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From Kishan Kavala <Kishan.Kav...@citrix.com>
Subject RE: [DISCUSS] Improving VR services such as password server
Date Fri, 20 Feb 2015 09:18:16 GMT
Rohit,
Completely agree with the scalability and maintenance issues with systems Vms. Using an agent
inside VR will probably work well for KVM, since the KVM agent (Resource layer) is remote.
Communication using link-local network also won't be a problem is such case.
For other hypervisors, it will increase load on the mgmt server due to direct agents.  Also,
mgmt server cannot access VRs directly.

The options you mentioned  are definitely worth exploring.

Are you also looking at improving system Vm upgrade procedure?

-----Original Message-----
From: Rohit Yadav [mailto:rohit.yadav@shapeblue.com] 
Sent: Friday, February 20, 2015 1:24 PM
To: dev; users@cloudstack.apache.org
Subject: [DISCUSS] Improving VR services such as password server

Hi,

I'm trying to explore how to make systemvms more robust and fault-tolerant, and the manual/automated
QA of systemvms. One of the common user facing issues related to scalability was the reset
password/key servers where the VR serves data using socat etc using forking mechanisms and
global locks. This slows down the processes such as reset password.

More here: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/CLOUDSTACK-8272

One of the blindly thrown solutions includes increasing the VR RAM which works for at scale
but then seems to fail again when the load is increased beyond a point. I don't know of any
performance and stress testing reports that tell us about these bottlenecks. Please share
if you have done anything in this regard.

I want to do couple of things:

- Explore systemvm build changes using newer tools such as packer
- Cleanup script execution and code in resource layer
- Start replacing bash scripts with more robust implementations, perhaps a single or few agents
on VRs that provide non-hardcoded well-documented interfaces
- Right now everything in VR/systemvms is sort of hardcoded and the services/interfaces are
not well-documented. The idea is to refactor and wrap everything we want to do with the systemvms
in a general agents framework that provides monitoring and managing the VRs (do stuff like
upgrades etc to combat things like ghost, poodle issues):
https://cwiki.apache.org/confluence/display/CLOUDSTACK/Agents+Framework

What are the other issues you've had in past that you would like to be improved?

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