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Systemtap disk and network statistic monitoring tools
=====================================================

The netdevstat and diskdevstat are 2 systemtap tools that allow the user to
collect detailed information about network and disk aktivity of all
applications running on a system. These 2 tools were insipred by powertop,
which shows the wakeups of applications per second.

The basic idea is to collect statistic about the running applications in a
form that allows a user to identify applications that behave power
inefficient, meaning instead of doing fewer and bigger IO operations they
do more and smaller ones. Current monitoring tools typically only show
the transfer speeds which isn't very meaningful in that context.

To run them you need to have systemtap and kernel-debuginfo installed.
If both are installed a simple

 netdevstat

or

 diskdevstat

will start the scripts. Both can take up to 3 parameters:

diskdevstat [Update interval] [Total duration] [Display histogram at the end]
netdevstat [Update interval] [Total duration] [Display histogram at the end]

Update interval:
    Time in seconds between updates for the display. Default: 5

Total duration:
    Time in seconds for the whole run. Default: 86400 (1 day)

Display histogram at the end:
    Flag if at the end of the execution a histogram for the whole collected
    data.

The output will look similar to top and/or powertop. Here a sample output of
a longer diskdevstat run on a Fedora 10 system running KDE 4.2:


  PID   UID DEV     WRITE_CNT WRITE_MIN WRITE_MAX WRITE_AVG    READ_CNT  READ_MIN  READ_MAX  READ_AVG COMMAND        
 2789  2903 sda1          854     0.000   120.000    39.836           0     0.000     0.000     0.000 plasma            
15494     0 sda1            0     0.000     0.000     0.000         758     0.000     0.012     0.000 0logwatch         
15520     0 sda1            0     0.000     0.000     0.000         140     0.000     0.009     0.000 perl              
15549     0 sda1            0     0.000     0.000     0.000         140     0.000     0.009     0.000 perl              
15585     0 sda1            0     0.000     0.000     0.000         108     0.001     0.002     0.000 perl              
 2573     0 sda1           63     0.033  3600.015   515.226           0     0.000     0.000     0.000 auditd            
15429     0 sda1            0     0.000     0.000     0.000          62     0.009     0.009     0.000 crond             
15379     0 sda1            0     0.000     0.000     0.000          62     0.008     0.008     0.000 crond             
15473     0 sda1            0     0.000     0.000     0.000          62     0.008     0.008     0.000 crond             
15415     0 sda1            0     0.000     0.000     0.000          62     0.008     0.008     0.000 crond             
15433     0 sda1            0     0.000     0.000     0.000          62     0.008     0.008     0.000 crond             
15425     0 sda1            0     0.000     0.000     0.000          62     0.007     0.007     0.000 crond             
15375     0 sda1            0     0.000     0.000     0.000          62     0.008     0.008     0.000 crond             
15477     0 sda1            0     0.000     0.000     0.000          62     0.007     0.007     0.000 crond             
15469     0 sda1            0     0.000     0.000     0.000          62     0.007     0.007     0.000 crond             
15419     0 sda1            0     0.000     0.000     0.000          62     0.008     0.008     0.000 crond             
15481     0 sda1            0     0.000     0.000     0.000          61     0.000     0.001     0.000 crond             
15355     0 sda1            0     0.000     0.000     0.000          37     0.000     0.014     0.001 laptop_mode       
 2153     0 sda1           26     0.003  3600.029  1290.730           0     0.000     0.000     0.000 rsyslogd          
15575     0 sda1            0     0.000     0.000     0.000          16     0.000     0.000     0.000 cat               
15581     0 sda1            0     0.000     0.000     0.000          12     0.001     0.002     0.000 perl              
15582     0 sda1            0     0.000     0.000     0.000          12     0.001     0.002     0.000 perl              
15579     0 sda1            0     0.000     0.000     0.000          12     0.000     0.001     0.000 perl              
15580     0 sda1            0     0.000     0.000     0.000          12     0.001     0.001     0.000 perl              
15354     0 sda1            0     0.000     0.000     0.000          12     0.000     0.170     0.014 sh                
15584     0 sda1            0     0.000     0.000     0.000          12     0.001     0.002     0.000 perl              
15548     0 sda1            0     0.000     0.000     0.000          12     0.001     0.014     0.001 perl              
15577     0 sda1            0     0.000     0.000     0.000          12     0.001     0.003     0.000 perl              
15519     0 sda1            0     0.000     0.000     0.000          12     0.001     0.005     0.000 perl              
15578     0 sda1            0     0.000     0.000     0.000          12     0.001     0.001     0.000 perl              
15583     0 sda1            0     0.000     0.000     0.000          12     0.001     0.001     0.000 perl              
15547     0 sda1            0     0.000     0.000     0.000          11     0.000     0.002     0.000 perl              
15576     0 sda1            0     0.000     0.000     0.000          11     0.001     0.001     0.000 perl              
15518     0 sda1            0     0.000     0.000     0.000          11     0.000     0.001     0.000 perl              
15354     0 sda1            0     0.000     0.000     0.000          10     0.053     0.053     0.005 lm_lid.sh         


Here a quick explanation of each column:

PID:       Process ID of the application
UID:       User ID under which the applications is running
DEV:       Device on which the IO took place
WRITE_CNT: Total number of write operations
WRITE_MIN: Lowest time in seconds for 2 consecutive writes
WRITE_MAX: Largest time in seconds for 2 consecutive writes
WRITE_AVG: Average time in seconds for 2 consecutive writes
READ_CNT:  Total number of read operations
READ_MIN:  Lowest time in seconds for 2 consecutive reads
READ_MAX:  Largest time in seconds for 2 consecutive reads
READ_AVG:  Average time in seconds for 2 consecutive reads
COMMAND:   Name of the process

In this example 3 very obvious applications stand out:

  PID   UID DEV     WRITE_CNT WRITE_MIN WRITE_MAX WRITE_AVG    READ_CNT  READ_MIN  READ_MAX  READ_AVG COMMAND
 2789  2903 sda1          854     0.000   120.000    39.836           0     0.000     0.000     0.000 plasma
 2573     0 sda1           63     0.033  3600.015   515.226           0     0.000     0.000     0.000 auditd
 2153     0 sda1           26     0.003  3600.029  1290.730           0     0.000     0.000     0.000 rsyslogd

Those are the 3 applications that have a WRITE_CNT > 0, meaning they performed
some form of write during the measurement. Of those, plasma was the worst
offender by a large amount. For one in total number of writes and of course
the average time between writes was also the lowest. This would be the best
candidate to investigate if you're concerned about power inefficient
applications.