The Logging/Elasticsearch Nodes and Openshift Logging dashboards in the OpenShift Container Platform web console show in-depth details about your Elasticsearch instance and the individual Elasticsearch nodes that you can use to prevent and diagnose problems.

The OpenShift Logging dashboard contains charts that show details about your Elasticsearch instance at a cluster level, including cluster resources, garbage collection, shards in the cluster, and Fluentd statistics.

The Logging/Elasticsearch Nodes dashboard contains charts that show details about your Elasticsearch instance, many at node level, including details on indexing, shards, resources, and so forth.

For more detailed data, click the Grafana UI link in a dashboard to launch the Grafana dashboard. Grafana is shipped with OpenShift cluster monitoring.

Accessing the Elastisearch and Openshift Logging dashboards

You can view the Logging/Elasticsearch Nodes and Openshift Logging dashboards in the OpenShift Container Platform web console.

Procedure

To launch the dashboards:

  1. In the OpenShift Container Platform web console, click MonitoringDashboards.

  2. On the Dashboards page, select Logging/Elasticsearch Nodes or Openshift Logging from the Dashboard menu.

    For the Logging/Elasticsearch Nodes dashboard, you can select the Elasticsearch node you want to view and set the data resolution.

    The appropriate dashboard is displayed, showing multiple charts of data.

  3. Optionally, select a different time range to display or refresh rate for the data from the Time Range and Refresh Interval menus.

For more detailed data, click the Grafana UI link to launch the Grafana dashboard.

About the OpenShift Logging dashboard

The OpenShift Logging dashboard contains charts that show details about your Elasticsearch instance at a cluster-level that you can use to diagnose and anticipate problems.

Table 1. OpenShift Logging charts
Metric Description

Elastic Cluster Status

The current Elasticsearch status:

  • ONLINE - Indicates that the Elasticsearch instance is online.

  • OFFLINE - Indicates that the Elasticsearch instance is offline.

Elastic Nodes

The total number of Elasticsearch nodes in the Elasticsearch instance.

Elastic Shards

The total number of Elasticsearch shards in the Elasticsearch instance.

Elastic Documents

The total number of Elasticsearch documents in the Elasticsearch instance.

Total Index Size on Disk

The total disk space that is being used for the Elasticsearch indices.

Elastic Pending Tasks

The total number of Elasticsearch changes that have not been completed, such as index creation, index mapping, shard allocation, or shard failure.

Elastic JVM GC time

The amount of time that the JVM spent executing Elasticsearch garbage collection operations in the cluster.

Elastic JVM GC Rate

The total number of times that JVM executed garbage activities per second.

Elastic Query/Fetch Latency Sum

  • Query latency: The average time each Elasticsearch search query takes to execute.

  • Fetch latency: The average time each Elasticsearch search query spends fetching data.

Fetch latency typically takes less time than query latency. If fetch latency is consistently increasing, it might indicate slow disks, data enrichment, or large requests with too many results.

Elastic Query Rate

The total queries executed against the Elasticsearch instance per second for each Elasticsearch node.

CPU

The amount of CPU used by Elasticsearch, Fluentd, and Kibana, shown for each component.

Elastic JVM Heap Used

The amount of JVM memory used. In a healthy cluster, the graph shows regular drops as memory is freed by JVM garbage collection.

Elasticsearch Disk Usage

The total disk space used by the Elasticsearch instance for each Elasticsearch node.

File Descriptors In Use

The total number of file descriptors used by Elasticsearch, Fluentd, and Kibana.

FluentD emit count

The total number of Fluentd messages per second for the Fluentd default output, and the retry count for the default output.

FluentD Buffer Availability

The percent of the Fluentd buffer that is available for chunks. A full buffer might indicate that Fluentd is not able to process the number of logs received.

Elastic rx bytes

The total number of bytes that Elasticsearch has received from FluentD, the Elasticsearch nodes, and other sources.

Elastic Index Failure Rate

The total number of times per second that an Elasticsearch index fails. A high rate might indicate an issue with indexing.

FluentD Output Error Rate

The total number of times per second that FluentD is not able to output logs.

Charts on the Logging/Elasticsearch nodes dashboard

The Logging/Elasticsearch Nodes dashboard contains charts that show details about your Elasticsearch instance, many at node-level, for further diagnostics.

Elasticsearch status

The Logging/Elasticsearch Nodes dashboard contains the following charts about the status of your Elasticsearch instance.

Table 2. Elasticsearch status fields
Metric Description

Cluster status

The cluster health status during the selected time period, using the Elasticsearch green, yellow, and red statuses:

  • 0 - Indicates that the Elasticsearch instance is in green status, which means that all shards are allocated.

  • 1 - Indicates that the Elasticsearch instance is in yellow status, which means that replica shards for at least one shard are not allocated.

  • 2 - Indicates that the Elasticsearch instance is in red status, which means that at least one primary shard and its replicas are not allocated.

Cluster nodes

The total number of Elasticsearch nodes in the cluster.

Cluster data nodes

The number of Elasticsearch data nodes in the cluster.

Cluster pending tasks

The number of cluster state changes that are not finished and are waiting in a cluster queue, for example, index creation, index deletion, or shard allocation. A growing trend indicates that the cluster is not able to keep up with changes.

Elasticsearch cluster index shard status

Each Elasticsearch index is a logical group of one or more shards, which are basic units of persisted data. There are two types of index shards: primary shards, and replica shards. When a document is indexed into an index, it is stored in one of its primary shards and copied into every replica of that shard. The number of primary shards is specified when the index is created, and the number cannot change during index lifetime. You can change the number of replica shards at any time.

The index shard can be in several states depending on its lifecycle phase or events occurring in the cluster. When the shard is able to perform search and indexing requests, the shard is active. If the shard cannot perform these requests, the shard is non–active. A shard might be non-active if the shard is initializing, reallocating, unassigned, and so forth.

Index shards consist of a number of smaller internal blocks, called index segments, which are physical representations of the data. An index segment is a relatively small, immutable Lucene index that is created when Lucene commits newly-indexed data. Lucene, a search library used by Elasticsearch, merges index segments into larger segments in the background to keep the total number of segments low. If the process of merging segments is slower than the speed at which new segments are created, it could indicate a problem.

When Lucene performs data operations, such as a search operation, Lucene performs the operation against the index segments in the relevant index. For that purpose, each segment contains specific data structures that are loaded in the memory and mapped. Index mapping can have a significant impact on the memory used by segment data structures.

The Logging/Elasticsearch Nodes dashboard contains the following charts about the Elasticsearch index shards.

Table 3. Elasticsearch cluster shard status charts
Metric Description

Cluster active shards

The number of active primary shards and the total number of shards, including replicas, in the cluster. If the number of shards grows higher, the cluster performance can start degrading.

Cluster initializing shards

The number of non-active shards in the cluster. A non-active shard is one that is initializing, being reallocated to a different node, or is unassigned. A cluster typically has non–active shards for short periods. A growing number of non–active shards over longer periods could indicate a problem.

Cluster relocating shards

The number of shards that Elasticsearch is relocating to a new node. Elasticsearch relocates nodes for multiple reasons, such as high memory use on a node or after a new node is added to the cluster.

Cluster unassigned shards

The number of unassigned shards. Elasticsearch shards might be unassigned for reasons such as a new index being added or the failure of a node.

Elasticsearch node metrics

Each Elasticsearch node has a finite amount of resources that can be used to process tasks. When all the resources are being used and Elasticsearch attempts to perform a new task, Elasticsearch put the tasks into a queue until some resources become available.

The Logging/Elasticsearch Nodes dashboard contains the following charts about resource usage for a selected node and the number of tasks waiting in the Elasticsearch queue.

Table 4. Elasticsearch node metric charts
Metric Description

ThreadPool tasks

The number of waiting tasks in individual queues, shown by task type. A long–term accumulation of tasks in any queue could indicate node resource shortages or some other problem.

CPU usage

The amount of CPU being used by the selected Elasticsearch node as a percentage of the total CPU allocated to the host container.

Memory usage

The amount of memory being used by the selected Elasticsearch node.

Disk usage

The total disk space being used for index data and metadata on the selected Elasticsearch node.

Documents indexing rate

The rate that documents are indexed on the selected Elasticsearch node.

Indexing latency

The time taken to index the documents on the selected Elasticsearch node. Indexing latency can be affected by many factors, such as JVM Heap memory and overall load. A growing latency indicates a resource capacity shortage in the instance.

Search rate

The number of search requests run on the selected Elasticsearch node.

Search latency

The time taken to complete search requests on the selected Elasticsearch node. Search latency can be affected by many factors. A growing latency indicates a resource capacity shortage in the instance.

Documents count (with replicas)

The number of Elasticsearch documents stored on the selected Elasticsearch node, including documents stored in both the primary shards and replica shards that are allocated on the node.

Documents deleting rate

The number of Elasticsearch documents being deleted from any of the index shards that are allocated to the selected Elasticsearch node.

Documents merging rate

The number of Elasticsearch documents being merged in any of index shards that are allocated to the selected Elasticsearch node.

Elasticsearch node fielddata

Fielddata is an Elasticsearch data structure that holds lists of terms in an index and is kept in the JVM Heap. Because fielddata building is an expensive operation, Elasticsearch caches the fielddata structures. Elasticsearch can evict a fielddata cache when the underlying index segment is deleted or merged, or if there is not enough JVM HEAP memory for all the fielddata caches.

The Logging/Elasticsearch Nodes dashboard contains the following charts about Elasticsearch fielddata.

Table 5. Elasticsearch node fielddata charts
Metric Description

Fielddata memory size

The amount of JVM Heap used for the fielddata cache on the selected Elasticsearch node.

Fielddata evictions

The number of fielddata structures that were deleted from the selected Elasticsearch node.

Elasticsearch node query cache

If the data stored in the index does not change, search query results are cached in a node-level query cache for reuse by Elasticsearch.

The Logging/Elasticsearch Nodes dashboard contains the following charts about the Elasticsearch node query cache.

Table 6. Elasticsearch node query charts
Metric Description

Query cache size

The total amount of memory used for the query cache for all the shards allocated to the selected Elasticsearch node.

Query cache evictions

The number of query cache evictions on the selected Elasticsearch node.

Query cache hits

The number of query cache hits on the selected Elasticsearch node.

Query cache misses

The number of query cache misses on the selected Elasticsearch node.

Elasticsearch index throttling

When indexing documents, Elasticsearch stores the documents in index segments, which are physical representations of the data. At the same time, Elasticsearch periodically merges smaller segments into a larger segment as a way to optimize resource use. If the indexing is faster then the ability to merge segments, the merge process does not complete quickly enough, which can lead to issues with searches and performance. To prevent this situation, Elasticsearch throttles indexing, typically by reducing the number of threads allocated to indexing down to a single thread.

The Logging/Elasticsearch Nodes dashboard contains the following charts about Elasticsearch index throttling.

Table 7. Index throttling charts
Metric Description

Indexing throttling

The amount of time that Elasticsearch has been throttling the indexing operations on the selected Elasticsearch node.

Merging throttling

The amount of time that Elasticsearch has been throttling the segment merge operations on the selected Elasticsearch node.

Node JVM Heap statistics

The Logging/Elasticsearch Nodes dashboard contains the following charts about JVM Heap operations.

Table 8. JVM Heap statistic charts
Metric Description

Heap used

The amount of the total allocated JVM Heap space that is used on the selected Elasticsearch node.

GC count

The number of garbage collection operations that have been run on the selected Elasticsearch node, by old and young garbage collection.

GC time

The amount of time that the JVM spent running garbage collection operations on the selected Elasticsearch node, by old and young garbage collection.