Bug 1233220 added a new Android-only mochitest-chrome test called test_awsy_lite.html. Inspired by https://www.areweslimyet.com/mobile/, test_awsy_lite runs similar code and takes similar measurements to areweslimyet.com, but runs as a simple mochitest and reports results to Perfherder.

There are some interesting trade-offs to this approach to performance testing, compared to running a custom harness like areweslimyet.com or Talos.

+ Writing and adding a mochitest is very simple.

+ It is easy to report to Perfherder (see http://wrla.ch/blog/2015/11/perfherder-onward/).

+ Tests can be run locally to reproduce and debug test failures or irregularities.

+ There’s no special hardware to maintain. This is a big win compared to ad-hoc systems that might fail because someone kicks the phone hanging off the laptop that’s been tucked under their desk, or because of network changes, or failing hardware. areweslimyet.com/mobile was plagued by problems like this and hasn’t produced results in over a year.

? Your new mochitest is automatically run on every push…unless the test job is coalesced or optimized away by SETA.

? Results are tracked in Perfherder. I am a big fan of Perfherder and think it has a solid UI that works for a variety of data (APK sizes, build times, Talos results). I expect Perfherder will accommodate test_awsy_lite data too, but some comparisons may be less convenient to view in Perfherder compared to a custom UI, like areweslimyet.com.

– For Android, mochitests are run only on Android emulators, running on aws. That may not be representative of performance on real phones — but I’m hoping memory use is similar on emulators.

– Tests cannot run for too long. Some Talos and other performance tests run many iterations or pause for long periods of time, resulting in run-times of 20 minutes or more. Generally, a mochitest should not run for that long and will probably cause some sort of timeout if it does.

For test_awsy_lite.html, I took a few short-cuts, worth noting:

  •  test_awsy_lite only reports “Resident memory” (RSS); other measurements like “Explicit memory” should be easy to add;
  •  test_awsy_lite loads fewer pages than areweslimyet.com/mobile, to keep run-time manageable; it runs in about 10 minutes, using about 6.5 minutes for page loads.

Results are in Perfherder. Add data for “android-2-3-armv7-api9” or “android-4-3-armv7-api15” and you will see various tests named “Resident Memory …”, each corresponding to a traditional areweslimyet.com measurement.