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Status Future consideration
Workspace IBM i
Categories Performance Tools
Created by Guest
Created on Mar 28, 2021

Expand metrics visualized by Graph History

Graph History has a defined list of metrics that you can visualize.

However, the historical data collected on the system includes many more metrics than are visualized. This RFE is to request additional metrics be added to the graph history metric selection.

I'd like to see the following:
- Number of active threads in the system
- Total number of transient threads in the system
- Number of active jobs in the system
- Total number of transient jobs in the system
- Full opens

Also, of particular interest are the metrics in the QAPMHMSQPL file.

Use Case:

Historical data has many valuable use cases; expanding the metrics that are visualized can increase the value of Graph History.

For active jobs and threads, it is helpful to know the overall trend over time to help understand workload growth. Likewise with transient jobs and threads. Db2 and SQL metrics are really needed to help understand workload changes over time, or plan cache efficiency over time. Metrics related to the plan cache, in particular, can be very useful to help identify "When did something change...."

Historical data can be very useful in identifying anomalies, particularly recent issues where the full Collection Services data still exists on the system. The CS data can then be reviewed with PDI to identify what caused the usual event.

Without adding these metrics to Graph History, you have to query the historical data files directly, which can give good insights, but graphs provided in Navigator would make this useful to those that do not understand how to query the historical data directly.

Idea priority Medium
  • Guest
    May 17, 2021

    The CEAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM view this as a MEDIUM priority requirement that should be addressed.

    Background: The COMMON Europe Advisory Council (CEAC) members have a broad range of experience in working with small and medium-sized IBM i customers. CEAC has a crucial role in working with IBM i development to help assess the value and impact of individual RFEs on the broader IBM i community and has therefore reviewed your RFE.

    To find out how CEAC help to shape the future of IBM i, see CEAC @ and the article "The Five Hottest IBM i RFEs Of The Quarter" at

    Therese Eaton – CEAC Program Manager, IBM