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Monitoring Pantheon

Monitor Node Performance and Connectivity Using the JSON-RPC API

You can monitor node performance using the debug_metrics JSON-RPC API method.

Monitor Node Performance Using Prometheus

Use the --metrics-enabled option to enable the Prometheus monitoring and alerting service to access Pantheon metrics. You can also visualize the collected data using Grafana.

To specify the host and port on which Prometheus accesses Pantheon, use the --metrics-host and --metrics-port options. The default host and port are 127.0.0.1 and 9545.

You can install other Prometheus components such as the Alert Manager. Additional configuration is not required for these components because Prometheus handles and analyzes data directly from the feed.

To use Prometheus with Pantheon, install the prometheus main component. On MacOS, install with Homebrew:

brew install prometheus

Setting up and Running Prometheus with Pantheon

To configure Prometheus and run with Pantheon:

  1. Configure Prometheus to poll Pantheon. For example, add the following yaml fragment to the scrape_configs block of the prometheus.yml file:

      job_name: pantheon-dev
      scrape_interval: 15s
      scrape_timeout: 10s
      metrics_path: /metrics
      scheme: http
      static_configs:
      - targets:
        - localhost:9545
    
  2. Start Pantheon with the --metrics-enabled option. To start a single node for testing with metrics enabled:

    pantheon --network=dev --miner-enabled --miner-coinbase fe3b557e8fb62b89f4916b721be55ceb828dbd73
    --rpc-http-cors-origins="all" --rpc-http-enabled --metrics-enabled
    
  3. In another terminal, run Prometheus specifying the prometheus.yml file:

    prometheus --config.file=config.yml 
    
  4. Open a web browser to http://localhost:9090 to view the Prometheus graphical interface.

  5. Choose Graph from the menu bar and click the Console tab below.

  6. From the Insert metric at cursor drop-down, select a metric such as pantheon_blockchain_difficulty_total or pantheon_blockchain_height and click Execute. The values are displayed below.

    Click the Graph tab to view the data as a time-based graph. The query string is displayed below the graph. For example: {pantheon_blockchain_height{instance="localhost:9545",job="prometheus"}

Running Prometheus with Pantheon in Push Mode

The --metrics-enabled option enables Prometheus polling Pantheon but sometimes metrics are hard to poll (for example, when running inside Docker containers with varying IP addresses). The --metrics-push-enabled option enables Pantheon to push metrics to a Prometheus Pushgateway.

To configure Prometheus and run with Pantheon pushing to a push gateway:

  1. Configure Prometheus to read from a push gateway. For example, add the following yaml fragment to the scrape_configs block of the prometheus.yml file:

     - job_name: push-gateway
       metrics_path: /metrics
       scheme: http
       static_configs:
       - targets:
         - localhost:9091
    
  2. Start the push gateway. The push gateway can be deployed using the Docker image:

    docker pull prom/pushgateway
    docker run -d -p 9091:9091 prom/pushgateway
    
  3. Start Pantheon specifying the --metrics-push-enabled option and port of the push gateway:

    pantheon --network=dev --miner-enabled --miner-coinbase fe3b557e8fb62b89f4916b721be55ceb828dbd73 --rpc-http-cors-origins="all" --rpc-http-enabled --metrics-push-enabled --metrics-push-port=9091 --metrics-push-host=127.0.0.1
    
  4. In another terminal, run Prometheus specifying the prometheus.yml file:

    prometheus --config.file=config.yml 
    
  5. View the Prometheus graphical interface as described in Setting up and Running Prometheus with Pantheon.

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