[openstack-dev] a little tracing hack

Timothy Daly timjr at yahoo-inc.com
Thu Apr 25 03:30:44 UTC 2013

I've been working on adding metrics and tracing to OpenStack for use here at Yahoo!.  I got clearance to open source the work and share it with you guys.  For those of you that were at the summit, you may have seen Josh Harlow's demonstration of it [1].

The most interesting piece is zipkin integration.  Zipkin is a nifty distributed tracing tool that Twitter open sourced. 

Here is an example trace from a nova boot:


and a detail of one of the mysql queries in that trace:


It can also derive statsd metrics from the tracing information, or just log it.

The code is here: 


There is a README with instructions for getting started with OpenStack here:


I have a lot of improvements planned, but I guess it's good enough to be worth trying out as it is.  For me, seeing the traces so clearly laid out has been eye opening.  It's so much easier to see what OpenStack is _doing_.

I would love to hear any feedback, positive, negative, or whatever.  I'd like to eventually get this into shape to submit the patches to the various OpenStack projects, if there's sufficient interest.


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