Resources for Developers

Application Metrics

Performance metrics of applications hosted on Scalingo are gathered and accessible on the web dashboard. Just head to the Metrics tab of your application to see charts of these key metrics.

This page contains two main parts: application charts and containers charts. The viewing period is adjustable to 3h, 12h, 24h, 48h and 72h in the past. An attempt to autodetect the local timezone is done but it is configurable.

Application Charts

The application chart displays global data that are not container specific: events and routing metrics.

The events chart is here to show all the events that happened during the viewing period. This can help you link the application behaviour with events that happened on the platform, e.g. spot a deployment that contains a memory leak or follow your application behaviour after a scale operation.

A lot of events are available on the application timeline but only a few relevant are displayed on the metrics view:

  • Restart event
  • Deploy event
  • Scale event

A complete list of events is available in our developer documentation.

The requests per minute is here to show how many requests the application gets per minute. It displays two different kinds of data. The first one is the number of requests per minute, the famous RPM. And the second one is the number of server error responses generated by the application (HTTP responses in the 500 range).

Note: 504 and 503 errors can be generated by our reverse proxy. More information is available in the routing documentation.

The requests time chart displays 3 different values regarding the requests time of an application: the 95th percentile (p95), the 99th percentile (p99) and the median. All times are in millisecond.

Container Charts

The container charts use the container types defined in your Procfile.

For each container type, two charts are shown. The first one shows the CPU usage and the second one the memory and swap usage of this type of container. For the memory chart, the memory (in blue) and swap usage (in red) are stacked. That way the total memory usage of the application can easily be monitored.

The swap usage can increase in two different situations:

  • the application uses all the available memory usage. The system starts using the swap to allocate new memory block.
  • if some memory blocks are are never accessed during a long period of time, the kernel moves them to the swap, waiting for the next usage. At the first read of these blocks, the kernel moves them back to the main memory. Hence, just the first read is impacted in terms of performance. The impact on the performance is different than the previous case where the swap until enough memory is available.

Note: The swap line is only shown if the swap usage exceeds 2% of the container memory limit.

If the application has more than one container of a specific type, these charts show the mean CPU usage / memory consumption of all containers of the same type.

Detailed View

If the application has more than one container of a type defined in its Procfile, a detailed view of all containers of a type is available. The charts are exactly the same except that they are per container (and not per container type). It can greatly help to spot a bugged container and therefore simplify the debugging process.


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