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Performance Profiling

Collect perf data of a ceph process at runtime


This is an advanced topic please be aware of the steps you're performing or reach out to the experts for further guidance.

There are some cases where the debug logs are not sufficient to investigate issues like high CPU utilization of a Ceph process. In that situation, coredump and perf information of a Ceph process is useful to be collected which can be shared with the Ceph team in an issue.

To collect this information, please follow these steps:

  • Edit the rook-ceph-operator deployment and set ROOK_HOSTPATH_REQUIRES_PRIVILEGED to true.
  • Wait for the pods to get reinitialized:
# watch kubectl -n rook-ceph get pods
  • Enter the respective pod of the Ceph process which needs to be investigated. For example:
# kubectl -n rook-ceph exec -it deploy/rook-ceph-mon-a -- bash
  • Install gdb , perf and git inside the pod. For example:

    # dnf install gdb git perf -y

  • Capture perf data of the respective Ceph process:

# perf record -e cycles --call-graph dwarf -p <pid of the process>
# perf report > perf_report_<process/thread>
  • Grab the pid of the respective Ceph process to collect its backtrace at multiple time instances, attach gdb to it and share the output gdb.txt:
# gdb -p <pid_of_the_process>

- set pag off
- set log on
- thr a a bt full # This captures the complete backtrace of the process
- backtrace
- Ctrl+C
- backtrace
- Ctrl+C
- backtrace
- Ctrl+C
- backtrace
- set log off
- q (to exit out of gdb)
  • Grab the live coredump of the respective process using gcore:
# gcore <pid_of_the_process>
  • Capture the Wallclock Profiler data for the respective Ceph process and share the output generated:
# git clone
# cd gdbpmp
# ./ -p <pid_of_the_process> -n 100 -o
  • Collect the, perf_report, backtrace of the process gdb.txt , core file and profiler data and upload it to the tracker issue for troubleshooting purposes.