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logoTetrate Service BridgeVersion: 1.7.x

Topology and Metrics

Before you get started, make sure you:
✓ Familiarize yourself with TSB concepts
✓ Install the TSB demo environment
✓ Deploy the Istio Bookinfo sample app
✓ Create a Tenant
✓ Create a Workspace
✓ Create Config Groups
✓ Configure Permissions
✓ Set-up an Ingress Gateway

To view service topology and metrics, the bookinfo app needs traffic so that TSB will have metrics and traces from bookinfo services. Use the following scripts to generate traffic:

Note: change the GATEWAY_IP to actual Ingress Gateway IP on your deployment. We already set the GATEWAY_IP variable in the previous step.

Save the following script as


while true; do
result=$(curl -m 5 -k -s -o /dev/null -I -w "%{http_code}" "" --connect-to$GATEWAY_IP)
echo date: $(date), status code: "$result"
sleep 1

Make the script executable and run it

chmod +x

This will send a request to bookinfo's product page every 1 second. After a while, you can inspect services topology and metrics in the TSB UI.

  • Under Tenant on the left panel, select Dashboard
  • Click Select Clusters-Namespaces
  • Check the items you want to see the metrics and topology for. If you followed the quickstart guide from the beginning, you should see an entry for Tenant tetrate, Namespace bookinfo, and Cluster demo. TSB Dashboard UI: namespace selection screen
  • Click Select

You can set the duration of data you wish to view, and enable automatic refresh. Settings are found in the top menu bar in the TSB UI:

  • Select a time range, for example, Last 5 minutes, for the data you wish to view
  • Click the Refresh Metrics icon to manually reload metrics, or select a refresh Interval to automatically refresh the page


Begin with the Topology page, and explore the topology graph of your collection of services and look at the metrics relating to traffic volumes, latency and error rates:

TSB Dashboard UI: topology view

Metrics and Traces

You can hover over an individual service instance to get more detailed metrics, or click for a fuller breakdown:

TSB Dashboard UI: service instance metrics

TSB automatically samples requests and gathers trace data for a subset of requests. Select one of the services, and click Trace to list the recent traces captured through that service. You can then explore the full trace, and identify traffic flows, timings and error events:

TSB Dashboard UI: inspecting a trace

We can interpret this trace, understanding that:

  • tsb-gateway-bookinfo.bookinfo calls productpage.bookinfo.svc.cluster.local:9080, invoking service productpage in namespace bookinfo
    • productpage.bookinfo first calls details.bookinfo.svc.cluster.local:9080, invoking details in namespace bookinfo
    • productpage.bookinfo later calls reviews.bookinfo.svc.cluster.local:9080, invoking reviews in namespace bookinfo
      • reviews.bookinfo calls ratings.bookinfo.svc.cluster.local:9080, invoking ratings in namespace bookinfo

We can see the deltas in time between the caller making the calls, and the target service reading and responding. The deltas correspond to the (typically small) latency of the network call and the mesh sidecar proxies.

For more complex call graphs, you can re-root the display to start from an internal service, thereby filtering out the front-end gateway and other front-end services.

Service Dashboard

Finally, navigate to the Services pane in the TSB UI and select one of the services managed by TSB. This reveals a rich, multi-pane dashboard from where you can drill down into a range of metrics relating to that service:

TSB Service UI: inspecting metrics for a service