What are Workloads

Workloads are a powerful tool in the Sightline software suite. But what exactly are workloads, and what can you do with them?

Workloads allow you to combine processes into a logical group for reporting and tracking resource utilization. Workloads are defined in the Power Agent’s configuration file, and are normally mutually exclusive. Workloads are evaluated when the data is collected by the Power Agent. One purpose for developing these groups is to provide a small set of workloads so that manageable metrics can be used to evaluate performance.
You may want to be able to answer questions such as:

  • How much CPU is a particular group of users using?
  • Do the order entry (or other) people have enough memory?
  • How much I/O is my database application really using?

In many cases, you’ll find that the 80/20 rule applies; that is, 80% of the work is done by 20% of the users of applications. Your objective should be to define your workloads so that the Power Agent delivers meaningful data for the groups that have an impact on the system.

Click here to read more about workloads and see configuration examples.