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NetLogger (copyright Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) is both a set of tools and a methodology for analysing the performance of a distributed system. The methodolgoy (below) can be implemented separately from the LBL developed tools. For full information on NetLogger see its website, http://dsd.lbl.gov/NetLogger/


From the NetLogger website

The NetLogger methodology is really quite simple. It consists of the following:

  1. All components must be instrumented to produce monitoring These components include application software, middleware, operating system, and networks. The more components that are instrumented the better.
  2. All monitoring events must use a common format and common set of attributes. Monitoring events most also all contain a precision timestamp which is in a single timezone (GMT) and globally synchronized via a clock synchronization method such as NTP.
  3. Log all of the following events: Entering and exiting any program or software component, and begin/end of all IO (disk and network).
  4. Collect all log data in a central location
  5. Use event correlation and visualization tools to analyze the monitoring event logs.


From the NetLogger website

The NetLogger Toolkit includes a number of separate components which are designed to help you do distributed debugging and performance analysis. You can use any or all of these components, depending on your needs.

These include:

  • NetLogger message format and data model: A simple, common message format for all monitoring events which includes high-precision timestamps
  • NetLogger client API library: C/C++, Java, PERL, and Python calls that you add to your existing source code to generate monitoring events. The destination and logging level of NetLogger messages are all easily controlled using an environment variable. These libraries are designed to be as lightweight as possible, and to never block or adversely affect application performance.
  • NetLogger visualization tool (nlv): a powerful, customizable X-Windows tool for viewing and analysis of event logs based on time correlated and/or object correlated events.
  • NetLogger host/network monitoring tools: a collection of NetLogger-instrumented host monitoring tools, including tools to interoperate with Ganglia and MonALisa.
  • NetLogger storage and retrieval tools, including a daemon that collects NetLogger events from several places at a single, central host; a forwarding daemon to forward all NetLogger files in a specified directory to a given location; and a NetLogger event archive based on mySQL.


– Main.TobyRodwell - 22 Mar 2006

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