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[Xen-devel] Introducing Open Source XenRT

  • To: "xen-devel@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <xen-devel@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • From: Alex Brett <Alex.Brett@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 2 Sep 2013 12:51:41 +0000
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  • Delivery-date: Mon, 02 Sep 2013 12:53:44 +0000
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  • Thread-topic: Introducing Open Source XenRT

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 

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 
 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 

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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