Percentiles calculation on New Relic

I’m sending metrics to New Relic using statsd (newrelic/nri-statsd:latest).
I have been trying to figure out how to calculate percentiles on New Relic over metric k6.http_req_duration without success, and requiring our help.

Following the documentation found here, on the image supplied, there are two widgets showing P90 values, but looking at the sample queries, we don’t have the p90 along the average/max/median query, and I can’t see how to take value from the sum of the durations…

SELECT sum(k6.http_req_duration.sum.percentiles) AS '90th' FROM Metric WHERE percentile = 90 TIMESERIES

How can I calculate P90 over K6 Metrics in New Relic, without using the pre-aggregated values? Can you provide an example?

I was looking into something like this, but whishing I could access the max value instead of the average:

select percentile(k6.http_req_duration.mean,90) AS 'ms' FROM Metric since 1800 seconds ago


Hello @lssoares !
I was checking your question and it seems to be slightly more related to NewRelic than k6, but I think where I could give you some insights from the k6 side.
k6 doesn’t send percentile values as metrics per se .
This was discussed in this thread: Add 99, 99.5 percentile stats to built-in HTTP trend metrics
Most probably, New Relic is receiving each response time as a single metric.
I was doing some research and it seems like it is indeed a matter with NewRelic’s query.
Found there were some changes with the percentile function. Improvements to NRQL percentile() | New Relic Documentation

I found a couple examples for max and for 90pct in k6 documentation. Pasting them below, but again it seems to me more like a NR query matter.
For 90th
SELECT sum(k6.http_req_duration.sum.percentiles) AS '90th' FROM Metric WHERE percentile = 90 TIMESERIES
For Max
SELECT max(k6.http_req_duration.summary) AS 'Max Duration' FROM Metric TIMESERIES

Hope that helped. If not, let me know as it has been a while since I last played with NR, and it would be an interesting finding to have.
Best of lucks!
Leandro Melendez

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Hi @Leandro-SrPerf :slight_smile:
Thank you for your help.

I agree that I might have to ask for percentiles calculations on NewRelic forum, but I would like to understand first the examples provided by K6.

So, for a particular test, I get this result:

On K6 summary:
http_req_duration...............: min=15.6ms med=25.78ms avg=37.07ms max=4.81s p(90)=57.48ms p(95)=92.41ms p(98)=142.98ms p(99.999)=4.15s

On new Relic (using the queries provided by k6 documentation):

  • Max, med and avg seems OK when compared to K6 results.
  • About P90, I have a lot of doubts:
  1. Regarding the 800 000 as a peak seen in the graph…what is the measurement unit? Miliseconds? How is it meaningful?

  2. Changing the query for other percentiles (ex: where percentile = 95), would give me no results. How can I see those?


Hey @lssoares !
Wow, seems like you and I have the same name, That is really cool!

For the NewRelic, it seems like it is getting the right data points as it is correctly displaying the max, med and avg.

On on the percentiles, it really seems weird.
It seems to me like it has to do with the calculation on New Relic. Not so much on the k6 side.
Unfortunately I do not have a NR environment to test and tune that. I got a temporary free access but seems to not to be allowing me to send the data. Need to work that out.
I will check with the k6 team, who wrote that part of the documentation, probably will give better insights. But seems worth touching base with NewRelic.

On the other hand, I would first write the query to list all the data points and compare with k6’s to make sure you have them all in NR.
After that is just figuring out the percentile functions.

Please let me know if it received them all and I will keep you posted if I find out something.