A Comparison of the Influence of Different Multi-Core Processors on the Runtime Overhead for Application-Level Monitoring

Waller, Jan and Hasselbring, Wilhelm (2012) A Comparison of the Influence of Different Multi-Core Processors on the Runtime Overhead for Application-Level Monitoring [Paper] In: International Conference on Multicore Software Engineering, Performance, and Tools (MSEPT), May 31 - June 1, 2012, Prague, Czech Republic.

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Abstract

Application-level monitoring is required for continuously operating software systems to maintain their performance and availability at runtime. Performance monitoring of software systems requires storing time series data in a monitoring log or stream. Such monitoring may cause a significant runtime overhead to the monitored system.

In this paper, we evaluate the influence of multi-core processors on the overhead of the Kieker application-level monitoring framework. We present a breakdown of the monitoring overhead into three portions and the results of extensive controlled laboratory experiments with microbenchmarks to quantify these portions of monitoring overhead under controlled and repeatable conditions. Our experiments show that the already low overhead of the Kieker framework may be further reduced on multi-core processors with asynchronous writing of the monitoring log.

Our experiment code and data are available as open source software such that interested researchers may repeat or extend our experiments for comparison on other hardware platforms or with other monitoring frameworks.

Document Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Research affiliation: Kiel University > Faculty of Engineering > Department of Computer Science > Software Engineering
Kiel University > Kiel Marine Science
ISSN: 0302-9743
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Projects: Kieker
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2012 09:17
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2014 07:14
URI: http://eprints.uni-kiel.de/id/eprint/15425

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