Ganglia监控软件主要是用来监控系统性能的软件，如：cpu 、mem、硬盘利用率， I/O负载、网络流量情况等，通过曲线很容易见到每个节点的工作状态，对合理调整、分配系统资源，提高系统整体性能起到重要作用。
ganglia is a scalable distributed monitoring system for high-performance computing systems such as clusters and Grids. It is based on a hierarchical design targeted at federations of clusters. It leverages widely used technologies such as XML for data representation, XDR for compact, portable data transport, and RRDtool for data storage and visualization. It uses carefully engineered data structures and algorithms to achieve very low per-node overheads and high concurrency. The implementation is robust, has been ported to an extensive set of operating systems and processor architectures, and is currently in use on thousands of clusters around the world. It has been used to link clusters across university campuses and around the world and can scale to handle clusters with 2000 nodes.