2.1. ROS 2 Monitor

ROS 2 Monitor is a graphical desktop application shipped with Vulcanexus Tools aimed at monitoring DDS environments deployed using the eProsima Fast DDS library, as it is the case in ROS 2 ecosystems. Thus, the user can monitor in real time the status of publication/subscription communications between ROS 2 nodes. They can also choose from a wide variety of communication parameters to be measured (latency, throughput, packet loss, etc.), as well as record and compute in real time statistical measurements on these parameters (mean, variance, standard deviation, etc.).

Furthermore, the user can check the status of the deployed ROS 2 network at any time, i.e. see for each DDS Domain which DomainParticipants are instantiated, as well as their publishers and subscribers and the topics under which they publish or to which they subscribe respectively. It is also possible to see the physical architecture of the network on which the ROS 2 applications are running.

2.1.1. Overview

ROS 2 Monitor is designed to meet the following criteria:

  1. Monitoring: real-time tracking of network status and communication.

  2. Intuitive: graphical user interface developed following a user experience design approach.

  3. Introspection: easily navigate through the deployed and active ROS 2 nodes being able to inspect their configuration and physical deployment.

  4. Troubleshooting: detect at a glance the possible issues or anomalous events that may occur in the communication.

Warning

If having explicitly enabled statistics and statistical data are still not correctly received, only few data arrive or even none, configure the ROS 2 nodes publishing statistics data with a less restrictive memory constraints. Please check the following documentation for more details on how to do this.



2.1.2. Next Steps

Visit eProsima Fast DDS Monitor Documentation for more information on how to use this application. A hands-on example is also available in this link, which provides step-by-step instructions on how to use Vulcanexus Tools for monitoring a ROS 2 talker/listener demo.