The IBM Whole-system Analysis of Idle Time tool
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The IBM Whole-system Analysis of Idle Time (WAIT) tool is now available free for a limited time: WAIT tool.
A new article, The IBM Whole-system Analysis of Wait Time tool, is published as a pdf file on developerWorks in the Application Performance Management group.
WAIT is a easy-to-use, web-based tool for diagnosing performance and scalability bottlenecks in Java applications, especially in deployed enterprise environments, but useful throughout the software lifecycle, from development to test to deployed customer environments. As such, WAIT can serve as an effective complement or introduction to traditional monitoring tools like Tivoli's ITCAM for Application Diagnostics.
WAIT's value proposition lies in the fact that it can be used with any deployed system running a JVM -- with no restart, no agents, no special flags, no special versions, no kernel patches, etc. For data collection, a WAIT shell script can be down loaded from the WAIT website, which collects and zips up performance data. Alternatively, users can collect their own data with a few simple commands to obtain javacore, ps, and vmstat information.
The zipped performance data file is uploaded to the WAIT website and a WAIT report is viewed in a standard browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer). No tool installation is needed. A WAIT report starts at a high level (e.g. "Delayed waiting on database") and then allows drill down to an actionable level, such as the calls stack and line numbers of code in which performance problems arise. As the diagnosis, "Delayed waiting on database" suggests, WAIT's diagnostic capabilities are not limited to traditional Java bottlenecks like garbage collection problems or hot methods. WAIT employs an expert rule system to look at how Java code communicates with the wider world to provide a high-level view of system and application bottlenecks.
WAIT has been used internally by over 500 IBMers, who have submitted over 6,000 wait reports.