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From "Shaheed Haque (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (STRATOS-1234) Software Update Management Solution for Stratos
Date Thu, 26 Mar 2015 09:32:53 GMT


Shaheed Haque commented on STRATOS-1234:

First, let me say that I like a lot of what is proposed in this JIRA, but I am forking the
thread here because I would like to suggest that we generalise just one part of it, the API
into Stratos to cover a set of related use cases.

In the current version of this JIRA, the proposed API into Stratos looks like this:

PUT /api/applications/{applicationId} /updateSoftware

(see the JIRA section 2.3 for the details). I think this is actually one of a set of possible
runtime states that we would like to put VM instances and various parts of Stratos in. Notice
that I am deliberately not using specific terms such as "cluster" or "Autoscalar" because
working that out is the point of this email.

So, the sorts of use cases I have in mind are:

  *   Updating the cartridge software as per this JIRA
  *   Putting a cluster (or maybe an instance) into a "maintenance mode" for diagnostic reasons.
There could be multiple versions of this maintenance mode where (for example)
     *   The instance(s) might still handle traffic and deliver "I'm alive" health stats but
no autoscaling is done.
     *   The instance(s) don't deliver health stats but no health stats
  *   Some of these would deliver notifications to the cartridge agent, others might only
affect Stratos component(s).
  *   etc...other ideas anybody?

Thus, it might make sense to generalise the API to support  a set of closely related cases.
Is there interest in taking such an approach to address this JIRA as well in clarifying and
addressing the other use cases?

Thanks, Shaheed

>  Software Update Management Solution for Stratos
> ------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: STRATOS-1234
>                 URL:
>             Project: Stratos
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>            Reporter: Imesh Gunaratne
>              Labels: gsoc2015, mentor
> Stratos uses Virtual Machines and Containers for hosting platform services on different
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solutions. At present Puppet is used for orchestration
management on Virtual Machine based systems and manages all required software in Puppet Master.
Container based systems creates Docker images for each platform service by including required
software in the Docker image itself.
> In Virtual Machine use-case VM instances will communicate with Puppet master and execute
the software installation. The same approach can be used for applying software updates. 
> In Docker use-case we do not use Puppet because a new container with required software
can be started in few seconds. This is very efficient compared to using Puppet and installing
software on demand.
> The requirement of this project is to implement a core Stratos feature to propagate software
updates in a live PaaS environment.
> 1. Puppet based solution:
> - Push software updates of a cartridge to Puppet Master (might not need to automate).
> - Invoke the software update process via the Stratos API for a given application.
> - Stratos Manager could send a new event to trigger puppet agent in each instance to
apply the updates.
> 2. Docker based solution
> - Create a new docker image (with a new image id) for the cartridge with software updates
(might not need to automate).
> - Invoke the software update process via the Stratos API for a given application.
> - Autoscaler can implement a new feature to bring down existing instances and create
new instances with the new docker image id.
> Important!
> - In each scenario if updates are backward compatible, software update process should
execute in phases, it should not bring down the entire cluster to apply the updates. If so
the service will be unavailable for a certain time period. The idea is to apply the updates
to set of members at a time.
> - If the updates are not backward compatible, we could make the entire cluster unavailable
at once and apply the updates.
> - Member's state needs to be changed to a new state called "Updating" when applying the
> If there is an interest on doing this project please send a mail to imesh at apache dot
org by copying Apache Dev mailing list [1]. Please refer Stratos Wiki [2] for more information
on Stratos architecture and how it works.
> [1]
> [2]

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