# What are the units of Ceilometer meters

Hello,I need to calculate meter proportion of resources for my school machine learning project. I am trying to find the ratio of the system resource usage and in order to do that I have been examining the meters of Ceilometer, for example these are the command samples that I use : "ceilometer statistics --meter cpu_util --query 'resource_id=48511431-89fc-4ff4-9172-2073acf51e4d;timestamp>2016-03-14T00:00:00;timestamp<=2017-03-15T00:00:00'"

"ceilometer statistics --meter disk.usage", "ceilometer statistics --meter memory.resident"

the result that I get for CPU is min = 0.15 avg=0.5 max=1.7 etc. but what are they used for ?What are their units ? Should we say max is maximum CPU power that instance can use or is it maximum usage among that period ? How can I calculate the rate of memory,cpu,disk and bandwith usage for every day? Would assuming max is %100 for a spesific instance be true? Or should I say for example it achieved maximum 1.7 CPU power but its real max power is different? If so where can I find that ?

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Sort by » oldest newest most voted Each meter has its own unit, which you can retrieve with the ceilometer meter-list command. See also the user guide.

cpu_util is the instance's CPU utilization measured in percent. The possible maximum value of this meter is 100. Over the measurement interval, the lowest sample was 0.15%, the highest 1.7% and the average 0.5%.

CPU utilization is derived from the cpu meter, which measures the instance's CPU usage time in nanoseconds. Assuming the default sampling interval of 10 minutes or 600 billion nanoseconds, a cpu_util sample of 0.15% means that the instance used the CPU for 600,000,000,000*0.0015 nanoseconds (I hope I got that calculation right and that this paragraph makes sense).

The admin guide has a list of all the meters, including memory-, CPU-, disk- and network-related measurements

You can also use ceilometer sample commands instead of the statistics command and calculate the statistics yourself.

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