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bencherl - A scalability benchmark suite for Erlang

How to get ready to build the benchmark suite

Make sure you have the following installed on your machine:

How to build the benchmark suite

$ make clean
$ make all

How to build just the benchmarks

$ make bench

How to build just the applications

$ make app

How to build the web interface

The web interface requires OTP R14A or later.

$ make ui

You have to build the web interface again if you move your bencherl folder:

$ cd ui
$ make clean
$ make ui

How to run the benchmark suite

Specify what you want to run and how in conf/run.conf, and then use bencherl to run the benchmark suite.

$ ./bencherl

How to specify a mnemonic name for a run

Use the -m option of the bencherl script.

$ ./bencherl -m everything-but-big

How to specify which benchmarks to run

Set the INCLUDE_BENCH variable in conf/run.conf, if you want to specify which benchmarks to run.

INCLUDE_BENCH=bang,big

Set the EXCLUDE_BENCH variable in conf/run.conf, if you want to specify which benchmarks not to run.

EXCLUDE_BENCH=dialyzer_bench

The values of both variables are one or more benchmark names separated with commas.

By default, all benchmarks are run.

How to list all benchmarks

Use the -l option of the bencherl script.

$ ./bencherl -l

How to specify the number of schedulers to run benchmarks with

Set the NUMBER_OF_SCHEDULERS variable in conf/run.conf.

The value of this variable can be either one or more integers separated with commas:

NUMBER_OF_SCHEDULERS=1,2,4,8,16,32,64

or a range of integers:

NUMBER_OF_SCHEDULERS=1..16

By default, benchmarks are run with as many schedulers as the number of logical processors.

How to specify the versions/flavors of Erlang/OTP to run benchmarks with

Set the OTPS variable in conf/run.conf.

The value of this variable is one or more alias-path pairs separated with commas.

OTPS="R14B04=/usr/local/otp_src_R14B04,R15B01=/usr/local/otp_src_R15B01"

By default, benchmarks are compiled and run with the erlc and erl programs found in the OS path.

How to specify the erl command-line arguments to run benchmarks with

Set the ERL_ARGS variable in conf/run.conf.

The value of this variable is one or more alias-arguments pairs separated with commas.

ERL_ARGS="SOME_ARGS=+sbt db +swt low,SOME_OTHER_ARGS=+sbt u"

How to specify the number of slave nodes to run the benchmarks with

Set the NUMBER_OF_SLAVE_NODES variable in conf/run.conf.

The value of this variable can be either one or more integers separated with commas:

NUMBER_OF_SLAVE_NODES=1,2,4,6,8

or a range of integers:

NUMBER_OF_SLAVE_NODES=2..4

Benchmarks are executed with at most as many slave nodes as specified in the SLAVE_NODES variable.

By default, benchmarks are run with one master node and no slave nodes.

How to specify the slave nodes to run benchmarks with

Set the SLAVE_NODES variable in conf/run.conf.

The value of this variable is zero or more long or short node names separated with commas.

SLAVE_NODES=somenode@somehost,someothernode@someotherhost

The USE_LONG_NAMES variable determines whether long or short names are expected.

By default, benchmarks are run with no slave nodes.

How to specify the master node to run benchmarks with

Set the MASTER_NODE variable in conf/run.conf.

The value of this variabe is the short or the long name of the master node.

MASTER_NODE=somenode@somehost

The USE_LONG_NAMES variable determines whether long or short names are expected.

The default long name of the master node is:

master@`hostname -f`

and its default short name:

master@`hostname`

How to specify the magic cookie that master and slave nodes share

Set the COOKIE variable in conf/run.conf.

COOKIE="some_cookie"

The default cookie is cookie.

How to specify which version of the benchmarks to run

Set the VERSION variable in conf/run.conf.

The value of this variable can be short, intermediate or long.

VERSION=short

The default version is short.

How to specify whether to produce scalability graphs or not

Set the PLOT variable in conf/run.conf.

The value of this variable can be either 0 (do not produce any scalability graphs) or 1 (produce scalability graphs).

PLOT=1

The default value is 1.

How to specify whether to perform a sanity check or not

Set the CHECK_SANITY variable in conf/run.conf.

The value of this variable can be either 0 (do not perform sanity check) or 1 (perform sanity check).

SANITY_CHECK=1

By default, the sanity of the benchmark execution results is not checked.

How to specify the number of iterations

Set the ITERATIONS variable in conf/run.conf.

The value of this variable is an integer that is greater than or equal to 1.

ITERATIONS=5

The default number of iterations is 1.

What is the result of running the benchmark suite

A new directory is created under the results directory. The name of this directory is the mnemonic name or, if no mnemonic name has been specified, a string that contains the date and time when the run started.

In the result directory, there is one subdirectory for each one of the benchmarks that was run, with the same name as the benchmark. Each such directory has three sub-directories:

  • graphs, which contains the scalability graphs;
  • output, which contains the output that the benchmark produced during its execution;
  • measurements, which contains the scalability measurements collected during the execution of the benchmark .

Web interface (UI)

The web interface can be used to view graphs for benchmark results stored in the results folder.

How to start the web server that serves the web interface of the benchmark suite

Use bencherlui with the -u (up) option to start the web server.

$ ./bencherlui -u

By default the web interface can be found at "http://localhost:8001".

You can change the port of the web server in ui/bencherlui/boss.config.

How to stop the web server that serves the web interface of the benchmark suite

Use bencherlui with the -d (down) option to stop the web server.

$ ./bencherlui -d