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bitesize.bt ā€” Show disk I/O size as a histogram. Uses bpftrace/eBPF.

Synopsis

bitesize.bt

Description

This can be used to characterize the distribution of block device (disk) I/O sizes. To study block device I/O in more detail, see biosnoop(8).

This uses the tracepoint:block:block_rq_issue tracepoint, and is a simple example of bpftrace.

Since this uses BPF, only the root user can use this tool.

Requirements

CONFIG_BPF and bpftrace.

Examples

Trace block I/O and summarize as a histogram by process:

# bitesize.bt

Fields

0th

A process name (shown in "@[...]") is printed before each I/O histogram.

1st, 2nd

This is a range of I/O sizes, in Kbytes (shown in "[...)" set notation).

3rd

A column showing the count of I/O in this range.

4th

This is an ASCII histogram representing the count column.

Overhead

Since block device I/O usually has a relatively low frequency (< 10,000/s), the overhead for this tool is expected to be low or negligible. For high IOPS storage systems, test and quantify before use.

Source

This is from bpftrace.

https://github.com/iovisor/bpftrace

Also look in the bpftrace distribution for a companion _examples.txt file containing example usage, output, and commentary for this tool.

This is a bpftrace version of the bcc tool of the same name.

https://github.com/iovisor/bcc

OS

Linux

Stability

Unstable - in development.

Author

Brendan Gregg

See Also

biosnoop.bt(8)

Info

2018-09-07 USER COMMANDS