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Authors: SuHui LuLu
Date: Nov 24th, 2014
Build basis: Rational Team Concert for z/OS 4.0.1, 4.0.2, 4.0.3, 4.0.4, 4.0.5, 4.0.6, 5.0, 5.0.1, 5.0.2, 6.0, 6.0.1


This report compares the performance of RTC for z/OS between releases since v4.0.1 until v6.0.1. Generally constant performance improvements are made into releases of RTC for z/OS. The objective of this report is to present the improvements.

The performance data provided is obtained by benchmark test of each release. Currently the report includes only the build information.


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Performance is based on measurements and projections using standard IBM benchmarks in a controlled environment. The actual throughput or performance that any user will experience will vary depending upon many factors, including considerations such as the amount of multi-programming in the userís job stream, the I/O configuration, the storage configuration, and the workload processed. Therefore, no assurance can be given that an individual user will achieve results similar to those stated here.

This testing was done as a way to compare and characterize the differences in performance between different versions of the product. The results shown here should thus be looked at as a comparison of the contrasting performance between different versions, and not as an absolute benchmark of performance.

What our tests measure

We use predominantly automated tooling such as Rational Performance Tester (RPT) to simulate a workload normally generated by client software such as the Eclipse client or web browsers. All response times listed are those measured by our automated tooling and not a client.

The diagram below describes at a very high level which aspects of the entire end-to-end experience (human end-user to server and back again) that our performance tests simulate. The tests described in this article simulate a segment of the end-to-end transaction as indicated in the middle of the diagram. Performance tests are server-side and capture response times for this segment of the transaction.



Based on the test data, build performance of the RTC for z/OS has improved significantly from 4.0.1 to 6.0.1.

From 4.0.1 to 6.0, the overall improvement of the enterprise build time is about 50% :

  • from 4.0.2 to 4.0.3 , The enterprise build time has an improvement about 25% ("Collecting buildable files" has the most notable improvement of more than 80%)
  • from 4.0.4 to 4.0.5 , The enterprise build time has an improvement about 10% (around 15% improvement in "Collecting buildable files" and about 10% improvement in "compile" time)
  • from 4.0.6 to 5.0.1 , The enterprise build time has an improvement about 10% (around 30% improvement in "Updating dependency data" activity and about 65% improvement in "Collecting buildable files" activity)
  • from 5.0.2 to 6.0 , The enterprise build time has an improvement about 2% to 5% (more than 60% improvement in "Collecting buildable files" activity and more than 30% improvement in "Updating dependency data" activity)
  • from 6.0 to 6.0.1 , The enterprise build time has an improvement about 6% (54%+ in "Updating dependency data" activity and 6% in "Compile" activity)


The tests are executed in a Single Tier Topology infrastructure like the one in the following diagram: singleTierRTCEETests.png

The RTC server was set up based on WebSphere and DB2 on Linux for System z. The build machine with Rational Build Agent was on zOS.

Test Environment
RTC Server Operating System & Version: Linux for System z (SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 (s390x))
System Resource : 10 GB Storage, 4 CPs (2000 mips, CPU type : 2097.710, CPU model: E12)
CLM: from 4.0.1 GA to 6.0.1 GA, 4 GB heap size
DB2: (from 4.0.1 GA to 4.0.6 GA), GA to 6.0.1 GA)
WAS: (from 4.0.1 GA to 4.0.5 GA), (from 4.0.6 GA to 6.0.1 GA)
Build Forge Agent Operating System & Version: z/OS 01.12.00
System Resource: 6 GB Storage, 4 CPs (2000 mips, CPU type : 2097.710, CPU model: E12)
Build System Toolkit: from 4.0.1 GA to 6.0.1 GA


Build time and individual activity time are compared by getting test start date and time.

The sample projects for the test are:

Test Data
Sample Project Mortgage*100 Mortgage*1000
Assets 600 COBOL programs
400 Copybooks
200 BMS
3 others
6000 COBOL programs
4000 Copybooks
2000 BMS
3 others
Total Assets 1203 12003

In the repository the source code is stored in one stream with one single component which includes 5 zComponent Projects.

Enterprise builds are executed twice against each version.


Run duration

The chart below shows the run duration comparing between 4.0.1 until 6.0.1. Builds are run twice against each release and the average time is taken for comparison.

The enterprise build time has a total improvement about 54% from 4.0.1 to 6.0.1. For the release by release comparison, it improved by 25% from 4.0.2 to 4.0.3, 10% from 4.0.4 to 4.0.5, 10% from 4.0.6 to 5.0, 2% to 5% from 5.0.2 to 6.0 and 1% from 6.0 to 6.0.1.


NOTE: Our version 4.0.6 benchmark test environment applied a hot fix on 4.0.6GA Build for a product defect.Refer to the technote for further details : An invalid or expired OAuth token error may occur during an Enterprise Dependency Build in IBM Rational Team Concert 4.0.6

Build Activities

The chars below display the run times of build activity "Collecting buildable files" and "Compile" which have gained some improvements between releases. Builds are run twice against each release and the average time is taken for comparison.

In v4.0.3 compared with v4.0.2, "Collecting buildable files" has a great improvement of more than 80%.
In v4.0.5 compared with v4.0.4, "Collecting buildable files" activity speed is improved about 15% and almost same in "Compile" time.
In v5.0 compared with v4.0.6, "Collecting buildable files" activity speed is improved about 60%.
In v6.0 compared with v5.0.2, "Collecting buildable files" activity speed is improved more than 60%.
In v6.0.1 compared with v6.0, "Updating dependency data" activity speed is improved more than 54% and "Compile" activity is improved about 6%.

Detailed build activities comparison can be found here.



Appendix A - Version 3.0.1 to Version 4.0

Append the historical enterprise build data for version 3.0.1 and version 4.0 for reference. Please note that these data is measured based on the old processor which is relatively slow. The sample project used for the test is Mortgage Application *100.

Enterprise build time
RTC 4.0 34 minutes, 1 seconds
RTC 3.0.1 1 hour, 3 minutes, 2 seconds

Appendix B - Key Tuning Parameters

Version Highlights for configurations under test
IBM WebSphere Application Server (4.0.1GA to 4.0.5GA), (4.0.6GA to 6.0.1GA)
JVM settings:

* GC policy and arguments, max and init heap sizes:

 -Xmn512m -Xgcpolicy:gencon -Xcompressedrefs -Xgc:preferredHeapBase=0x100000000
 -Xmx4g -Xms4g
OS configuration:
* hard nofile 120000                    
* soft nofile 120000
Refer to http://pic.dhe.ibm.com/infocenter/clmhelp/v4r0m4/topic/com.ibm.jazz.install.doc/topics/c_special_considerations_linux.html for details
DB2 DB2 Enterprise Server (4.0.1GA to 4.0.6GA), (5.0GA to 6.0.1GA)
Tablespace is stored on the same machine as IBM WebSphere Application Server
License Server Same as CLM version Hosted locally by JTS server
Network Shared subnet within test lab

About the authors

SuHui LuLu

Questions and comments:
  • What other performance information would you like to see here?
  • Do you have performance scenarios to share?
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  • Where are you having problems in performance?

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