IBM CICS Performance Series: Effective Monitoring for CICS Performance Benchmarks

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Published 17 February 2015

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IBM Form #: REDP-5170-00
(36 pages)

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Authors: John Burgess, Manuela Mandelli


The aim of this paper is to show tools and techniques that can be used to understand the performance characteristics of an IBM® CICS® performance benchmark. It describes why it is important to understand whether other work on your systems can interfere with the system under test. It looks at an example CICS Transaction Server (CICS TS) configuration and describes how monitoring tools, including Resource Measurement Facility™ (IBM RMF™) and Workload Manager (WLM) can be used to collect and report performance data.

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Achieving consistent, repeatable CPU usage in benchmarks
CICS Transaction Server (CICS TS) configuration
CICS TS application
Hardware and software configuration
Summary of performance monitoring tools
z/OS Workload Manager (WLM) and CICS
Executing the benchmark
Analyzing the data

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