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How do I collect DB2 Key Performance Metrics in a AIX environment?

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Dear Gurus,

This is about DB2 LUW 10.5 on AIX machine. A new application is being readied for performance testing in a QA environment and I have several questions about detailed key performce metrics that I should collect and report on.

 I want to collect KPIs at
(a) the server level -         CPU utilization
                    Memory utilization
                    Storage utilization metric
                    IO utilization
                    Paging space utilization
                    Top utilization CPU, Memory and IO Process ids

(b) At the Instance level -   Instance available memory and used memory

(c) the database level  -   Database total memory
                    Transaction arrival rate
                      Transaction wait times
                    How long to collect this metrics (collect evey 5, 10 ,15 or 20 minutes interval)
                    Buffer pool hit ratio
                       Storage utilization metric
                    Package cache hit ratio (Total space and available space)
                    catalog cache hit ratio (Total space and available space)
                    Total number of connections and locks
                    Total number of reads, writes, updates and deletes on the database
                    Top n SQL involved in excessive locking activities
                    Top n SQL or othe agent using very high CPU utilizing
                    Top n SQL or other agents using very high log space.

  In all categories listed above, could esteemed members of this group and especially those with superior performance
  monitoring, analysis and tuning please jump in and share your expertise and wisdom on how best to go about collecting
  the various metrics, what tools could be used (I have optim performance Monitor), what native AIX tools such as IOstat,
  vmstat, db2pd, etcetc and how best to set all this up in a CRONTAB job for the capture...
 
  Please gurus, all and any suggestion with practical examples or links to information on how to set up such metrics capture
  will be highly appreciated.

  Thank you all a million!

  Enyimba
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Hi Enyimba,

There are a lot of web sites with performance tuning tips and tools for DB2.  Most have their good points.  But very few of them are as good or as comprehensive as the DB2 tools.

  IBM pages

Down the left side of the page (linked above) are links to IBM resources, written by some really good DB2 people.  Take a quick look and see if any of the Best Practice Papers mentioned cover your needs.


Kent
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It looks very windows performance metrics.
How do you measure CPU utilization on frequency-scaling CPU?
AIX will mirror main memory to swap - that is just normal part of it's operation.
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Thank you for your help. I am still working this problem
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You need to enable DB2 SNMP subagent and extract statistics using SNMP. Tivoli does that.
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I do not have Tivoli. How do I enable SNMP? Is it something a DBA can do or do I have to go through hoops with AIX system's Admins to do that? And what kind of performance metrics can I expect to find/get from SNMP? Of course I will read up a little on SNMP tonight but do educate me a little..

Thanks

Enyimba
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Thats the cryptic part hidden in tivoli agent documentation. Me no longer their customer.
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DB2 datastudio uses SNMP agent built into DB2 to monitor it.
It configures it on windows. Probably on AIX too.
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gheist,

Thanks for your response to this thread. If I may ask, could you detail how data studio configures SNMP on windows? Perhaps I could glean from that what I may have to do to configure for AIX which is the environment that host my DB2 instances... Any information or links to such information will be highly appreciated.

Enyimba
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It adds snmp sub-agent.
Old old docs say it does same automatically on AIX:
https://www.columbia.edu/sec/acis/db2/db2p0/db2p046.htm
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Thanks guys
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