Metrics
Interesting metrics in a message centric system come in several forms and flavors, like count, capacity and latency for example. Axon Framework allows you to retrieve such measurements through the use of the axon-metrics or axon-micrometer module. With these modules you can register a number of MessageMonitor implementations to your messaging components, like the CommandBus, EventBus, QueryBus and EventProcessors.
axon-metrics module uses Dropwizard Metrics for registering the measurements correctly. That means that MessageMonitors are registered against the Dropwizard MetricRegistry.
axon-micrometer module uses Micrometer which is a dimensional-first metrics collection facade whose aim is to allow you to time, count, and gauge your code with a vendor neutral API. That means that MessageMonitors are registered against the Micrometer MeterRegistry.‌
The following monitor implementations are currently provided:
  1. 1.
    CapacityMonitor - Measures message capacity by keeping track of the total time spent on message handling compared to total time it is active. This returns a number between 0 and n number of threads. Thus, if there are 4 threads working, the maximum capacity is 4 if every thread is active 100% of the time.
  2. 2.
    EventProcessorLatencyMonitor - Measures the difference in message timestamps between the last ingested and the last processed event message.
  3. 3.
    MessageCountingMonitor - Counts the number of ingested, successful, failed, ignored and processed messages.
  4. 4.
    MessageTimerMonitor - Keeps a timer for all successful, failed and ignored messages, as well as an overall timer for all three combined.
  5. 5.
    PayloadTypeMessageMonitorWrapper - A special MessageMonitor implementation which allows setting a monitor per message type instead of per message publishing/handling component.
You are free to configure any combination of MessageMonitors through constructors on your messaging components, simply by using the Configuration API. The GlobalMetricRegistry contained in the axon-metrics and axon-micrometer modules provides a set of sensible defaults per type of messaging component. The following example shows you how to configure default metrics for your message handling components:‌

Dropwizard

Axon Configuration API
Spring Boot AutoConfiguration
public class MetricsConfiguration {
public Configurer buildConfigurer() {
return DefaultConfigurer.defaultConfiguration();
}
// The MetricRegistry is a class from the Dropwizard Metrics framework
public void configureDefaultMetrics(Configurer configurer, MetricRegistry metricRegistry) {
GlobalMetricRegistry globalMetricRegistry = new GlobalMetricRegistry(metricRegistry);
// We register the default monitors to our messaging components by doing the following
globalMetricRegistry.registerWithConfigurer(configurer);
}
}
# The default value is `true`. Thus you will have Metrics configured if `axon-metrics` and `io.dropwizard.metrics` are on your classpath.
axon.metrics.auto-configuration.enabled=true

Micrometer

Axon Configuration API - Without Tags
Axon Configuration API - With Tags
Spring Boot AutoConfiguration - Without Tags
Spring Boot AutoConfiguration - With Tags
public class MetricsConfiguration {
public Configurer buildConfigurer() {
return DefaultConfigurer.defaultConfiguration();
}
// The MeterRegistry is a class from the Micrometer library
public void configureDefaultMetrics(Configurer configurer, MeterRegistry meterRegistry) {
GlobalMetricRegistry globalMetricRegistry = new GlobalMetricRegistry(meterRegistry);
globalMetricRegistry.registerWithConfigurer(configurer);
}
}
public class MetricsConfiguration {
public Configurer buildConfigurer() {
return DefaultConfigurer.defaultConfiguration();
}
// The MeterRegistry is a class from the Micrometer library
public void configureDefaultMetrics(Configurer configurer, MeterRegistry meterRegistry) {
GlobalMetricRegistry globalMetricRegistry = new GlobalMetricRegistry(meterRegistry);
globalMetricRegistry.registerWithConfigurerWithDefaultTags(configurer);
}
}
# The default value is `true`.
# Thus you will have Metrics configured if `axon-micrometer` and
# appropriate metric implementation (for example: `micrometer-registry-prometheus`) are on your classpath.
axon.metrics.auto-configuration.enabled=true
# Spring Boot metrics enabled
management.endpoint.metrics.enabled=true
# Spring Boot (Prometheus) endpoint (`/actuator/prometheus`) enabled and exposed
management.metrics.export.prometheus.enabled=true
management.endpoint.prometheus.enabled=true
# The default value is `true`.
# Thus you will have Metrics configured if `axon-micrometer` and
# appropriate metric implementation (for example: `micrometer-registry-prometheus`) are on your classpath.
axon.metrics.auto-configuration.enabled=true
# The default value is `false`.
# By enabling this property you will have message (event, command, query)
# payload type set as a micrometer tag/dimension by default.
# Additionally, the processor name will be a tag/dimension instead of it being part of the metric name.
axon.metrics.micrometer.dimensional=true
# Spring Boot metrics enabled
management.endpoint.metrics.enabled=true
# Spring Boot (Prometheus) endpoint (`/actuator/prometheus`) enabled and exposed
management.metrics.export.prometheus.enabled=true
management.endpoint.prometheus.enabled=true
The scenario might occur that more fine-grained control over which MessageMonitor instance are defined is necessary. The following snippet provides as sample if you want to have more specific metrics on any of the message handling components:
// Java (Spring Boot Configuration) - Micrometer example
@Configuration
public class MetricsConfig {
@Bean
public ConfigurerModule metricConfigurer(MeterRegistry meterRegistry) {
return configurer -> {
instrumentEventStore(meterRegistry, configurer);
instrumentEventProcessors(meterRegistry, configurer);
instrumentCommandBus(meterRegistry, configurer);
instrumentQueryBus(meterRegistry, configurer);
};
}
private void instrumentEventStore(MeterRegistry meterRegistry, Configurer configurer) {
MessageMonitorFactory messageMonitorFactory = (configuration, componentType, componentName) -> {
MessageCountingMonitor messageCounter = MessageCountingMonitor.buildMonitor(
componentName, meterRegistry,
message -> Tags.of(TagsUtil.PAYLOAD_TYPE_TAG, message.getPayloadType().getSimpleName())
.and(message.getMetaData().entrySet().stream()
.map(s -> Tag.of(s.getKey(), s.getValue().toString()))
.collect(Collectors.toList()))
);
// Naming the Timer monitor/meter with the name of the component (eventStore)
// Registering the Timer with custom tags: payloadType.
MessageTimerMonitor messageTimer = MessageTimerMonitor.buildMonitor(
componentName, meterRegistry,
message -> Tags.of(TagsUtil.PAYLOAD_TYPE_TAG, message.getPayloadType().getSimpleName())
);
return new MultiMessageMonitor<>(messageCounter, messageTimer);
};
configurer.configureMessageMonitor(EventStore.class, messageMonitorFactory);
}
private void instrumentEventProcessors(MeterRegistry meterRegistry, Configurer configurer) {
MessageMonitorFactory messageMonitorFactory = (configuration, componentType, componentName) -> {
// Naming the Counter monitor/meter with the fixed name `eventProcessor`.
// Registering the Counter with custom tags: payloadType and processorName.
MessageCountingMonitor messageCounter = MessageCountingMonitor.buildMonitor(
"eventProcessor", meterRegistry,
message -> Tags.of(
TagsUtil.PAYLOAD_TYPE_TAG, message.getPayloadType().getSimpleName(),
TagsUtil.PROCESSOR_NAME_TAG, componentName
)
);
// Naming the Timer monitor/meter with the fixed name `eventProcessor`.
// Registering the Timer with custom tags: payloadType and processorName.
MessageTimerMonitor messageTimer = MessageTimerMonitor.buildMonitor(
"eventProcessor", meterRegistry,
message -> Tags.of(
TagsUtil.PAYLOAD_TYPE_TAG, message.getPayloadType().getSimpleName(),
TagsUtil.PROCESSOR_NAME_TAG, componentName
)
);
// Naming the Capacity/Gauge monitor/meter with the fixed name `eventProcessor`.
// Registering the Capacity/Gauge with custom tags: payloadType and processorName.
CapacityMonitor capacityMonitor1Minute = CapacityMonitor.buildMonitor(
"eventProcessor", meterRegistry,
message -> Tags.of(
TagsUtil.PAYLOAD_TYPE_TAG, message.getPayloadType().getSimpleName(),
TagsUtil.PROCESSOR_NAME_TAG, componentName
)
);
return new MultiMessageMonitor<>(messageCounter, messageTimer, capacityMonitor1Minute);
};
configurer.configureMessageMonitor(TrackingEventProcessor.class, messageMonitorFactory);
}
private void instrumentCommandBus(MeterRegistry meterRegistry, Configurer configurer) {
MessageMonitorFactory messageMonitorFactory = (configuration, componentType, componentName) -> {
MessageCountingMonitor messageCounter = MessageCountingMonitor.buildMonitor(
componentName, meterRegistry,
message -> Tags.of(
TagsUtil.PAYLOAD_TYPE_TAG, message.getPayloadType().getSimpleName(),
"messageId", message.getIdentifier()
)
);
MessageTimerMonitor messageTimer = MessageTimerMonitor.buildMonitor(
componentName, meterRegistry,
message -> Tags.of(TagsUtil.PAYLOAD_TYPE_TAG, message.getPayloadType().getSimpleName())
);
CapacityMonitor capacityMonitor1Minute = CapacityMonitor.buildMonitor(
componentName, meterRegistry,
message -> Tags.of(TagsUtil.PAYLOAD_TYPE_TAG, message.getPayloadType().getSimpleName())
);
return new MultiMessageMonitor<>(messageCounter, messageTimer, capacityMonitor1Minute);
};
configurer.configureMessageMonitor(CommandBus.class, messageMonitorFactory);
}
private void instrumentQueryBus(MeterRegistry meterRegistry, Configurer configurer) {
MessageMonitorFactory messageMonitorFactory = (configuration, componentType, componentName) -> {
MessageCountingMonitor messageCounter = MessageCountingMonitor.buildMonitor(
componentName, meterRegistry,
message -> Tags.of(
TagsUtil.PAYLOAD_TYPE_TAG, message.getPayloadType().getSimpleName(),
"messageId", message.getIdentifier()
)
);
MessageTimerMonitor messageTimer = MessageTimerMonitor.buildMonitor(
componentName, meterRegistry,
message -> Tags.of(TagsUtil.PAYLOAD_TYPE_TAG, message.getPayloadType().getSimpleName())
);
CapacityMonitor capacityMonitor1Minute = CapacityMonitor.buildMonitor(
componentName, meterRegistry,
message -> Tags.of(TagsUtil.PAYLOAD_TYPE_TAG, message.getPayloadType().getSimpleName())
);
return new MultiMessageMonitor<>(messageCounter, messageTimer, capacityMonitor1Minute);
};
configurer.configureMessageMonitor(QueryBus.class, messageMonitorFactory);
}
}
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