Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Performance Tuning exam (EX442)

Course code: EX442

This exam tests candidates’ ability to use standard system tools to analyze the performance of Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® and its applications. It also tests the ability to use standard system tools and mechanisms to modify the behavior of the system and applications to improve performance. This exam lasts 4 hours.

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Course description

This exam tests candidates’ ability to use standard system tools to analyze the performance of Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® and its applications. It also tests the ability to use standard system tools and mechanisms to modify the behavior of the system and applications to improve performance. This exam is based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7. This exam is a performance-based evaluation of system administration skills and knowledge. Candidates perform a number of routine system administration tasks and are evaluated on whether they have met specific objective criteria. Performance-based testing means that candidates must perform tasks similar to what they perform on the job. Prospective employers of people with the Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Performance Tuning should verify any and all claims by people claiming to hold this credential by requesting their certificate number and verifying it using the Red Hat certification verification tool. This exam lasts 4 hours.

Course structure

You should be able to perform the tasks listed below:

Use utilities to analyze system behavior

  • Use utilities such as vmstat, iostat, mpstat, sar, gnome-system-monitor, top, powertop, and others to analyze and report system and application behavior
  • Use utilities such as Performance Co-Pilot (PCP) to analyze system behaviour
  • Use utilities such as dmesg, dmidecode, and sosreport to profile system hardware configurations

Monitor and alter kernel behavior

  • Use /proc/sys, sysctl, and /sys to examine, modify, and set kernel run-time parameters
  • Configure kernel behavior by altering module parameters

Analyze system and application performance

  • Analyze system and application behavior using tools such as ps, top, and Valgrind
  • Configure systems to run SystemTap scripts
  • Use the eBPF family of tools (e.g. syscount, gethostlatency and others) to diagnose system and application behavior
  • Given multiple versions of applications that perform the same or similar tasks, choose which version of the application to run on a system based on its observed performance characteristics

Tune running systems

  • Alter process priorities of both new and existing processes
  • Select and configure tuned profiles
  • Manage system resource usage using control groups

Tune memory utilization

  • Configure systems to support alternate page sizes for applications that use large amounts of memory

Configure disk and file subsystems

  • Select proper I/O scheduling algorithm
  • Tune file system layout for a given use

Tune network performance

  • Calculate network buffer sizes based on known quantities such as bandwidth and round-trip time
  • Set system buffer sizes based on those calculations

As with all Red Hat performance-based exams, configurations must persist after reboot without intervention.

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