Jul 9 – 13, 2018
Sofia, Bulgaria
Europe/Sofia timezone

Evolution of HammerCloud to commission CERN Compute resources

Jul 10, 2018, 11:30 AM
Hall 7 (National Palace of Culture)

Hall 7

National Palace of Culture

presentation Track 3 – Distributed computing T3 - Distributed computing


Jaroslava Schovancova (CERN)


HammerCloud is a testing service and framework to commission, run continuous tests or on-demand large-scale stress tests, and benchmark computing resources and components of various distributed systems with realistic full-chain experiment workflows.

HammerCloud, userd by the ATLAS and CMS experiments in production, has been a useful service to commission both compute resources and various components of the complex distributed systems of the LHC experiments, as well as integral part of the monitoring suite essential for the computing operations of the experiments and their automation.

In this contribution we review recent developments of the HammerCloud service that allow use of HammerCloud infrastructure to test Data Centre resources in the early phases of the infrastructure and services commissioning process. One of the benefits we believe HammerCloud can provide is to be able to tune the commissioning of the new infrastructure, functional and also stress testing, as well as benchmarking with a "standard candle" workflows, with experiment realistic workloads, that can be heavy for CPU, or I/O, or IOPS, or everything together. This extension of HammerCloud has been successfully used in CERN IT during prototype phase of the "BEER" Batch on EOS (Evaluation of Resources) project, and is being integrated with the continuous integration/continuous deployment suite for Batch service VMs.

Primary authors

Jaroslava Schovancova (CERN) Aristeidis Fkiaras (Athens University of Economics and Business (GR)) Alessandro Di Girolamo (CERN) Valentina Mancinelli

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