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From Chiradeep Vittal <>
Subject Re: Review Request: API commands to add or remove NIC from a VM
Date Tue, 29 Jan 2013 00:21:24 GMT

On 1/28/13 12:38 PM, "Marcus Sorensen" <> wrote:

>On Mon, Jan 28, 2013 at 12:44 PM, Marcus Sorensen <>
>> On Mon, Jan 28, 2013 at 12:31 PM, Chiradeep Vittal
>> <> wrote:
>>> Inline
>>> On 1/25/13 4:03 PM, "Brian Angus" <> wrote:
>>>>My answers inline...
>>>>On 01/24/2013 06:49 PM, Marcus Sorensen wrote:
>>>>> Brian is probably the right guy to answer some of these, but I'll
>>>>> on a few.
>>>>> On Thu, Jan 24, 2013 at 5:58 PM, Chiradeep Vittal <
>>>>>> wrote:
>>>>>> Thanks for this.
>>>>>> A few comments:
>>>>>> 1. These mutating operations have to be async and hence the API
>>>>>> have to inherit from BaseAsyncCmd instead of BaseCmd
>>>>> We can do that
>>>>This change has been pushed to the branch
>>> I saw this. We have 2 choices: extend from BaseAsyncCreateCmd or
>>> BaseAsyncCmd. I see that you have chosen the latter. If the former: you
>>> synchronously create the nic object first and obtain an id (uuid), and
>>> then asynchronously attach the nic. In the current implementation both
>>> db entity creation and the attach are in the asynchronous workflow. If
>>> attach fails in the backend, then there will be a nic object in the
>>> database theoretically attached to the vm, but not really attached.
>>> Choices:
>>> A) change the data model to model the fact that the nic is attached or
>>> (and use the BaseAsyncCreateCmd approach)
>>> B) ensure that the nic is destroyed when the attach fails.
>>> Note that with (B) you have a potential race condition where an API
>>> can retrieve the user vm before the attach has succeeded/failed and
>>> potentially add a static nat rule.
>> This is an interesting issue. If it fails to attach, we don't
>> necessarily want it to back out. In theory we only bother with the
>> attach because the VM is running, if it weren't then it would be
>> sufficient to just create the database entry.  The existing code (e.g.
>> deployVirtualMachine) doesn't delete your nics if they fail to apply
>> when the VM starts up, correct?

No, the VM will fail to start if any of the nics fail to attach/create. So
you will never have a VM that claims to have 3 nics attached but in
reality has only 2 attached.

>We appreciate your feedback Chiradeep, and helping us to make sure we
>account for all scenarios. Do you think we're far enough along on this
>to get it into master? We are just finishing up a few tests that will
>be added into the branch but I hope we're to they point that any
>lingering outliers can be bugfixes post code freeze.

If you fix the failing nic case, sure.

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