Bundle Installation on CentOS

perfSONAR combines various sets of measurement tools and services. Commonly people install the entire set of tools using the Toolkit ISO (as detailed at Getting the Software) but this may not be optimal for every situation. For example if you only need a subset of the tools, you have an existing CentOS system on which you’d like to install the software and/or you are doing a large deployment of perfSONAR nodes. With this in mind RPMs are available that install the bundles described in perfSONAR Installation Options. The steps in the remaining sections of this document detail the steps required for installing these bundles.

System Requirements

  • Operating System:
    • CentOS 7 and CentOS 6 x86_64 installations are supported. Other RedHat-based operating systems may work, but are not officially supported at this time.
    • See Hardware Requirements for hardware requirements and more.


Installing a graphical/desktop environment with perfSONAR is not supported. These environments generally come with a Network Manager that conflicts with the way that perfSONAR is tuning the network interface parameters. We recommend doing only server grade OS installs.


Step 1: Configure Yum

The process configures yum to point at the necessary repositories to get packages needed for perfSONAR. You will need to follow the steps below as privileged user:

  1. Install the EPEL RPM:

    CentOS 6:

    yum install epel-release

    CentOS 7:

    yum install epel-release
  2. Install the perfSONAR-repo RPM:

    CentOS 6:

    yum install http://software.internet2.edu/rpms/el6/x86_64/main/RPMS/perfSONAR-repo-0.8-1.noarch.rpm

    CentOS 7:

    yum install http://software.internet2.edu/rpms/el7/x86_64/main/RPMS/perfSONAR-repo-0.8-1.noarch.rpm
  3. Refresh yum’s cache so it detects the new RPMS:

    yum clean all

Step 2: Install a Bundle

CHOOSE ONE of the following bundles and see perfSONAR Installation Options page for more information about what these bundles are.

  • perfSONAR Tools:

    yum install perfsonar-tools
  • perfSONAR Test Point:

    yum install perfsonar-testpoint
  • perfSONAR Core:

    yum install perfsonar-core
  • perfSONAR Central Management:

    yum install perfsonar-centralmanagement
  • perfSONAR Toolkit:

    yum install perfsonar-toolkit

Optional Packages

In addition to any of the bundles above you may also optionnally choose to install one or more of our add-on packages (these are automatically added on the perfsonar-toolkit bundle):

  • yum install perfsonar-toolkit-ntp - Automatically detects closest NTP servers and sets them in ntp.conf
  • yum install perfsonar-toolkit-security - Adds default firewall rules and installs fail2ban
  • yum install perfsonar-toolkit-servicewatcher- Adds a cron job that checks if services are still running.
  • yum install perfsonar-toolkit-sysctl - Adds default sysctl tuning settings
  • yum install perfsonar-toolkit-systemenv-testpoint - Configures auto-update and set some default logging locations

You may also run the command below to get everything listed above on perfsonar-testpoint and perfsonar-core bundles:


Step 3: Verify NTP and Tuning Parameters

Step 3 can be ignored for perfsonar-toolkit package installation as its instructions are included and run automatically

  • NTP Tuning

    • Auto-select NTP servers based on proximity

      The Network Time Protocol (NTP) is required by the tools in order to obtain accurate measurements. Some of the tools such as BWCTL/pscheduler will not even run unless NTP is configured. If an optional package was installed, then run:

      /usr/lib/perfsonar/scripts/configure_ntpd new

      For CentOS6:

      service ntpd restart

      For CentOS7:

      systemctl restart ntpd

    You can verify if NTP is running with the following command:

    /usr/sbin/ntpq -p
  • System Tuning

    It is important to make sure that your host is properly tuned for maximum TCP performance on the WAN. You should verify that htcp, not reno, is the default TCP congestion control algorithm, and that the maximum TCP buffers are big enough for your paths of interest.

    • Configure perfSONAR sysctl settings

      If the optional package was installed, then run:

    • Advanced Manual Tuning

      For more information please refer to http://fasterdata.es.net/host-tuning/linux/

Step 4: Firewall and Security Considerations

Package Install

If you have installed the perfsonar-toolkit-security package, then you can configure the firewalld / IPTable entries by running:

/usr/lib/perfsonar/scripts/configure_firewall install

The package also installs fail2ban.

Or, if you would like to configure the rules manually, then please review the document here on the ports that need to be open.

Additionally, bwctl and pscheduler allow you to limit the parameters of tests such as duration and bandwidth based on the requesters IP address. It does this through the files bwctl-server.limits and pscheduler/limits.conf. ESnet provides a file containing all R&E subnets, which is updated nightly. Instructions on how to download this file and configure pScheduler and bwctl to use it are described on the page Limiting Tests to R&E Networks Only.

Note that the perfsonar-toolkit-security package is automatically included in the perfsonar-toolkit bundle.

Step 5: Auto updates

You can also enable yum ‘auto updates’ to ensure you always have the most current and hopefully most secure packages. To do this follow the steps in Managing Automatic Updates from the Command-Line.


Automatic updates are enabled by default in the perfSONAR Toolkit.

Step 6: Service Watcher

The perfsonar-toolkit-servicewatcher installs scripts that check if bwctl, pscheduler, owamp, databases and other processes are running and restarts if they have stopped unexpectedly.

The install automatically configures cron to run the service_watcher regularly.

To run the script manually, run:


Step 7: Register your services

Note: this step can be done through the web interface if the perfsonar-toolkit bundle (or the ISO) was installed. See Updating Administrative Information.

No actual configuration is required but filling fields such as administrator_email, site_name, city, country, latitude, longitude, etc. are highly recommended. You can add these by removing the leading # of any property and filling it out with a proper value for your host. Changes will be picked-up automatically without need for any restarts.

Step 8: Starting your services

You can start all the services by rebooting the host since all are configured to run by default. In order to check services status issue the following commands:

For CentOS6:

service pscheduler-scheduler status
service pscheduler-runner status
service pscheduler-archiver status
service pscheduler-ticker status
service owamp-server status
service bwctl-server status
service perfsonar-lsregistrationdaemon status

For CentOS7:

systemctl status pscheduler-scheduler
systemctl status pscheduler-runner
systemctl status pscheduler-archiver
systemctl status pscheduler-ticker
systemctl status owamp-server
systemctl status bwctl-server
systemctl status perfsonar-lsregistrationdaemon

If they are not running you may start them with appropriate init commands as a root user. For example:

For CentOS6:

service pscheduler-scheduler start
service pscheduler-runner start
service pscheduler-archiver start
service pscheduler-ticker start
service owamp-server start
service bwctl-server start
service perfsonar-lsregistrationdaemon start

For CentOS7:

systemctl start pscheduler-scheduler
systemctl start pscheduler-runner
systemctl start pscheduler-archiver
systemctl start pscheduler-ticker
systemctl start perfsonar-lsregistrationdaemon
systemctl start bwctl-server
systemctl start owamp-server

Note that you may have to wait a few hours for NTP to synchronize your clock before starting bwctl-server and owamp-server.

Configuring Central Management

If your node is part of a measurement mesh and you installed perfsonar-centralmanagement bundle refer to the documentation here: Central Configuration Overview

Configuring perfSONAR through the web interface

If you installed the perfsonar-toolkit or perfsonar-centralmanagement bundle on an existing CentOS host, you’ll probably need to disable SELinux to gain access to the web interface. This is done with the following commands:

echo 0 >/selinux/enforce
sed -i 's/^SELINUX=enforcing/SELINUX=permissive/' /etc/selinux/config

After that, you can refer to the general perfSONAR configuration from Configuring the Toolkit for the First Time.