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Disk I/O on AIX Hosts


Dear All,

We are facing a slowness on one of the applications during the stress testing. On the analysis, we found that the maximum contribution is from disk I/O.


How to interpret the disk I/O on the host?

What could be the reason behind a huge disk I/O?











Hello @Babar_Qayyum ,

based on the screenshot it looks you are looking at method hotspots. There are two important points here for an interpretation of the results:

  • be sure to have a large sample of the relevant stack frames (it shows the number). If it's low (low is below 100), it's likely not very precise, but it depends on various conditions.
  • Disk IO typically means the application is using either disk operations or even some network operations that may be represented as disk io (I've seen such cases with jdbc drivers)

In other words - the code was waiting for input from a disk. You will need to look for the hotspots classes and methods in Method hotspots view to figure out what is really going on.

TEMPEST a.s., Slovakia, Dynatrace Master Partner

Hello @Julius_Loman 

Thank you for your comments.

The following is one of the stress tests for a few minutes and below is the behavior of Disk I/O.


The following are the top hotspots.


Wherever is the high Disk I/O, there I see the following message in the PurePaths?








It's load test - it's fine you see purepaths errors and it's expected.


The hotspots are obvious, the code is getting file information (attributes/last modifications). You will need to browse the code to identify it. You will need to understand what the application should do and maybe the application is inefficiently doing some operations on filesystem. It's not possible to tell from the the screenshot you pasted, but definitely it's filesystem operations. It's for example possible there are just many files and the code is looping through them.

TEMPEST a.s., Slovakia, Dynatrace Master Partner

Hello @Julius_Loman 

I shared the source code with the developers. How do you see the below-highligted method using enormous Disk I/O?





This is a screenshot from a single PurePath in Code-Level tab. Here it only shows "instrumentation points". Thus this is not visible here and you can only see the GAP.
You must look the calling code in the method hotspots. Either for this single PurePath or for a set of requests. If you have enough samples in the method hotspots, you can clearly see the stackframes and the class/method responsible for the issue.

TEMPEST a.s., Slovakia, Dynatrace Master Partner