This was discussed at the bigtop meetup 6/9/2014 at Redhat. This is related to JIrs: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/BIGTOP-1222
Idea is to take currently what are hard coded parameters and test cases in the bigtop/bigtop-smoke-tests/build.gradle file and have it read from a parameter file a run/build time.
Parameter file could be either Yaml, JSON, etc. Yaml is most human readable, might not be issue though since seems like there shouldnt be too much data residing in it