November 25, 2008
The word part “ping” leads you to ICMP packages, Ok – but what is special with Smoke or Strafe Ping? Basically they send multiple ICMP echo requests on block to a given target on block and stores the response-time of each as well as the packet loss. SmokePing is the inventor of this technique and consists of a daemon process which organizes the latency measurements and a CGI which presents the graphs.
Here are some screenshots from the authors homepage:
StrafePing is a feature in OpenNMS, which is a network management system and you can activate it for the nodes it monitors. Here is a screenshot for this too: