Transfer scheduling

This topic describes transfer requests and transfer scheduling.

Transfer requests

Transfer requests can accumulate in the Transfer CFT catalog. Sometimes the transfers are not activated immediately.

A transfer is not activated under the following circumstances:

If you are in the preprocessing phase and a script exists:

  • It is in the H state or K state as a result of a preprocessing error
  • If there is no END command with ISTATE=N
  • If it is in the D state and is waiting for the scheduled time

Transfer phase:

  • If it is in the H HOLD state or K KEEP state as a result of a transfer error, or an operator command (HALT, KEEP, or SEND STATE = HOLD, and so on).
  • If it is in the D DISP state, but Transfer CFT does not have the resources required to activate it.
    • Or if the transfer cannot be activated at that time because there is a MINTIME or MINDATE requirement.
    • Or if Transfer CFT is already processing MAXTRANS active transfers.

The sequencing of Transfer CFT transfers in REQUESTER mode, in which Transfer CFT establishes the connection with a remote partner, is governed by activation priority. When scanning a list of pending transfers, the transfer having the highest priority is activated first. If all transfers have the same priority, the first transfer placed in the catalog is the first one activated.

Transfer scheduling

Once a transfer request is available for scheduling, it moves to either an inactive or active transfer state.

Transfer states

Inactive transfers

A transfer is set to inactive if its diagnostic status is 0, and its mintime/mindate is not reached. In that case, the transfer is placed into a mintime ordered queue and waits to be activated.

Active transfers

If a transfer does not fit the inactive state criteria, the transfer is set to active. Active transfers are executed if resources are available, otherwise they are placed in a queue for execution. Parameters that affect scheduling are, in order:

  • Priority (PRI)
  • The scheduled time and date (MINTIME/MINDATE)
  • Request time

Partner states

A partner can have one of the following three states:

  • Ready
  • State-locked
  • Time-locked

Ready partners

A ready partner is one that is placed into a queue organized by priority of the first active transfer. Transfers are taken from this partner queue. As soon as a transfer completes, the partner is re-organized or removed. By default, a partner is set to the ready state.

Time-locked partners

A time-locked partner is put into a queue that is organized by the mintime for that partner. When that mintime expires, the partner is removed from the time-locked queue and is put in the ready queue.

When the scheduler schedules a transfer with a non-null diagnostic, it puts the related partner into time-locked state (except in the case of an INACT 430 diagnostic).

Each partner updates its mintime to the transfer time to which is added the +/-50% of the waiting delay. The transfer mintime is set to its reqtime, to keep the correct order.

State-locked partners

A state-locked partner is put aside to wait for an event to reactivate it. Currently, only the diagnostic INACT (430) causes this state. The partner is reactivated by the CFTUTIL ACT command.

Scheduler states

Going from inactive to active

Every time a transfer is requested, the scheduler moves all inactive transfers that are ready to go in to an active state, that is, into an ordered queue for this partner.

Unlocking time-locked partners

The scheduler puts every partner that became ready from the time-locked queue into the ready queue only when no more partners remain in the ready queue.

Transfer CFT resource limitations

When Transfer CFT saturates in terms of available resources, meaning that the maximum number of simultaneous transfer or the maximum number of connection has been reached, all additional transfers remain in the D state pending the freeing of a resource until the timeout is reached.

Session timers and holdover

The Disconnect timeout parameter is used to set the wait time-out before disconnection and during connection. The Keep alive parameter is used to maintain a connection with a partner upon completion of a transfer, for the next transfer with the same partner.

Delayed transfers

In addition to the call limitation, which can be imposed on partners, the user can also define time slots for activating a given transfer. This section describes delayed transfers and how to define these:

  • In the transfer request: SEND and RECV

A request made before the time slot for activating the transfer will wait to be activated for the specified date and time remaining in the D, at disposal, state. If the request cannot be processed by the Transfer CFT before the end of the set time slot, it can no longer be activated. A request made after the time slot for activating the transfer time out can no longer be activated and changes to the K Keep state.

This transfer activation time slot is defined using the MINTIME/MINDATE and MAXTIME/MAXDATE parameters of the SEND, RECV commands.

The values of these parameters can be defined either:

  • Explicitly
  • Relatively
    • Relatively indicates that the calculation is performed at the time the request is entered in the catalog.
    • A relative value for each of these parameters is defined using the following syntax:
                parameter = + <relative value>
    • The + sign indicates that the value is a relative value. If the parameter is the "time" type, the value is expressed in minutes, and must not exceed 24 (hours) less one minute, in other words, the value 1439. If the parameter is the "date" type, the value is expressed as a number of days, and must not exceed 365.

Example 1


The request is valid for up to 10 days, beginning at the time of the catalog entry.


The request is valid today, for half an hour, beginning at the time of the catalog entry.

When the time slot exceeds a day, the value of MAXDATE is always greater than the value of MINDATE.

Example 2

MINDATE = 20151224
MINTIME = 1800
MAXDATE = 20160101
MAXTIME = 0900

The transfer can be activated between December 24, 2015 at 6 pm and January 1, 2016 at 9 am.

When this slot is less than 24 hours, it can be included within one day or over two days.

To specify a time slot within one day, the values of the MINDATE and MAXDATE parameters must be equal and the value of MINTIME must be less than the value of MAXTIME.

Example 3

MINDATE = 20151224
MINTIME = 0900
MAXDATE = 20151224
MAXTIME = 1800

The transfer can be activated on December 24, 2015 between 9 am and 6 pm.

If you want to specify a time slot that spans into the next day, set the value of MINTIME to later than the value of MAXTIME. The MINDATE value specifies the first day. It is not necessary to define the MAXDATE value, as Transfer CFT automatically assigns it to the day following the MINDATE value.

Example 4

MINDATE = 20151224
MINTIME = 2200
MAXDATE = 20151225
MAXTIME = 0500

is equivalent to:

MINDATE = 20151224
MINTIME = 2200
MAXTIME = 0500

The transfer can be activated between December 24, 2015 at 10 pm and December 25, 2015 at 5 am.

Default value of:

  • MINDATE: current date
    • If MAXTIME is greater than MINTIME : MINDATE
    • If MAXTIME is less than MINTIME : MINDATE + 1
    • If MAXTIME is not defined: 99991231

Example 5

MINTIME = 2200
MAXTIME = 2300 (MAXDATE and MINDATE not defined)

The transfer can be activated today between 10 pm and 11 pm.

MINTIME = 2200
MAXTIME = 0500 (MAXDATE and MINDATE not defined)

The transfer can be activated between today at 10 pm and tomorrow at 5 am.

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