Pentaho Data Integration provides you with a tool for tracking the performance of individual steps in a transformation. By helping you identify the slowest step in the transformation, you can fine-tune and enhance the performance of your transformations.
You enable the step performance monitoring in the Transformation Properties dialog box. To access the dialog box right-click in the workspace that is displaying your transformation and choose, Transformation Settings. You can also access this dialog box, by pressing <CTRL + T>.
As shown in the sample screen capture above, the option to track performance (Enable step performance monitoring?) is not selected by default. Step performance monitoring may cause memory consumption problems in long-running transformations. By default, a performance snapshot is taken for all the running steps every second. This is not a CPU-intensive operation and, in most instances, does not negatively impact performance unless you have many steps in a transformation or you take a lot of snapshots (several per second, for example). You can control the number of snapshots in memory by changing the default value next to Maximum number of snapshots in memory. In addition, if you run in Spoon locally you may consume a fair amount of CPU power when you update the JFreeChart graphics under the Performance tab. Running in "headless" mode (Kitchen, Pan, DI Server (slave server), Carte, Pentaho BI platform, and so on) does not have this drawback and should provide you with accurate performance statistics.