It's a distributed load testing tool.
It's still at a very early stage but I think it's worth releasing it to share it with people that might be interested in doing heavy distributed load testing.
From a user's perspective, the key concepts of Loads are:
- Use Loads to load test a server using those functional tests
- Get the results in real-time
Beware that it's an early prototype, probably still full of bugs.
From a design point of view, this is how Loads is organized when you run a load test across several servers:
Loads uses a ZeroMQ Broker that drives several Agents to run tests. Tests results are sent in real time into a publisher.
- The Loads program sends a message to the broker, asking it to run the tests on N agents.
- The broker selects available agents and send them the tests to run.
- Each agent run the tests
- When a test is done, whether it has failed or succeeded, the agent sends back to the broker information about what happened.
Right now, we've deployed Loads on AWS on several boxes, and started to use it to load test a few of our applications we're currently building at Mozilla Services.
The long term goal is to offer a load testing service to our team, so anyone can send huge loads on a staging or dev application with a simple command line call.
I hope that we will have something that works well by the end of the summer and be useful to more people than our own team.
If you're interested, please join the fun at https://github.com/mozilla-services/loads