Excerpts from Brant Knudson's message of 2016-06-03 15:16:20 -0500:
> On Fri, Jun 3, 2016 at 2:35 PM, Lance Bragstad <lbrags...@gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> > Hey all,
> >
> > I have been curious about impact of providing performance feedback as part
> > of the review process. From what I understand, keystone used to have a
> > performance job that would run against proposed patches (I've only heard
> > about it so someone else will have to keep me honest about its timeframe),
> > but it sounds like it wasn't valued.
> >
> >
> We had a job running rally for a year (I think) that nobody ever looked at
> so we decided it was a waste and stopped running it.
> 
> > I think revisiting this topic is valuable, but it raises a series of
> > questions.
> >
> > Initially it probably only makes sense to test a reasonable set of
> > defaults. What do we want these defaults to be? Should they be determined
> > by DevStack, openstack-ansible, or something else?
> >
> >
> A performance test is going to depend on the environment (the machines,
> disks, network, etc), the existing data (tokens, revocations, users, etc.),
> and the config (fernet, uuid, caching, etc.). If these aren't consistent
> between runs then the results are not going to be usable. (This is the
> problem with running rally on infra hardware.) If the data isn't realistic
> (1000s of tokens, etc.) then the results are going to be at best not useful
> or at worst misleading.
> 

That's why I started the counter-inspection spec:

http://specs.openstack.org/openstack/qa-specs/specs/devstack/counter-inspection.html

It just tries to count operations, and graph those. I've, unfortunately,
been pulled off to other things of late, but I do intend to loop back
and hit this hard over the next few months to try and get those graphs.

What we'd get initially is just graphs of how many messages we push
through RabbitMQ, and how many rows/queries/transactions we push through
mysql. We may also want to add counters like how many API requests
happened, and how many retries happen inside the code itself.

There's a _TON_ we can do now to ensure that we know what the trends are
when something gets "slow", so we can look for a gradual "death by 1000
papercuts" trend or a hockey stick that can be tied to a particular
commit.

> What does the performance test criteria look like and where does it live?
> > Does it just consist of running tempest?
> >
> >
> I don't think tempest is going to give us numbers that we're looking for
> for performance. I've seen a few scripts and have my own for testing
> performance of token validation, token creation, user creation, etc. which
> I think will do the exact tests we want and we can get the results
> formatted however we like.
> 

Agreed that tempest will only give a limited view. Ideally one would
also test things like "after we've booted 1000 vms, do we end up reading
1000 more rows, or 1000 * 1000 more rows.

> From a contributor and reviewer perspective, it would be nice to have the
> > ability to compare performance results across patch sets. I understand that
> > keeping all performance results for every patch for an extended period of
> > time is unrealistic. Maybe we take a daily performance snapshot against
> > master and use that to map performance patterns over time?
> >
> >
> Where are you planning to store the results?
> 

Infra has a graphite/statsd cluster which is made for collecting metrics
on tests. It might need to be expanded a bit, but it should be
relatively cheap to do so given the benefit of having some of these
numbers.

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