Workload Groups in IBM i 7.4

Did you know? IBM i Workload Groups are a powerful yet under-utilized feature of the operating system that have been made more flexible with IBM i 7.4 (V7R4).

What Are IBM i Workload Groups?

Announced in 2010 along with IBM i 7.1 (V7R1), Workload Groups were designed to allow you to restrict the number of processor cores that specific workloads consume. By doing so, workload prioritization becomes much more granular, allowing you to ensure that resource-hungry, lower-priority processes don’t reduce the processing power available from important workloads. To some degree, you can achieve a similar result by using separate subsystems and memory pools, but Workload Groups allow you to control CPU resources, too.

How Do IBM i Workload Groups Work?

Use the Add Workload Group ADDWLCGRP command before naming your workload and the maximum number of processors that this group is allowed to use. In Figure 1, we’ve limited the BI_QUERIES group to two processors.

Figure 1: Adding an IBM i Workload Group

Next, we can define the use of this Workload Group at a subsystem level by using the Create Subsystem CRTSBSD (Figure 2) or by using the Change Subsystem CHGSBSD command.

Figure 2: Defining a subsystem to use an IBM i Workload Group

Workload Groups in IBM i 7.4

IBM i 7.4 ships with the ability to pinpoint and control workloads even further by defining the desired Workload Group in the Job Description (Figure 3). In theory, this allows you to run multiple Workload Groups within the same subsystem.

Figure 3: Defining a Job Description to use an IBM i Workload Group

Want to know more about IBM i 7.4? Here are a few additional resources to help get you started:

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