# BenchBuild: Empirical-Research Toolkit #
BenchBuild provides a lightweight toolkit to conduct empirical compile-time
and run-time experiments. Striving to automate all tedious and error-prone
tasks, it downloads, configure and builds all supported projects fully
automatic and provides tools to wrap the compiler and any resulting
binary with a customized measurement.
All results can be stored as the user desires. BenchBuild tracks the execution
status of all its managed projects inside an own database.
## Features ##
* Wrap compilation commands with arbitrary measurement functions written in
* Wrap binary commands with arbitrary measurement functions written in python.
* Parallel benchmarking using the SLURM cluster manager.
* Compile-time support for the gentoo portage tree using the ``uchroot`` command.
## Requirements ##
You need a working PostgreSQL installation (There is no special reason for
PostgreSQL, but the backend is not configurable at the moment).
In addition to the PostgreSQL server, you need libpqxx available for
the psycopg2 package that benchbuild uses to connect.
## Installation ##
After you have installed all necessary libraries, you can just clone this
repo and install via pip.
> pip install benchbuild
This will pull in all necessary python libraries into your local python
installation. The installed program to control the study is called
## Configuration ##
``benchbuild`` can be configured in various ways: (1) command-line arguments,
(2) configuration file in .json format, (3) environment variables.
You can dump the current active configuration with the command:
> benchbuild run -d
You can dump this information in .json format using the command:
> benchbuild run -s
However, be careful. It dumps _all_ configuration to .json, even those that are
usually derived automatically (like UUIDs). In the future, this will be avoided
automatically. For now, you should remove all ID related variables from the
resulting .json file. The configuration file is searched from the current
directory upwards automatically. Some key configuration variables:
* ``BB_BUILD_DIR``: The directory we place our temporary artifacts in.
* ``BB_TMP_DIR``: The directory we place our downloads in.
* ``BB_SRC_DIR``: The directory we pull additional artifacts from (e.g.,
* ``BB_CLEAN``: Should the build directory be cleaned after the run?
* ``BB_CONFIG_FILE``: Where is the config file? If you prefere an absolute
location over automatic discovery.
* ``BB_DB_HOST``: Hostname of the database
* ``BB_DB_NAME``: Name of the database
* ``BB_DB_USER``: Username of the database
* ``BB_DB_PASS``: Password of the database
* ``BB_DB_ROLLBACK``: For testing: Rollback all db actions after a run.
* ``BB_JOBS``: Number of threads to use for compiling / run-time testing.
You can set these in the .json config file or directly via environment variables.
However, make sure that the values you pass in from the environment are valid
JSON, or the configuration structure may ignore your input (or break).
### SLURM Configuration ###
If you want to run experiments in parallel on a cluster managed by SLURM, you can
use BenchBuild to generate a bash script that is compatible with SLURM's
The following settings control SLURM's configuration:
* ``BB_SLURM_ACCOUNT``: The resource account log in to.
* ``BB_SLURM_CPUS_PER_TASK``: How many cores/threads should we request per node?
* ``BB_SLURM_EXCLUSIVE``: Should we request the node exclusively or share it with other tasks?
* ``BB_SLURM_LOGS``: Where do we put our logs (deprecated).
* ``BB_SLURM_MAX_RUNNING``: We generate array-Jobs. This parameter controls the number of
array elements that are allowed to run in parallel.
* ``BB_SLURM_MULTITHREAD``: Should Hyper-Threading be enabled or not?
* ``BB_SLURM_NICE``: Adjust our priority on the cluster manually.
* ``BB_SLURM_NICE_CLEAN``: Adjust the priority of the clean jobs.
* ``BB_SLURM_NODE_DIR``: Where can we place our artifacts on the node?
* ``BB_SLURM_PARTITION``: Which partition should we run in?
* ``BB_SLURM_SCRIPT``: Base name of our resulting batch script.
* ``BB_SLURM_TIMELIMIT``: Enforce a timelimit on our batch jobs.
### Gentoo Configuration ###
BenchBuild supports compile-time experiments on the complete portage tree of
Gentoo Linux. You need to configure a few settings to make it work:
* ``BB_GENTOO_AUTOTEST_LOC``: A txt file that lists all gentoo package atoms that should be considered.
* ``BB_GENTOO_AUTOTEST_FTP_PROXY``: Proxy server for gentoo downloads.
* ``BB_GENTOO_AUTOTEST_HTTP_PROXY``: Proxy server for gentoo downloads.
* ``BB_GENTOO_AUTOTEST_RSYNC_PROXY``: Proxy server for gentoo downloads.
#### Convert an automatic Gentoo project to a static one ####
Gentoo projects are generated dynamically based on the ``AutoPortage`` class
found in ``pprof.gentoo.portage_gen``. If you want to define run-time tests for
a dynamically generated project, you need to convert it to a static one, i.e.,
define a subclass of ``AutoPortage`` and add it to the configuration.
from pprof.projects.gentoo.portage_gen import AutoPortage
NAME = "app-arch"
DOMAIN = "bzip2"
def run_tests(self, experiment):
"""Add your custom test routines here."""
Now we just need to add this to the plugin registry via ``benchbuild``'s
configuration file @ ``CFG["plugins"]["projects"]``.
## Usage ##
BenchBuild is controlled using the ``benchbuild run`` command.
❯ benchbuild run --help
benchbuild run 1.0
Frontend for running experiments in the benchbuild study framework.
benchbuild run [SWITCHES]
-h, --help Prints this help message and quits
--help-all Print help messages of all subcommands and quit
-v, --version Prints the program's version and quits
-D, --description DESCRIPTION:str A description for this experiment run
-E, --experiment EXPERIMENTS:str Specify experiments to run; may be given multiple times
-G, --group GROUP:str Run a group of projects under the given experiments; requires
-L, --list-experiments List available experiments
-P, --project PROJECTS:str Specify projects to run; may be given multiple times; requires
-d, --dump-config Just dump benchbuild's config and exit.
-l, --list List available projects for experiment; requires --experiment
-p, --pretend Sets an attribute
-s, --save-config Save benchbuild's configuration.
### Examples ###
``benchbuild run -l`` Lists all projects available sorted by group.
``benchbuild run -L`` Lists all experiments available.
``benchbuild run -E<experiment> -P<project>`` will execute the given experiment on the given project.
``benchbuild run -E<experiment> -G<group>`` will execute the given experiment on the given group.
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