N|Solid Documentation


Console Overview

The N|Solid Console provides valuable insight into clusters of N|Solid processes running in a variety of configurations. Processes are grouped by their associated application which makes it simple to find outliers in memory and/or CPU utilization and quickly identify unexpected behavior.

Navigating to an individual process shows various metrics and provides the capability for taking heap snapshots and CPU profiling.


Application List View

The Application List view provides a visual overview of N|Solid applications monitored by the Console. There are six columns in this view:

"Application List"

Column Description
Overview Grid The Overview Grid is a 5x5 matrix where each vertical dot represents 20% of available memory with the top being 100% memory utilization and each horizontal dot representing 20% of available CPU capacity with the far right being 100% of CPU capacity.

The size of the dot is a function of the number of processes occupying a particular usage slot; for example if five processes were at 22% CPU usage and 15% memory, that dot would be larger than a single process at 22% CPU usage and 35% memory.

Colors are a reflection of what cell the dot is in; colors go from green to red as you move up and right on the grid. Red is naturally the color of severity, so if you have a lot of red dots on your application's grid, that is a call for immediate attention.

It is important to note that since an application can run on multiple hosts, you have have larger dots in the upper right; if you have 10 machines all running at 100% of CPU and memory, that upper right dot will be larger than a single process dot.

Note that this graph provides aggregate data: if your application executes in more than one process, there is no correlation between the number of enlarged dots and the number of processes running.
Application Name Each application gets its name from the NSOLID_APPNAME environment variable (NSOLID_APPNAME="SharkAttack" nsolid myapp.js).

If NSOLID_APPNAME is not set, your application (along with any other unnamed applications) will appear in this list under untitled application. If two or more different processes are run with identical NSOLID_APPNAMEs, data from each process will be aggregated into a single application view entry.
Processes The number of processes being traced for this application.
Hosts The number of host machines being traced for this application.
Security Vulnerabilities If there are any security vulnerabilities in an application's dependencies, the number of vulnerabilities and a link to more information about the vulnerabilities is provided.
CPU usage charts The CPU Usage Chart for the Hosts.
RSS charts Resident Set Size (RSS) chart.

Cluster View

The Cluster view is a force-directed scatter-plot that provides an overview of your application’s performance across all connected processes. The Y-axis plots the ratio of the Resident Set Size (RSS) of each process' memory usage over the application’s total RSS memory usage. The X-axis plots the % CPU utilized for each process.

"Cluster of Processes"

Move your mouse over a node in the graph to see its PID and process title:


Clicking a node will select it, displaying more information about the process in the sidebar on the right:

"PID Details"

You can use this to get an overview of the following metrics over time for the selected process:

Clicking the “Expand” button on the edge of the sidebar will open the Process Detail view.

Process Detail View

The Process Detail view shows detailed information relating to a specific process.

"Process Detail"

Section Description
Uptime This is the total time elapsed since the process started.
Heap Total This is total size of the v8 heap, which includes everything in the heap, including free space which has been allocated by v8 but is unused by JavaScript objects.
Heap Used This is the size of of the v8 heap occupied directly by JavaScript objects created by the application, as well as v8 internal objects created on behalf of it.
Resident Set Size This chart shows the actual memory footprint of the process over time. It does not include memory that belongs to the process that has been swapped out to disk.
Async Activity This chart displays two series that reflect asynchronous activity. One is the number of async handles, which tend to be generated by longer-lived larger-scale asynchronous operations, such as open sockets or timers. The other is the number of async requests. These tend to be made by shorter-lived and smaller-scale operations, such as writing to file handles.
Host Data Host data is a statistic based on the percentage of memory used and the CPU load average over the last minute. For details on the host system running the process, click [🔎 More] underneath the Host Data chart.
Related Snapshots This is a list of heap snapshots associated with this process. When you click [+ New Snapshot], you will be taken to the heap snapshot viewer and a new row representing the heap snapshot will be added to this list.
Related Profiles This is a list of profiles associated with this process. When you click [+ New Profile], you will be taken to the profile viewer and a new row representing the profile will be added to this list.

Host Details

This view shows detailed information about the host system:

At the very bottom is a graph that shows the total system-wide load over time.

This screen is accessed by clicking on the [🔎 More] link to the center right of the screen.

"Host Details"