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HP-UX Performance and Tuning (H4262S)

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This course shows you how to optimize the performance of your computing environment, including multiprocessor and cell-based systems. Extensive hands-on labs allow you to gain experience using standard UNIX and HP-specific tools to monitor, analyze, and tune the performance of HP-UX systems and common network services. The 5-day course is 50 percent lecture and 50 percent hands-on.

  • HP-UX System and Network Administration I (H3064S) and HP-UX System and Network Administration II (H3065S) or for Experienced UNIX System Administrators(H5875S)
  • Inside the HP-UX Operating System (H5081S) is advantageous

Experienced HP-UX system and network administrators

  • Explore a methodology for investigating performance issues
  • Identify tools used to monitor HP-UX performance
  • Identify bottlenecks and potential problems
  • Determine appropriate remedial actions to take
  • Effectively utilize the range of performance tools that are available to you
  • Learn how to regularly monitor your systems and quickly recognize problems
  • Optimize your systems by identifying and removing performance bottlenecks
  • Effectively allocate resources such as CPU, memory, disk I/O bandwidth among your critical and lower priority users and applications
  • Deliver a guaranteed level of application performance to your end users

Introduction to Performance

  • What is a performance problem
  • The “System centric” view of performance
  • Measuring performance
  • The first rule of interpreting metrics
  • Types of performance
  • Multiprocessor scaling
  • Bottlenecks
  • Baseline
  • Queuing and response times
  • Increasing CPU counts and utilization
  • Types of metrics

HP Performance Tools

  • HP Performance tools
  • Sources of data
  • Glance
  • GPM – Glance Plus Motif
  • Adviser and Alarms
  • HP Performance Agent and Manager
  • HP Performance Manager
  • PRM
  • WLM
  • gWLM
  • Unix Performance Tools
  • Caliper
  • Prospect
  • tusc
  • lsof
  • sar
  • top

CPUs and Performance

  • Types of CPU bottlenecks
  • CPUs and performance
  • Data access times
  • Tuning for data latency
  • Performance and system size
  • mpsched
  • Launch policies
  • Processor sets
  • Address translation delays
  • Variable page size kernel parameters
  • The change attributes command
  • Hyperthreading
  • Shared caches
  • Compiler optimizations

Processes and Performance

  • CPU performance problems
  • Understanding the “standard” scheduler
  • Load balancing
  • Managing priorities
  • psets
  • Priority Inversion
  • Interrupt processing
  • Looking at CPU Utilization

CPUs Adjusting Performance

  • Unix commands to adjust prioritie
  • HP Tools and CPU Management
  • Process Resource Manager

VxFS I/O Performance

  • Layers of I/O
  • I/O and performance
  • The filesystem layer
  • VxFS performance topics
  • VxFS inodes and extents
  • Defragmenting OnlineJFS filesystems
  • Understanding your I/O workload
  • Mount options
  • Caching controls
  • Concurrent I/O
  • vxtunefs
  • Performance implications of locks
  • Large directories
  • Buffered I/O, reading ahead
  • Writing behind
  • Direct I/O
  • Caching

Volume Manager I/O Performance

  • Volume managers, introduction
  • Mirroring and performance
  • Striping
  • Multipathing
  • Load balancing policies
  • Looking at I/O performance in glance
  • Examining VxVM performance with vxstat
  • How PRM Manages Disk Bandwidth

Disk I/O Performance

  • The SCSI layer
  • Optimizing I/Os in the SCSI Layer
  • Device caching
  • Setting low level SCSI parameters
  • Immediate reporting with simple disks
  • I/O related wait states
  • Process system calls

Cell Local Memory and Performance

  • LORA
  • Uniform Memory access patterns
  • Non-Uniform memory access platform
  • Locality domains to manage ccNUMA memory
  • Configuring CLM
  • Impact of I/O locality
  • Applications suited to LORA
  • LORA with nPars
  • LORA with vPars
  • LORA with VM
  • SAP on LORA
  • Java on LORA
  • Oracle on LORA
  • Strategies for HP NUMA platforms


  • System memory management
  • When does memory affect performance
  • Virtual memory
  • Memory allocation
  • vhand, the page daemon
  • Memory Resource Groups
  • File/Buffer cache paging differences
  • Diagnosing memory problems
  • Tuning the swap environment
  • How PRM manages memory
  • Memory File System

Virtual Machine Performance

  • Monitoring VMs
  • hpvmsar
  • HP Integrity VM Manager
  • Glance
  • Measureware

Java Performance

  • Measureware
  • Java out of the box
  • HPjmeter
  • Java Management console
  • Recipes for diagnosing problems

Network Performance

  • Types of performance
  • Latency and response time
  • Bandwidth
  • Layers within networking

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For whom it is intended:

  • Network administrator
  • System administrator
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