PM for Power Systems

IBM Performance Management for Power Systems

Refer to the following important news items:


September, 2013: 6 month PM report view via .pdf

The IBM Performance Management (PM) Development and Worldwide Operations team is pleased to announce availability of historical monthly reports within PM for Power Systems. The select report function (available on the Server Information Page when signed onto the PM web site) has been enhanced to allow the user to selectively view historical reports (as PDFs) for the past 6 months.

This new capability allows for more flexibility in doing 'before and after' visual comparisons on changes in utilization and performance.

This enhanced capability applies to the currently available reports. ie summary level graphs or the full detail suite of reports.

This new function is available immediately.

For additional information on the specific graphs available within Performance Management for Power Systems, visit the PM for Power Systems Graph Reference Document at: http://www.ibm.com/systems/power/support/perfmgmt

AIX Processor Utilization for an uncapped partition.

You may have noticed a change in the reported processor utilization for an uncapped partition running AIX.

PM for Power Systems has modified the calculation of processor utilization to be relative to the base allocation for the partition. Normalizing to the base allocation allows you to understand the additional resource the partition is using and it allows PM to produce the long term trending needed for planning purposes.

For example; if the uncapped partition is defined as initially being allocated 0.2 cores, but it is utilizing 0.3 cores, PM will now display a utilization of 150%.

This change provides consistency between the reporting for IBM i, Linux and AIX.

Linux graphs available

IBM is pleased to announce the availability of the PM for Power Systems reports in support of Linux. Please see the news item titled ‘ PM support for Linux’ posted previously for additional information on getting started with Linux.

System View Graphs available on Power Systems running IBM AIX

The IBM Performance Management Development and Worldwide Operations team is pleased to announce System View graphs on IBM POWER® processor based systems, including IBM PureFlex™ System, using IBM AIX® and running Performance Management for Power Systems. This capability provides the end user with a single, consolidated view of processor utilization versus the remaining available capacity across all processors and partitions on the system.

This capability complements the prior PM for Power Systems reports, which show processor utilization at the partition level only, by providing the user a view of the system in its entirety. With this announcement, a complete view is now available....at the partition, processor pool and now total system. Combined with the prior capability to drill down (monthly, daily and hourly level) and backwards (up to the prior 25 months history), the user now has powerful and flexible capability to assist with problem diagnosis or for predicting future capacity requirements.

Only customers subscribed to the detail PM for Power Systems reports either in a stand alone contract or as part of services premium offering (e.g. Enhanced Technical Support in Europe) will have access to the System View graphs.

The System View graph types available are:

This new System View support is provided for both the existing AIX release TL's (referred to below as Environment #1) and for the new AIX release TL's announced on October 3, 2012, (Environment #2). The following summarizes how the PM data collection software is obtained.

Environment #1: For existing releases AIX 7.1.0.0 TL 00 or TL 01 and AIX 6.1.0.0 TL 06 or 07 in HMC or FSM configurations

Support is provided via ifix download (see below). Prior releases and TLs are not supported. nor is the VIOS partition supported as the data collection / consolidation partition. Minimum Power 6 hardware or newer. The HMC release must be 7.3.3.5.0 or newer.

Interim to the integration of this function into AIX, it is necessary to download and install the 'ifix' software that enables the function. (Note: the ifix that is downloaded contains support for both System View graphs and Shared Processor Pool graphs. Therefore this ifix supersedes the Shared Processor Pool ifix announced on April 23, 2012).

Environment #2: For new AIX TL's (AIX 7.1 TL 02 and AIX 6.1 TL08) announced on October 3, 2012

In HMC managed systems, the PM collector code to support System View graphs (and Shared Processor Pool graphs) is now embedded in the release in the form of a fileset. It will default install.

In FSM managed systems, an additional ifix supporting both System View and Shared Processor Pool graphs is needed and is available for download. This is in addition to the fileset mentioned above. This ifix will be superseded by a Service Pack in the 1Q'2013.

In both cases, minimum Power 6 hardware or newer. For the HMC environment, the HMC release must be 7.3.3.5.0 or newer. The VIOS partition is not supported as the data collection / consolidation partition.

Activation Instructions:

The activation instructions for both environments can be found in the respective ReadMe under Getting Started - Activation Instructions.

Current subscribers to the PM for Power Systems detail IBM Global Services fee report offering need not take any additional action to begin receiving the System View reports beyond the set up instructions identified above.

For additional information on the specific graphs available within the System View reports, visit the PM for Power Systems Graph Reference Document.

PM for Power Systems support for Linux

The IBM Performance Management Development and Worldwide Operations team is pleased to announce a significant Performance Management for Power Systems offering enhancement with the impending support for Linux Red Hat RHEL Version 5 or higher and SUSE SLES Version 10 or higher. (Both are supported as long as their GLIBC version is 2.4 or up.)

(Prior releases of RHEL and SLES may work but are not supported.)

This new capability will allow Linux users on any IBM POWER based processor system to enjoy the partition level (or total system if a non partitioned environment) performance, system management and capacity planning functions that IBM PM for Power Systems provides. Linux support is provided in both a stand alone Linux environment or in a mixed OS (Linux, AIX and / or IBM i) environment.

The PM for Power Systems data collection package for support of Linux can be found as an option on the recently announced IBM Installation Toolkit version 5.4.1. This is a toolkit for IBM Power Linux installation that will provide access to unique software packages for both RHEL and SLES .

Support is provided in the following environments: 1) IBM Electronic Service Agent (ESA) running in a stand alone environment; or 2) an HMC environment.

Activation Instructions:

The activation instructions for PMLinux Collection Agent can be found in the respective
ReadMe under Getting Started - Activation Steps

Shared processor pool reporting for IBM AIX

The IBM Performance Management Development and Worldwide Operations team is pleased to announce a significant enhancement to the IBM AIX detailed report offering of Performance Management (PM) for Power Systems. As of April 23, 2012, shared physical processor pool reporting that is designed to help customers manage their systems in a dynamic processor allocation environment is now supported.

Customers who are subscribed to the detail IBM Global Services fee report offering and who also have configured their systems to create a shared processor pool, will now receive three different levels of shared processor reports. Reports are provided showing 'total pool' utilization versus 'total pool' capacity:

  1. in a monthly comparison for the last year including a 3, 6 and 12 month projection of future pool utilization
  2. in a daily comparison for the last 90 days; and
  3. in an hourly comparison for the last 30 days.

Support is provided for AIX 7.1.0.0 TL 00 and TL 01 and AIX 6.1.0.0 TL 06 and TL 07 via ifix download. (see below). Prior releases and TL's are not supported.

Set up instructions for Shared Processor Pool Graphs

When configuring PM for Power Systems on IBM AIX to support the Shared Processor Pool Graphs, please follow these instructions / requirements:

Interim to the integration of this function into AIX, it is necessary to download and install the 'ifix' software that enables the function. This process includes 4 basic steps. Details of the steps can be found under the Getting Started - Activation Steps for AIX instructions on the main PM for Power Systems web site: (Look for the PM_AIX_Pools_ReadMeV6.txt file).

The 4 basic steps necessary to enable this function are:

  1. Determine the appropriate release of AIX for which the Shared Processor Pool ifix package is needed
  2. Visit Developer Works web site to access the ifix package to download
  3. Transfer the ifix package to the AIX server
  4. Install the ifix package on the AIX server

To enable shared pool graphs, customers must also select a new TOPAS option. From the command prompt, type: 'smit topas' ---> Setup Performance Management ---> Change/Show HMC Information and enter HMC name and user name.

Please note: If all the processors on the AIX based system are assigned to the shared physical processor pool, then essentially the PM for Power Systems shared physical processor pool graph is a view of the entire system. Such a 'total system view' graph that would not require all processors be assigned to the pool is under consideration for future announcement.

Current subscribers to the PM for Power Systems detail IBM Global Services fee report offering need not take any additional action to begin receiving the shared processor pool reports beyond the set up instructions identified above.

For additional information on the specific graphs available with shared processor pools, visit the PM for Power Systems Graph Reference Document.

System View Graphs available on Power Systems running IBM i

The IBM Performance Management Development and Worldwide Operations team is pleased to announce the availability of System View graphs on Power Systems running IBM i and running Performance Management for Power Systems. This capability provides the end user with a single, consolidated view of processor utilization versus remaining available capacity across all processors and partitions on the system.

This capability complements the prior PM for Power Systems reports, which show processor utilization at the partition level only, by providing the user a view of the system in its entirety plus a view of the individual partitions that make up the total system view.

Only customers subscribed to the detail PM for Power Systems reports either in a stand alone contract or as part of services premium offering (e.g. Enhanced Technical Support in Europe) will have access to the System View graphs.

The System View graph types available are:

Prerequisites:

Shared processor pool reporting for IBM I

The IBM Performance Management Development and Worldwide Operations team is pleased to announce a significant enhancement to the IBM i detailed report offering of Performance Management (PM) for Power Systems that is designed to help customers manage their systems in a dynamic processor allocation environment. Shared physical processor pool reporting is now supported as of mid April, 2011.

Customers who are subscribed to the detail IBM Global Services fee report offering and who also have configured their systems to create a shared processor pool, will now receive three different levels of shared processor reports. Reports are provided showing 'total pool' utilization versus 'total pool' capacity:

  1. in a monthly comparison for the last year including a 3, 6 and 12 month projection of future pool utilization
  2. in a daily comparison for the last 90 days; and
  3. in an hourly comparison for the last 30 days.

Initially the only System i environments where shared processor pool reporting is supported is when all of the physical processors on the system are assigned to the shared pool. If all the available processors are not assigned to the shared pool, the graph will not be generated. This restriction will be eliminated in the near future.

Set up instructions for Shared Processor Pool Graphs

When configuring PM for Power Systems on IBM i to support the Shared Processor Pool Graphs, please follow these instructions / requirements:

Current subscribers to the PM for Power Systems detail IBM Global Services fee report offering need not take any additional action to begin receiving the shared processor pool reports.

Similar support for AIX is under review.

For additional information on the specific graphs available with shared processor pools, refer to the PM for Power Systems Graph Reference Document (PDF, 3.24MB) .

PM for Power Systems AIX data collector enhanced to streamline activation

The IBM Performance Management Development and Worldwide Operations team is pleased to announce a significant enhancement to the integrated PM AIX Collection Agent that streamlines the activation of PM for Power Systems in the AIX operating system environment. This new capability began shipping in mid December, 2010.

Beginning with the installation of AIX 6.1 TL06 SP3 and AIX 7.1 TL 00 SP2, the PM AIX Collection Agent which collects performance data will automatically create and populate the PM data file needed for subsequent transmission to IBM as part of the PM for Power Systems process. The automated PM performance data file collection is an integrated function within topas, the integrated performance data collector within AIX. The user will no longer need to run the 'smit topas' or 'smit SetUpPM' commands to start creation of the file.

If you have previously configured topas to collect AIX performance data and transmit to IBM, installing the December 2010 Service Pack will not change any of the settings and your server/partition will continue to create and populate the PM data file needed for subsequent transmission to IBM.

Automatic creation of the file does not mean the file will be automatically transmitted to IBM. The user must enable transmission by configuring IBM Electronic Service Agent (ESA) call home function at the standalone server (no HMC), at the HMC, or via enabling ”performance management reporting” on the Service and Support Manager plugin for IBM Systems Director 6.2.1. (See below for how the service pack installation affects the call home function defaults.)

With the installation of the above AIX service packs (and future releases), ESA will automatically transmit the "PM" performance data file that was generated on the system’s behalf, per the following scenarios:

  1. ESA for standalone AIX server (unmanaged):  by default the file will transmit to IBM.
  2. ESA for Power HMC: the user should ensure that “transmit performance data” is configured at the HMC. Default transmission setting will vary by HMC version.
  3. ESA for Service and Support Manager 6.2.1 (IBM Systems Director): By default performance data reporting is set “Enabled”.

Installation of the AIX service packs affects ESA and PM configurations in the following manner:

The 'PM' performance data file created within topas as a result of this change defaults to an average of a 128k file size at the partition level. The file will contain one day of history. The user has the option to increase the number of days of history retained should subsequent re-transmission of the performance data be needed.

The new process on PM for Power Systems on AIX is now more similar to how the PM for Power Systems process works on IBM i.

If you wish to learn more about this new process or how to stop transmission or collection of PM for Power Systems data, visit our web site.

IBM Systems Director to transmit PM data

Within IBM Systems Director 6.2.1, generally available on November 19, 2010, transmission of IBM Performance Management for Power Systems (PM) data is facilitated for the AIX and IBM i environment, providing clients convenience and flexibility when determining how to transmit their 'PM' data to IBM. Specifically, the Service and Support Manager (SSM) function within IBM Systems Director provides clients with the option to request that Systems Director find the PM data file created by the PM collection agent. If a file exists, the SSM will select the file and include it in its routine transmission of electronic service and support information as part of the 'call home' function. Clients retain the option to still use the IBM Electronic Service Agent as the data transmission software should they so choose.

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