[openstack-dev] [metering] changing ceilometer API

Doug Hellmann doug.hellmann at dreamhost.com
Mon Aug 6 22:02:14 UTC 2012

I've submitted a patch to implement a few of the queries for meter event
data using the "project" filter. As you can see from the diff [1], there
are now 16 separate routes pointing to the same simple function that calls
the database backend. This smells bad, so I would like to propose changing
the API to remove some of the duplication.

First, when asking for values about a given resource, there isn't any
reason to specify the user or project because they won't change for a given
resource. I don't think it's going to be useful to ask for a complete dump
of all of the metering data for a user at one time, since the events will
refer to different resources and meters. That eliminates several
variations, so instead of 16 URLs listed in the current implementation, we
have 3:


For the supported calculations, we would add "/duration" or "/volume" to
the end of the above URLs. That's 2 sets of 3 more URLs, with each set
pointing to a function to do that calculation for us.

For /resources/<resource> the metadata for the resource is returned
(including the list of meters reporting).

These forms:


return the list of resources owned by the user or project.

I'm not sure what to do with "source." It seems like a source should just
tell us about the list of meters is provides, and then we should ask for
the meter data in the usual way. So /sources/<source> returns a list of
meter names, and we use /resources/<resource>/<meter> (for example) to
retrieve the actual values.

These changes give us a two benefits. Primarily, the API is easier to use,
since there are fewer individual calls. It will also be easier to
implement, since we won't have so many endpoints that are really just
alternative forms of the same query.

If the rest of the team agrees, I would like to make these changes in the
next couple of weeks as part of the work that we will be doing to integrate
ceilometer with the billing system at DreamHost.

Let me know what you think,

1. https://review.openstack.org/#/c/10913/1/ceilometer/api/v1.py
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