Netdata provides a comprehensive set of charts that can help you understand the workload, performance, utilization, saturation, latency, responsiveness, and maintenance activities of your disks. In this blog we will focus on monitoring disks as block devices, not as filesystems or mount points.
Memory-intensive applications can benefit from improved performance by using huge pages, as they can reduce TLB pressure and memory fragmentation, and lower the memory management overhead overall. Developers should consider using HugeTLBfs in their mmap() and shmget() calls to take advantage of huge pages.
Transparent Huge Pages (THP) is a Linux kernel feature that provides some of the benefits of huge pages without requiring any development effort. However, THP can cause latency in many applications. Although kernel developers are actively working to address these issues, many system administrators prefer to disable THP altogether.
Netdata can assist in determining whether THP is helpful or harmful to your applications, which can guide your decision regarding its use.
mem.kernel chart in Netdata provides insight into the memory usage of various kernel subsystems and mechanisms. By understanding these dimensions and their technical details, you can monitor your system's kernel memory usage and identify potential issues or inefficiencies. Monitoring these dimensions can help you ensure that your system is running efficiently and provide valuable insights into the performance of your kernel and memory subsystem.
Entropy is a measure of the randomness or unpredictability of data. In the context of cryptography, entropy is used to generate random numbers or keys that are essential for secure communication and encryption. Without a good source of entropy, cryptographic protocols can become vulnerable to attacks that exploit the predictability of the generated keys.
Server uptime monitoring tracks the availability and reliability of servers within your infrastructure.
Swap memory, also known as virtual memory, is a space on a hard disk that is used to supplement the physical memory (RAM) of a computer. The swap space is used when the system runs out of physical memory, and it moves less frequently accessed data from RAM to the hard disk, freeing up space in RAM for more frequently accessed data. But should swap memory be enabled on production systems and cloud-provided virtual machines (VMs)? Let's explore the pros and cons.
Interrupts, softirqs, and softnet are all critical parts of the Linux kernel that can impact system performance. In this blog post, we'll explore their usefulness, and discuss how to monitor them using Netdata for both bare-metal servers and VMs.
As a system administrator, understanding how your Linux system's CPU is being utilized is crucial for identifying bottlenecks and optimizing performance. In this blog post, we'll dive deep into the world of Linux CPU consumption, load, and pressure, and discuss how to use these metrics effectively to identify issues and improve your system's performance.
The different states of system processes are essential to understanding how a computer system works. Each state represents a specific point in a process's life cycle and can impact system performance and stability.
FreeBSD is a high-quality, stable, and secure operating system used in a wide variety of applications, and we want to show you how monitor FreeBSD systems painlessly and effectively.
Use Netdata to effectively monitor and troubleshoot the performance of NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory express) disks in your infrastructure. Preempt disk failures and take action to ensure your systems run without a glitch.
Monitoring KSM (Kernel Same-page Merging) performance at deduping memory shared across VMs.
The most important part of disk usage monitoring is to check the utilization of each filesystem and each mount point which can reveal existing or impending issues with the storage space on your infrastructure.