Data Centers

MAGNET: A Tool for Debugging, Analyzing and Adapting Computing Systems

Date Added: Jan 2011
Format: PDF

As computing systems grow in complexity, the cluster and grid communities require more sophisticated tools to diagnose, debug and analyze such systems. The authors have developed a toolkit called MAGNET (Monitoring Apparatus for General kerNel-Event Tracing) that provides a detailed look at operating-system kernel events with very low overhead. Using the fine-grained information that MAGNET exports from kernel space, challenging problems become amenable to identification and correction. In this paper, they first present the design, implementation and evaluation of MAGNET.