master planning - scheduling helpers

Hi,

Can anyone pls explain to me how the AX master planning - “scheduling helpers” work?

What is number of helper, item distribution factor, track item process duration?

What should be the propose value for number of helper, item distribution factor?

Pls advice. thanks.

You will need a techie to explain parts to you that are frankly way beyond me, but basically it is to do with performance and your server setup. This is an extract from some notes I made upon release:

Ø Ability to run concurrent processes. Master Planning “Helpers” have been introduced to allow users to run parallel processing, by multi-threading parts of the process. This reduces calculation time since items on the same BOM level will not necessarily conflict with each other and can therefore be distributed across multiple processes and run concurrently. The users can define the helpers at the start of the planning process. The requested number of helpers, the actual usage (depending upon available batch servers) and information about their usage are then added to the plans session log.

The item distribution factor then splits the items it has to process across the helpers by the factor: The program calculates the number of items by using the following formula: (# of helpers + 1) * Item distribution factor

If you tick the track progress you can analyse the planning run into processing rounds, giving you a better view of where the time is - this is for fine tuning performance really.

Thanks AdamRoute. I will post this questionin the technical forum, hope someone will able to help. [:D]