Simple Client Server Case Study

In this example, we demonstrate how to set up client and server traffic generators with only one server and one client. (In the Scaled Server Case Study, we will show how the same procedure can be used for a significantly larger topology.)

We demonstrate three aspects of MAGI: specifying multiple event streams, synchronizing with triggers, and a special target called exit to unload agents.

Event Streams

This example has three events streams; the server stream, the client stream, and the cleanup stream.

The coordination between the events can be illustrated as follows:

Example of events streams in Orchestrator

Event streams can be synchronized using event-based triggers (such as after the server has started) or time-based triggers (such as wait for 30 seconds). The triggers are indicated as wait states (in gray). Forming the groups and loading the agents, which are also automated by the orchestrator tool, are not illustrated above.

Server Stream

The server event stream consists of three states.

  1. The start state generates a trigger, called serverStarted, once the server agent is activated on the experiment nodes.

  2. It then enters the wait state where it waits for a trigger from the client event stream.

  3. Once the trigger is received, it enters the stop state, when the server is deactivated or terminated.

Here is the relevant AAL description:

    - type: event
      agent: server_agent
      method: startServer
        trigger: serverStarted
      args: {}

    - type: trigger
      triggers: [ {event: ClientStopped} ]

    - type: event
      agent: server_agent
      method: stopServer
      trigger: ServerStopped
      args: {}

Client Stream

The client event stream consists of five states.

  1. First, the client agent implementation is parameterized by the configuration state. This occurs as part of the agent loading process.
  2. The client stream then synchronizes with the server stream by waiting for the serverStarted trigger from the server nodes.
  3. Once it receives the trigger, the client agent is activated in the start state.
  4. Next, the client stream waits for a period of time and then terminates the client agents in the stop state.
  5. On termination, the client agents send a clientStopped trigger that allows the server stream to synchronize and terminate the servers only after all the client have terminated.

Here is the relevant AAL description:

    - type: trigger
      triggers: [ {event: ServerStarted} ]

    - type: event
      agent: client_agent
      method: startClient
      args: {}

    - type: trigger
      triggers: [ {timeout: 60000} ]

    - type: event
      agent: client_agent
      method: stopClient
      trigger: clientStopped
      args: {}

Cleanup Stream

The last event stream, the cleanup stream consists of two states.

  1. First, it waits for all the servers to stop.
  2. Then it enters the exit state.

The exit state unloads and tears down all the communication mechanisms between the agents. The exit state is entered by the key target and is used to transfer control to a reserved state internal to the Orchestrator.

It causes the Orchestrator to send agent unload and disband group messages to all of the experiment nodes and then it exits the Orchestrator.

Here is the relevant AAL code:

    - type: trigger
      triggers: [ {event: ServerStopped, target: exit} ]

Running the Experiment

Step 1: Swap in the experiment

Swap in the experiment using this network description file: casestudy_clientserver.tcl.

Step 2: Set up your environment

Assuming your experiment is named myExp, your project is named myProj, and the AAL file is called casestudy_clientserver.aal, include this in your environment:


Step 3: Run the Orchestrator

Once the experiment is swapped in, run the Orchestrator using this AAL file: casestudy_clientserver.aal.

> /share/magi/current/ --experiment $EXP --project $PROJ --events $AAL

Once run, you will see the orchestrator step through the events in the AAL file. The example output below uses the project montage with experiment caseClientServer. The output will be as follows:

Example of Orchestrator output

  1. The Orchestrator runs an internally defined stream called initilization that is responsible for establishing the server_group and the client_group and loading the agents. Once the agents are loaded, as indicated by the received trigger AgentLoadDone, the initialization stream is complete.
  2. Now the serverstream, clientstream and the cleanup stream start concurrently. The serverstream sends the startServer event to the server_group. All members of the server_group start the server and fire a trigger serverStarted.
  3. The clientstream then sends the startClient event to the client_group. One minute later, the clientstream sends the event stopClient to the client_group and terminates the clientstream. All members of the client_group terminate the client_agent and generate a clientStopped trigger which is sent back to the Orchestrator.
  4. Once the serverstream receives the clientStopped trigger from the client_group, it sends out the stopServer event on the server_group. Once all the servers are stopped, the members of the server_group respond with a serverStopped trigger, which is forwarded to the cleanupstream.
  5. Upon receiving the serverStopped trigger, the cleanupstream enacts an internally define stream called exit that is responsible for unloading agents and tearing down the groups.

The experiment artifacts, the procedure and topology file that were used for the case study are attached below.

Visualizing Experiment Results

In order to visualize the traffic on the network, modify the above-mentioned procedure to add another stream called monitorstream. This stream deploys a packet sensor agent on the server node to measure the traffic on the link in the experiment. The packet sensor agent records the traffic data using MAGI’s data management layer.

monitor_group: [servernode]

  group: monitor_group
  path: /share/magi/modules/pktcounters/pktCountersAgent.tar.gz
  execargs: {}

    - type: trigger
      triggers: [ { event: serverStarted } ]

    - type: event
      agent: monitor_agent
      method: startCollection
      trigger: collectionServer
      args: {}

    - type: trigger
      triggers: [ { event: clientStopped } ]

    - type: event
      agent: monitor_agent
      method: stopCollection
      args: {}

The recorded data is then pulled out by the [below mentioned] tools to create a traffic plot.

In order to populate the traffic data, re-run the experiment using the updated procedure file: casestudy_clientserver_monitor.aal. The corresponding logs are also available here.

The traffic may then be plotted in two ways:

Offline Plotting

A plot of the traffic on the link connecting the client and the server can be generated by the MAGI Graph Creation Tool.

> GRAPHCONF=cs_magi_graph.conf
> /share/magi/current/ -e $EXP -p $PROJ -c $GRAPHCONF -o cs_traffic_plot.png

Example of traffic plot

Real-time Plotting

You can find the database config node for your experiment by reading your experiment’s configuration file, similar to the following.

> cat /proj/myProject/exp/myExperiment/experiment.conf

The database config node is as follows:

  configHost: node-1

  experimentName: myExperiment
  projectName: myProject

Then edit the simulated traffic plot URL, passing it the hostname.



The procedure, graph configuration, and archived log files that were used for the visualization of this case study are attached below.

Scaling the Experiment

Now suppose you wanted to generate web traffic for a larger topology. We discuss how the above AAL can be applied to a topology of 55 nodes in the next tutorial.