Adding a remote lab

Remote lab

In order to integrate a remote device into lavafed, the remote lava instance should be configured properly.

docker device

In order to start a testing lava-dispatcher on the lab dispatcher, a docker device should be available in the remote lab.

You can add and configure a docker device for lavafed with:

lava-server manage device-types add docker
lava-server manage devices add --device-type docker --worker <worker> docker-01


The docker device should be running on the dispatcher that control the board that the remote lab is sharing.

The device dictionary for the docker device should be based on the following one:

{% extends 'docker.jinja2' %}

{% set docker_cpus = '2' %}
{% set docker_memory = '1024M' %}
{% set docker_devices = ["/dev/kvm:/dev/kvm"] %}
{% set docker_volumes = [
        "/lib/modules:/lib/modules"] %}

Depending on the number of devices, docker_cpus and docker_memory should be updated. As a rule of thumb:

docker_cpus = number of devices + 1
docker_memory = (number of devices + 1 )* 512M


if the current dispatcher is running inside a docker container, admins should bind /var/run/docker.sock to allow the dispatcher to start another container.

User and Group

lavafed will need a user, part of the lavafed group, with the rights to:

  • submit jobs to docker device-types
  • update the state of the devices to lend

This is translating to the following permissions:

lava_scheduler_app | device | Can change device
lava_scheduler_app | test job | Can add test job
lava_scheduler_app | test job | Can cancel or resubmit test jobs

lavafed does not need the password of this user, only a valid token to connect to the XML-RPC api.


The admin should create two tokens for the lavafed user.

The first token will be used by lavafed scripts to submit jobs and update devices health using the XMLRPC API. This token will be called remote_lava_server_token in the rest of the documentation.

The second token is used to hold the lavafed api token when submitting the results. This token should have:

secret: {{ remote_lavafed_api_token }}

lavafed server

On the lavafed server, the admin should create a new lab and token.


A new lab should be added in the lab admin page.



A new token should be created in the token admin page.

token: <auto generated>
description: lavafed token for linaro lab

This token will be called remote_lavafed_api_token in the rest of the documentation.

A second token should be created to hold the lava_server_lavafed_token

token: {{ lava_server_lavafed_token }}
description: lavafed token for federation.l.o

Configuration file

The lab configuration in etc/labs/remote.lab/master.yaml should look like:

# xmlrpc configuration
# The user should be able to administrate devices
url: https://{{ lava_remote_lab_dns }} /RPC2/
job_url: https://{{ lava_remote_lab_dns }}/scheduler/job/{id}
username: lavafed
token: "{{ remote_lava_server_token }}"
arch: amd64

# Time slot
  every: day
  starting: "09:00"
  timezone: UTC
  duration: 1h

# zmq certificates
  private: "{{ remote_zmq_private_certificate }}"
  public: "{{ remote_zmq_public_certificate }}"

# If needed, set the dispatcher configuration
  dispatcher_ip: "{{ dispatcher_ip }}"
  prefix: lavafed-

# List of devices to borrow
- name: "{{ device_name_01 }}"
- name: "{{ device_name_02 }}"

Patching device dictionary

Under some circumstances, the device dictionary should be adapted to be used in lavafed.

In order to patch the device dictionary, you should update the lab config.yaml:

- name: device-01
  - from: '{% set connection_command = "telnet localhost 2001" %}'
    to: '{% set connection_command = "telnet dispatcher-01 2001" %}'

Device-type aliases

In some labs, the device-type naming conventions can differ from the official LAVA device-type names. The device-type name of a give device might not match any of the official LAVA device-types even if they underlying device-type template is officialy supported.

In thi case, the official device-type should be specified in the config.yaml:

- name: device-02
  device-type: offical-lava-device-type