Automated Performance Testing of Minions

This post hovers over the new module that is imported to the list of Salt modules : SysBench. To throw light on SysBench, it is a benchmark tool, primarily conceived to test MySQL based databases, and then extending its region to other system parameters such as CPU performance, Thread and Mutex implementations, File and Memory access, etc. SysBench is best known for its simplicity and user friendliness.

The requisite for this module comes from the fact that, there are situations  in which we need to analyze the performance of Minions right from the Master node. A very crisp example for this is the case of load balancing. Knowing the performance of each Minions ( which is definitely not uniform in all minions ) prior fractionating the task, would lead to better assignment of Minions, without pressuring them.

This could be done by just executing the SysBench command line options using the famous ‘cmd.run’, then why this module? This module automates the entire process. SysBench CLI options take in a lot of parameters and are thus cumbersome ( probably the only drawback with them ). The module makes this drawback transparent to the users. Now the users can just execute an ordinary salt ‘*’ sysbench.<test> from their Master node. Moreover, the module tests not just one case. It tests different number of cases, varying from one test to another.

For example, the CPU test checks for 4 different primer limit values namely 500, 1000, 2500 and 5000, automation playing its part here too. Some test cases are derived using the Orthogonal Array testing to cover the whole set of cases. Moreover, the test report are parsed in a very neat manner, facilitating the user to get a quick overview of the performance.

The various tests and their corresponding CLI options provided by this module are :

1. CPU ( cpu )

2. Threads ( threads )

3. Mutex ( mutex )

4. Memory (memory )

5. File I/O ( fileio )

So to use this module, just straight away type the following command salt ‘*’ sysbench.<CLI option>.

Cheers.. 🙂

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