Parca Agent is an always-on sampling profiler that uses eBPF to capture raw profiling data with very low overhead. It observes user-space, and kernel-space stack traces 100 times per second and builds pprof formatted profiles from the extracted data. For in-depth detail and explanation refer to the the Parca Agent Design documentation.
The collected data can be viewed locally via HTTP endpoints and optionally be configured to be sent to a Parca server, where it can be queried and analyzed over time.
- Linux Kernel version 4.18+
- For Kubernetes metadata, a CRI that supports CRI v1 (for example containerd v1.6.x+)
Profiles available for compiled languages (e.g. C, C++, Go, Rust):
- Soon: network usage, memory allocations
Runtime-specific information, such as Goroutines, requires manual instrumentation.
You can find a tutorial for each of the target discovery mechanisms below (each of these also contain a Parca server setup):
- Parca On Kubernetes (if you are using OpenShift refer to the separate Parca On OpenShift documentation)
- systemd Unit Profiling