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    Node Heap Metrics

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    - npm install heap-metrics

    or globally

    - npm install -g heap-metrics

    Note: see env and addon requirements for .travis.yml builds further below.


    // require statement will enable V8 Heap Profiling
    var heapMetrics = require( 'heap_metrics' );
    //  ---- run some tests ----
    // optionally, force final GC before dump (requires --expose_gc)
    // get metrics and log to console
    // dump metrics to file

    or add to your mocha cli as your final test case. The following script will be available on the path after package install (see below for details)



    Enable and dump Heap Profiler Metrics to monitor the effects of code changes and dependency updates on heap usage for the life of each branch.

    Heap Metrics is a native addon written in C++ to minimize overhead and intrusion. The implementation makes use of the V8 Heap Profiler included with Node JS. (Official V8 Documentation) Heap metrics, maintained by the node, are update on V8's garbage collection (GC) Prologue Notifications -- in other words, just before GC -- ensuring peak measurements for the following metrics:

    • Heap Used
    • Heap Size
    • Physical Size

    The C++ class is implemented as a singleton. The first script to require( 'heap_metrics' ) will intantiate the object and start heap profiling. All subsequent calls to require() will return the singleton object while profilling is ongoing.

    API Description

    GetHeapMetrics() returns the following object

    { 'Heap Size Limit': '1,499,136 KB',
      'GC Prologue Notifications': 360,
      'Heap Used Metrics': 
       { 'At Ctor': '5,460 KB',
         'At Peak': '21,907 KB',
         'At last': '16,791 KB' },
      'Heap Size Metrics': 
       { 'At Ctor': '15,297 KB',
         'At Peak': '39,483 KB',
         'At last': '39,483 KB' },
      'Physical Size Metrics': 
       { 'At Ctor': '10,391 KB',
         'At Peak': '36,259 KB',
         'At last': '36,259 KB' } }

    DumpHeapMetrics() will produce 2 files: 1) heap_metrics.html 2) heap_metrics.csv -- both in $(HOME)/bin which must exist prior to calling (as of the current, initial release of 1.0.0) - the contents of each are shown below

    heap metrics

    Optionally - you can then push the metric files -- along with the test results, code coverage, and other metrics -- to Testspace in your CI .yml file (Travis, Circle CI, AppYayor, etc) (requires a free Testspace account)

      - testspace test*.xml coverage.xml heap_metrics.html{heap_metrics.csv}

    Travis Build Requirements

    Starting with Node 4, V8 requires g++ 4.8 to build native addons. Add the following to your .travis.yml file to update the build environment.

     - CXX=g++-4.8
       - ubuntu-toolchain-r-test
       - g++-4.8

    TDD Mocha Test

    The mochaDumpHeapMetrics.js script has been added to the heap-metrics bin for convenience and example. On install, npm will symlink the file into prefix/bin for global installs, or ./node_modules/.bin/ for local installs – and will be available on the path.

    var heapMetrics = require('heap-metrics'),
        expect = require('expect');
    describe('DumpHeapMetrics', function () {
        it('should return true', function () {

    Testspace Metric Trends

    The following timeline charts were produced by pushing changes (over 28 commits) made to the test script Test/dump_heap_metrics.js to this repository. The test script consumes heap memory which can be easily increased or decreased. The metric files are pushed from the .travis.yml file in this repository.


    More important than the actual heap numbers are the trends over successive commits, as they hightight any unexpected increases in heap usage. Unexplained jumps are often caused by unintended side effects from code commits and package updates. Unexplained increases can even be a sign of newly introduced memory leaks.

    The charts above (unintentionally) show an interesting price point on heap usage (on a Travis server). When the peek used size reaches the peak physical size, the physical size decreases dramatically, with the number of GC events nearly doubling.

    Testspace Metric Setup

    Note: This is a onetime setup for a parent branch only. After using git branch, pushing test results and the above metric files from your CI -- running the new branch for the first time -- will create a new Space with all metric charts and settings from the parent branch automatically

    To setup the metrics shown above, once you've pushed the first set of metric files -- heap_metrics.html and heap_metrics.cvs -- to your Testspace Project:

    1. from the Space that's connected to your repository, select the Metrics tab
    2. from the Metrics tab, select the New Metric button top right.
    3. from the New Metrics dialog, select the metric to create (from the heap_metrics.csv file)
    4. select the customize button - see settings below for the two charts pictured above.





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