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From Israel Ekpo <>
Subject Re: tracking solr response time
Date Mon, 02 Nov 2009 13:45:28 GMT
On Mon, Nov 2, 2009 at 8:41 AM, Yonik Seeley <>wrote:

> On Mon, Nov 2, 2009 at 8:13 AM, bharath venkatesh
> <> wrote:
> >    We are using solr for many of ur products  it is doing quite well
> > .  But since no of hits are becoming high we are experiencing latency
> > in certain requests ,about 15% of our requests are suffering a latency
> How much of a latency compared to normal, and what version of Solr are
> you using?
> >  . We are trying to identify  the problem .  It may be due to  network
> > issue or solr server is taking time to process the request  .   other
> > than  qtime which is returned along with the response is there any
> > other way to track solr servers performance ?
> > how is qtime calculated
> > , is it the total time from when solr server got the request till it
> > gave the response ?
> QTime is the time spent in generating the in-memory representation for
> the response before the response writer starts streaming it back in
> whatever format was requested.  The stored fields of returned
> documents are also loaded at this point (to enable handling of huge
> response lists w/o storing all in memory).
> There are normally servlet container logs that can be configured to
> spit out the real total request time.
> > can we do some extra logging to track solr servers
> > performance . ideally I would want to pass some log id along with the
> > request (query ) to  solr server  and solr server must log the
> > response time along with that log id .
> Yep - Solr isn't bothered by params it doesn't know about, so just put
> logid=xxxxxxx and it should also be logged with the other request
> params.
> -Yonik

If you are not using Java then you may have to track the elapsed time

If you are using the SolrJ Java client you may have the following options:

There is a method called getElapsedTime() in
org.apache.solr.client.solrj.response.SolrResponseBase which is available to
all the subclasses

I have not used it personally but I think this should return the time spent
on the client side for that request.

The QTime is not the time on the client side but the time spent internally
at the Solr server to process the request.

Most likely it could be as a result of an internal network issue between the
two servers or the Solr server is competing with other applications for

What operating system is the Solr server running on? Is you client
application connection to a Solr server on the same network or over the
internet? Are there other applications like database servers etc running on
the same machine? If so, then the DB server (or any other application) and
the Solr server could be competing for resources like CPU, memory etc.

If you are using Tomcat, you can take a look in
$CATALINA_HOME/logs/catalina.out, there are timestamps there that can also
guide you.

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