class Telemetry

Collect performance state for analysis

class Telemetry { }

Note: This class is a Rakudo-specific feature and not standard Perl 6.

On creation, a Telemetry object contains a snapshot of various aspects of the current state of the virtual machine. This is in itself useful, but generally one needs two snapshots for the difference (which is a Telemetry::Period object).

The Telemetry object is really a collection of snapshots taken by different "instruments". By default, the Telemetry::Instrument::Usage and Telemetry::Instrument::ThreadPool instruments are activated.

The Telemetry (and Telemetry::Period) object also Associative. This means that you can treat a Telemetry object as a read-only Hash, with all of the data values of the instruments as keys.

You can determine which instruments Telemetry should use by setting the $*SAMPLER dynamic variable, which is a Telemetry::Sampler object.

Currently, the following instruments are supported by the Rakudo core:

Provides (in alphabetical order): cpu, cpu-sys, cpu-user, cpus, id-rss, inb, invcsw, is-rss, ix-rss, majf, max-rss, minf, mrcv, msnd, nsig, nswp, volcsw, outb, util% and wallclock. For complete documentation of the meaning of these data values, see Telemetry::Instrument::Usage.

Provides (in alphabetical order): tad, tcd, thid, tjd, tsd and tys. For complete documentation of the meaning of these data values, see Telemetry::Instrument::Thread.

Provides (in alphabetical order): atc, atq, aw, gtc, gtq, gw, s, ttc, ttq and tw. For complete documentation of the meaning of these data values, see Telemetry::Instrument::ThreadPool.

Does not provide any data by itself: one must indicate which variables are to be monitored, which will then become available as methods with the same name on the instrument. For complete documentation, see Telemetry::Instrument::AdHoc.

routine T

sub T()

Shortcut for Telemetry.new. It is exported by default. Since the Telemetry class also provides an Associative interface, one can easily interpolate multiple values in a single statement:

use Telemetry;
say "Used {T<max-rss cpu>} (KiB CPU) so far";

routine snap

multi sub snap(--> Nil)
multi sub snap(@s --> Nil)

The snap subroutine is shorthand for creating a new Telemetry object and pushing it to an array for later processing. It is exported by default.

use Telemetry;
my @t;
for ^5 {
    snap(@t);
    # do some stuff 
    LAST snap(@t);
}

If no array is specified, it will use an internal array for convenience.

routine snapper

sub snapper($sleep = 0.1:$stop:$reset --> Nil)

The snapper routine starts a separate thread that will call snap repeatedly until the end of program. It is exported by default.

By default, it will call snap every 0.1 second. The only positional parameter is taken to be the delay between snaps.

Please see the snapper module for externally starting a snapper without having to change the code. Simply adding -Msnapper as a command line parameter, will then start a snapper for you.

routine periods

multi sub periods--> Seq)
multi sub periods(@s --> Seq)

The periods subroutine processes an array of Telemetry objects and generates a Seq of Telemetry::Period objects out of that. It is exported by default.

.<cpu wallclock>.say for periods(@t);
 
# OUTPUT: 
# ==================== 
# (164 / 160) 
# (23 / 21) 
# (17 / 17) 
# (15 / 16) 
# (29 / 28) 

If no array is specified, it will use the internal array of snap without parameters and will reset that array upon completion (so that new snaps can be added again).

use Telemetry;
for ^5 {
    snap;
    LAST snap;
}
say .<cpu wallclock>.join(" / "for periods;
 
# OUTPUT: 
# ==================== 
# 172 / 168 
# 24 / 21 
# 17 / 18 
# 17 / 16 
# 27 / 27 

If only one snap was done, another snap will be done to create at least one Telemetry::Period object.

routine report

multi sub report(:@columns:$legend:$header-repeat:$csv:@format)

The report subroutine generates a report about an array of Telemetry objects. It is exported by default. These can have been created by regularly calling snap, or by having a snapper running. If no positional parameter is used, it will assume the internal array to which the parameterless snap pushes.

Below are the additional named parameters of report.

Specify the names of the columns to be included in the report. Names can be specified with the column name (e.g. gw). If not specified, defaults to what is specified in the RAKUDO_REPORT_COLUMNS environment variable. If that is not set either, defaults to:

wallclock util% max-rss gw gtc tw ttc aw atc

Specifies after how many lines the header should be repeated in the report. If not specified, defaults to what is specified in the RAKUDO_REPORT_HEADER_REPEAT environment variable. If that is not set either, defaults to 32.

Specifies whether a legend should be added to the report. If not specified, defaults to what is specified in the RAKUDO_REPORT_LEGEND environment variable. If that is not set either, defaults to True.

If there are snaps available in the internal array at the end of the program, then report will be automatically generated and printed on STDERR.

module snapper

Start a thread taking repeated system state snapshots.

This module contains no subroutines or methods or anything. It is intended as a shortcut for starting the snapper subroutine of the Telemetry module, allowing taking snapshots of the execution of a program without needing to change the program. Simple loading the module with -Msnapper will do all that is needed to start the snapper, and have a report printed on STDERR upon completion of the program.

The RAKUDO_SNAPPER environment variable can be set to indicate the time between snapshots. If not specified, it will default to 0.1 seconds.