtype 5 records in the loaded data.
  • Added "Encrypted" column on the Top Data Sets panel.

V1.8.1c (12/07/2017)
  • Added the Customer Name dialogue when creating reports.
  • Added "Encrypted" column on the Top Data Sets panel.
  • Added MSU graphs to both the zEDC and Encryption applications.
  • Several text updates for the Top Data Sets, zEDC, and Encryption HTML reports.
  • Added the Multiple System Graph Creator function to the Applications menu.
  • Miscellaneous other enhancements and bug fixes.

V1.8.1b (09/29/2017)
  • Text updates to the main zBNA report.
  • Miscellaneous other enhancements and bug fixes.

V1.8.1a (08/31/2017)
Update to the encryption algorithm.

V1.8.1 (08/25/2017)
  • Support for Pervasive Encryption – Data Set and Coupling Facility. NOTE: For z14 estimations, the estimate presented assumes that the following performance APARs have been applied to the system: OA53718, OA53664.
  • Miscellaneous other enhancements and bug fixes.

V1.8.0 (07/27/2017)
  • The IBM z Systems (z14) processor family has been added, with 269 General Purpose models (170 full-speed and 99 slugged) and 170 IFL models. Various drawer configurations provide up to 170 real CPs, which can be configured as General Purpose, zIIP, IFL, or ICF engines. The processor designation is 3906-7xx for full speed models, and 3906-4xx, -5xx, or 6xx for slugged models.
  • Miscellaneous other enhancements and bug fixes.

V1.7.5 (06/01/2017)
  • Time filter set on the Filters panel is propagated on the Top Data Sets panel.
  • Added support for a default output directory when creating CSV and HTML files.
  • The MIPS graph is added in the list of zEDC graphs.
  • On the zEDC panel, the Compression Ration, 1:1, is now shown as “N/A”.
  • Update to the zEDC algorithm.
  • Miscellaneous other enhancements and bug fixes.

V1.7.4 (03/03/2017)
  • Options are available on the File menu on the main zBNA panel to save Alternate processor, Jobs, and/or step level data in the CSV files created.
  • A service class job filter panel is included in the Life of a Program dialog.
  • The time filter set on the Filters panel is propagated on the zEDC Top Data Sets panel.
  • Includes updated z13 RNI formula.
  • Miscellaneous other enhancements and bug fixes.

V1.7.3 (01/17/2017)
  • All of the column data on the zBNA main panel is saved in the CSV file.
  • zEDC algorithm updated to separate reads/writes for Generic and Tailored data sets.
  • When a terse file is loaded, "Save untersed file as DAT file" is enabled on the File menu on the main zBNA panel. This function will save the dat file from the untersed data that is in the model.
  • Support added when multiple monitors are being used.
  • Display the "Init Time" data on both the Main and Job Details panel.
  • Miscellaneous other enhancements and bug fixes.

V1.7.2 (08/19/2016)
  • Modified the "Top Datasets Input" window.
  • Miscellaneous other enhancements and bug fixes.

V1.7.0 (07/08/2016)
  • Support for Java Version 8 migration.
  • Implemented Applications menu on the main zBNA panel. Both the Top Datasets and zEDC Compression functions are now on this menu item.
  • Updated the "Top Dataset" panel to produce an HTML report and sort the columns. Added the Service Class and Job Name columns on the panel, and that data is in the HTML report and CSV.
  • Performance improvements to the load process.

V1.6.9 (03/31/2016)
  • Implemented the MSU 4-hour Rolling Average graph.
  • Added tool tips on both the CPU Utilization and MSU 4-hour Rolling Average graphs.
  • Corrected the problem in the zBNA report when there are alternates, the “Total” line is off by three columns.
  • Added two columns for the I/O Count and CPU Time data into the CSV generated on the “zEDC Top Data Sets” panel.
  • The zIIP calculation for the alternate processors has been corrected.
  • Miscellaneous other enhancements and bug fixes.

V1.6.8 (02/22/2016)
  1. The IBM z Systems z13s processor family has been added, with 156 General Purpose models (various speed settings) and 20 IFL models. Single drawer configurations (2965-N10) provide up to 10 real CPs; 2-drawer configuration (2965-N20) provide up to 20 CPs. CPS can be configured as General Purpose (maximum of 6), zIIP, IFL, or ICF engines.
  2. More details are in the news file, which is saved in the zCP3000 installation directory.


V1.6.7 (12/10/2015)
  • zBNA remembers up to the last four loaded files on the File menu.
  • When an ".edf" file is selected on the "Import Files" panel, zBNA automatically inputs its corresponding ".dat" with the identical file name, when it exists in the same directory. The same is true when there is a corresponding ".trs", instead of the ".dat".
  • The "Queue Delay" metrics are included on the main panel.
  • On the main panel, the user can now choose which Job information columns are shown, from a preselected list, using Select Columns on the Edit menu.
  • Added the Job RACF UserID and RACF Group to the "Job Details" and "Filters" panel, as well as in the report.
  • Miscellaneous other enhancements and bug fixes.

V1.6.6 (09/30/2015)
  • GCP physical utilization graph implemented on the main Graph menu.
  • zBNA displays a warning message when CP3KEXTR is older than six months.

V1.6.5 (07/31/2015)
There are no function changes in the tool for this release, however, a mandatory update to some of the tool's packaging files was required.

V1.6.4 (06/30/2015)
  • Enhancements made to the load files process.
  • Improvement in recognizing invalid SMF 14 records on input to the zEDC function.
  • The tool now reports CPU delay data for a specific job.
  • Miscellaneous other enhancements and bug fixes.

V1.6.3 (03/27/2015)
  • An option, Create CSV File – All data, has been added on the File menu allowing all of the zEDC data sets to be saved.
  • In the EXTRZBNA member of the CP3KEXTR program, do not specify a DURATION less than 00:05 minutes.
  • Apply SMT defaults (25% for zIIP and IFL is 20%) using Action, Apply IFL/Apply zIIP SMT Defaults. Manually input values in the SMT column on the zIIP and/or IFL rows. The % is automatically applied; press Enter while the cursor is in the input field.
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes.

V1.6.2 (03/2/2015)
  • Fixed problem with sorting in the columns on the zEDC Top Data Sets panel.
  • Added the Locale to the zBNA saved study file. This feature is supported for version 1.6.2 and future ones.
  • Added a new column, Delta DASD Space MB, to the zEDC table to estimate how many MBs won't be stored on disc as a result of converting the dataset to zEDC.
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes.

V1.6.1 (01/30/2015)
Miscellaneous enhancements and bug fixes.

V1.5.1 (12/12/2014)
  • Enhancements made to the “zEDC Top Data Sets” panel include;
  • New graph, Dataset Gigabytes per Hour, has been added.
  • Added a filter function, Graphing Options, to support what gets graphed.
  • A checkbox column has been added to the DSN table allowing data sets to be included or excluded from the graphs.
  • The status bar has been added at the bottom of the table to show how many DSNs (maximum is 1000) there are.
  • A total row has been added for each compression type in the zEDC report.
  • A file is created when zBNA detects an error. The default directory where the file is saved is C:\Users\IBM_ADMIN\AppData\Roaming\zBNA.

V1.5.0 (10/21/2014)
  • The Job Information panel (Step Details) was updated to look as the regular panels. The panel can now be resized.
  • Step Details will include a new Proc Step column containing the procedure step name. Note: The data must be extracted using the CP3KEXTR program dated 10/10/2014 or later.
  • Improvements in load processing to help handle large amounts of data.
  • Fixes to CSV and HTML generation for zEDC
  • Fix to the main table and filters (seconds added where needed)
  • The “zEDC Top Data Sets” panel now shows the estimated I/O Count, I/O time, and CPU Time deltas, if the candidate data set would be compressed with zEDC. For current PS and EF data sets this panel also allows the user to specify a compression ratio used for the estimate.
  • Added the following zEDC graphs: Projected zEDC CPU Savings, Projected zEDC I/O Count, and zEDC Dataset Analysis.
  • Reporting on selection detail of the SMF 14/15s used in the zEDC analysis has been added.

V1.4.6 (08/29/2014)
  • Added the IIP CP Time column on the zBNA main panel.
  • The "Load" function has been enhanced to allow loading different files without exiting the tool.
  • Updates to the zEDC graph; Generic, Tailored, and zEDC are now supported.
  • Support has been added to load in tersed .dat files.
  • The Find command is now case insensitive.
  • Added the ability to create a CSV file from the zEDC graph.
  • Regular maintenance.

V1.4.5 (05/30/2014)
  • zBNA now allows a job class that is greater than one character.
  • The CSV save function now includes overwrite, append, and cancel options.
  • The "Clear Data" function has been removed from the File menu on the main zBNA panel. Enhancements are being made, and the function will be available in 3Q2014.
  • The value in the "Comp Ratio" column in the table on the "zEDC Top Data Sets" graph panel now has one decimal place.

V1.4.3 and V1.4.4 (05/01/2014)
  • On entry to the zEDC Compression function, the “zEDC Top Data Sets” panel now displays first. Access the graph using the Action menu.
  • Add the RW Ratio and Comp Ratio columns to the table on the “zEDC Top Data Sets” panel.
  • Ad the Compression Type, RW Ratio, and Comp Ratio table on the zEDC graph panel.
  • Add the Block Size column to the table on both the “Job Dataset Report” and “Life of a Dataset” panels.
  • Add the IIP CP Time column to the table on the “Job Information” panel.
  • For a selected job on the graph, show the name of the alternate CPU in the tooltip.
  • Fixed a problem to correctly format the EXCP data on the zBNA main panel and in the CSV when the value is greater than 1,000.
  • Columns can now be sorted on the “Job Information” panel while keeping the blue highlighted line remains on the job.

V1.4.2 (03/17/2014)
  • Add Report to the Action menu on the “Job Dataset Report” panel.
  • Add Report to the Action menu on the “Life of a Dataset” panel.
  • Add Create CSV file to the File menu on the “zEDC Top Data Sets” panel.
  • The check boxes on the “zEDC Top Data Sets” and “zEDC Options” are interchangeable.
  • Corrected the problem with national language and the decimal point not saved correctly in the “.zBNA” file.
  • Corrected the problem with the filters not being identified correctly with the report generation.
  • Implemented the support to generate an error file, if zBNA crashes.

V1.4.1 (02/11/2014)
  • The zEDC Compression function has moved to the Action menu.
  • The routine that loads the SMF Type 14/15 records for the zEDC Compression function has been significantly improved to only read the input file one time!
  • A cover page has been added to the zBNA report.
  • The Find and Find Next are now available on the Edit menu on several of the zBNA panels that contain tables.
  • The ability to generate CSV output has also been added to the File menu on the “Job Dataset Report”, “Top 10 Data Sets”, and “Life of a Dataset” panels.
  • Updated the CSV output to contain periods for decimals even in countries where it is a comma so that the CSV can be parsed.

V1.3.0 (12/31/2013)
IBM zEnterprise Data Compression (zEDC) support is implemented. SMF Record Types 14 and 15 are required. Invoke the function using the zEDC: Compression menu on the main zBNA panel. Use the CP3KEXTR program dated 12/12/13 or later.

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Classification:

Hardware

Category:

Performance




Platform(s):

IBM System z Family

S/W Pillar(s):

IBM System z Software

O/S:

z/OS

Keywords:

zBNA, Batch Network Analyzer, batch, batch window

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