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X-Link Enterprise TCPip Performance Enhancements

Posted by Gary Gorsline, CEO on May 29, 2018 8:53:00 AM

Late last year we introduced the Enterprise Edition of X-Link.  The Enterprise Edition provides X-Link platform with many very versatile features that can be used to provide performance enhancements.  And we've just taken advantage of these platform features again to provide better TCPip communications.  The biggest change which is shipping with 20.05 Enterprise Edition is Sub-Linkages.  

So what is a Sub-Linkage?

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Topics: X-Link Updates, Development, Insider

X-Link - New Performance Visualizations

Posted by Gary Gorsline, CEO on Apr 9, 2018 1:50:08 PM

We've recently made many changes to X-Link to improve message delivery times and reduce CPU usage.  Some changes were to all editions while some are only to the Enterprise Edition.  To help customers understand more about X-Link, we've added a set of performance visualizations to provide insight into the X-Link operations.  The intent is to show when additional hardware and/or an upgrade to the Service and/or Enterprise Edition could improve Message Delivery Times and/or CPU Usage.  It may also assist in troubleshooting of odd issues.

So what's a Performance Visualization?

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Topics: X-Link Updates, Development, Insider

CPU Usage Visualization Advanced Help

Posted by Gary Gorsline, CEO on Mar 27, 2018 10:48:02 AM

We've recently made several changes to X-Link to improve message delivery times and reduce CPU usage.  Some changes are to all editions while some are only to the Enterprise Edition.  To help customers understand more about X-Link, we've added a set of performance visualizations to all editions to provide insight into X-Link operations.  The intent is to show when additional hardware and/or an upgrade to the Service or Enterprise Edition could improve Message Delivery Times and/or CPU Usage.

The CPU Usage Visualization Advanced Help

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Topics: X-Link Updates, Development, Insider, Help Guides

Message Delivery Time Visualization Advanced Help

Posted by Gary Gorsline, CEO on Mar 26, 2018 4:59:11 PM

We've recently made several changes to X-Link to improve message delivery times and reduce CPU usage.  Some changes are to all editions while some are only to the Enterprise Edition.  To help customers understand more about X-Link, we've added a set of performance visualization to all editions to provide insight into X-Link operations.  The intent is to show when additional hardware and/or an upgrade to the Service or Enterprise Edition could improve Message Delivery Times and/or CPU Usage.

The Message Delivery Time Visualization Advanced Help

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Topics: X-Link Updates, Development, Insider, Help Guides

Messages Per Minute Visualization Advanced Help

Posted by Gary Gorsline, CEO on Mar 26, 2018 4:00:48 PM

We've recently made several changes to X-Link to improve message delivery times and reduce CPU usage.  Some changes are to all editions while some are only to the Enterprise Edition.  To help customers understand more about X-Link, we've added a set of performance visualizations to all editions to provide insight into X-Link operations.  The intent is to show when additional hardware and/or an upgrade to the Service or Enterprise Edition could improve Message Delivery Times and/or CPU Usage.

The Messages Per Minute Visualization Advanced Help

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Topics: X-Link Updates, Development, Insider, Help Guides

Daily Message Counts Visualization Advanced Help

Posted by Gary Gorsline, CEO on Mar 26, 2018 3:16:49 PM

We've recently made several changes to X-Link to improve message delivery times and reduce CPU usage.  Some changes are to all editions while some are only to the Enterprise Edition.  To help customers understand more about X-Link, we've added a set of performance visualizations to all editions to provide insight into X-Link operations.  The intent is to show when additional hardware and/or an upgrade to the Service or Enterprise Edition could improve Message Delivery Times and/or CPU Usage.

The Daily Message Counts Visualization Advanced Help

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Topics: X-Link Updates, Development, Insider, Help Guides

X-Link Enterprise - CPU Utilization - Part 3

Posted by Gary Gorsline, CEO on Jan 18, 2018 10:15:00 AM

In my last entry, we made some changes to X-Link to decrease CPU usage during the non-data transfer functions.  This intial change had a significant impact on CPU usage - approximately 50% overall reduction - quite amazing.  However, we also found there are still areas of higher CPU usage that we may be able to decrease.  This entry discusses a possible 2nd set of changes to the engines to improve CPU usage and the results.

Still looking for the CPU Usage Culprit?

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Topics: X-Link Updates, Development, Insider

X-Link Enterprise - CPU Utilization - Part 2

Posted by Gary Gorsline, CEO on Jan 11, 2018 10:15:00 AM

In my last entry, we showed how portions of X-Link processing not during message transfers appears to use a large amount of CPU time.  This entry shows the results of the 1st set of changes to the engines to improve CPU usage.

Did we Find the CPU Usage Culprit?

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Topics: X-Link Updates, Development, Insider

X-Link Enterprise - CPU Utilization - Part 1

Posted by Gary Gorsline, CEO on Jan 4, 2018 10:15:00 AM

In recent blog entries I talked about the Beta Results of the X-Link Enterprise Edition and how it improved message delivery times by reduction of 77%.  We also found that many messages were delayed due to slow responsiveness of other systems and/or locked data items.  In addition, we found some small delays that were associated with CPU utilization by the X-Link Engines while the Engines are not transferring data.  This utilization is significant and hopefully can be addressed in future releases of X-Link.  This is the topic of this series of blog entries.

What is causing the Unexpected CPU Usage?

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Topics: X-Link Updates, Development, Insider

X-Link Enterprise - BETA RESULTS - Message Delivery Time - Part 4

Posted by Gary Gorsline, CEO on Dec 27, 2017 10:15:00 AM

In my last three blog entries I talked about the Beta Results of the X-Link Enterprise Edition and how it improved message delivery times by reduction of 77%.  But we also found that a handful of messages were still being delivered slowly even with all of the improvements of Enterprise.  We found a 4th reason for these delays that may be associated with CPU utilization by X-Link Engines while the Engines are not transferring data.  This is the topic of this blog entry.

What is causing the final delivery delay?

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Topics: X-Link Updates, Development, Insider

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