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Many types of performance problems can result from the load created by concurrent users of web applications, and all too often these scalability bottlenecks go undetected until the application has been deployed in production.  Load-testing, the generation of simulated user requests, is a great way to catch these types of issues before they get out of hand.  Last month I presented about load testing with Canonical's Corey Goldberg at the Boston Python Meetup last week and thought the topic deserved blog discussion as well. In this two-part series, I'll walk through generating load using the Python multi-mechanize load-testing framework, then collect and analyze data about app performance using Tracelytics. Also, a request: there's mechanize documentation available, but I unfortunately haven't found any full documentation of the python mechanize API online-post a c... (more)

End-User Monitoring: RUM or Synthetic?

Performance for end-users is the metric by which most businesses judge their web applications' performance: is the responsiveness of the application an asset or a liability to the business?  Studies show that users are growing more and more demanding, while average pageloads are getting bigger and bigger-more than doubling in weight since 2010.  Combine that with frequent releases and updates from marketing, and pretty soon the optimization job is never quite done. Ongoing monitoring application performance from the end-user's perspective is therefore critical; fortunately, ther... (more)

The Taming of the Queue

A few weeks back webserver request queueing came under heightened scrutiny as rapgenius blasted Heroku for not using as much autotune as promised in their “intelligent load balancing”. If you somehow missed the write-up (or response), check it out for its great simulations of load balancing strategies on Heroku. What if you’re not running on Heroku? Well, the same wisdom still applies – know your application’s load balancing and concurrency and measure its performance. Let’s explore how request queueing affects applications in the non-PaaS world and what you can do about it. Fu... (more)

Amazon Outage

You don’t have to be a pre-cog to find and deal with infrastructure and application problems; you just need good monitoring.  We had quite a day Monday during the EC2 EBS availability incident.  Thanks to some early alerts - which started coming in about 2.5 hours before AWS started reporting problems - our ops team was able to intervene and make sure that our customers’ data was safe and sound. I’ll start with screenshots of what we saw and experienced, then get into what metrics to watch and alert on in your environment, as well as how to do so in TraceView. 10:30 AM EST: Incr... (more)

Tracing Celery Performance for Web Applications

Are you using Celery to process Python back-end tasks asynchronously?  Have you wanted to get insight into their resource consumption and efficiency?  Here’s a few useful ways to get insight into Celery performance when running tasks. A simple celery task For a quick review, Celery lets you turn any python method into an asynchronous task.  Here’s a simple one: 1 2 3 4 from celery.task import task @task def add(x, y): return x + y Let’s trace Celery We’ll start with the good stuff. In the latest release of our Python instrumentation, oboeware-1.0, we have an updated API that makes ... (more)