[rrd-users] RRDTool and net-snmp raw counters

Kirill Ponazdyr lists at codeangels.com
Wed Mar 5 01:51:57 MET 2003


I was wondering if there is anyone our there who has an expierence in
graphing the Load statistics by using the raw counters supplied by
net-snmp (CPU and IO).

We utilize RRDtool to graph several things, from temperature trough IP
traffic and router CPU loads, so I am not entirely novice to it, recently
I have tried to visualize the CPU load on our machines by using RRDtool
and querying the ssCpuRawSystem (. and
ssCpuRawUser (. on net-snmp enabled hosts. Those
values happen to be raw Counters, representing CPU time(?) used by each of
the load areas.

We query the data every 15 seconds using our own perl script and save it
as COUNTER with AVG + MAX dimentions into the RRD Database.

We have 2 problems gaphing the data though, we use following satemements
to read out the data:


The first problem is that the values in umax/uavg, and accordingly
tmax/tavg will often overshot the 100% mark if the system queried was
under heavy load, even for a short time.

The second problem is that the value of absolute tmax changes as we adjust
the graphs timeframe, for example: we have a day worth of data, if we plot
a day, the top tmax will be show as 130%, and if we plot a month with the
same data (Which logically results in only a small part of the graph being
filled) the top tmax will be shown as 149%.

Does anyone has an idea what are we doing wrong ?

Thanks and best regards


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