Mesh testing

Polychronis Ypodimatopoulos ypod at
Mon May 5 12:05:56 EDT 2008

Bill Mccormick wrote:
> If nobody else is doing this, I'll volunteer.   It'll be a couple of
> days though, I'm just starting.
Awesome! If you do take up this unpleasant, though critical task here 
are my suggestions:

Like I said before, when a user reports that "the network does not 
work", this may be due to a whole lot of reasons. Being able to 
consistently identify which part of the "network stack" (firmware, 
driver, NetworkManager, presence stack) is malfunctioning is not 
feasible anytime soon, so we better make sure that each individual layer 
is this network stack has been thoroughly tested. I would suggest doing 
so in two dimensions: scalability and stability.

Scalability: Making it work on 5 machines is one thing, making it work 
on 50 is another! Please test on as many machines as possible.

Stability: Similarly, we should aim for at some 5 hours of continuous 
and stable operation.

We currently do _not_ meet these requirements and from an activity point 
of view, the network look like an .... omelet rather than distinct yoke 
and white!!!


Polychronis Ypodimatopoulos
Graduate student
Viral Communications
MIT Media Lab
Tel: +1 (617) 459-6058

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