Observe your Raspberry Pi EVE Device's CPU Usage with Telegraf and InfluxDB - Part 4

This is tutorial will translate the scenario previously mentioned in Observing Eve’s CPU and Memory Consumption via Telegraf in QEMU - Part 2 to an actual Raspberry Pi 4 running EVE.


If you haven’t setup your Raspberry Pi 4 with EVE, please go through Part 3 first.

We assume that the setup in Part 3 with the Raspberry Pi 4 is up and running.

System Architecture Design

We will use InfluxData’s InfluxDB v2 as a Time-Series Database (TSDB) to store metrics from our emulated EVE device.

Since we are in an emulated state at the moment and haven’t deployed any EVE devices (e.g. Raspberry Pis) in our network, we will consider our host machine as a system where:

  1. Our TSDB runs and accepts information from EVE devices in the network
  2. Provides a User Interface to observe the metrics

We will deploy InfluxData’s Telegraf Monitoring Agent as a pod on our emulated EVE device and set some configuration that will provide us CPU usage metrics as well as memory consumption metrics.

These metrics are sent back to our TSDB where a user can observe them on a Dashboard and query these metrics for further analyses.


NOTE: We will not be doing a complete secure (TLS/SSL) setup here

InfluxDB v2.0

  1. Since we already have docker on our host machine, let us setup the TSDB on it.

        $ docker run --name=influxdbV2 -p 8086:8086 influxdb:2.0.7

    This should be able to run InfluxDB v2.0.7 on the host machine and the port 8086 should be available for the TSDB to ingest any incoming metrics sent to it.

  2. Open a browser and visit http://localhost:8086 which will provide you the UI for InfluxDB v2. Click on Get Started

  3. Let’s setup our InfluxDB v2 with the following information:

    Username: eden Password: influxdb Organization: LF-EDGE Bucket Name: eve

    InfluxDB v2 Initial Configuration UI

    Click Continue

  4. Click on Configure Later for the next step. We have now configured our InfluxDB v2 with a user eden under the Organization LF-EDGE and a bucket called eve to store any metrics dedicated for it.


telegraf requires a configuration file in TOML to be able to acquire and push information to our TSDB. It provides a wide range of plugins but for this tutorial we will focus on the easiest ones.

The eden/data/telegraf/telegraf.conf file for our case looks like the following:

    interval = "2s"
    round_interval = true
    metric_batch_size = 1000
    metric_buffer_limit = 10000
    collection_jitter = "0s"
    flush_interval = "10s"
    flush_jitter = "0s"
    precision = ""
    debug = true
    quiet = false
    omit_hostname = false





  urls = ["http://YOUR_IP_ADDRESS:8086"]


  organization = "LF-EDGE"
  bucket = "eve"

Adapt the Configuration file where the urls should point to the host’s IP Address.

For an InfluxDB v2 Token we do the following:

  1. Head to Data in our InfluxDB UI on the left-side column

  2. We click on the Tokens Header in the UI where you will see the following:

    Generated Token for user eden in InfluxDBV2 UI

  3. Click on eden's Token and copy the token into the configuration file for the output plugin

We are done with telegraf configuration! we will let eden download telegraf's docker image from Docker Hub for us.


Deploy the telegraf Pod on the Pi using:

./eden pod deploy --name=eve_pi_telegraf docker://telegraf --mount=src=./data/telegraf,dst=/etc/telegraf/

Check status of the pod using:

./eden pod ps

After a while the pod should be deployed! let’s check the status first:

./eden pod ps
eve_pi_telegraf	library/telegraf:latest	f0e61dda-8dda-4944-85a3-4b52b736cc88	-		0 B/0 B	IN_CONFIG	RUNNING

Great time to head on to InfluxDB’s Dashboard for some fancy graphs!

CPU Usage Dashboard

System Usage Dashboard for RPi4 EVE Device

As you can see we have a tag which matches the UUID of the Pod (see ./eden pod ps)

Logs and Troubleshooting

If you want to see the working logs of telegraf

./eden pod logs eve_pi_telegraf --fields=app --format=json

Redeploy nginx for Fun

You can deploy the nginx pod from our previous tutorial as way to simulate workload on your edge device

./eden pod deploy --name=eve_pi_nginx docker://nginx -p 8027:80 --mount=src=./data/helloeve,dst=/usr/share/nginx/html

And you can Request the nginx pod like we did previously!

curl http://localhost:8027

After some curl commands consecutively you can observe the CPU System and User Usage for the EVE Device

System and User CPU Usage for RPi4 EVE Device

Clean Up

Delete the nginx pod:

./eden pod delete eve_pi_nginx

Delete the telegraf pod:

./eden pod delete eve_pi_telegraf

Stop the ephemeral InfluxDBV2 Container

docker rm InfluxDBV2

Stop Eden

./eden stop