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Arnold Reuser
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Before reinventing the wheel I'm interested in experiences/
opinions/remarks about which JVMTI profilers are useful
and which aren't for profiling ( CPU & memory ) J2EE aps of our
production servers.

After some googling and browsing I've found out that people tend
to favour JProfiler and YourKit. Do you have the same experience or
do you favour some other OS product? Why do you favour this product and how
does the performance degrade when you use the product?
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Arnold Reuser
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After some research I've concluded that Java6 will have some interesting features related to profiling.
By using OQL, after a dump of the heap is created by using jmap
and a small webserver is started by using jhat, its possible to query the dump of the heap.

Furthemore the OSS JIP, JFluid of Netbeans, InfraRed
and Glassbox have useful features, which can be used during
development and pre-production. Especially Glassbox & InfraRed
deliver an out of the box solution.
[ October 08, 2006: Message edited by: Arnold Reuser ]
 
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We run Wily Introscope which gives amazing insite into what's going on in the application. We often know of problems before the users notice. Mercury has a similar tool. Both are suitable for real-time monitoring of production systems. These run pretty big bucks.
 
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During the product selection I was looking closer at both AppSight and
IntroScope. I expected IntroScope to be far too expensive for our budget,
AppSight is about 350K euro. I'm interested in any not-markering cases were IntroScope did help you solve day-to-day problems.
 
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We brought Wily in at IBM's recommendation on a fire-fight. Wily experts helped us find and fix a problem in very short order. Wily needs custom agent configuration, essentially telling it what classes and methods to report on, to get right down to spots in the code, but the out of the box setup was enough to eliminate some false leads and focus us into a relatively small area.

There are competitors in the market. We'll be doing a Wily vs Mercury shoot out at some point to get the company on one product instead of two.
 
Virag Saksena
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Have you looked at Auptyma's JAM ?
It's a JVM thread sampler which will tell you top methods down to the line number. Since it does not use bytecode instrumentation, you don't have to be an expert to setup and configure for specific classes.

If you are running on production servers, want to deploy dynamically and need complete visibility at low overhead (below 1%), you should try it out. On the other hand if you are running on a test/QA environment, you can live with 10-20% overhead and a bytecode solution (with broad instrumentation) will work with you.
 
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