Mbrace: Action-based performance monitoring of multi-tierweb applications

Andrej Van Der Zee, Alexandre Courbot, Tatsuo Nakajima

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Abstract

Today's monitoring tools and web application middleware offer very limited support for detailed performance analysis of HTTP request-based, multi-tier web applications. They measure resource usage system-wide or per command name, but are unable to isolate usage per action specific to the target application1. This inability has several causes: First, many HTTP requests are executed by one application or script simultaneously, making it hard to isolate them. Second, it is difficult to monitor at the granularity of a thread, while efficient web servers and database servers implement threadbased process models. Third, different types of actions are often handled by one application or script, hindering typebased distinction. Finally, existing tools are often intervalbased, consequently missing short-lived processes that live between two capturing points. The same limitations apply to measuring individual SQL queries. In addition, SQL queries cannot be backtracked to the HTTP request that triggered them, even though they frequently turn out to be the cause of long end-to-end response times. This paper describes a preliminary solution that addresses these problems and enables us to measure resource consumption and database interaction for individual actions, in real-time and under load, with minimal effort from the web application developer.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 12th IEEE International Conference on Computational Science and Engineering, CSE 2009 - 7th IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Embedded and Ubiquitous Computing, EUC 2009
Pages166-173
Number of pages8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Dec 3
Event7th IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Embedded and Ubiquitous Computing, EUC 2009 - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Duration: 2009 Aug 292009 Aug 31

Publication series

NameProceedings - 12th IEEE International Conference on Computational Science and Engineering, CSE 2009
Volume2

Conference

Conference7th IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Embedded and Ubiquitous Computing, EUC 2009
CountryCanada
CityVancouver, BC
Period09/8/2909/8/31

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Software

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    Van Der Zee, A., Courbot, A., & Nakajima, T. (2009). Mbrace: Action-based performance monitoring of multi-tierweb applications. In Proceedings - 12th IEEE International Conference on Computational Science and Engineering, CSE 2009 - 7th IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Embedded and Ubiquitous Computing, EUC 2009 (pp. 166-173). [5284278] (Proceedings - 12th IEEE International Conference on Computational Science and Engineering, CSE 2009; Vol. 2). https://doi.org/10.1109/CSE.2009.219