What a CPU spike looks like

We have been experiencing a CPU spike on one of our servers over the past week, thanks to a batch job that clearly needs some optimization.

The CPU spike happens at midnight, UTC (basically, Greenwich Mean Time), when the job was running, and it looks like this:

CPU spike
CPU spike

It’s pretty dramatic: our normal CPU utilization is very steady, at less than 30%, and the over a 10-minute period at midnight it shoots up to nearly 90%.

Well, that sucks. We have disabled the batch job and are going to take a closer look at the SQL involved to optimize the code.

Our apologies to users in Australia and New Zealand: this was hitting the middle of their morning use of Kerika and some folks experienced slowdowns as a result.

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