Usage

Run Overcloud checks

$ ansible-playbook -i hosts check/site.yml

Your Overcloud check output is located in results/bug_report.log

NOTE: It is strongly advised to not run the ansible playbooks in a venv.

Run performance stress tests through Browbeat on the undercloud:

$ ssh undercloud-root
[root@ospd ~]# su - stack
[stack@ospd ~]$ screen -S browbeat
[stack@ospd ~]$ . browbeat-venv/bin/activate
(browbeat-venv)[stack@ospd ~]$ cd browbeat/
(browbeat-venv)[stack@ospd browbeat]$ vi browbeat-config.yaml # Edit browbeat-config.yaml to control how many stress tests are run.
(browbeat-venv)[stack@ospd browbeat]$ ./browbeat.py <workload> #perfkit, rally, shaker or "all"

Run performance stress tests through Browbeat

[stack@ospd ansible]$ . ../../browbeat-venv/bin/activate
(browbeat-venv)[stack@ospd ansible]$ cd ..
(browbeat-venv)[stack@ospd browbeat]$ vi browbeat-config.yaml # Edit browbeat.cfg to control how many stress tests are run.
(browbeat-venv)[stack@ospd browbeat]$ ./browbeat.py <workload> #perfkit, rally, shaker or "all"

Running PerfKitBenchmarker

Work is on-going to utilize PerfKitBenchmarker as a workload provider to Browbeat. Many benchmarks work out of the box with Browbeat. You must ensure that your network is setup correctly to run those benchmarks and you will need to configure the settings in ansible/install/group_vars/all.yml for Browbeat public/private networks. Currently tested benchmarks include: aerospike, bonnie++, cluster_boot, copy_throughput(cp,dd,scp), fio, iperf, mesh_network, mongodb_ycsb, netperf, object_storage_service, ping, scimark2, and sysbench_oltp.

To run Browbeat’s PerfKit Benchmarks, you can start by viewing the tested benchmark’s configuration in conf/browbeat-perfkit-complete.yaml. You must add them to your specific Browbeat config yaml file or enable/disable the benchmarks you wish to run in the default config file (browbeat-config.yaml). There are many flags exposed in the configuration files to tune how those benchmarks run. Additional flags are exposed in the source code of PerfKitBenchmarker available on the Google Cloud Github.

Example running only PerfKitBenchmarker benchmarks with Browbeat from browbeat-config.yaml:

(browbeat-venv)[stack@ospd browbeat]$ ./browbeat.py  perfkit -s browbeat-config.yaml

Running Shaker

Running Shaker requires the shaker image to be built, which in turn requires instances to be able to access the internet. The playbooks for this installation have been described in the installation documentation but for the sake of convenience they are being mentioned here as well.

$ ansible-playbook -i hosts install/browbeat_network.yml
$ ansible-playbook -i hosts install/shaker_build.yml

Note

The playbook to setup networking is provided as an example only and might not work for you based on your underlay/overlay network setup. In such cases, the exercise of setting up networking for instances to be able to access the internet is left to the user.

Once the shaker image is built, you can run Shaker via Browbeat by filling in a few configuration options in the configuration file. The meaning of each option is summarized below:

shaker:
enabled:Boolean true or false, enable shaker or not
server:IP address of the shaker-server for agent to talk to (undercloud IP by default)
port:Port to connect to the shaker-server (undercloud port 5555 by default)
flavor:OpenStack instance flavor you want to use
join_timeout:Timeout in seconds for agents to join
sleep_before:Time in seconds to sleep before executing a scenario
sleep_after:Time in seconds to sleep after executing a scenario
venv:venv to execute shaker commands in, /home/stack/shaker-venv by default
shaker_region:OpenStack region you want to use
external_host:IP of a server for external tests (should have browbeat/util/shaker-external.sh executed on it previously and have iptables/firewalld/selinux allowing connections on the ports used by network testing tools netperf and iperf)
scenarios: List of scenarios you want to run
- name:Name for the scenario. It is used to create directories/files accordingly
enabled:Boolean true or false depending on whether or not you want to execute the scenario
density:Number of instances
compute:Number of compute nodes across which to spawn instances
placement:single_room would mean one instance per compute node and double_room would give you two instances per compute node
progression:null means all agents are involved, linear means execution starts with one agent and increases linearly, quadratic would result in quadratic growth in number of agents participating in the test concurrently
time:Time in seconds you want each test in the scenario file to run
file:The base shaker scenario file to use to override options (this would depend on whether you want to run L2, L3 E-W or L3 N-S tests and also on the class of tool you want to use such as flent or iperf3)

To analyze results sent to Elasticsearch (you must have Elasticsearch enabled and the IP of the Elasticsearch host provided in the browbeat configuration file), you can use the following playbook to setup some prebuilt dashboards for you:

$ ansible-playbook -i hosts install/kibana-visuals.yml

Alternatively you can create your own visualizations of specific shaker runs using some simple searches such as:

shaker_uuid: 97092334-34e8-446c-87d6-6a0f361b9aa8 AND record.concurrency: 1 AND result.result_type: bandwidth
shaker_uuid: c918a263-3b0b-409b-8cf8-22dfaeeaf33e AND record.concurrency:1 AND record.test:Bi-Directional

Interpreting Browbeat Results

By default results for each test will be placed in a timestamped folder results/ inside your Browbeat folder. Each run folder will contain output files from the various workloads and benchmarks that ran during that Browbeat run, as well as a report card that summarizes the results of the tests.

Browbeat for the most part tries to restrict itself to running tests, it will only exit with a nonzero return code if a workload failed to run. If, for example, Rally where to run but not be able to boot any instances on your cloud Browbeat would return with RC 0 without any complaints, only by looking into the Rally results for that Browbeat run would you determine that your cloud had a problem that made benchmarking it impossible.

Likewise if Rally manages to run at a snails pace, Browbeat will still exit without complaint. Be aware of this when running Browbeat and take the time to either view the contents of the results folder after a run. Or setup Elasticsearch and Kibana to view them more easily.

Working with Multiple Clouds

If you are running playbooks from your local machine you can run against more than one cloud at the same time. To do this, you should create a directory per-cloud and clone Browbeat into that specific directory:

[browbeat@laptop ~]$ mkdir cloud01; cd cloud01
[browbeat@laptop cloud01]$ git clone git@github.com:openstack/browbeat.git
...
[browbeat@laptop cloud01]$ cd browbeat/ansible
[browbeat@laptop ansible]$ ./generate_tripleo_hostfile.sh <cloud01-ip-address>
[browbeat@laptop ansible]$ ansible-playbook -i hosts (Your playbook you wish to run...)
[browbeat@laptop ansible]$ ssh -F ssh-config overcloud-controller-0  # Takes you to first controller

Repeat the above steps for as many clouds as you have to run playbooks against your clouds.