Process high-demand mainframe applications off-host

Luminex MDI SLP for Data Analytics & Transformation

Reclaim MSUs, Improve Wall-Clock Times, Retain Control

Mainframe applications written in the SAS language have contributed to the overall success of business operations for decades. However, as demands on the mainframe grow, many data centers seek to strategically reclaim valuable mainframe resources by moving MSU-hungry SAS language applications, such as MXG, offhost to distributed systems. Unfortunately, this introduces larger challenges in the form of performance bottlenecks and lost MSU savings from the overhead of securely moving large data sets over mainframe TCP/IP to other platforms.

FICON-Attached Co-Processing

Luminex MDI SLP enables data centers to offload SAS language processing by using the mainframe's native FICON channels to move SMF and other large data sets off-host for processing, freeing up MSUs and DASD storage for more business-critical workloads and, in many cases, to take advantage of additional capabilities. The mainframe retains all control of job scheduling, security and report distribution. By shifting to a coprocessor, enterprises are able to run more SAS language applications more frequently to provide more timely analytics and reporting while avoiding or delaying a costly and disruptive mainframe upgrade.

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Move SMF reporting processes off-host to save MSUs

MDI SLP enables efficient off-host processing of SAS language-based processes, such as SMF reporting.

Why Process SMF Records Using MXG Off-Host?

SMF reporting is integral to system performance, efficient software usage and processor utilization. However, converting raw SMF records into the MXG Performance Database (PDB) to produce performance measurements, graphs, and charts can make it a costly user of CPU cycles, and is often one of the largest users of MSUs.

SLP moves the batch job and reporting down the FICON channel to the MDI Platform where code can be processed and the PDB can be built, resulting in a substantial reduction in mainframe overhead.

Whether you are charged by MIPS usage, workload or peak operations, Luminex works with you to better understand system activity and develop an MSU reduction strategy using SLP to off-host appropriate applications.

Luminex Professional Services reviews your current SAS language application usage and works with you to design and implement more cost-effective and modern strategies around SAS language applications.

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The phrases “SAS” and “SAS language” are used in this document to refer to the computer programming language typically referred to in these ways and do not in any way refer to SAS Institute, Inc.’s SAS® System.