BMC Performance Profiler

Pasha Ghabussi pashag at
Fri Oct 9 08:44:23 AEDT 2020

Hello all,

We would really appreciate it if you can take a few minutes to read the
proposal sent earlier and let us know your thoughts and suggestions.

Thank you

On Mon, Oct 5, 2020 at 1:57 PM Pasha Ghabussi <pashag at> wrote:

> Hello all,
> We would really appreciate it if you can take a few minutes to read the
> following proposal and let us know your thoughts and suggestions.
> We are developing a tool to investigate performance problems by looking at
> DBus traffic dumps. Current DBus inspection and visualization tools do not
> represent the DBus events similar to a typical performance profiler.
> Additionally, these tools do not address typical BMC workloads such as IPMI
> and ASIO. Hence, identifying potential performance problems requires
> inspecting the raw BMC DBus traffic, which can become a long and complex
> process. We want to add a graphical interface to webui-vue to visualize the
> DBus traffic to address the abovementioned problem.
> There have been DBus and IPMI performance-related discussions in the
> OpenBMC community, both of which can be helped by this work: IPMI-related
> issues started to appear as early as in 2017. One issue (#2630)
> <> describes a problem
> related to large numbers of sensors. Its follow-up (#3098)
> <> mentions “hostboot
> crashes due to poor IPMI performance”. Another issue (#2519)
> <> describes a
> commonly-seen problem of IPMI taking very long to respond (> 5s).
> There are also discussions on RedFish performance
> <> on
> the mailing list; A patch
> <>
> optimized DBus performance by introducing a cache for name translation.
> All the performance investigations listed above involve DBus and may be
> helped by this work.
> We are planning to use the BMCweb file hosting functionality to access the
> DBus event dumps and visualize the events in the web UI. The available
> profiling tools such as dbus-pcap
> <>,
> Wireshark <>, Bustle
> <>, Snyh
> <>, or DFeet
> <>
> do not provide the exact functionality we are looking for. Our goal is to
> develop functionalities similar to other widely used profilers such as
> GPUView or VTune Profiler.
> One alternative solution considered was to stream DBus requests over
> websocket, but the existing websocket endpoints available on BMC webserver
> do not provide the exact information we need.
> Requirements and Scalability:
>    -
>    Should provide the adequate functionalities to filter, visualize the
>    events timeline, and group the DBus traffic based on multiple criteria such
>    as type, source, destination, path, interface, demon signatures, and more.
>    -
>    Should support capture of DBus messages using as little resources as
>    possible.
>    -
>    Should be able to show many (~thousands of) entries on screen
>    simultaneously
>    -
>    Integration with webui-vue
> Thank you
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