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Monday, August 06, 2018

Spectrum Protect Server 8.1.x Paging Space Issue

I thought I would pass this along...I have two Spectrum Protect 8.1.4 instances on the same AIX 7 LPAR that since their upgrade to this version has had frequent exhausting of paging space crashes. We reviewed and checked processes and figured it was an AIX issue. Upon deeper investigation I noticed there were some previous APARs for DB2 exhausting paging space due to a 64k block size. Investigating that further led me to the following APAR for Spectrum Protect 

IT23731: SPECTRUM PROTECT SERVER ON AIX MAY RUN INTO PAGING AND OUT OF MEMORY CONDITION

So to check I ran the following shell command to list the top 10 processes using memory/paging

# svmon -Pt 10 -O summary=basic,unit=MB

Unit: MB

----------------------------------------------------------------
     Pid Command          Inuse      Pin     Pgsp  Virtual
 4391072 db2sysc       74805.10     51.4 15266.27 72775.38
 7274744 db2sysc       71323.35     50.2 15579.61 71796.98
10486106 db2vend       71164.58     47.6 15084.41 71589.28
 4915692 dsmserv       15230.22     49.5  6629.03 20345.98
 2490670 dsmserv        1931.09     49.6   299.12  2197.74
 5701694 db2sysc         632.43     47.6     42.1   732.73
 8126714 db2sysc         569.93     47.6     29.1   665.60
 6553630 db2vend         561.76     47.6     37.0   660.47
 6422602 db2sysc         559.20     47.6     37.2   657.31
 4849682 db2sysc         559.20     47.6     37.2   657.31

So the db2sysc and dsm2vend along with the dsmserv are using up large amounts of paging.

Here is my using in topas

PAGING SPACE
Size,MB   64512
% Used     60
% Free     40
So what's the solution? Restart the TSM instance(s) until you can upgrade to 8.1.5 

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