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An experiment in terminal-based heat maps. For example, witness the majesty of this mpstat(1) display of a 16-CPU zone in the JPC:

awesome heatmap

This version accepts input on stdin of the form ...

10 8 6 6 3 3 4 4 3 4 2 3 4 5 3 5
46 2 6 6 4 1 57 2 10 0 3 2 3 8 3 12
97 3 6 8 5 1 2 4 0 11 1 1 4 2 11 4

... where each line is some number whitespace-separated integers between 0 and 100. The integers will be split up into buckets and the count of integers in each bucket determines that bucket's intensity in the heatmap.

The most natural usage is to take input from mpstat(1) and spit out CPU Usage figures for all CPUs, once per second, using the provided formatters/mpstat script. For example:

ssh someserver mpstat 1 | ./formatters/mpstat | ./heatmap

Bucket Distributions

You can decide the Y-axis for the heat map with a few options.

Linear (-l)

The default distribution of values between buckets is linear, with a minimum value of 0 and a maximum of 100. This is equivalent to:

someprogram | ./heatmap -l -m 0 -M 100

Log-Linear (-L)

In a similar fashion to DTrace's llquantize() you can specify a log distribution with linear buckets within each order of magnitude. For instance: if I/O Latency is expressed in microseconds, it may be useful to draw a heatmap with a base of 10, from the second up to the sixth order of magnitude. i.e.

iolatency.d | ./someformatter | ./heatmap -L -b 10 -m 2 -M 6

Example output from iolatency.d during a ZFS pool scrub:

zfs scrub heatmap


In the most recent C-based version I have used a Rank-based Colouring, as described in this blog post by Dave Pacheco.

If the darkest shades are not visible in your terminal, you can skip some number of shades from the dark end of the spectrum with the -G flag.