bitesize(8) System Manager's Manual bitesize(8)
bitesize - Summarize block device I/O size as a histogram - Linux eBPF/bcc.
Show I/O distribution for requested block sizes, by process name.
This works by tracing block I/O kernel functions using dynamic tracing and prints a his‐
torgram of I/O size.
Since this uses BPF, only the root user can use this tool.
CONFIG_BPF and bcc.
Count I/O size per process until Ctrl-C is hit:
Kbtes Size in kilobytes of range
count How many I/O fell into this range
An ASCII bar chart to visualize the distribution (count column)
This traces kernel block I/O functions to update a histgroam, which are asynchronously
copied to user-space. This method is very efficient, and the overhead for most storage I/O
rates (< 10k IOPS) should be negligible. If you have a higher IOPS storage environment,
test and quantify the overhead before use.
This is from bcc.
Also look in the bcc distribution for a companion _examples.txt file containing example
usage, output, and commentary for this tool.
Unstable - in development.
USER COMMANDS 2016-02-05 bitesize(8)