mardi 12 mai 2009

Open ERP Web - What's going on?

Most of you, if following the latest development on Launchpad project area, might be aware of the big changes with Open ERP Web Client. We migrated the web client to CherryPy3 droping the TurboGears completely and migrated Kid templates by faster Mako templates as a major step to make the Web Client much more faster and easier to deploy.

All the Kid templates are converted to faster Mako templates, i18n/l18n features have been partially reimplemented using Python Babel, CherryPy2 (TG is built on top of CP2) was replaced with CherryPy3, the latest, much better version of CherryPy Server.

This greatly reduced the pain of getting started with and deploying of Open ERP Web client. Now the number of third party dependencies are reduced to 3-4 pure Python libraries which you can install within the local lib dir with the help of `populate.sh` script, found under the same lib directory. Just get the source from Launchpad, run the populate.sh and launch the web client...

The initial test results are very impressive. We have seen almost 3-5 time speed improvement. Here are the benchmark results of the latest trunk version against the stable 5.0 branch which is running over TurboGears.

The benchmark test was done using Apache Benchmark Tool against relatively bigger Customer Invoice Form view. The command was used like this:

$ ab -C session_id=$session -n 100 "http://localhost:8080/form/edit?model=account.invoice&id=1"

where $session should be replaced with session id (you can use firebug to see the session id).

Here is the comparison between before and after improvements in Open ERP web client

Result of Open ERP Web 5.0 (TurboGears + Kid)

Result of Open ERP Web Trunk (CherryPy3 + Mako)

This is ApacheBench, Version 2.3 <$Revision: 655654 $>
Copyright 1996 Adam Twiss, Zeus Technology Ltd, http://www.zeustech.net/
Licensed to The Apache Software Foundation, http://www.apache.org/

Benchmarking localhost (be patient).....done


Server Software: CherryPy/2.3.0
Server Hostname: localhost
Server Port: 8081

Document Path: /form/edit?model=account.invoice&id=1
Document Length: 79965 bytes

This is ApacheBench, Version 2.3 <$Revision: 655654 $>
Copyright 1996 Adam Twiss, Zeus Technology Ltd, http://www.zeustech.net/
Licensed to The Apache Software Foundation, http://www.apache.org/

Benchmarking localhost (be patient).....done


Server Software: CherryPy/3.1.2
Server Hostname: localhost
Server Port: 8080

Document Path: /form/edit?model=account.invoice&id=1
Document Length: 90394 bytes

Concurrency Level: 1

Concurrency Level: 1

Time taken for tests: 166.323 seconds

Time taken for tests: 42.054 seconds

Complete requests: 100

Complete requests: 100

Failed requests: 0

Failed requests: 0

Write errors: 0

Write errors: 0

Total transferred: 8022000 bytes

Total transferred: 9063400 bytes

HTML transferred: 7996500 bytes

HTML transferred: 9039400 bytes

Requests per second: 0.60 [#/sec] (mean)

Requests per second: 2.38 [#/sec] (mean)

Time per request: 1663.228 [ms] (mean)

Time per request: 420.543 [ms] (mean)

Time per request: 1663.228 [ms] (mean, across all concurrent requests)

Time per request: 420.543 [ms] (mean, across all concurrent requests)

Transfer rate: 47.10 [Kbytes/sec] received

Transfer rate: 210.47 [Kbytes/sec] received

Connection Times (ms)

Connection Times (ms)

min mean[+/-sd] median max

min mean[+/-sd] median max

Connect: 0 0 0.0 0 0

Connect: 0 0 0.0 0 0

Processing: 1556 1663 71.3 1663 1856

Processing: 382 420 27.7 415 523

Waiting: 1555 1662 71.3 1662 1855

Waiting: 381 420 27.7 415 522

Total: 1556 1663 71.3 1663 1856

Total: 382 420 27.7 416 523

Percentage of the requests served within a certain time (ms)

Percentage of the requests served within a certain time (ms)

50% 1663

50% 416

66% 1681

66% 418

75% 1695

75% 420

80% 1715

80% 424

90% 1775

90% 436

95% 1801

95% 512

98% 1829

98% 520

99% 1856

99% 523

100% 1856 (longest request)

100% 523 (longest request)


Conclusion

You can see significant performance boost in second test result. We observed 3-5 time speedup. There are still room to improve the performance further. Like reducing RPC calls, catching results of some computationally heavy functions. Implementing a way to directly call server methods if web client and server are installed on the same system (completely eliminating TCP layer).

What's next?

Besides this, we also planned to make web client modular implementing plugin system which let you create your own plugins to extend the functionality of the web client. We appreciate your ideas and suggestions in this regards.

Also, we have planned for a better main menu & tabified interface (similar to GTK client) where you always have access to the main menu and all views will be opened in tabs inside the same html page instead of utilising browser tabs. We had discussion about such interface previously, you can search the forum for a very good mockup implementation.

We are also thinking of writing some automated unit tests using CP3 testing API. We already wrote some basic tests to check how to proceed. You can run all tests by launching `run-tests.py` script...

We greatly appreciate you ideas, suggestions in this regards...

Thanks and regards to all contributors

Open ERP Team

Save time/money with Open ERP web client.

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