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Teradata® Data Mover User Guide - 20.01

Teradata Data Mover
Release Number
November 2023
English (United States)
Last Update
Product Category
Analytical Ecosystem
In the target system load slot limit feature, Data Mover limits the number of job tasks running at the same time based on their use of the Teradata PT API LOAD and UPDATE operators. These API operators, which load data to the target system, restrict the number of active jobs running at a specific time against a specific database.
Some limits external to Data Mover can override the Data Mover sessions:
  • TASM - If Teradata Active System Management (TASM) session rules are enabled on a particular source or target system, the TASM rules may override the Data Mover sessions.
  • DBSControl - If you limit the MaxLoadTask and MaxLoadAWT fields of the DBSControl utility, this could override the Data Mover sessions.

You can easily exceed operator limits for a specific target database because each Data Mover job can use several instances of these operators, and multiple Data Mover jobs can run at the same time. Data Mover jobs can subsequently fail or hang as attempts to create new instances of the operators are rejected or put on hold by the database.

To avoid such failures, Data Mover limits the number of concurrent job tasks, based on the operator being used by the tasks. The limit is enforced independently for each target system. For example, if a job has 10 tasks that use the restricted operators, and the target system load slot limit is 5, Data Mover allows up to 5 of the 10 tasks from that job to run concurrently against the target system. If 2 jobs that each has 10 tasks using the restricted operators are run against the same target system at the same time, Data Mover allows only 5 of the combined 20 tasks from both jobs to run concurrently. If 2 jobs are run against different target systems, and the target system load slot limit is 5 for both systems, Data Mover allows 5 tasks from each job to run at the same time. Data Mover jobs and tasks that use non-restricted operators are not affected by this feature.

The target load slot feature does not affect the number of Data Mover jobs that can run at a specific time or determine which utility Data Mover chooses when creating new jobs.

The target.system.load.slots configuration property, which can be modified through the list_configuration and save_configuration commands, controls the target system load slot limit. Use the target.system.load.slots property to set the following:
  • A default load slot limit for all target systems
  • Different limits for specific target systems
For the target system load slot limit to work correctly, all Data Mover jobs run against a specific target system must use the same name or IP address for the same target system. Otherwise, Data Mover assumes that the jobs are using different target systems and limits their tasks separately, rather than collectively.