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Anomaly? Application Change? or Workload Change? - Towards Automated Detection of Application Performance Anomaly and Change

Cherkasova, Ludmila; Ozonat, Kivanc; Mi, Ningfang;; Symons, Julie; Smirni, Evgenia
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Keyword(s): Anomaly detection, application change, automation, enterprise applications, transactions, performance models, regression-based approach, Diagnostics tool, workload analysis

Abstract: Automated tools for understanding application behavior and its changes during the application life-cycle are essential for many performance analysis and debugging tasks. Application performance issues have an immediate impact on customer experience and satisfaction. A sudden slowdown of enterprise-wide application can effect a large population of customers, lead to delayed projects and ultimately can result in company financial loss. We believe that online performance modeling should be a part of routine application monitoring. Early, informative warnings on significant changes in application performance should help service providers to timely identify and prevent performance problems and their negative impact on the service. We propose a novel framework for automated anomaly detection and application change analysis. It is based on integration of two complementary techniques: i) a regression-based transaction model that reflects a resource consumption model of the application, and ii) an application performance signature that provides a compact model of run-time behavior of the application. The proposed integrated framework provides a simple and powerful solution for anomaly detection and analysis of essential performance changes in application behavior. An additional benefit of the proposed approach is its simplicity: it is not intrusive and is based on monitoring data that is typically available in enterprise production environments.

10 Pages

Additional Publication Information: To be published in the 38th Annual IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks, DSN'2008, June 24-27, 2008

External Posting Date: June 21, 2008 [Fulltext]. Approved for External Publication
Internal Posting Date: June 21, 2008 [Fulltext]

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