You might not have realized it but there are two ways an Application Engine program can run in PeopleSoft — one is by making use of PSAE and another is by making use of PSAESRV.

Let us have a look at what are the differences between PSAE and PSAESRV as well as what are the best use cases of each of them.


A PeopleSoft Application Engine program makes use of psae.exe (PSAE) for execuation. psae.exe is located in PS_HOME\bin\client\winx86 location, for example D:\psft\pt\ps_home8.57.06\bin\client\winx86

PSAESRVs are process scheduler server processes, which start when you boot a process scheduler domain. By default, psprcs.cfg starts 3 PSAESRVs. Below is the PSAESRV section from the psprcs.cfg file, wherein default max instances for PSAESRV are specified. The number of PSAESRV instances specified here should match the max concurrency in the server definition for Application Engine programs.

; Settings for Application Engine Tuxedo Server
; The max instance should reflect the max concurrency set for process type
; defined with a generic process type of Application Engine as defined
; in the Server Definition page in Process Scheduler Manager
Max Instances=3

When you start a process scheduler domain, you can check the status of PSAESRVs.

PSAESRVs are enabled by default in the process scheduler configuration menu. To enable or disable PSAESRV, you need to use option 4 of the Process Scheduler Administration menu in PSADMIN.

Performance-wise, you’ll hardly see any difference when using PSAE vs PSAESRV in most of the cases. You’re likely to observe difference in performance when hundreds of AEs run in a short period of time for example, it is a common situation in PeopleSoft CRM application but not so in other PeopleSoft applications.
In general, it is said that if you have an application engine process that runs longer than 10 seconds, PSAE is equivalent to PSAESRV.

In most of the cases, you’re better off disabling PSAESRV from the process scheduler configuration. Let us also consider a few situations, which may help you decide whether you need PSAESRVs enabled or disabled.

1. When you run an application engine program with PSAESRV disabled, the AE will take a a few seconds longer to start (time delay may be range from millisecond to seconds depending on your hardware and software configuration). So, if your application has situations wherein hundreds or application engine programs may get initiated in a short period of time – you should enable PSAESRV.

2. In situations when a process scheduler shuts down, a launched psae processes (corresponding to the running Application Engine processes) will keep running until finish as they are running outside of process scheduler. If you’re using PSAESRV, the process will error out because of process scheduler shutdown.

3. When PSAE runs, it creates a database connection and when the process completes, it disconnects from the database, which also releases resources from the process and the database session. This also helps prevent any possible memory leakage problem that may occupy the precious system memory. PSAESRVs on the other hand continue to accumulate memory over time and release memory upon restart or process scheduler domain or as per the PSAESRV Recycle Count parameter in the psprcs.cfg file.

4. Process Scheduler start or stop takes longer with PSAESRV enabled because it has to start/stop those many PSAESRVs. More the number of max instances of PSAESRVs specified, more time it takes to start/stop a process scheduler domain.

Also refer to this post by David Kurtz on the same topic.

Apurva Tripathi

Apurva is a PeopleSoft consultant and a big advocate of everything PeopleSoft. He is also a technology enthusiast and loves learning and implementing newer and open source technologies. He spends his spare time updating this blog and likes to read books on self help and productivity.

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