• Subject: Re: Performance solutions through hardware
  • From: "Mike Gillette" <mgillette@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 9 Jul 1999 09:28:27 -0700

If in fact the AS/400 is source of your performance bottleneck, it may be as
much a workload mix issue as it is a horsepower issue.  The 9406/640 is
primarily an interactive CPU and suffers under heavy batch processing.  The
new 7XX models and the older E-Custom Servers are tuned to give the BPCS
user an adjustable CPW mix between Batch and Interactive.  This has resulted
in superior performance than what users have experienced with the "Classic"
AS/400 like your 640.

As a BPCS Hardware Partner, I can assist you in the evaluation of your
workload mix and recommend a CPU that best meets your needs. Feel free to
e-mail me at mgillette@gssolutions.com for information.


----- Original Message -----
From: <fkolmann@revlon.com.au>
To: <BPCS-L@midrange.com>
Sent: Thursday, July 08, 1999 5:01 PM
Subject: Re: Performance solutions through hardware


> Please accept big THANK-YOUS for everyone who responded to my ECM problem.
> I have yet to implement the solutions, and I will let you know how I go.
>
> Apologigies to anyone I offend in advance for the following.
>
> <SOAPBOX MODE ON>
> Hey,  Just a minute here.
> Do you have any idea how much we have spent on hardware upgrades for BPCS
V6
> already.
> It really boggles the mind.
> I am not sure if we are an AS400e box or not.  Certainly we are a RISC box
mdl
> 640-2237.
> We are still running PRMS(our previuos system) and where jobs took hours
to
> run this new donk is running them in minutes.
> In the old PRMS system had slow order loads, allocations, MRP , etc. etc.
now
> it is so fast that processing time is no longer part of the equation,  AND
WE
> ARE REPLACING PRMS WITH BPCS THAT NOW TAKES
> 2 HOURS TO LOAD 120 CUSTOMER ORDERS.
> 7 HOURS to update nightly  GL transactions
>
> Now I know just how much I/O and resources the PRMS and SALESTRACKER jobs
> needed,
> BPCS is taking ORDERS OF MAGNITUDE more resource.
> This is only possible way this can be the case is for SQL to be reading
the
> database so inefficently that
> TO UPDATE A SINGLE RECORD,  THE ENTIRE FILE IS BEING READ.
> THE ENTIRE FILE IS THEN READ THOUSANDS OF TIMES IF THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF
> RECORDS TO UPDATE.
>
> Please shoot me down in flames if I am wrong.
>
> SalesTracker loads that took half the night now take half an hour.  We
have
> another site running on our AS400 in the S36ee enviromnent.  The old S36
took
> 4 hours to do BPCS V4 MRP now it takes 5 MINUTES their Month-End takes 7
> minutes Day End is negligible,  boy are they in for a shock when we cut
them
> onto V6.
> We have thrown so much hardware at BPCS that IT IS NOT FUNNY.
>
> <SOABOX MODE OFF>
>
> <NORMAL MODE RESTORED>
>
> Mac are you saying that this is just IBMs way of getting us to upgrade.
?:)
>
>
> MacWheel99@aol.com wrote:
>
> > Here's an idea for folks doing a BPCS version upgrade, in which there is
a
> > strong suspicion that a bigger box is needed & that management might be
> > downplaying expectations due to sticker shock - hope you don't mind me
> > passing on this news item.
> >
> > IBM GUARANTEES ERP PERFORMANCE ON AS/400E
> > http://www.news400.com/nwn/StoryBuild.cfm?ID=705
> > IBM is so confident in the performance of the AS/400e for enterprise
> > resource planning (ERP) that it will upgrade for free any new system
> > that doesn't perform as predicted.
>
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