Precise request tracing and performance debugging for multi-tier services of black boxes

Zhihong Zhang, Jianfeng Zhan, Yong Li, Lei Wang, Dan Meng, Bo Sang
2009 2009 IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems & Networks  
As more and more multi-tier services are developed from commercial components or heterogeneous middleware without the source code available, both developers and administrators need a precise request tracing tool to help understand and debug performance problems of large concurrent services of black boxes. Previous work fails to resolve this issue in several ways: they either accept the imprecision of probabilistic correlation methods, or rely on knowledge of protocols to isolate requests in
more » ... uit of tracing accuracy. This paper introduces a tool named PreciseTracer to help debug performance problems of multi-tier services of black boxes. Our contributions are two-fold: first, we propose a precise request tracing algorithm for multi-tier services of black boxes, which only uses application-independent knowledge; secondly, we present a component activity graph abstraction to represent causal paths of requests and facilitate end-to-end performance debugging. The low overhead and tolerance of noise make PreciseTracer a promising tracing tool for using on production systems.
doi:10.1109/dsn.2009.5270321 dblp:conf/dsn/ZhangZLWMS09 fatcat:esmzd4le6bbzzdwattbwqawmrm