I improved this screen’s performance by 1000% and so can you! (part 2)

May 22, 2015 / 0 comments / in General  / by CygNet Blog Admin

In Part 1 of my mathematically inventive “1000% improvement” tale, I introduced you to some fundamental diagnostic techniques for evaluating the potential causes of slow CygNet Studio screen performance.  Here in Part 2 of the continuing saga, we’ll dive into more details of the process by which we arrived at our Part 1 solution and introduce some useful tools for evaluating and understanding many CygNet message-based behaviors, not just this one example.


No Job is Too Big for Job Runner

May 15, 2015 / 0 comments / in Applied_Engineering  / by Walter Goodwater

The Job Runner is a little tool that packs a big punch. It can tune up your slow-running HSS, free up the UI on your script-heavy Studio screens, and open up the world of .NET programming for you. It can even make smoothies*!


Why Token-Based Polling is Better than Sliced Bread

May 12, 2015 / 0 comments / in Measurement  / by Jacob Allred

There’s a new request in town, and it goes by the name “Request New Device Data” (and boy, does it mean business!).

In ye olde tyme Gas Measurement Repository (GMR), there was only one way to get data from the field, and that was by using date-based requests. When using a date-based request, you essentially are asking the devices: “What data do you have from 3 days ago until today?” This approach works for some cases, but isn’t very robust in other scenarios, many which are unforeseeable. Administrators typically need to build safety nets to handle any communication down times so that there is no data left uncollected


Dem DEIDs, Dem DEIDs

May 07, 2015 / 0 comments / in Applied_Engineering General  / by Blake Miller

The DEID is connected to the UDC,
The UDC is connected to the Facility…

Remember that childhood song? Perhaps I took some liberties with the words but I think they also work in a truly geeky CygNet way.


I improved this screen’s performance by 1000% and so can you! (part 1)

May 05, 2015 / 0 comments / in General Support WESC  / by CygNet Blog Admin

Recently, I was asked to assist with a customer support call regarding a poorly performing CygNet Studio screen.  Having just participated in Dan Snyder’s CygNet Database Service Diagnostics and Performance Tuning breakout session at this year’s WESC, I felt more than ready to take on this challenge.  Surprisingly, the actual diagnostic and remediation process required was much more involved than I expected.  My hope is that by describing, over the next several posts, the detailed process I went through to decrease the screen load time from 30 seconds to 3 seconds, you may come to understand the nuanced considerations required to craft and verify the most efficient solution for your particular needs.


Report Module 2015

May 01, 2015 / 0 comments / in Applied_Engineering  / by Walter Goodwater

The latest version of the Report Module is now available. This new release includes:


Boost CygNet Performance with SSDs

April 24, 2015 / 0 comments / in General  / by CygNet Blog Admin

Newer solid-state drives (SSDs) offer significant performance improvements over traditional hard disk drives (HDDs) and should be considered as an option for your CygNet services.

This post (also posted as a Technical Note on the CygNet Support portal) describes both types of data storage devices, the most useful performance benchmark for comparing HDDs and SSDs, and recommendations for configuring SSDs in a CygNet system.


Announcing the CygNet Designer

April 21, 2015 / 0 comments / in Applied_Engineering  / by Walter Goodwater

CygNet Applied Engineering is pleased to announce the release of the CygNet Designer. We built this tool to help you define and enforce system standards in a way that improves consistency and efficiency. We hope that it meets those goals and more, and eagerly await your valuable feedback.


Using Excel’s conditional formatting to build better reports

April 12, 2015 / 0 comments / in Applied_Engineering  / by Walter Goodwater

The Report Module is designed to be a simple, user-friendly tool for creating reports in Excel or PDF. However, the needs of some users require some advanced configuration. This article is going to cover the details of using the report template file to leverage Excel’s powerful conditional formatting feature.


Keeping up with the CygNet Blog

April 03, 2015 / 0 comments / in General  / by CygNet Blog Admin

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