Open Source Innovation of the Year
Entry Description
In February 2021, Granulate released the gProfiler as an open-source resource for the DevOps community. The gProfiler is a production profiling solution that measures the performance of code in production applications to facilitate compute optimization. Granulate’s gProfiler empowers R&D and DevOps teams to identify previously unknown bottlenecks with their applications' performance, and then work to remedy the issue and improve services.
Granulate open-sourced the gProfiler to address a growing need for practical profiling solutions. The current profiling solutions available require substantial code changes and are either hard to use, resource-intensive, or expensive. These barriers create significant challenges for the use of profiling in production, which forces teams to use the solutions for limited durations. These challenges are amplified in modern environments and workloads which require continuous profiling data aggregated across the entire cluster with jobs across multiple batches - such as Kubernetes-based environments and Big-Data workloads.

The non-continuous nature of traditional profiling creates substantial visibility gaps, resulting in unidentified bottlenecks and inefficiencies, making it unsuitable for such environments. Granulate’s gProfiler overcomes these challenges by aggregating profiling data across multiple nodes and multiple application languages over any time frame, with no code changes or performance penalties. These new capabilities will enable development teams to identify and optimize performance bottlenecks more efficiently, in any environment.

The gProfiler is based on internal tools created by Granulate’s R&D teams as part of the company's real-time continuous optimization solution. Granulate decided to open-source the product to support the DevOps community and accelerate industry awareness of computing inefficiencies that may otherwise have gone undetected.

Especially during an era of cloud-native computing, code profiling is more important than ever for improving application performance, taming cloud costs, and increasing margins. The gProfiler is a powerful and essential tool that allows development teams to gain visibility and expand performance. Due to the complexity of implementation and performance overhead, it is an unfortunate reality that many teams cannot afford to utilize such profiling tools. The open-source gProfiler addresses these needs and allows teams to reap the benefits of a profiler without having to make changes in their code in an extremely cost-efficient manner.
Granulate’s gProfiler provides several unique benefits for development and software engineers managing production applications:
● Open-source: An open-source package for community use
● Plug and play installation: Seamless installation without code changes and minimal effort
● Immediate visibility: Facilitates immediate visibility into production code - up and running in less than 5 minutes
● Low overhead: Minimal performance overhead, less than 1% utilization penalty
● Continuous: Designed to work continuously, facilitating effective analysis of performance issues in all environments, in real-time
● Wide coverage: Native support for Java, Go, Python, Scala, Clojure, and Kotlin applications. Support for Node.js, Ruby, and PHP planned by end of Q1