Now that we've talked about the various ways to scale out your infrastructure, you will probably find it useful to know how to throw tests at your infrastructure to test its ability to handle the load that will be thrown at it.
The Minion Swarm was originally used to test the performance of execution modules as they were written. But while it is still used for that today, it can also be used to test the performance of a State tree against a large number of Minions.
minionswarm.py script does not ship inside any of the Salt packages, but it can be downloaded from the
tests/ directory on Salt's GitHub repository at https://github.com/saltstack/salt.
The Minion Swarm script is designed to create a user-defined number of Minions, which can then accept commands from the Master. Keep in mind that this script will only run on a single host, so it won't help much in testing the Syndic architecture. However, it will effectively test how...