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Re: Fwd: [Xen-API] Introducing Open Source XenRT

For your information: XenRT is also very likely to become the test (as-a-service) framework for the Xen Project overall. See minutes of the last Advisory Board Meeting (http://wiki.xenproject.org/wiki/AB_Meeting/August_2013_Minutes). Next steps will be for the Test Framework Committee to have its first meeting, decide whether XenRT is suitable for Hypervisor testing (besides XenServer testing) and figure out how to move forward with implementation. 

On 02/09/2013 14:13, Anil Madhavapeddy wrote:
This is the core engine that has driven all Xen testing for the last decade. Well worth investigating when our Mirage unit tests need more rigorous stress testing!


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From: Alex Brett <Alex.Brett@xxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: [Xen-API] Introducing Open Source XenRT
Date: 2 September 2013 13:49:00 BST
To: "xen-api@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <xen-api@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>

As a follow up activity to the open sourcing of XenServer, Citrix is pleased to announce the open sourcing of its automated test platform, XenRT.

XenRT ("Xen Regression Test") is a test automation framework, written in Python, providing abstractions for the various components under test (pool, host, VM, storage, network etc). The library code which makes up these abstractions simplifies the process of writing tests, allowing quite complex operations to be performed in a single method call.

In a full deployment, XenRT handles all aspects of the testing process - it will schedule a test job onto a host, bootstrap it (via DHCP/PXE), install the build to be tested, carry out the testing, and collect all necessary logs for troubleshooting, without any user interaction required.

In addition to basic functional, regression, and stress testing, XenRT has suites of tests that are used for testing performance, scalability, and interoperability.

Within Citrix, XenRT is used with a distributed lab comprised of an extremely wide range of hardware, and is developed and maintained by a team of some 25 developers. Tests are also written and executed directly by the wider XenServer engineering team, in a true "Test-as-a-Service" platform - see http://blogs.citrix.com/2013/08/30/xenserver-automated-testing-and-lab-orchestration-introducing-xenrt/ for more information.

XenRT has been open sourced to leverage Citrix's experience and resources in test automation to help improve the quality of open source Xen and XenServer releases, to benefit the entire community.

To get started with XenRT, follow the links below to the code and a README document (which contains getting started instructions - further documentation will follow in the near future). For discussion a mailing list has been created - information about this can be found at https://lists.xenserver.org/sympa/info/xenrt-users

README document:

Main XenRT tarball:

Third party test resource tarball:

Source for third party resources (not required for normal operation):

Kind Regards,
Alex Brett

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