Current state: Adopted

Discussion thread: here

JIRA: here

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Currently, most of client metrics are measured in milliseconds, and the ones that are measured in nanoseconds have a the `-ns` infix, or sufix, in their name. However, this naming convention has not been followed in the following 3 cases:

  • bufferpool-wait-time-total
  • io-waittime-total
  • iotime-total

Metrics provided by Kafka should be consistent and deliver what is expected without the need to look at the code or some documentation page.

Additionally, `io-waittime-total` and `iotime-total` metric names don't follow the general naming convention as they are not consistent with the rest of their family, like `io-wait-time-ns-avg` or `io-time-ns-avg`. Please notice the lack of hyphen in "waittime" and "iotime".

Public Interfaces

Three new client metrics will be introduced:

  • bufferpool-wait-time-ns-total: with the same values as the current `bufferpool-wait-time-total`
  • io-wait-time-ns-total: with the same values as the current `io-waittime-total`
  • io-time-ns-total: with the same values as the current `iotime-total`

Proposed Changes

The idea of this KIP is to add these new 3 metrics.`bufferpool-wait-time-total` will be added in org.apache.kafka.clients.producer.internals.BufferPool#BufferPool. `io-wait-time-ns-total` and `io-time-ns-total` will be added to

Additionally, these metrics together with the ones with wrong names will be added in the documentation site, as they weren't present there at the moment.

The following already existing metrics will be deprecated:

  • bufferpool-wait-time-total
  • io-waittime-total
  • iotime-total

Compatibility, Deprecation, and Migration Plan

In order to ease the migration and transition, the new metrics will live along the wrongly named ones. So any user using the wrong names would have time to migrate to the correct ones.

Both existing wrongly named metrics and new ones will be added in the ops.html page under the "Common monitoring metrics for producer/consumer/connect/streams" section. The wrongly named ones will contain a warning letting users know that this metric is deprecated and will be removed in following releases.

Rejected Alternatives

Renaming the current metrics was rejected as it wasn't offering backwards compatibility.

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