Try libeatmydata in edx-platform tests

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libeatmydata speeds up disk writes by turning off fsync functionality; this increases the risk of data loss on crashes, but this is a negligible risk when running tests (crashes are rare and typically cause the tests to fail anyway).

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  • Review New Relic Infrastructure metrics to identify the processes which write the most data to disk during edx-platform test jobs (npm, pip, MySQL, and MongoDB are likely candidates).

  • Install libeatmydata on the AMIs used to run tests

  • Try enabling libeatmydata for the target processes and measure the impact (if any) on job duration.

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Jeremy Bowman

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