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Host Throttling Performance Counters

This section describes the performance monitor counters that measure system parameters that impact host throttling. The following performance counters are accessible for each host instance under the BizTalk:Message Agent performance object category:

 

Counter Description

Active instance count

Number of service instances active in memory. For the orchestration engine, a service instance refers to each running instance of an orchestration schedule. For the End Point Manager, a service instance may either correspond to a single stateless message, or to a collection of stateful messages.

noteNote
Stateful instances are those that maintain certain state information about the messages associated with the instance. Messages belonging to a stateful instance are co-related in some form or the other. For example an ordered send port that maintains information about the ordering are considered stateful instances. Most messaging scenarios involve stateless instances where messages are processed completely independent of each other. Each such stateless instance corresponds to a single message within the EPM.

Database session

Number of concurrent MessageBox database connections being used.

Database session threshold

The current threshold for concurrent database sessions. This is initially set to the Database connections value on the Resource-Based Throttling tab in Settings Dashboard. This value is auto-tuned based on the database session usage of the process. If the number of concurrent database sessions exceeds this threshold at any time, host throttling is implemented.

Database size

Number of messages in the database queues that this process has published. This value is measured by the number of items in the queue tables for all hosts and the number of items in the spool and tracking tables. If a process is publishing to multiple queues, this counter reflects the weighted average of all the queues.

noteNote
If the host is restarted, statistics held in memory are lost. Since there is some overhead involved, BizTalk Server will resume gathering statistics only when there are at least 100 publishes with 5% of the total publishes within the restarted host process.

High database session

  • 0: Normal

  • 1: Database session count exceeds threshold

High database size

  • 0: Normal

  • 1: Database size has grown beyond threshold

This counter will be set to a value of one if either of the conditions listed for the Message count in DB threshold occurs. How to Modify Resource Based Throttling Settings provides information on this throttling threshold.

High in-process message count

  • 0: Normal

  • 1: In-process message count exceeds limit

High message delivery rate

  • 0: Normal

  • 1: Message delivery rate exceeds the message processing Rate

High message publishing rate

  • 0: Normal

  • 1: Publishing request rate exceeds completion rate

High process memory

  • 0: Normal

  • 1: Process memory exceeds threshold

High system memory

  • 0: Normal

  • 1: System memory exceeds threshold

High thread count

  • 0: Normal

  • 1: Thread count exceeds threshold

In-process message count

Number of in-memory messages delivered to the XLANG engine or the outbound messaging engine that are not yet processed.

In-process message count threshold

The current threshold for in-process message count.

Message delivery delay (ms)

The current delay in ms imposed on each message delivery batch (applicable if the message delivery is being throttled).

Message delivery incoming rate

Number of messages per second that are being delivered to the Orchestration engine or the Messaging engine in the given sample interval.

Message delivery outgoing rate

Number of messages per second that are being processed by the Orchestration engine or the Messaging engine in the given sample interval.

Message delivery throttling state

A flag indicating whether the system is throttling message delivery (affecting XLANG message processing and outbound transports).

  • 0: Not throttling

  • 1: Throttling due to imbalanced message delivery rate (input rate exceeds output rate)

  • 3: Throttling due to high in-process message count

  • 4: Throttling due to process memory pressure

  • 5: Throttling due to system memory pressure

  • 9: Throttling due to high thread count

  • 10: Throttling due to user override on delivery

Message delivery throttling state duration

Seconds since the system entered this state. If the host is throttling, how long it has been throttling; if it is not throttling, how long since throttling was applied.

Message delivery throttling user override

This counter reflects the user override that is monitored by the engine and interpreted as follows:

  • 0: No override

  • 1: Always throttle message delivery

  • 2: Do not throttle message delivery

This override is configurable in the Rate-Based Throttling tab in Settings Dashboard.

Message publishing delay (ms)

The current delay in ms imposed on each message publishing batch (applicable if the message publishing is being throttled and if the batch is not exempted from throttling).

Message publishing incoming rate

Number of messages per second that are being sent to the database for publishing in the given sample interval.

Message publishing outgoing rate

Number of messages per second that are actually published in the database in the given sample interval.

Message publishing throttling state

A flag indicating whether the system is throttling message publishing (affecting XLANG message processing and inbound transports).

  • 0: Not throttling

  • 2: Throttling due to imbalanced message publishing rate (input rate exceeds output rate)

  • 4: Throttling due to process memory pressure

  • 5: Throttling due to system memory pressure

  • 6: Throttling due to database growth

  • 8: Throttling due to high session count

  • 9: Throttling due to high thread count

  • 11: Throttling due to user override on publishing

Message publishing throttling state duration

Seconds since the system entered this state. If the host is throttling, how long it has been throttling; if it is not throttling, how long since throttling was applied.

Message publishing throttling user override

This counter reflects the user override that is monitored by the engine and interpreted as follows:

  • 0: No override

  • 1: Always throttle message publishing

  • 2: Do not throttle message publishing

This override is configurable in the Rate-Based Throttling tab in Settings Dashboard.

Physical memory usage (MB)

The amount of physical memory in MB being used on the machine by all processes.

Process memory usage (MB)

The process memory consumption in MB. This is the maximum of the process’s working set size and the total space allocated for the page file for the process.

Process memory usage threshold (MB)

The current threshold for process memory consumption in MB. This is initially set to the Process virtual value in Settings Dashboard. If a percentage value is specified, it is computed based on the available memory to commit

Service class ID

The decimal value of the initial part of the service class GUID that this performance counter instance corresponds to. A process may host more than one service class and the message agent performance counters show the data for the most active service class.

Thread count

Number of threads being used within the process.

Thread count threshold

The current threshold for the number of threads in the process. This is initially set to the Threads value on the Resource-Based Throttling tab in Settings Dashboard. This value is auto-tuned depending on the thread requirements of the current process. If the number of threads in the process exceeds this threshold value at any point in time, host throttling is implemented.

Total batches committed

Number of database batches that the service class has committed.

Total messages delivered

Number of outbound messages delivered to the Orchestration engine or the End Point Manager (EPM).

Total messages published

Number of messages published.

noteNote
The BizTalk:Message Agent performance counters are provided for the explicit purpose of analyzing the throttling behavior of a host and therefore will not capture data unless the specified host is actively processing documents. This behavior is by design to prevent consuming system threads with performance monitor when throttling activities are not occurring.

To access performance counters

Use the following steps to access the performance counters.

If you are using Windows 2008

  1. Click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Performance Monitor.

  2. In the Performance Monitor dialog box, expand Monitoring Tools, select Performance Monitor, and then click Add.

  3. In the Add Counters dialog box, from the Available Counters list, expand the BizTalk:Message Agent performance counter object and select the counters to be monitored.

  4. In the Instances of Selected object list, select the specific instances to be monitored for the selected counters and then click Add. To select all available counter instances, select <All instances>.

  5. After adding the counters, click OK.

    The selected performance counters appear on the Performance Monitor screen.

See Also

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