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runqlat.bt ā€” CPU scheduler run queue latency as a histogram. Uses bpftrace/eBPF.

Synopsis

runqlat.bt

Description

This traces time spent waiting in the CPU scheduler for a turn on-CPU. This metric is often called run queue latency, or scheduler latency. This tool shows this latency as a power-of-2 histogram in nanoseconds, allowing multimodal distributions to be studied, as well as latency outliers.

This tool uses the sched tracepoints.

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

Requirements

CONFIG_BPF and bpftrace.

Examples

Trace CPU run queue latency system wide, printing a histogram on Ctrl-C:

# runqlat.bt

Fields

1st, 2nd

This is a range of latency, in microseconds (shown in "[...)" set notation).

3rd

A column showing the count of scheduler events in this range.

4th

This is an ASCII histogram representing the count column.

Overhead

This traces scheduler functions, which can become very frequent. While eBPF has very low overhead, and this tool uses in-kernel maps for efficiency, the frequency of scheduler events for some workloads may be high enough that the overhead of this tool becomes significant. Measure in a lab environment to quantify the overhead 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. The bcc tool may provide more options and customizations.

https://github.com/iovisor/bcc

OS

Linux

Stability

Unstable - in development.

Author

Brendan Gregg

See Also

runqlen(8), mpstat(1), pidstat(1), uptime(1)

Referenced By

bcc-cpudist(8), bcc-runqlen(8), bcc-runqslower(8), runqlen(8).

2018-09-17 USER COMMANDS