November 02 , 2020

TechEXtra: perfSONAR Day

A day of discussion about progress being made to enhance existing perfSONAR tools around the world.

Please mark your calendars and plan to join us at TechEXtra: perfSONAR Day, for an enlivening day of discussion about progress being made to enhance existing perfSONAR tools around the world. An international team of developers is presenting an annual progress update, assessing challenges for the upcoming months, providing “best practices” for performing measurement testing in the cloud, and unveiling a new system for monitoring WiFi quality (developed by the University of Michigan).

  • Monday, November 2

    Time (ET) Session Speaker
    10:00 Welcome and Annual Project Update:

    An overview of recent perfSONAR happenings, upcoming developments, and an introduction to the day’s activities.

    Andy Lake (ESnet) et al.
    10:25 pSConfig Web Admin (PWA) Michael Johnson (Indiana University)
    10:45 Break
    11:00 User Experience and Network Performance Monitoring for Campus Networks
    Managing campus networks requires powerful, versatile, and easily-deployed tools that scale to networks of different sizes. This talk will present an automatically-deployed measuring infrastructure using perfSONAR on small devices, paired with an ELK-based dashboard that is monitoring both user experience and network performance.
    Antoine Delvaux (PSNC/GÉANT)
    Tsotne Gozalishvili (GRENA/GÉANT)
    11:25 Monitoring Campus Wireless Quality with pSSID Ed Colone (University of Michigan)
    12:00 Lunch Breakouts
    Time for the users and developers to mingle and talk about various topics plus open social time.
    Core developers, one per breakout
    12:45 Break
    13:00 Got ELK? perfSONAR’s Storage and Analysis Future
    For a number of years, perfSONAR has relied on the homegrown Esmond archiving solution. The open source community now provides a number of better options and perfSONAR plans to move to a solution built on Elasticsearch, Logstash, Kibana, and Grafana. This talk will discuss these plans in detail and demonstrate some of the exciting capabilities this enables.
    Andy Lake (ESNet)
    13:25 Cloudy with a Chance of Measurement
    This session will include a discussion of the fundamentals of measurement, how the architecture of cloud service providers affects measuring network performance, and how to best do measurements in that environment.
    Mark Feit (Internet2)
    13:45 Break
    14:00 Introduction to Running perfSONAR with Docker
    For a number of years, perfSONAR has provided Docker containers of the perfSONAR testpoint. This presentation will discuss some of the basics and provide tips for things like running on your Mac or Windows workstation, managing shared volumes, handling IPv6, and more.
    Andy Lake (ESNet)
    14:25 A GUI to Enable Network Troubleshooting with perfSONAR On-Demand Measurements
    Debugging network performance issues using perfSONAR tools on the command line interface might be challenging to some users. In this presentation, we will discuss two common use cases that would benefit from the introduction of a new graphical user interface. We will present the design and architecture and demo this new GUI that helps network engineers trigger on-demand measurements in an easy-to-use visual front-end.
    Delvaux (PSNC/GÉANT)
    Ljubomir Hrboka (CARnet/GÉANT)

About perfSONAR

An international collaboration since 2004, perfSONAR is at the forefront of monitoring worldwide network performance. perfSONAR is the performance Service-Oriented Network monitoring ARchitecture, a network measurement toolkit designed to provide federated coverage of paths and help to establish end-to-end usage expectations. There are thousands of perfSONAR instances deployed worldwide, many of which are available for open testing of key measures of network performance. This global infrastructure helps to identify and isolate problems as they happen, making the role of supporting network users easier for engineering teams and increasing productivity when utilizing network resources. Please visit for more information on this project and how to get involved.