Purpose and Overview

Distributed load testing offers insight into system behaviors that arguably more accurately represent real world behaviors of services under load as that load comes from any number of sources.

Project Aim

The main aim of this project is to enhance the current load generation and analysis technique of Nighthawk to include distributed load testing which may ultimately benefit the meshery to directly adopt the distributed load generation.

Project Goals

  • Identifying the use-cases of Nighthawk. Working with the nighthawk team to successfully enable distributed load generation in nighthawk..
  • Integrating the Nighthawk into the Meshery server and improving the load handling for Nighthawk using the same.
  • Handling of the report and displaying mechanisms at the client-side.
  • Testing & Debugging the Load Generator & finishing the implementation on Nighthawk.

Need for the Project

smdp2Currently, Meshery which is a multi-service mesh management plane which can operate & adapt to various different service meshes only supports a single way load testing. Understanding the need to support a variety of performance testing scenarios, Meshery has been equipped with a load generator interface as a point of extensibility to support the use of different load generators (see Meshery Extensibility documentation). Meshery Load Generation currently has been equipped with support for both wrk2 and fortio, neither of which support distributed load testing.

Why NightHawk

Nighthawk is a versatile HTTP load testing tool built out of a need to drill HTTP services with a constant request rate. It can be used both as a command-line utility and a library.

Here is the design document which is under review for invoking distributed load generation & performance benchmarking using nighthawk.

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Layer5, the service mesh company

Representing the largest collection of service meshes and their maintainers in the world, Layer5 is the service mesh company. Creator and maintainer of service mesh standards. Maker of Meshery, the service mesh management plane.