4 Replies Latest reply on Jun 13, 2014 8:04 AM by pilhuhn

    Metric types


      I saw that support for counters has recently been added. Can somebody explain the use of counters?

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          how are counters different from regular, instantaneous measurements of a value?

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            From a client API perspective its an atomic 'increment' (or 'decrement') operation that requires one call from the client instead of a two calls 1) read current value and 2) update the value.

            Backend implementations of this can provide optimizations of counter operations over "normal" measurement of values. For instance, Cassandra has a counter type: http://www.datastax.com/dev/blog/whats-new-in-cassandra-2-1-a-better-implementation-of-counters

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              The use case is the typical "Web Page Hit Counters" that you see on pages. Making that easy for users to setup with something like:


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                So a counter has no notion of "over time" or timestamp?


                StatsD counters seem to be bucketized by the second and then the "real backend" - e.g. Graphite - is averaging this further over a minute.

                See http://statsd.readthedocs.org/en/latest/types.html#counters

                I think this bucketizing could make sense for use cases of what RHQ calls "Call time data" - counters with


                key=value of  url.http-status = <count>





                StatsD seems to use the so called timers for this and autocomputes percentiles from them


                I think StatsD Gauges are what we use as "normal data" so far and no automatic averaging or so is done.


                Yammer Metics also has some basic types and then derivatives:

                Gauges, Counters, Histograms, Meters, and Timers

                with Gauges apparently like StatsD, Counters like ours and Histograms similar to StatsD Sets (?)


                Does anyone know about other systems and their metric types ?