Benchmark Module

Bastian Friedrich

   Collax GmbH
   <bastian.friedrich@collax.com>

Daniel-Constantin Mierla

   <miconda@gmail.com>

Edited by

Bastian Friedrich

   <bastian.friedrich@collax.com>

   Copyright © 2007 Collax GmbH

   Copyright © 2007 Voice System SRL
     __________________________________________________________________

   Table of Contents

   1. Admin Guide

        1. Overview
        2. Dependencies

              2.1. Kamailio Modules
              2.2. External Libraries or Applications

        3. Parameters

              3.1. enable (int)
              3.2. granularity (int)
              3.3. loglevel (int)
              3.4. register (str)

        4. Functions

              4.1. bm_start_timer(name)
              4.2. bm_log_timer(name)

        5. Exported Variables

              5.1. $BM_time_diff

        6. RPC Commands

              6.1. benchmark.enable_global
              6.2. benchmark.enable_timer
              6.3. benchmark.granularity
              6.4. benchmark.loglevel

        7. Example of usage

   2. Developer Guide

        1. Available Functions

              1.1. bm_register(name, mode, id)
              1.2. bm_start(id)
              1.3. bm_log(id)

        2. Benchmark API Example

   List of Examples

   1.1. Set enable parameter
   1.2. Set granularity parameter
   1.3. Set loglevel parameter
   1.4. Set register parameter
   1.5. bm_start_timer usage
   1.6. bm_log_timer usage
   1.7. Enabling a timer
   1.8. benchmark usage
   2.1. Using the benchmark module's API from another module

Chapter 1. Admin Guide

   Table of Contents

   1. Overview
   2. Dependencies

        2.1. Kamailio Modules
        2.2. External Libraries or Applications

   3. Parameters

        3.1. enable (int)
        3.2. granularity (int)
        3.3. loglevel (int)
        3.4. register (str)

   4. Functions

        4.1. bm_start_timer(name)
        4.2. bm_log_timer(name)

   5. Exported Variables

        5.1. $BM_time_diff

   6. RPC Commands

        6.1. benchmark.enable_global
        6.2. benchmark.enable_timer
        6.3. benchmark.granularity
        6.4. benchmark.loglevel

   7. Example of usage

1. Overview

   This module helps developers to benchmark their module functions. By
   adding this module's functions via the configuration file or through
   its API, Kamailio can log profiling information for every function.

   The duration between calls to start_timer and log_timer is stored and
   logged via Kamailio's logging facility. Please note that all durations
   are given as microseconds (don't confuse with milliseconds!).

2. Dependencies

   2.1. Kamailio Modules
   2.2. External Libraries or Applications

2.1. Kamailio Modules

   The following modules must be loaded before this module:
     * No dependencies on other Kamailio modules.

2.2. External Libraries or Applications

   The following libraries or applications must be installed before
   running Kamailio with this module loaded:
     * None.

3. Parameters

   3.1. enable (int)
   3.2. granularity (int)
   3.3. loglevel (int)
   3.4. register (str)

3.1. enable (int)

   Even when the module is loaded, benchmarking is not enabled per
   default. This variable may have three different values:
     * -1 - Globally disable benchmarking
     * 0 - Enable per-timer enabling. Single timers are inactive by
       default and can be activated through the RPC interface as soon as
       that feature is implemented.
     * 1 - Globally enable benchmarking

   Default value is “0”.

   Example 1.1. Set enable parameter
...
modparam("benchmark", "enable", 1)
...

3.2. granularity (int)

   Logging normally is not done for every reference to the log_timer()
   function, but only every n'th call. n is defined through this variable.
   A sensible granularity seems to be 100.

   Default value is “1”.

   Example 1.2. Set granularity parameter
...
modparam("benchmark", "granularity", 500)
...

3.3. loglevel (int)

   Set the log level for the benchmark logs. These levels should be used:
     * -5 - L_ALERT
     * -4 - L_BUG
     * -3 - L_CRIT
     * -2 - L_CRIT (no prefix)
     * -1 - L_ERR
     * 0 - L_WARN
     * 1 - L_NOTICE
     * 2 - L_INFO
     * 3 - L_DBG

   Default value is “3” (L_INFO).

   Example 1.3. Set loglevel parameter
...
modparam("benchmark", "loglevel", 4)
...

   This will set the logging level to L_DBG.

3.4. register (str)

   Register a timer id at startup. Required when using the start/log
   functions via Kemi framework. This parameter can be set many times to
   register several timer ids.

   Default value is “NONE”.

   Example 1.4. Set register parameter
...
modparam("benchmark", "register", "test")
modparam("benchmark", "register", "auth")
...

4. Functions

   4.1. bm_start_timer(name)
   4.2. bm_log_timer(name)

4.1.  bm_start_timer(name)

   Start timer “name”. A later call to “bm_log_timer()” logs this timer..

   Example 1.5. bm_start_timer usage
...
bm_start_timer("test");
...

4.2.  bm_log_timer(name)

   This function logs the timer with the given ID. The following data are
   logged:
     * Last msgs is the number of calls in the last logging interval. This
       equals the granularity variable.

     * Last sum is the accumulated duration in the current logging
       interval (i.e. for the last “granularity” calls).

     * Last min is the minimum duration between start/log_timer calls
       during the last interval.

     * Last max - maximum duration.

     * Last average is the average duration between bm_start_timer() and
       bm_log_timer() since the last logging.

     * Global msgs number of calls to log_timer.

     * Global sum total duration in microseconds.

     * Global min... You get the point. :)

     * Global max also obvious.

     * Global avg possibly the most interesting value.

   Example 1.6. bm_log_timer usage
...
bm_log_timer("test");
...

5. Exported Variables

   5.1. $BM_time_diff

   Exported pseudo-variables are listed in the next sections.

5.1. $BM_time_diff

   $BM_time_diff - the time difference elapsed between calls of
   bm_start_timer(name) and bm_log_timer(name). The value is 0 if no
   bm_log_timer() was called.

6. RPC Commands

   6.1. benchmark.enable_global
   6.2. benchmark.enable_timer
   6.3. benchmark.granularity
   6.4. benchmark.loglevel

6.1. benchmark.enable_global

   Enables/disables the module. Parameter may be -1, 0 or 1. See
   description of "enable" parameter.

6.2. benchmark.enable_timer

   Enable or disable a single timer. The following example enables timer
   "test" (the second parameter must be 0 to disable):

   Example 1.7. Enabling a timer
...
kamcmd benchmark.enable_timer test 1
...

6.3. benchmark.granularity

   Modifies the benchmarking granularity. See "granularity" variable.

6.4. benchmark.loglevel

   Modifies the module log level. See "loglevel" variable.

7. Example of usage

   Measure the duration of user location lookup.

   Example 1.8. benchmark usage
...
bm_start_timer("usrloc-lookup");
lookup("location");
bm_log_timer("usrloc-lookup");
...

Chapter 2. Developer Guide

   Table of Contents

   1. Available Functions

        1.1. bm_register(name, mode, id)
        1.2. bm_start(id)
        1.3. bm_log(id)

   2. Benchmark API Example

   The benchmark module provides an internal API to be used by other
   Kamailio modules. The available functions are identical to the user
   exported functions.

   Please note that this module is intended mainly for developers. It
   should be used with caution in production environments.

1. Available Functions

   1.1. bm_register(name, mode, id)
   1.2. bm_start(id)
   1.3. bm_log(id)

1.1.  bm_register(name, mode, id)

   This function register a new timer and/or returns the internal ID
   associated with the timer. mode controls the creation of new timer if
   not found. id is to be used by start and log timer functions.

1.2.  bm_start(id)

   This function equals the user-exported function bm_start_timer. The id
   is passed as an integer, though.

1.3.  bm_log(id)

   This function equals the user-exported function bm_log_timer. The id is
   passed as an integer, though.

2. Benchmark API Example

   Example 2.1. Using the benchmark module's API from another module
...
#include "../benchmark/benchmark.h"
...
struct bm_binds bmb;
...
...
/* load the benchmarking API */
if (load_bm_api( &bmb )!=0) {
    LM_ERR("can't load benchmark API\n");
    goto error;
}
...
...
/* Start/log timers during a (usually user-exported) module function */
bmp.bm_register("test", 1, &id)
bmb.bm_start(id);
do_something();
bmb.bm_log(id);
...