Zephyr networking testing in LAVA, was: Re: Network forum agenda

Paul Sokolovsky


On Mon, 6 Apr 2020 21:44:27 +0300
"Paul Sokolovsky via lists.zephyrproject.org"
<paul.sokolovsky=linaro.org@...> wrote:


If there is time, I'd like to share some progress on setting up CI
for network testing with real hardware, on which I've been working
last time.
I appreciate being able to present my work quickly and the discussion
of testing matters which followed. As it was just a quick spoken
presentation, I'd like to share a few links showing more details, with
the idea to keep wider community in loop of testing efforts around

So, in this work Linaro LITE team uses the LAVA system (Linaro
Automation and Validation Architecture), which is an open source
project at https://www.lavasoftware.org/ (we run a particular
deployment at https://lite.validation.linaro.org/).

How it works is that we build Zephyr tests/samples in Jenkins (using
the standard Zephyr "sanitycheck" tool), then submit binaries to LAVA,
accompanied by a "test job definition", which is a YAML file like
https://lite.validation.linaro.org/scheduler/job/960800/multinode_definition#defline1 .

The job is then being run, with log of interaction recorded and
analyzed for success/failure. In this case it's a networking test which
involves 2 "nodes": a DUT (device under test) per se (FRDM-K64F board):
https://lite.validation.linaro.org/scheduler/job/960800.0 and a docker
container representing "a host":
https://lite.validation.linaro.org/scheduler/job/960800.1#L56 . Here,
the actual test interaction happens on the host, which starts with
easy-pinging a device, then pings more with full Ethernet frames, then
does a "poorman's flood ping" of pinging 1000 times with full packets
and 10ms interval. All these actions are encoded in the YAML definition
and are easily reconfigurable.

LAVA checks that individual actions outcome satisfies success criteria
and records overall results, e.g.
https://lite.validation.linaro.org/results/960801/0_ping .

The biggest value of such a system would come from early notifications
of failures, and ability to compare results over time. The best ways to
achieve that is so far under investigation (the whole work is largely a
prototype at this stage).

As discussed yesterday, we all by now should be aware that "Zephyr
testing" bastion is being stormed by multiple stakeholders in different
ways, and I just wanted to share Linaro's approach and progress with
wider community. While the primary drivers for this works are
requirements of our members interested in Zephyr, who already adopted
the LAVA system, the work itself is open-source, results are public, and
hopefully useful for a wider Zephyr community. (And different teams
working on testing definitely should reuse results of each other's work,
and further the best practices for making Zephyr more testable and


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