MQ Performance documents

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MQ Performance documents

This github repository will be used to publish MQ Performance documents from the MQ Performance Team based in Hursley, England.

For many years the traditional place for Performance reports has been the IBM SupportPac website.

For new documents and performance articles, we intend to use this repository as the home for MQ Performance collateral.

MQ Appliance

M2002

The M2002 MQ Appliance was released in July 2018, and the accompanying MQ Appliance Performance Report (MPA3) illustrates the increased performance of the new Hardware:

Whilst MPA3 contrasts the performance of M2002 with the M2001 appliance, the M2002 MQ Appliance Performance Report (MPA4) updates MPA3 with data from MQ 9.2 and also includes data from TLS and AMS scenarios:

M2001

The M2001 MQ Appliance was released in June 2016, and the accompanying MQ Appliance Performance Report (MPA1) and MQ Appliance HA and DR Performance Report (MPA2) have been updated to show the increased performance on the new Hardware:

The release of MQ 9.1 in July 2018, resulted in performance improvements in many HA and DR related scenarios on the M2001 appliance. The HA and DR Performance report has been updated again to Version 3:

M2000

The M2000 MQ Appliance was the original version of the MQ Appliance and the performance reports that relate to this model are available here:

AMS

MQ V9 delivered a new AMS Quality of Protection called ‘Confidentiality’. A performance whitepaper has been produced that illustrates the performance profile this new mode brings by comparing it to existing AMS, TLS and non AMS scenarios. AMSMQAppliance.pdf

MQ Distributed

Best Practises for Performance

This document contains general sections on best practises for performance, formerly included in the performance reports (MQ V8 and earlier). It is now published as a seperate report.MQ Performance Best Practises V1.0.1

Base MQ (V9.1 onwards)

Performance reports for MQ on distributed platforms from V9.1 onwards are available below. For reports on versions of distributed MQ prior to V9.1 go to the MQ SupportPac page here here.

AMS

MQ V9 delivered a new AMS Quality of Protection called ‘Confidentiality’. A performance whitepaper has been produced that illustrates the performance profile this new mode brings by comparing it to existing AMS and non AMS scenarios. AMS.pdf

Persistent Messaging Performance

A paper describing the best practises for persistent messaging, and illustrating the performance of some different filesytems hosting the MQ transaction log of Linux on x86 has now been released: mqio_v1.pdf.

RDQM HA Performance

A report illustrating the performance of the high availability (HA) function using RDQM (delivered in the V9.0.4 CD & V9.1 LTs releases of MQ) has been released. The report is based on tests run on Linux for x86, and includes comparisons with the previous software HA offering (MIQM). rdqm_performance_1.1.pdf.

Queue Manager Re-start Times

A paper illustrating some of the important factors that can affect queue manager re-start times after a server failure (for instance). Includes optimisations made in V9.1.1 to improve queue manager recovery. Queue Manager Restart Times.pdf.

MQ on OpenShift

MQ is now available as part of the Cloud Pak for Integration (CP4I) available on the OpenShift platform. Whitepapers exploring the performance of MQ in that environment will be published shortly. These will be consumable reports that investigate a particular scenario; choose the most appropriate report to assist you in your sizing process.

Advice on setup and configuration of MQ (CP4I) and running workloads against the deployed QM can be found here

OpenShift 4.2 + CP4I 2019.4.1 (MQ 9.1.4)

The first performance whitepaper on OpenShift looks at the performance of the QM when the client is co-located in the same OpenShift cluster: MQ on OCP 4.2.

MQ for z/OS

Performance reports for the latest versions of IBM MQ for z/OS are available here.

  • MQ for z/OS Capacity Planning and Tuning guide MP16.pdf. This report provides capacity planning and setup/tuning information for IBM MQ for z/OS version 9.2 and earlier releases. It describes how to define performance critical queue manager and channel initiator environment parameters. This version of the report includes a refresh of measurements for IBM z15, plus updates relating to MQ version 9.2, specifically for data set encryption, zHyperWrite support for active logs and TLS 1.3 support on MQ channels.
  • MQ for z/OS version 9.0 performance report MP1K.pdf. The report discusses the performance of AMS, including the new AMS ‘Confidentiality’ Quality of Protection, using IBM MQ classes for JMS in both CICS OSGi JVM Server and IMS environments as well as page set statistics.
  • MQ for z/OS version 9.1 performance report MQ for zOS V910 Performance.pdf. The report discusses the performance characteristics of the MQ for z/OS V910 as well the performance improvements to AMS, support for Java clients on z/OS and Db2 Universal Table Space support.
  • MQ for z/OS version 9.2 performance report MQ for zOS V920 Performance.pdf. This report discusses the performance characteristics of the MQ for z/OS V9.2 release, as well as the performance of the new features including zHyperWrite for active logs, data set encryption support, TLS 1.3 cipher support for MQ channels, and for the Advanced VUE version the support of AMS Interception on server to server channels and the fasp.io gateway running on z/OS Container Extensions.

MQ for z/OS - General white papers

Performance reports for MQ on z/OS documenting our experiences:

  • How does MQ for z/OS perform when moving to z15? Paper MQ for z/OS on z15 discusses the performance expectations and what we achieved when moving from z14 to z15. The paper also discusses some of the new features available on z15 that MQ is able to use, such as the on-chip compression accelerator and the Crypto Express 7S feature.
  • How does MQ for z/OS perform when moving to z14? Paper MQ for z/OS on z14 discusses the performance expectations and what we achieved when moving from z13 to z14. The paper also discusses some of the new features available on z14 that MQ is able to use such as the Crypto Express 6S feature and the re-location of Storage Class Memory from CF Flash to Virtual Flash Memory. There is also an update to the impact of using zEDC compression with MQ archive logs.
  • Performance of streamed persistent workload from z/OS using shared queue to Linux QREP_Performance_MQ_zOS_to_Linux.pdf. This paper discusses the shared queue configuration options when sending persistent messages to a Linux partner, illustrating differences in performance when the Linux partner uses client or bindings connections. The configuration used simulates a Queue Replication workload.

MFT

IBM MQ Managed file transfer performance report contains the charts showing Performance measurements to present the performance characteristics of MQ V9.0.5 for Linux platform and to assist capacity planning. This report shows the messaging rate that can be achieved on Linux systems when transferring messages using different chunk sizes. Anyone designing, implementing or sizing Managed File Transfer solutions using WebSphere MQ for V9.0.5 and above and needs to understand the performance characteristics on Linux platform should review this report.

IBM MQ XMS .NET Client

IBM XMS .NET Client performance report showing Performance measurements of MQ v9.1.x XMS .NET Client’s connecting to MQ v9.1 Queue Manager.Performance reports contains .NET Core applications running on Windows and Linux.Where .NET Framework applications are running on Windows machine.

FASP

The Fast, Adaptive and Secure Protocol (FASP®) is a high-speed transport that can achieve speeds much higher than TCP, especially across high latency and/or lossy networks. This capability is available through the fasp.io Gateway which MQ V9.1.4 advanced edition customers can download via Passport Advantage. Some initial results measured in the lab for servers channels connecting through a fasp.io Gateway can be seen in this deck. !!18th Feb 2020 - Updated with compression measurements.

Test Harnesses

For more information on the test harnesses used to generate the data found in these reports, please take a look at the available tools.

Get in touch

You can contact @stmassey and @pharrishur with questions about the MQ Performance content.