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IPerformanceCollector Interface Reference

The IPerformanceCollector interface represents a service that collects and stores performance metrics data. More...

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Public Member Functions

void getMetrics (in wstring[] metricNames, in $unknown[] objects,[retval] out IPerformanceMetric[] metrics)
 Returns parameters of specified metrics for a set of objects.
void setupMetrics (in wstring[] metricNames, in $unknown[] objects, in unsigned long period, in unsigned long count,[retval] out IPerformanceMetric[] affectedMetrics)
 Sets parameters of specified base metrics for a set of objects.
void enableMetrics (in wstring[] metricNames, in $unknown[] objects,[retval] out IPerformanceMetric[] affectedMetrics)
 Turns on collecting specified base metrics.
void disableMetrics (in wstring[] metricNames, in $unknown[] objects,[retval] out IPerformanceMetric[] affectedMetrics)
 Turns off collecting specified base metrics.
void queryMetricsData (in wstring[] metricNames, in $unknown[] objects, out wstring[] returnMetricNames, out $unknown[] returnObjects, out wstring[] returnUnits, out unsigned long[] returnScales, out unsigned long[] returnSequenceNumbers, out unsigned long[] returnDataIndices, out unsigned long[] returnDataLengths,[retval] out long[] returnData)
 Queries collected metrics data for a set of objects.

Public Attributes

readonly attribute wstring[] metricNames
 Array of unique names of metrics.

Detailed Description

The IPerformanceCollector interface represents a service that collects and stores performance metrics data.

Performance metrics are associated with objects of interfaces like IHost and IMachine. Each object has a distinct set of performance metrics. The set can be obtained with IPerformanceCollector::getMetrics.

Metric data is collected at the specified intervals and is retained internally. The interval and the number of retained samples can be set with IPerformanceCollector::setupMetrics. Both metric data and collection settings are not persistent, they are discarded as soon as VBoxSVC process terminates. Moreover, metric settings and data associated with a particular VM only exist while VM is running. They disappear as soon as VM shuts down. It is not possible to set up metrics for machines that are powered off. One needs to start VM first, then set up metric collection parameters.

Metrics are organized hierarchically, with each level separated by a slash (/) character. Generally, the scheme for metric names is like this:

Category/Metric[/SubMetric][:aggregation]

"Category/Metric" together form the base metric name. A base metric is the smallest unit for which a sampling interval and the number of retained samples can be set. Only base metrics can be enabled and disabled. All sub-metrics are collected when their base metric is collected. Collected values for any set of sub-metrics can be queried with IPerformanceCollector::queryMetricsData.

For example "CPU/Load/User:avg" metric name stands for the "CPU" category, "Load" metric, "User" submetric, "average" aggregate. An aggregate function is computed over all retained data. Valid aggregate functions are:

When setting up metric parameters, querying metric data, enabling or disabling metrics wildcards can be used in metric names to specify a subset of metrics. For example, to select all CPU-related metrics use CPU/*, all averages can be queried using *:avg and so on. To query metric values without aggregates *: can be used.

The valid names for base metrics are:

The general sequence for collecting and retrieving the metrics is:

For an example of usage refer to the following files in VirtualBox SDK:

Interface ID:
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Member Function Documentation

void IPerformanceCollector::getMetrics ( in wstring[]  metricNames,
in $unknown[]  objects,
[retval] out IPerformanceMetric[]  metrics 
)

Returns parameters of specified metrics for a set of objects.

Parameters:
metricNames Metric name filter. Currently, only a comma-separated list of metrics is supported.
objects Set of objects to return metric parameters for.
metrics Array of returned metric parameters.
Note:
Null metrics array means all metrics. Null object array means all existing objects.
void IPerformanceCollector::setupMetrics ( in wstring[]  metricNames,
in $unknown[]  objects,
in unsigned long  period,
in unsigned long  count,
[retval] out IPerformanceMetric[]  affectedMetrics 
)

Sets parameters of specified base metrics for a set of objects.

Returns an array of IPerformanceMetric describing the metrics have been affected.

Parameters:
metricNames Metric name filter. Comma-separated list of metrics with wildcard support.
objects Set of objects to setup metric parameters for.
period Time interval in seconds between two consecutive samples of performance data.
count Number of samples to retain in performance data history. Older samples get discarded.
affectedMetrics Array of metrics that have been modified by the call to this method.
Note:
Null or empty metric name array means all metrics. Null or empty object array means all existing objects. If metric name array contains a single element and object array contains many, the single metric name array element is applied to each object array element to form metric/object pairs.
void IPerformanceCollector::enableMetrics ( in wstring[]  metricNames,
in $unknown[]  objects,
[retval] out IPerformanceMetric[]  affectedMetrics 
)

Turns on collecting specified base metrics.

Returns an array of IPerformanceMetric describing the metrics have been affected.

Parameters:
metricNames Metric name filter. Comma-separated list of metrics with wildcard support.
objects Set of objects to enable metrics for.
affectedMetrics Array of metrics that have been modified by the call to this method.
Note:
Null or empty metric name array means all metrics. Null or empty object array means all existing objects. If metric name array contains a single element and object array contains many, the single metric name array element is applied to each object array element to form metric/object pairs.
void IPerformanceCollector::disableMetrics ( in wstring[]  metricNames,
in $unknown[]  objects,
[retval] out IPerformanceMetric[]  affectedMetrics 
)

Turns off collecting specified base metrics.

Returns an array of IPerformanceMetric describing the metrics have been affected.

Parameters:
metricNames Metric name filter. Comma-separated list of metrics with wildcard support.
objects Set of objects to disable metrics for.
affectedMetrics Array of metrics that have been modified by the call to this method.
Note:
Null or empty metric name array means all metrics. Null or empty object array means all existing objects. If metric name array contains a single element and object array contains many, the single metric name array element is applied to each object array element to form metric/object pairs.
void IPerformanceCollector::queryMetricsData ( in wstring[]  metricNames,
in $unknown[]  objects,
out wstring[]  returnMetricNames,
out $unknown[]  returnObjects,
out wstring[]  returnUnits,
out unsigned long[]  returnScales,
out unsigned long[]  returnSequenceNumbers,
out unsigned long[]  returnDataIndices,
out unsigned long[]  returnDataLengths,
[retval] out long[]  returnData 
)

Queries collected metrics data for a set of objects.

The data itself and related metric information are returned in seven parallel and one flattened array of arrays. Elements of returnMetricNames, returnObjects, returnUnits, returnScales, returnSequenceNumbers, returnDataIndices and returnDataLengths with the same index describe one set of values corresponding to a single metric.

The returnData parameter is a flattened array of arrays. Each start and length of a sub-array is indicated by returnDataIndices and returnDataLengths. The first value for metric metricNames[i] is at returnData[returnIndices[i]].

Parameters:
metricNames Metric name filter. Comma-separated list of metrics with wildcard support.
objects Set of objects to query metrics for.
returnMetricNames Names of metrics returned in returnData.
returnObjects Objects associated with metrics returned in returnData.
returnUnits Units of measurement for each returned metric.
returnScales Divisor that should be applied to return values in order to get floating point values. For example: (double)returnData[returnDataIndices[0]+i] / returnScales[0] will retrieve the floating point value of i-th sample of the first metric.
returnSequenceNumbers Sequence numbers of the first elements of value sequences of particular metrics returned in returnData. For aggregate metrics it is the sequence number of the sample the aggregate started calculation from.
returnDataIndices Indices of the first elements of value sequences of particular metrics returned in returnData.
returnDataLengths Lengths of value sequences of particular metrics.
returnData Flattened array of all metric data containing sequences of values for each metric.
Note:
Null or empty metric name array means all metrics. Null or empty object array means all existing objects. If metric name array contains a single element and object array contains many, the single metric name array element is applied to each object array element to form metric/object pairs.
Data collection continues behind the scenes after call to queryMetricsData. The return data can be seen as the snapshot of the current state at the time of queryMetricsData call. The internally kept metric values are not cleared by the call. This allows querying different subsets of metrics or aggregates with subsequent calls. If periodic querying is needed it is highly suggested to query the values with interval*count period to avoid confusion. This way a completely new set of data values will be provided by each query.

Member Data Documentation

readonly attribute wstring [] IPerformanceCollector::metricNames

Array of unique names of metrics.

This array represents all metrics supported by the performance collector. Individual objects do not necessarily support all of them. IPerformanceCollector::getMetrics can be used to get the list of supported metrics for a particular object.