an online request replication tool, fit for real testing, performance testing, stability testing, stress testing, load testing, smoke testing, etc
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Name: tcpcopy It is an online TCP duplication tool and can be used for performance testing, regression testing, live tesing, etc. Description: It can help you find bugs without deploying your server software on your production servers. It can also be used to do smoke testing against your products. For example, when you want to migrate from Apache to Nginx, tcpcopy can help you test it. Apache is running online, while tcpcopy can copy the TCP flows from Apache to Nginx. To Nginx, the TCP flows are just forwarding to it. This will not affect Apache at all except cost a little network bandwidth and CPU load. Scenarios: 1) Distributed stress testing Use tcpcopy to copy real-world data to stress test your server software. Bugs that only can be produced in high-stress situations can be found. 2) Hot backup It is very suitable for backup tasks if connections are short-lived. The request loss ratio is quite low (e.g. 0.00001). 3) live testing Prove the new system is stable and find bugs that only occur in the real world. 4) Benchmark Do performance benchmark. For instance, you can use tcpcopy to compare the performance of Apache and Nginx. Usage: 1) Install a) obtain the source code with the following steps a1) download tcpcopy-x.x.x.tar.gz at https://github.com/wangbin579/tcpcopy/downloads a2) tar -zxvf tcpcopy-x.x.x.tar.gz a3) cd tcpcopy-x.x.x You could also download it in the following method if you are a git user a1) git clone http://github.com/wangbin579/tcpcopy a2) cd tcpcopy a3) sh autogen.sh b) ./configure c) make d) make install 2) Run: a) on the target host (root privilege is required): modprobe ip_queue # if not running iptables -I OUTPUT -p tcp --sport port -j QUEUE # if not set ./intercept b) on the source host (root privilege is required): ./tcpcopy -x localServerPort-targetServerIP:targetServerPort Example: Suppose there are two online hosts, 22.214.171.124 and 126.96.36.199. And 188.8.131.52 is the target host. Port 11311 is used as local server port and port 11511 is used as remote target server port. We use tcpcopy to test if 184.108.40.206 can process 2X requests than a host can serve. Here we use tcpcopy to perform the above test task. 1) on the target host (220.127.116.11) # modprobe ip_queue # iptables -I OUTPUT -p tcp --sport 11511 -j QUEUE # ./intercept 2) online host (18.104.22.168) # ./tcpcopy -x 11311-22.214.171.124:11511 3) online host(126.96.36.199) # ./tcpcopy -x 11311-188.8.131.52:11511 CPU load and memory usage is as follows: 184.108.40.206: 21158 appuser 15 0 271m 226m 756 S 24.2 0.9 16410:57 asyn_server 9168 root 15 0 18436 12m 380 S 8.9 0.1 40:59.15 tcpcopy 220.127.116.11: 16708 appuser 15 0 268m 225m 756 S 25.8 0.9 17066:19 asyn_server 11662 root 15 0 17048 10m 372 S 9.3 0.0 53:51.49 tcpcopy 18.104.22.168: 27954 root 15 0 284m 57m 828 S 58.6 1.4 409:18.94 asyn_server 1476 root 15 0 14784 11m 308 S 7.7 0.3 49:36.93 intercept Access log analysis: 22.214.171.124: $ wc -l access_1109_09.log 7867867, 2185 reqs/sec 126.96.36.199: $ wc -l access_1109_09.log 7843259, 2178 reqs/sec 188.8.131.52: $ wc -l access_1109_09.log 15705229, 4362 reqs/sec request loss ratio: (7867867 + 7843259 - 15705229) / (7867867 + 7843259) = 0.0375% Clearly, the target host can process 2X of requests a source host can serve. How is the CPU load? Well, tcpcopy on online host 184.108.40.206 used 8.9%, host 220.127.116.11 used 9.3%, while intercept on the target host consumed about 7.7%. We can see that the CPU load is low here, and so is the memory usage. Note: 1) It is tested on Linux only (kernal 2.6 or above). 2) Tcpcopy may lose packets hence lose requests. 3) Root privilege is required. 4) To know more about TCPCopy, refer to the following document (https://github.com/downloads/wangbin579/tcpcopy/TCPCopy_0.6.5_Manual.pdf) 5) Using TCPCopy to compare performances of Apache and Nginx, refer to "Apache 2.4 vs. Nginx - A comparison under real online applications" (https://github.com/wangbin579/tcpcopy/downloads) 6) Check error.log if you encounter some problems and feel free to report it to us(email@example.com).