Workload management

Workload management allows system administrators to monitor and adjust the speed that messages are processed, as well as controlling the actions taken on unresponsive flows and threads.

Before you can use workload management functions, you must ensure that the publication of events has been enabled and that a pub/sub broker has been configured. For more information, see Configuring the publication of event messages and Configuring the built-in MQTT pub/sub broker.

The following topics explain the various options available under workload management:

Message flow notification

A common requirement is to be able to monitor the speed at which IBM® App Connect Enterprise processes messages. Workload management allows the system administrator to express a notification threshold for individual message flows deployed. An out of range notification message is produced if the notification threshold is exceeded. A back in range notification message is produced if the notification threshold later drops back into range. For more information, see Configure a message flow to cause notification threshold messages to be published.

Setting the maximum rate for a message flow

The system administrator can set the maximum rate that an individual message flow can run at. The maximum rate is specified as the total number of input messages processed every second. When set, the number of input messages that are processed across the flow is measured. This measure is irrespective of the number of additional instances in use, the number of input nodes in the message flow, or the number of errors that occur. If necessary, a processing delay is introduced to keep the input message processing rate under the maximum flow rate setting. For more information, see Setting the maximum rate for a message flow.

Setting additional threads to service a message flow
You can set the number of additional threads that the integration node can use to service a message flow, and specify whether the additional threads start when the flow starts.
Unresponsive message flows

Allows you to specify and monitor the maximum amount of time that any message flow is allowed to process a message for, and to specify an action to be taken if the timeout is exceeded. Additionally, manual requests can be made to stop a message flow by restarting the integration server. For more information, see Unresponsive message flows.

Workload management policy configuration

Instead of defining properties on the message flow, you can specify a workload management policy within the Integration Registry for a message flow, so that message flows can refer to the policy to find properties at run time. You can change the values of attributes for a policy on the integration node, which then affects the behavior of a message flow without the need for redeployment. The workload management policy encompasses all of the properties available under workload management in one place, including the notification threshold and maximum rate, and therefore allows for easier tuning of message flow performance.