6.3. Monitoring

Tsung is able to monitor remote servers using several backends that communicates with remote agent. This is configured in the <monitoring> section. Available statistics are: CPU activity, load average and memory usage.

Note that you can get the nodes to monitor from a job scheduler, like:

<monitor batch="true" host="torque" type="erlang"></monitor>

Several types of remote agents are supported (erlang is the default):

6.3.1. Erlang

The remote agent is started by Tsung. It use erlang communications to retrieve statistics of activity on the server. For example, here is a cluster monitoring definition based on Erlang agents, for a cluster of 6 computers:

  <monitor host="geronimo" type="erlang"></monitor>
  <monitor host="bigfoot-1" type="erlang"></monitor>
  <monitor host="bigfoot-2" type="erlang"></monitor>
  <monitor host="f14-1" type="erlang"></monitor>
  <monitor host="f14-2" type="erlang"></monitor>
  <monitor host="db" type="erlang"></monitor>


monitored computers needs to be accessible through the network, and erlang communications must be allowed (no firewall is better). SSH (or rsh) needs to be configured to allow connection without password on. You must use the same version of Erlang/OTP on all nodes otherwise it may not work properly!

If you can’t have erlang installed on remote servers, you can use one of the other available agents.

New in version 1.5.1.

erlang monitoring includes now an option to monitor a mysql db with mysqladmin. Use it like this:

<monitor host="db" type="erlang"></monitor>
 <mysqladmin port="3306" username="root" password="sesame" />

Availabe stats: number of mysql threads and Questions (queries)

6.3.2. SNMP

The type keyword snmp can replace the erlang keyword, if SNMP monitoring is preferred. They can be mixed. Since version 1.2.2, you can customize the SNMP version, community and port number. It uses the Management Information Base (MIB) provided in net-snmp (see also SNMP monitoring doesn’t work?!).

  <monitor host="geronimo" type="snmp"/>
  <monitor host="f14-2" type="erlang"></monitor>
  <monitor host="db" type="snmp">
    <snmp version="v2" community="mycommunity" port="11161"/>

The default version is v1, default community public and default port 161.

Since version 1.4.2, you can also customize the object identifiers (OID) retrieved from the SNMP server, using one or several oid element:

<monitor host="" type="snmp">
  <snmp version="v2">
    <oid value=""
         name="heapused" type="sample" eval="fun(X)-> X/100 end."/>

type can be sample, counter or sum, and optionally you can define a function (with erlang syntax) to be applied to the value (eval attribute).

6.3.3. Munin

New in version 1.3.1.

Tsung is able to retrieve data from a munin-node agent (see http://munin-monitoring.org/wiki/munin-node). The type keyword must be set to munin, for example:

  <monitor host="geronimo" type="munin"/>
  <monitor host="f14-2" type="erlang"></monitor>