SOASTA mPulse™ provides the analytics tools necessary to evaluate the real-user measurement data collected from your beacons by providing two system dashboards—the Globe Dashboard and the mPulse Dashboard. Both the globe and the individual widgets included in the mPulse Dashboard can be added to custom dashboards you can filter and arrange like any other SOASTA dashboard.
The Globe Dashboard features a transparent control panel. For Globe-specific settings, these controls present easy, inline control. The legend appears in the lower left and controls are in the top-right corner.
Fiver control icons represent all the lower panel Globe settings: Location (Star icon), Beacon (Target icon), Timer & Metric (Timer icon), Globe (Globe icon) and General (Gear icon with edit). Controls are also available in the Dashboard lower panel.
Using the Globe Dashboard
The Globe Dashboard presents your real-user measurement data stream in one dramatic, three-dimensional, WebGL-based global format with fly-to animation.
In its default state, the Globe spins, clearly and accurately showing the current solar terminator point between night and day as well as clearly representing the twilight zone, or moving line, between the two. Click to stop the globe's rotation and use gestures to zoom. Alternately, click one of the fly-to locations on the Legend to move to it.
Controlling the Globe
Navigate the Globe by clicking a legend fly-to location, as well as by other user interactions such as pinch gestures on your trackpad.
To zoom to a location click the Favorites drop-down and make a selection. Add a location using City, State, or Country . Click Home View to return to Globe level.
Additionally, the Globe legend includes the following visual cues:
- Beacon Load Time (sec) — This legend was formerly known as Load Time (sec) and presents a visual cue for load time by color.
- Beacons per Dot — This legend presents a visual cue to the number beacons per dot.
- Timer Page Load (sec) — This legend presents a visual cue for page load time by color.
Globe Dashboard and Widget Filtering
The Globe dashboard, as well as the Globe widget, are fully filterable in the manner of all other SOASTA dashboards and widgets. The Globe can function as a single widget within a custom dashboard or live alongside other widgets in a custom dashboard. As with other dashboards, click the Toggle Dashboard Edit Mode button on the dashboard toolbar to edit settings and then click the Globe title bar to select it.
Ensure that the Dashboard node is selected in the Edit Panel below (the General tab is showing). With dashboard selected on the left, you can use the General, Layout, Poperties and Filter tabs to apply criteria.
Click the Filter tab to edit or examine dashboard filters. Note that the filter toolbar appears on all Globe dashboards by default. You can change this behavior here by unchecking Display filter toolbar.
With widget selected on the left, you can use the General and Filter tabs to apply criteria.
Using Location in the Globe Control Panel
Favorite locations are located in the Locations dropdown (Star icon) rather than on the surface Legend of the prior release. As a result of this move, both the locations to fly-to and the ability to edit them are in one location. The defaults are Mountain View, CA; New York, NY; London, UK; Paris, France; Sydney, Australia; Singapore, and Hong Kong.
- Click the Star icon to access location settings in the Location drop-down.
- Click any listed location to fly-to its given location on the Globe.
- To add a new location, enter it into the entry field and click the Add.
- Click any default or custom location to fly to (out if you're already zoomed into a location, in if you're at satellite view) to the desired location.The default locationss are Mountain View, CA; New York, NY; London, UK; Paris, France; Sydney, Australia; Singapore, and Hong Kong.
- Enter an integer in seconds to control the fly-to sequence's cycle speed.
- Click Home View to return to the location set as "Home View" (while in Edit mode use "Set as Home View" to make the current globe view home)
- To tour all of the locations, click the new Tour Locations command in the Locations drop-down. When you do so, the locations will load. Click the command a second time to begin the tour.
- To rotate the globe at a steady rate, click Rotate. The globe background rotates along with the globe itself for increased realism.
- To cycle fly-to every n seconds, click Edit to enter Edit mode and enter the number of seconds as an integer
- To delete one or more favorite locations, click the Edit button. Click the Delete icon to remove any of the locations listed. Click Done to exit Edit mode
- Use "Set as Home View" to make the current globe view home
Beacon settings are located in the Beacon dropdown (Target icon) rather than with the surface Legend of the prior release.
When beacon data streams into the globe it is presented in the common green (good), yellow (marginal), and red (bad) color ranges common to traffic systems. Since mPulse beacons measure time, and performance expectations for response time can vary due to many factors, such as location or bandwidth, beacon marker colors can be controlled by setting a range in seconds.
- Beacon Markers
- By default, green beacons are matched lighter to darker with the 0 seconds through 3 second range. Change the top number of this range according to need.
- By default, yellow beacons are matched lighter to darker from the top of the green range (3 seconds by default) through 5 seconds. If the prior range has been changed then the start of this range resumes at that point (so, for example if green ends at 6 then the yellow range will start at 6). Be sure to adjust the subsequent ranges accordingly.
- By default, red beacons are matched lighter to darker from the top of the yellow range and anything higher.
- Beacon Size controls the size of beacon pulses. Use the beacon size fader to control the size display of beacon data from small to large.
- Beacon Lifespan controls the duration of the beacon pulse's appearance on the globe. Use the beacon lifespan fader to control the duration of the display of a beacon.
The Globe's Timer & Metric settings are located in the Timer & Metric dropdown (Timer icon).
- Show Heatmap — Check this box to display the global heatmap
- Show Labels — Check this box to display labels on informational popups
Accept the default settings for the following metrics or enter new ranges for color correspondence to customize the display.
- Page Load Colors — Set the color range for the default timer on page load time (renamed, was "Load Time Colors" in the prior release)
- DNS Resolution Colors — Set the color range for the default timer on DNS resolution (e.g. the time it takes to resolve a DNS name to its IP address)
- TCP Connection Colors — Set the color range for the default timer on the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) connections in a session
- SSL Handshake Colors — Set the color range for the default timer on SSL Handshake
Scroll down to view the remaining color range options
- First Byte Colors — Set the color range for the default timer on front-end time. Frontend time is client-side time such as the additional time it takes to fully render any content
- Front-end Time Colors — Set the color range for the default timer on SSL Handshake
- DOM Loading Colors — Set the color range for the default timer on loading the DOM (e.g. after the client has finished loading all window frames, objects, and images)
- DOM Ready Colors — Set the color range for the default timer on the DOM ready status. This event represents the moment when the browser has fully processed the DOM structure of the HTML document.
Globe Widget Settings for Metric and Timer
Additional Timer and Metric filters are available in the Widget-level Filter tab.
The Globe's Base Imagery settings are located in the Globe dropdown (Globe icon) in addition to the lower panel editor Imagery section. Additional Imagery settings are found in the General drop-down (as well as in the lower panel. Choose from among the Base Imagery globes shown in the Globe drop-down.
- Blue Marble (the classic global nickname for our planet displays Earth as if from a satellite or a traveling spacecraft)
- MapQuest Street (MapQuest globe with political boundaries and other features including street plotting my MapQuest)
- MapQuest Aerial (MapQuest's aerial globe)
- mPulse Dark (mPulse Dark shows darkened land masses)
- mPulse Light (mPulse Light shows white land masses)
General settings are found in the General drop-down (as well as in the lower panel. Additional Imagery settings are also found in this menu.
- Display Legend — Check/uncheck the Display Legend to toggle the legend on the Globe surface
- Limit DPI — Check/uncheck Limit DPI to place an upper limit on Dots Per Inch.
- Alignment — Set widget alignment to left, right, or center by selecting a radio button.
- Rotation Speed — Use the rotation speed to control the rate at which the globe spins.
- Gamma Correction — Use gamma correction to control the dark to light range of the Globe display itself. This setting is useful when your work environment is darker or lighter than the average setting, such as is common in corporate "NOCs" (i.e. network operation centers that require low lighting levels).
- Imagery — Use Imagery settings to control night (on/off), toggle clouds, or to use a quicker Intro sequence (on Globe launch).
- Labels — Use Labels to toggle place name labels (check/uncheck). City labels are not shown by default. Check Show city labels if you prefer to show them. Additional labels
will display on zoom.
- Background — Select a background for the globe itself. Choose from among Starfield (shows a black background in a field of stars), White, Black (with no stars), and Transparent (for combining with other charts and interpolating data).
- Projection — Sets the base imagery for the globe itself. Use Projection to select between 3D Globe view and 2D Columbus (e.g. "flat earth" map projection) modes. Projection permits the user to view al' of the Earth as if projected onto a flat surface as is common on two-dimensional maps.
- Visuals — Check Show Sun to add our local star to the Globe visual background.
- Borders — Check Show country borders or State and region to enable border display at those levels. Note that state and region borders are only applicable to one country at a time. Check any Country in the list to enable it. Check State and region for and then check the box for one or more countries to show internal political borders such as states or provinces.
Using Projection Mode
In the screenshot below, projection is set to the default, Globe mode.
While in this screenshot, projection is set to the 2D, Columbus mode. When projection is set to Columbus the globe switches to flat earth (at whatever level of zoom was already in effect).
Note that animation continues when projection is set to Columbus, just as it would in globe mode.