Software Performance (CPT Demos) 37th Edition
This section shares lessons learned about selecting and building effective GIS design solutions that satisfy operational performance and scalability needs. Software technology allows us to model our work processes, and provide these models to computers to optimize user workflow performance. The complexity of these models, the functions selected to generate our display, the complexity of the data source, and how application functions are orchestrated to analyze and present information processing needs all have a significant impact on computer system workload and subsequent performance and scalability.
Workflow description is retained in a workflow recipe. Performance factors used to generate the workflow recipe include the following:
- Desktop (ArcMap or Pro) or Imagery (MosaicDS or RasterDS)
Proper workflow selection establishes the foundation for a successful system architecture design.
- 1 Software technology selection
- 2 Desktop/Imagery selection
- 3 Display Graphics selection
- 4 ArcGIS density/portal selection
- 5 Display complexity selection
- 6 ArcGIS percent data cache (%DataCache) selection
- 7 Resolution selection
- 8 Output selection
- 9 Vector storage format selection
- 10 Imagery storage format selection
- 11 Standard workflow selections
- 12 Custom workflow processing loads
- 13 CPT Capacity Planning videos
Software technology selection
- Selection picks from a list of the most common user workflows.
- Selection identifies the software technology pattern.
- Software nickname is included in the workflow recipe.
The CPT Calculator cell title will change based on the software technology selection. The Desktop dropdown selection is provided for ArcGIS for Desktop workflows, and the Imagery data management (Imagery) dropdown selection is provided for the ArcGIS for Server Imagery workflows.
ArcGIS for Desktop selection
- Selection applies to ArcGIS for Desktop workflows.
- Selection identifies which ArcGIS for Desktop application (ArcMap or Pro) is being used to support the workflow.
ArcGIS imagery selection
- Selection applies to ArcGIS for Desktop imagery workflows and ArcGIS for Server image services.
- Mosaic dataset is the preferred selection.
- Mosaic dataset selection reduces imagery pre-processing times.
Mosaic dataset host is selected in cell A11 (FGDB or DBMS). When selecting an Imagery workflow, cell J6 will provide a list of available Imagery data formats.
Display Graphics selection
ArcGIS density/portal selection
- Selection applies to all workflows.
- Raster image should be selected when imagery layer is included in the display.
- JPEG is the default output format for raster image selection.
- PNG24 is the default output format for vector only selection.
- Portal selections should be used for services registered with a Portal for ArcGIS server.
Portal for ArcGIS registered workflows
Portal for ArcGIS provides a collaborative content management system that organizations can deploy in their own infrastructure (on premises or in a private cloud). Portal establishes a common reference location for self-service ArcGIS services management and collaboration throughout the organization.
Portal selections (VPortal and RPortal) identify workflow density for hosted ArcGIS for Server workflows registered with Portal, and these workflows include increased service time on the Web service component for Portal content management processing along with the GIS Server processing loads.
A majority of Portal operations include creating Web Maps and/or adding services to the site, actions which establish registered services with the Portal for ArcGIS site. Portal can also be used for feature data collection and publishing/editing feature services stored in the ArcGIS Data Store. Portal Web Maps that include services from external Internet sources should use the Portal workflow (no internal hosted service loads). Internal registered services should use portal in the Density/Portal selection for creating the portal loads.
Display complexity selection
Workflow complexity directly impacts display performance and system cost. CPT Calculator was used to generate results for an AGD103 wkstn ArcMap 2D V Lite 100%Dyn 19x10 Feature workflow Arc15 baseline desktop processor and a small file geodatabase data source:
- Medium complexity requires two 4-core servers with local response time of 0.37 sec.
- Light complexity requires one 4-core server with a local response time of 0.18 sec.
- Heavy complexity requires two 4-core servers with a local response time of 0.55 sec.
- 3x Medium complexity requires five 4-core servers with a local response time of 1.11 sec.
- 5x Medium complexity requires five 4-core servers with a local response time of 1.85 sec.
ArcGIS percent data cache (%DataCache) selection
- %DataCache selection is included to highlight the advantage of cached map services.
- Selection identifies the percent of dynamic map layers (processing time) that will be pre-processed and included in a map cache when publishing the service.
- MapCache service tiles can be included with the workflow using the +mapcache selection.
- Workflow recipe identifies the percent of dynamic layers (processing time) remaining in the display.
- DeskDefault 1920x1080 map size selection.
- WebDefault 1366x768 map size selection.
- 256x256 map cache selection.
- 400x300 very small mobile phone selection.
- 600x400 optimum performance web map size (half HTML page display).
- 1366x768 tablet, rich Internet application large device format.
- 1920x1080 Workstation, high resolution ArcMap client.
- 2560x1600 Very high resolution client.
Custom resolution settings can be entered in cells J3:K3.
- Display traffic is adjusted proportional to the number of pixels in the display.
- Service time is adjusted by 25 percent of the display pixel variation.
- Default JPEG for outputs with raster imagery layer
- JPEG is opaque—suitable for base layer only
- Default PNG24 for vector-only map layers
- PNG supports transparency overlays, good for business layers
- PNG8 compresses best
- PNG32 best color spectrum
- PDF good for local printing
- Feature used for simple editing of business layers
- Minimize feature layers in mash-up to keep traffic loads reasonable.
- Use image layers for basemap and non-edited business layers.
- Feature also used for desktop workflows, high-traffic loads
- ICA used for Citrix WTS terminal client traffic
Vector storage format selection
Selection provides a dropdown list of standard GIS vector data sources.
- SDE DBMS (SDE geodatabase) is the primary baseline workflow selection.
- Versioned SDE geodatabase used for maintenance workflows.
- Simple feature SDE geodatabase for replicated read-only publication database.
- Use SDE DBMS selection for ArcGIS Data Store Portal feature service datasets.
- File geodatabase is good for single-server publication data source.
- Shapefile performance overhead scales with size of data—not recommended for multi-user environments.
Imagery storage format selection
- Imagery data format selection depends on a variety of business factors.
- SDE raster dataset is no longer recommended as the optimum storage format.
- Mosaic dataset provides optimum data management and performance.
- CPT provides preliminary performance expectations for imagery data format selection.
Note: Additional information on imagery management strategies is provided in Lesson 4: GIS data administration.
Standard workflow selections
- Select Workflow tab in cell D30.
- Select desired workflow from cell E30.
ArcGIS 10.3 for Server Standard workflow selections
- AGS103 REST Light dynamic: Good for simple business layer map services.
- AGS103 REST Medium dynamic: Good for most web mapping services deployment.
- AGS103 REST Medium 40 percent dynamic $$: Good for web mapping services with cached basemap.
- AGS103 REST Medium 20 percent dynamic $$: Candidate for simple web editing with focused business layers and cached basemap.
- AGS Full MapCache Service: Great for high-performance cached web map or imagery services.
Best Practice: Optimum complexity settings generate reasonable system design performance targets.
Warning: Workflow complexity established too high during design will generate inflated hardware and licensing cost estimates.
Workflow complexity established too low during design can increase deployment risk.
Medium complexity workflows will satisfy most standard web mapping deployment needs.
Custom workflow processing loads
- Software pattern selection: Establishes baseline workflow processing load and display traffic.
- Desktop application selection: Identifies ArcGIS for Desktop application selection.
Additional selection impact on workflow loads
- Display complexity: Adjust map processing loads (SOC, SDE, DBMS).
- Percent data cache (Dynamic): Adjust map processing loads (SOC, SDE, DBMS).
- Display resolution: Adjust traffic and map processing loads (SOC, SDE, DBMS).
- Graphics: Adjust traffic and processing loads for 3D displays.
- Data density/portal: Adjust traffic and processing loads (WTS, SOC, SDE, DBMS).
- Output format: Adjust traffic and processing loads (web, SOC).
- +MapCache: Includes average display cached tile downloads in display traffic.
Calculator workflows are copied to the CPT Workflow tab to include in project workflows.
- Standard Workflows are pre-generated from the CPT Calculator and provided on the Workflow tab.
- You can use the Excel Copy/paste values function to include custom workflows in Project Workflow list.
Best Practice: Software technology baseline service time, traffic loads, and relative performance adjustments are derived from test benchmarks.
CPT Capacity Planning videos
- Chapter 3 video shows how to create custom workflows on the CPT Calculator tab and then move these workflows to your Project Workflow section on the Workflow tab for use in your design.
The next section will take a closer look at ArcGIS Server software performance.
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