03 Metrics

A set of core metrics are provided for every workload that runs with NoSQLBench, regardless of the activity type and protocol used. This section explains each of these metrics and shows an example of them from the log file.

metric: result

This is the primary metric that should be used to get a quick idea of the throughput and latency for a given run. It encapsulates the entire operation life cycle ( ie. bind, execute, get result back ).

For this example we see that we averaged 3732 operations / second with 3.6ms 75th percentile latency and 23.9ms 99th percentile latency. Note the raw metrics are in microseconds. This duration_unit may change depending on how a user configures NoSQLBench, so always double-check it.

2019-08-12 15:46:01,310 INFO [main] i.e.c.ScenarioResult [Slf4jReporter.java:373] type=TIMER,
 name=cql-keyvalue.result, count=100000, min=233.48, max=358596.607, mean=3732.00338612, stddev=10254.850416061185,
 median=1874.815, p75=3648.767, p95=10115.071, p98=15855.615, p99=23916.543, p999=111292.415,
 mean_rate=4024.0234405430424, m1=3514.053841156124, m5=3307.431472596865, m15=3268.6786509004132,
 rate_unit=events/second, duration_unit=microseconds

metric: result-success

This metric shows whether there were any errors during the run. You can confirm that the count is equal to the number of cycles for the run if you are expecting or requiring zero failed operations.

Here we see that all 100k of our cycles succeeded. Note that the metrics for throughput and latency here are slightly different than the results metric simply because this is a separate timer that only includes operations which completed with no exceptions.

2019-08-12 15:46:01,452 INFO [main] i.e.c.ScenarioResult [Slf4jReporter.java:373] type=TIMER,
 name=cql-keyvalue.result-success, count=100000, min=435.168, max=358645.759, mean=3752.40990808,
 stddev=10251.524945886964, median=1889.791, p75=3668.479, p95=10154.495, p98=15884.287, p99=24280.063,
 p999=111443.967, mean_rate=4003.3090048756894, m1=3523.40328629036, m5=3318.8463896065778, m15=3280.480326762243,
 rate_unit=events/second, duration_unit=microseconds

metric: resultset-size

For read workloads, this metric shows the size of result sent back to NoSQLBench from the server. This is useful to confirm that you are reading rows that already exist in the database.

2019-08-12 15:46:00,298 INFO [main] i.e.c.ScenarioResult [Slf4jReporter.java:373] type=HISTOGRAM,
 name=cql-keyvalue.resultset-size, count=100000, min=0, max=1, mean=8.0E-5, stddev=0.008943914131967056,
 median=0.0, p75=0.0, p95=0.0, p98=0.0, p99=0.0, p999=0.0

metric: tries

NoSQLBench will retry failures 10 times by default, this is configurable via the maxtries command line option for the cql activity type. This metric shows a histogram of the number of tries that each operation required, in this example, there were no retries as the count is 100k.

2019-08-12 15:46:00,341 INFO [main] i.e.c.ScenarioResult [Slf4jReporter.java:373] type=HISTOGRAM,
 name=cql-keyvalue.tries, count=100000, min=1, max=1, mean=1.0, stddev=0.0, median=1.0,
 p75=1.0, p95=1.0, p98=1.0, p99=1.0, p999=1.0

More Metrics

NoSQLBench extends many ways to report the metrics from a run, including:

  • Built-in Docker Dashboard
  • Reporting to CSV
  • Reporting to Graphite
  • Reporting to HDR

To get more information on these options, see the output of

./nb --help


You have completed your first run with NoSQLBench!

In the 'Next Steps' section, you'll find options for how to continue, whether you are looking for basic testing or something more advanced.