You can monitor performance on your workstation (local) or on another workstation (remote). The View menu lists several performance parameters that you can display for the host you are monitoring.
The type of applications you run
Your level of understanding of UNIX processes and system loading
Users unfamiliar with system parameters will typically choose to display CPU and disk usage. The typical setup for a more aware user is to display the CPU usage, disk usage, system load, and packets. Here are some hints and tips for choosing what to monitor:
If you are worried about network traffic congestion, display the number of network packets per second and monitor this performance while you are running network-intensive activities such as Internet browsing or remote operations.
If Performance Meter indicates high CPU usage, use Process Manager to identify and kill errant or CPU-intensive processes.
If you log out while running a CPU intensive application, and log back in, Performance Meter's CPU display may show you that there is a lot of CPU activity. On recognizing this, you can use Process Manager to kill any errant processes.
For further information, see Managing System Performance in System Administration Guide, Volume II.
Choose Setup from the Options menu.
Performance Meter displays the Setup dialog box.
Select the Remote radio button to indicate that you are about to type the name of a remote host.
Type the system name (for example,
jupiter) or the IP address (for example,
188.8.131.52) of the remote host.
To find a host, use Address Manager with Hosts selected on the Find menu.
Click Apply to make your changes take effect.
Performance Meter accesses the remote host and displays its performance. The system name on the title bar of the Performance Meter main window changes to the name of the remote host.