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How ESnet built Grafana plugins to visualize network data

ESnet (Energy Sciences Network) at Berkeley National Lab is a high-performance network backbone built to support scientific research, allowing scientists to collaborate and perform research without worrying about distance or location. In order to make sure its network is running as smoothly as possible, the ESnet team uses Grafana to visualize and understand telemetry data collected within its Stardust Environment, and thus predict capacity needs and easily view traffic surges on the infrastructure. The team has also built several visualizations tailored to ESnet’s network analytic use cases and contributed them to the Grafana community: Sankey Diagram, Slope Graph, Bump Chart, Chord Diagram, and Matrix panel.

In this session, Software Engineers Katrina Turner, Andy Lake, and Dan Doyle will delve into why ESnet needed these new visualizations, how they went about building them, and how others in the community can use them for their own purposes (networking and otherwise). Having recently deployed Grafana Enterprise, the team will touch on its future work, including utilizing the new authorization and team features to give ESnet users customized login and dashboard experiences on a single instance.

  • Dan Doyle
    Dan Doyle
    Senior Full-Stack Software Developer at ESnet (Energy Sciences Network) at Berkeley National Lab
  • Andy Lake
    Andy Lake
    Network Software Engineer at ESnet (Energy Sciences Network) at Berkeley National Lab
  • Katrina Turner
    Katrina Turner
    Software Engineer at ESnet (Energy Sciences Network) at Berkeley National Lab

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