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BPF Performance Tools

4.50  ·  Rating details ·  24 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Paperback, 880 pages
Published December 23rd 2019 by Addison-Wesley Professional
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Simon Eskildsen
Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Gregg's previous book, Systems Performance, manages to both be an excellent book on operating systems and observability tooling. If he wrote Systems Performance today, it'd use BPF-tools instead, which frankly would make it _the_ book. For now, you'll have to read both -- and read Systems Performance first.

I see this book as an amendment to Systems Performance with "hey, we have BPF now, it's mega-powerful, and you should use that instead of system tap / whatever." It explains what BPF is: Final
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Paul Floyd
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very good, but I wish he could have avoided repeated use of the word 'technology' (that is in an American accent, tek-NAAAH-l-AAH-gee. Thats probably the consequence of spending too much time in meetings with clueless and totally useless middle management.

Otherwise technically spot on.
Skylar
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Gregg put his career of performance analysis into this book. While there is a focus on web/cloud workloads, any IT professional will get something out of it.
Saran Sivashanmugam
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: it
The new BPF (or commercially known as eBPF) is the Functions-as-a-Service (FaaS) module of the Linux kernel. BPF now makes virtually any language programmer as a Linux kernel developer. The BPF community had done an excellent work in pushing this to upstream. The opportunities are now plenty. Brendan has just scratched the surface in this book showing the prowess of BPF in the performance world. Brendan has contributed so much tools just for this book, BPF Trace and BCC.

This book is cleanly orga
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Adelbert
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Exactly what I was looking for in a BPF book. If you're new to tracing this book is very beginner friendly in that regard, but does expect some background in understanding how operating systems work. The book primarily focuses on the tracing use cases of BPF, as opposed to the packet filtering or security use cases. It is a very large book, but most of it is intended primarily as a reference. The first 150 or so pages provide background and the rest of the book is intended to be read as-needed, ...more
Nick
Jul 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
A great introduction to BPF, though the book assumes some familiarity with the Linux kernel.

Deducting one star because of the numerous typos and spelling mistakes in the book, which are distracting.
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