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Query Pixie data

You can build your own dashboard charts and query your persisted Pixie telemetry data using the query builder and the NerdGraph API.

New Relic persists select Pixie telemetry data for long-term storage. Find out more about the hybrid storage model for the New Relic Pixie integration here.

Metrics and specifications

HTTP metrics

Query for duration of inbound HTTP request. For example:

FROM Metric SELECT average(http.server.duration)
FACET service.name
WHERE instrumentation.provider='pixie'

Event type

Metric

Metric name

http.server.duration

Spec

OpenTelemetry HTTP metric spec

Description

Measures the duration of the inbound HTTP request.

OTEL data type

MetricDataTypeDoubleSummary with min(quantile=0) and max(quantile=1)

Unit

milliseconds

Required attributes

service.name

Static attributes

instrumentation.provider = pixie

HTTP attributes

http.status_code

Entity attributes

service.instance.id
k8s.cluster.name
k8s.namespace.name
k8s.pod.name
k8s.container.name

JVM metrics

Query to measure the time spent in a given JVM garbage collectors in milliseconds. For example:

FROM Metric SELECT average(runtime.jvm.gc.collection) FACET service.name, gc
WHERE instrumentation.provider='pixie'

Event type

Metric

Metric name

runtime.jvm.gc.collection

Spec

opentelemetry.jvm.gc.collection

Description

Time spent in a given JVM garbage collector in milliseconds.

Unit

milliseconds

Required attributes

service.name

Static attributes

instrumentation.provider = pixie

JVM attributes

gc = young|full

Entity attributes

service.instance.id
k8s.cluster.name
k8s.namespace.name
k8s.pod.name
k8s.container.name

Query to find out the number of bytes in a given JVM memory area. For example:

FROM Metric SELECT average(runtime.jvm.memory.area)
FACET service.name
WHERE type='used' AND instrumentation.provider='pixie'

Event type

Metric

Metric name

runtime.jvm.memory.area

Spec

opentelemetry-java-instrumentation

Description

Bytes of a given JVM memory area.

Unit

bytes

Required attributes

service.name

Static attributes

instrumentation.provider = pixie

JVM attributes

type = used|total|max
area = heap

Entity attributes

service.instance.id
k8s.cluster.name
k8s.namespace.name
k8s.pod.name
k8s.container.name

HTTP server span

Example query:

FROM Span SELECT uniques(name)
WHERE span.kind='server'
AND instrumentation.provider='pixie'
AND service.name='orders'

Spec

Semantic conventions for HTTP spans

Event type

Span

Required attributes

name = normalized HTTP path
service.name
trace.id
span.id

Static attributes

span.kind = server
instrumentation.provider = pixie

HTTP attributes

http.host
http.method
http.path
http.status_code
http.url
http.user_agent

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