Fine-grained, kernel-level, low-overhead & safe observability technology

eBPF is a powerful technology that offers a low-overhead and flexible approach to improve system performance, reduce debugging time, observing and analyzing system behavior while keeping CPU footprint at a minimum.

Low overhead

eBPF programs are executed within the kernel and can provide low-level visibility into system activity with minimal overhead. This can be especially useful for high-performance systems where traditional observability tools may introduce too much overhead.

Fine-grained observability

eBPF programs can be attached to specific kernel events, allowing for fine-grained observability of system activity. This can provide insight into specific system behaviors and help identify performance bottlenecks and other issues.

Dynamic instrumentation

eBPF programs can be dynamically loaded and attached to running processes, allowing for on-the-fly instrumentation of running applications. This can be useful for debugging and profiling applications in production environments.

Safe and isolated

eBPF programs are executed in a safe and isolated environment within the kernel, preventing them from causing system instability or security issues. This makes eBPF a safer alternative to traditional kernel-level instrumentation techniques.

Flexible and extensible

eBPF programs can be written in a variety of programming languages and can be extended with custom kernel functions. This flexibility and extensibility make eBPF a powerful tool for observability and system analysis.


Can eBPF help my organization reduce Cloud Costs?


Yes, eBPF can help your organization reduce cloud costs in several ways:

Improved resource utilization: eBPF’s fine-grained observability capabilities can help identify inefficiencies in resource usage, allowing you to optimize resource allocation and reduce cloud costs.

Reduced instance count: eBPF’s low overhead can reduce the number of instances needed to achieve the desired level of performance, which can result in lower cloud costs.

Improved performance: eBPF’s observability capabilities can help identify performance bottlenecks and optimize system performance, which can lead to lower resource consumption and, ultimately, lower cloud costs.

Faster troubleshooting and resolution: eBPF’s dynamic instrumentation capabilities can help identify and troubleshoot issues in real-time, reducing downtime and associated cloud costs.

Reduced development and deployment costs: eBPF’s flexibility and extensibility can reduce development and deployment costs by allowing for faster and more efficient development and deployment of new features and applications, which can result in lower cloud costs.

Overall, eBPF can provide a powerful toolset for optimizing cloud resource usage and reducing cloud costs, making it an invaluable technology for modern cloud-native environments.

How hard is it to implement eBPF?


The complexity of implementing eBPF depends on the specific use case and the level of experience of the developer.

For simple use cases, implementing eBPF can be relatively straightforward. However, more complex use cases may require significant expertise in low-level systems programming, kernel internals, and networking protocols.

There are also several eBPF frameworks and libraries, such as BCC and libbpf, that can simplify the development process by providing pre-built eBPF tools and utilities.

Overall, while implementing eBPF can require a steep learning curve and significant expertise in certain areas, there are resources and tools available that can make the process easier and more accessible.

Does eBPF work on Windows based applications?


eBPF was originally designed for Linux-based systems and is tightly integrated with the Linux kernel, so it cannot be directly used on Windows-based applications. However, Microsoft has developed an eBPF-based solution called eBPF for Windows (e4w), which provides similar functionality to eBPF on Linux-based systems.

e4w allows developers to write and compile eBPF programs on Windows, and also provides a Windows-compatible version of the BPF virtual machine for executing eBPF programs. However, e4w is still in its early stages and lacks some of the features and performance of eBPF on Linux-based systems.

Overall, while eBPF cannot be directly used on Windows-based applications, e4w provides a promising alternative for Windows-based environments that require the benefits of eBPF.

What are the benefits of using eBPF combined with OpenTelemetry?


eBPF combined with OpenTelemetry can provide several benefits for observability in modern cloud-native environments:

Low overhead: eBPF’s low overhead combined with OpenTelemetry’s distributed tracing capabilities can provide a low-impact way to monitor and trace system activity across multiple services and systems.

High-level visibility: OpenTelemetry’s high-level instrumentation combined with eBPF’s fine-grained observability can provide comprehensive visibility into system behavior at both the application and infrastructure level.

Dynamic instrumentation: eBPF’s dynamic instrumentation capabilities combined with OpenTelemetry’s distributed tracing can provide a powerful tool for debugging and troubleshooting distributed systems in real-time.

Security: eBPF’s safe and isolated execution environment can provide an additional layer of security when used with OpenTelemetry, helping to prevent malicious attacks and unauthorized access.

Scalability: eBPF’s low overhead and OpenTelemetry’s scalable architecture can provide a scalable and efficient way to monitor and trace system activity in large-scale, complex environments.

Overall, combining eBPF with OpenTelemetry can provide a powerful and flexible toolset for observability in modern cloud-native environments, allowing for low-overhead, high-level visibility, dynamic instrumentation, security, and scalability.

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Webiscope is now part of Aman Group

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