hands-on labProfile Applications in Production With Google Cloud Profiler
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Lab steps
Signing In to the Google Cloud Console
Configuring the Cloud Profiler Agent and Uploading the Profiles to the Console
Lab description

In this lab, you will be profiling a Java Spring Application that you will create in a Compute Engine IDE. The application has a couple of APIs. One contains a long-running operation creating a performance bottleneck. There are a few Google Cloud Services that can help you to monitor the application performance. This lab is the second in a series of three that focuses on Cloud Profiler. You are encouraged to complete the lab on Cloud Trace before performing this lab.

Application performance should be regularly optimized to minimize latency issues. Users often find it difficult to monitor the performance or latency issues. Google Cloud provides a suite of tools to help you overcome application performance management issues. These tools provide insights on how your code performs and allows you to take defensive actions to fix any problems. You will investigate the following tools in the context of the sample Java application to understand how they work first-hand in a series of labs:

  • Cloud Trace helps you analyze the latency of applications. It shows a summarised view of the APIs and the time taken to execute in near real-time.
  • Cloud Profiler helps you analyze performance issues, CPU utilization, and memory usage. It helps your application to perform better by optimizing intensive function calls and code.
  • Cloud Debugger helps you debug your production code by loading the production code in Google Cloud. As a developer, there are certain times when you notice issues in production. To debug the issues without taking the application offline or disturbing the user latency, you can use Cloud Debugger.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lab you will be able to:

  • Use the Cloud Profiler Java agent to profile applications
  • Monitor application hardware consumption with minimal overhead

Intended Audience

  • Software developers
  • QA engineers
  • Anyone interested in debugging
  • Monitoring teams


You should possess:

  • A basic understanding of Java
  • A basic understanding of the Spring Boot framework is helpful but not required
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About the author
Logan Rakai
Lead Content Developer - Labs
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Logan has been involved in software development and research since 2007 and has been in the cloud since 2012. He is an AWS Certified DevOps Engineer - Professional, AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Professional, Microsoft Certified Azure Solutions Architect Expert, MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure, Google Cloud Certified Associate Cloud Engineer, Certified Kubernetes Security Specialist (CKS), Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA), Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD), and Certified OpenStack Administrator (COA). He earned his Ph.D. studying design automation and enjoys all things tech.

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