Performance Profiling for D6

April 28, 2008 at 4:36 pm | Posted in D6, Performance, Xense Profiler | Leave a comment

As many of you will be aware, whilst the traditional approach to performance tuning Documentum prior to D6 was to generate and analyse a DMCL trace this option is no longer available in D6. As part of the effort to remove reliance on native code libraries (ie dmcl40.dll or equivalent Unix shared libraries) EMC has rewritten the DMCL layer in Java.

Iin effect the API no longer exists., there are no create,c,…/get,c,…/getfile,c,…/etc calls anymore. DFC code now calls directly into the RPC layer (now rewritten in Java as opposed to the native code Netwise implementation). API-aware utilities such as iapi and dmbasic still have support for API calls but in effect this is a layer on top of the DFC code (rather than underneath it as it used to be).

The standard way to analyse performance problems in D6 is to create a DFC trace and analyse that. Not only is this format very different from the DMCL trace format but there is also substantial change and improvement over the Documentum 5 DFC trace format. There are now around 34 different tracing parameters that can be set in the dfc.properties which give you a lot of control over what is output and in what format.

This week we have uploaded the beta version of the Xense Profiler for DFC. Xense Profiler for DFC is a port of the Xense Profiler, a Documentum 5 DMCL trace analyser. Xense Profiler for DFC is designed to work with D6 DFC trace files and produces performance profiling reports that allow you to identify the causes of D6 performance problems. Xense Profiler for DFC beta is available for download and is free for the duration of the beta period (Until 31 July 2008). If you are already working on D6 products I would urge you to try it out; as an incentive all users who register for the download will receive a substantial discount off the list price when the production version is released.

Update 7 August 2008: We have extended the beta period for another 3 months

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