This chapter describes the yardstick framework software architecture. we will introduce it from Use-Case View, Logical View, Process View and Deployment View. More technical details will be introduced in this chapter.


Architecture overview

Yardstick is mainly written in Python, and test configurations are made in YAML. Documentation is written in reStructuredText format, i.e. .rst files. Yardstick is inspired by Rally. Yardstick is intended to run on a computer with access and credentials to a cloud. The test case is described in a configuration file given as an argument.

How it works: the benchmark task configuration file is parsed and converted into an internal model. The context part of the model is converted into a Heat template and deployed into a stack. Each scenario is run using a runner, either serially or in parallel. Each runner runs in its own subprocess executing commands in a VM using SSH. The output of each scenario is written as json records to a file or influxdb or http server, we use influxdb as the backend, the test result will be shown with grafana.


Benchmark - assess the relative performance of something

Benchmark configuration file - describes a single test case in yaml format

Context - The set of Cloud resources used by a scenario, such as user names, image names, affinity rules and network configurations. A context is converted into a simplified Heat template, which is used to deploy onto the Openstack environment.

Data - Output produced by running a benchmark, written to a file in json format

Runner - Logic that determines how a test scenario is run and reported, for example the number of test iterations, input value stepping and test duration. Predefined runner types exist for re-usage, see Runner types.

Scenario - Type/class of measurement for example Ping, Pktgen, (Iperf, LmBench, ...)

SLA - Relates to what result boundary a test case must meet to pass. For example a latency limit, amount or ratio of lost packets and so on. Action based on SLA can be configured, either just to log (monitor) or to stop further testing (assert). The SLA criteria is set in the benchmark configuration file and evaluated by the runner.

Runner types

There exists several predefined runner types to choose between when designing a test scenario:

Arithmetic: Every test run arithmetically steps the specified input value(s) in the test scenario, adding a value to the previous input value. It is also possible to combine several input values for the same test case in different combinations.

Snippet of an Arithmetic runner configuration:

    type: Arithmetic
      name: stride
      start: 64
      stop: 128
      step: 64

Duration: The test runs for a specific period of time before completed.

Snippet of a Duration runner configuration:

  type: Duration
  duration: 30

Sequence: The test changes a specified input value to the scenario. The input values to the sequence are specified in a list in the benchmark configuration file.

Snippet of a Sequence runner configuration:

  type: Sequence
  scenario_option_name: packetsize
  - 100
  - 200
  - 250

Iteration: Tests are run a specified number of times before completed.

Snippet of an Iteration runner configuration:

  type: Iteration
  iterations: 2

Use-Case View

Yardstick Use-Case View shows two kinds of users. One is the Tester who will do testing in cloud, the other is the User who is more concerned with test result and result analyses.

For testers, they will run a single test case or test case suite to verify infrastructure compliance or bencnmark their own infrastructure performance. Test result will be stored by dispatcher module, three kinds of store method (file, influxdb and http) can be configured. The detail information of scenarios and runners can be queried with CLI by testers.

For users, they would check test result with four ways.

If dispatcher module is configured as file(default), there are two ways to check test result. One is to get result from yardstick.out ( default path: /tmp/yardstick.out), the other is to get plot of test result, it will be shown if users execute command “yardstick-plot”.

If dispatcher module is configured as influxdb, users will check test result on Grafana which is most commonly used for visualizing time series data.

If dispatcher module is configured as http, users will check test result on OPNFV testing dashboard which use MongoDB as backend.

Yardstick Use-Case View

Logical View

Yardstick Logical View describes the most important classes, their organization, and the most important use-case realizations.

Main classes:

TaskCommands - “yardstick task” subcommand handler.

HeatContext - Do test yaml file context section model convert to HOT, deploy and undeploy Openstack heat stack.

Runner - Logic that determines how a test scenario is run and reported.

TestScenario - Type/class of measurement for example Ping, Pktgen, (Iperf, LmBench, ...)

Dispatcher - Choose user defined way to store test results.

TaskCommands is the “yardstick task” subcommand’s main entry. It takes yaml file (e.g. test.yaml) as input, and uses HeatContext to convert the yaml file’s context section to HOT. After Openstacik heat stack is deployed by HeatContext with the converted HOT, TaskCommands use Runner to run specified TestScenario. During first runner initialization, it will create output process. The output process use Dispatcher to push test results. The Runner will also create a process to execute TestScenario. And there is a multiprocessing queue between each runner process and output process, so the runner process can push the real-time test results to the storage media. TestScenario is commonly connected with VMs by using ssh. It sets up VMs and run test measurement scripts through the ssh tunnel. After all TestScenaio is finished, TaskCommands will undeploy the heat stack. Then the whole test is finished.

Yardstick Logical View

Process View (Test execution flow)

Yardstick process view shows how yardstick runs a test case. Below is the sequence graph about the test execution flow using heat context, and each object represents one module in yardstick:

Yardstick Process View

A user wants to do a test with yardstick. He can use the CLI to input the command to start a task. “TaskCommands” will receive the command and ask “HeatContext” to parse the context. “HeatContext” will then ask “Model” to convert the model. After the model is generated, “HeatContext” will inform “Openstack” to deploy the heat stack by heat template. After “Openstack” deploys the stack, “HeatContext” will inform “Runner” to run the specific test case.

Firstly, “Runner” would ask “TestScenario” to process the specific scenario. Then “TestScenario” will start to log on the openstack by ssh protocal and execute the test case on the specified VMs. After the script execution finishes, “TestScenario” will send a message to inform “Runner”. When the testing job is done, “Runner” will inform “Dispatcher” to output the test result via file, influxdb or http. After the result is output, “HeatContext” will call “Openstack” to undeploy the heat stack. Once the stack is undepoyed, the whole test ends.

Deployment View

Yardstick deployment view shows how the yardstick tool can be deployed into the underlying platform. Generally, yardstick tool is installed on JumpServer(see 03-installation for detail installation steps), and JumpServer is connected with other control/compute servers by networking. Based on this deployment, yardstick can run the test cases on these hosts, and get the test result for better showing.

Yardstick Deployment View

Yardstick Directory structure

yardstick/ - Yardstick main directory.

ci/ - Used for continuous integration of Yardstick at different PODs and
with support for different installers.
docs/ - All documentation is stored here, such as configuration guides,
user guides and Yardstick descriptions.

etc/ - Used for test cases requiring specific POD configurations.

samples/ - test case samples are stored here, most of all scenario and
feature’s samples are shown in this directory.
tests/ - Here both Yardstick internal tests (functional/ and unit/) as
well as the test cases run to verify the NFVI (opnfv/) are stored. Also configurations of what to run daily and weekly at the different PODs is located here.
tools/ - Currently contains tools to build image for VMs which are deployed
by Heat. Currently contains how to build the yardstick-trusty-server image with the different tools that are needed from within the image.

vTC/ - Contains the files for running the virtual Traffic Classifier tests.

yardstick/ - Contains the internals of Yardstick: Runners, Scenario, Contexts,
CLI parsing, keys, plotting tools, dispatcher and so on.