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Warehouse data can also be used for Rules of Thumb (RoT), which is
included in Performance Warehouse.
RoT can help a DBA by being proactive in making suggestions on how to
improve performance. Performance Warehouse provides RoT queries for
SQL, database, tablespace, and buffer pool activity.
Buffer Pool Analysis
Buffer pools are one of the most important aspects for tuning. PE Buffer Pool
Analysis gathers detailed information regarding current buffer pool activity
using snapshots. Buffer Pool Analysis allows the database administrator to
view buffer pool information in a variety of formats, including tables, pie
charts, and diagrams. Providing these different formats to view buffer pool
information will enable the database administrator to quick identify potential
problems and do trend analysis.
Exception processing
Exception process monitoring is another PE feature that allows DBAs to monitor
a database server proactively. DBAs can use the exception processing function
to activate predefined alert sets for OLTP or BI workloads or to configure their
own alerts both to notify them when a particular situation has occurred. PE
provides two types of alerts:
deadlock and periodic. The alert message can be
sent to specified e-mail addresses or a user exit can be called that allows you to
exchange the alert message and details with other applications or to execute
actions. Additionally, signals on the PE client indicate the occurrence of an
exception together with drill down options.
1.2 PE architecture
PE’s primary design goal was to provide an “end to end” solution for performance
monitoring of DB2 systems. PE for Multiplatforms has three parts, as shown in
Figure 1-1 on page 6:
PE Server
PE Client
PE Agent
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Figure 1-1 PE architecture
PE Server
The PE Server collects and stores the performance data of the monitored DB2
instance. In a multiplatform environment, one PE Server can monitor multiple
DB2 instances in the network.
Figure 1-1 shows that one PE Server is installed on its own DB2 instance and
remotely monitors the other DB2 instances. However, the PE Server can be
installed on the same DB2 instance as the DB2 instance you wish to monitor.
The PE Server supports monitoring of DB2 UDB Enterprise Server Edition
(ESE), Data Partitioning Feature (DPF), and Workgroup Edition. The PE Server
for Multiplatforms comes in two flavors:
DB2 Performance Expert for Multiplatforms
DB2 Performance Expert for Workgroups
For information regarding the supported DB2 environments, please refer to the
IBM PE manual IBM DB2 Performance Expert for Multiplatforms IBM DB2
Performance Expert for Workgroups Installation and Configuration, SC18-9191.
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DB2 Clients
PE Client
DB2 Connect
PE Agent
PE Server
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The PE Server is architected and designed to store all of the monitored DB2
instance information in the PE database. As shown in Figure 1-2, PE Server has
two types of databases: master database and performance database.
Master database
The master database is used to store the PE Server metadata and
configuration information. PE creates one master database called DB2PM
during configuration time. There is only one DB2PM database per PE Server.
Performance database
Performance data of the monitored instance is stored in a database on the PE
Server instance. For each monitored instance, PE Server creates one
performance database. In Figure 1-2, you see three DB2 instances that the
PE Server is monitoring. Each monitored instance has a performance
database on the PE Server instance.
Figure 1-2 PE Server
The PE Server uses DB2 Snapshot and Event Monitors to collect DB2
performance data for the online monitoring, short-term history, long-term history,
PE Server
Performance DB
Performance DB
Performance DB
Master DB
Server 3
Server 1
Server 2
PE Client
Monitored Instance 1
Monitored Instance 2
Monitored Instance 3

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