CSIT/csit1810 plan

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This page tracks release information for FD.io CSIT-18.10. It is updated regularly by hand. Real-time information is available in FD.io CSIT code repository and auto-generated docs.

Release Milestones

Milestone Date Deliverables
F0 2018-10-03 Test case keywords code complete. Only low-risk changes accepted.
RC1 2018-10-10 (F0+7) Code complete. Pull first release branch. Only bug fixes accepted in release branch. Date aligned with VPP RC1.
RC2 2018-10-17 (RC1+7) Dry-run testing begins of VPP RC2, performance and functional. Date aligned with VPP RC2.
CSIT Release 2018-10-24 (RC2+7) CSIT release complete. VPP release testing starts. Date aligned with VPP Formal Release.
Report Publish 2018-11-07 (Rls+14) CSIT report published for VPP release.

Release Deliverables

Name Status Jira Category Description
3n-skx Tests Done 1810-Test Add performamce tests for 3n-skx (3-Node Xeon Skylake) testbeds: VM vhost and Container memif tests.
2n-skx Tests Done 1810-Test Add performamce tests for 2n-skx (2-Node Xeon Skylake) testbeds: focus on baseline and scale tests.
VXLAN Scale Tests Done 1810-Test Add performamce tests for VXLAN scale with dot1q and l2bd.
AVF Driver Tests Done 1810-Test Add performamce tests for i40e AVF driver on VPP, DPDK-free.
QAT Done 1810-Test Fix reoccuring issues with QAT crypto accelerator cards.
VM Vhost Virtio Params Combinations Done 1810-Test Add performance tests for VM vhost with different virtio parameters combinations: indirect buffers, mergeable buffers.
Soak Tests Experimental WIP 1810-Framework Add soak performamce tests infrastructure for extended test duration and throughput discovery at given PLR and total long soak time e.g. minutes, hours, days.
VPP_Device Done 1810-Framework Container based functional VPP device tests: CI/CD system design integrated into LF, running on 1-Node testbeds (1n-skx, 1n-arm). Relying on VF+dot1q for external loopback cable packet passing. Focus on few baseline tests.
VPP_Path Next Rls 1810-Framework Continuing migration of CSIT VIRL tests to VPP-make_test VPP integration tests for functional acceptance of VPP feature path(s) driven by use case(s). See P1 and P2 markup in CSIT_VIRL migration progress.
Trending Tests BMRR Done 1810-Framework Use new Burst MRR tests for daily trending.
K8s/Ligato in Trending Done 1810-Test Add K8s/Ligato Container memif tests to daily trending.
Per VPP Patch Performance Checks Done 1810-Framework Per VPP gerrit patch vs. parent performance tests, anomaly detection, no voting (-1/0/+1) yet. Manual trigger. Not "marketed" yet, as impact physical testbed processing capacity.
Patch-on-Patch Infra Done 1810-Framework Add capability to run performance tests using CSIT gerrit patch code testing VPP gerrit patch code, i.e. before any code is merged into git branch.
CSIT PAPI Support WIP 1810-Framework Implementation of PAPI L1 KWs in CSIT. Required for migraing away from VAT. ETA EOW, Confidence level 70%.
Graphs Layout Improvements Done 1810-PAL Improve performance graphs layout for better readibility and maintenance: test grouping, axis labels, descriptions, other informative decoration. Master report generated. 744 graphs(!)
Clock cycles per VPP node into CSIT-PAL Next Rls 1810-PAL Use the new VPP stats infra available via PAPI to retrieve runtime counters instead of using "show run". Blocked by no PAPI support in FD.io CSIT.
3n-dnv Tests (3rd Party) WIP 1810-Test Publish performance tests for 3n-dnv (3-Node Atom Denverton) from 3rd party testbeds.

Jira Task Tracking

All CSIT release deliverables should be tracked in FDio CSIT Jira using one of the following Jira Epic categories:

  1. CSIT Framework
  2. Operations
  3. Test
  4. PAL
  5. VIRL
  6. HoneyComb
  7. [DMM]

Multi-Release Work Areas

Work Area Description
Xeon Skx testbeds Make Skylake performance test coverage complete: i) Boost tests in 2-Node setups, complete 3-Node setups; ii) Complete Memif/Container and Vhost-user/VM with latest greatest QEMU etc; iii) Push vpp-dev to Ubuntu 18.04.
Arm testbeds Introduce Arm performance tests.
Atom testbeds Introduce Atom performance tests.
Better vhost, memif coverage Make CSIT produce more complete test data for scaled-out Vhost-user/VM and Memif/Container: i) Complete same packet paths and topologies for a low number of VMs and Containers, then scale-up VM and Container numbers; ii) See if we can isolate the actual cost of Vhostuser-virtio and Memif-Memif virtual interfaces based on the test and system telemetry.
VPP per patch performance tests Productise per VPP patch performance tests with change detection, prepare for voting: i) Improve detection accuracy and precision; ii) Nail down current results variance; iii) Apply improvements to continuous trending and (future) git auto-bisection.
Trending Improved Detection Make trending job use new Burst MRR trending tests for better anomaly detection. Currently postponed, as the algorithm detects performance changes not related to VPP code. We need heavy workarounds or way more predictable SUT behavior.
More VPP telemetry reported and analysed API based consumption of VPP telemetry including existing general counters, and future extended per node counters.
Evolve throughput search Build upon MLRsearch experience vs. ordinary binary search: i) New POC for extended soak test for validating NDR (zero packet-loss-ratio PLR) and(?) PDR (non-zero PLR).
General enhancements General CSIT and VPP performance test and infrastructure enhancements: i) Productize VPP_Device container-based functional tests in 1-Node Skylake testbeds, assist with the same for Arm; ii) Add proper packet latency measurements with T-Rex HDRhistogram, push T-Rex to productize HDRh'gram; iii) Start using the new VPP stats infra for per test counters and "gauges" collection incl. "show runtime", instead of VPP show CLI; iv) Start migration from VAT to VPP Python API; v) Nail down "broken"/not-performing VPP data plane feature arcs (incl. multi-threading) indicated by CSIT-18.07 results data.

External Dependencies

  1. Intel FD.io Team 3rd Party Benchmarking of the Intel Denverton Platform