Impact of Lack of Memory on CPU Usage

One of our customers asked me to analyze the performance of the IBM i LPAR that hosts their primary Domino and Sametime servers as they had some concerns.  The LPAR hosts 5 Domino servers (Mail, Application, Administration, Sametime, and Dev/Test) along with the Sametime DB2, SSC, Proxy, and Meeting servers.

My analysis revealed quite high CPU utilization at times, in addition to faulting issues in the *BASE memory pool. The *BASE memory pool is pool 2, where all of the Domino and WAS-based Sametime servers run by default. Some of the Domino servers (Administration, Dev/Test, and Domino Sametime) had previously been moved to separate memory pools.

To determine which servers were causing the bulk of the faulting the *BASE pool, I created a query against the QAPMJOBL performance monitor database file.  The two top faulters were the Mail and Application servers.  I made a recommendation to move the Mail and Application servers to their own memory pool, allocating 36 GB of memory to each memory pool as a starting point.  I also recommended moving the Administration, Dev/Test, and Domino Sametime server back to the *BASE memory pool. This quite dramatically changed the memory allocations on the server.

The table below shows the memory allocations as they were when I performed my analysis.

Memory Pool Allocations Prior

This next table shows memory allocations after implementing my recommendations.

Memory Pool Allocations After

My memory tuning recommendations were implemented on October 25th.  The impact on CPU utilization was quite dramatic as shown in the graphic below.

CPU Utilization After Memory Pool Adjustment

Proper memory allocation is key for the best Domino performance!




Traveler server with Red status and long running push threads

We had a customer contact us recently about their Traveler server. The server was reporting a status of Red, CPU on the server was extremely high, and there were a number of these errors in the log file:

Traveler:  User CN=User Name/O=Org on thread Push-1ca3 has been running for 8820 minutes.

One correlation for the users reporting this error, they were all Android users.  No other device types were reporting this error.

In digging a bit deeper, we saw this error for each affected user in the log:

SEVERE  Push-14ad9 User Name[Android_f5a7931af273cbdc] ConnectionNotificationSenderGCM$ There was an issue sending the notification message to the Google Cloud Messaging (GCM) server. 3 attempts to re-establish the connection have failed, so the notification message cannot be sent. You can test network connectivity including firewall settings by trying in a web browser on this server. Exception Thrown: Connection reset

Running a trace from the physical server the Traveler server is hosted on revealed an inability to connect to

Google Cloud Messaging (GCM) became available in Traveler  It is the default synchronization option for Android devices when they download the or later IBM Verse client.


The fix to this issue is two-fold:

  1. Enable GCM push via notes.ini NTS_PUSH_ENABLE_GCM=True and restart the Traveler server.
  2. Ensure the Traveler server can connect to


I Have Moved My Blog

Welcome to my new blog!

I had previously blogged on, however that site is now defunct, so I have moved my blog. I chose for my new blog as my blog handle on BleedYellow was DominoDiva.

I am very much looking forward to getting back into blogging!!