[openstack-dev] [Solum] Definition feedback

Jay Pipes jaypipes at gmail.com
Wed Nov 27 18:36:48 UTC 2013

On 11/27/2013 06:23 AM, Tom Deckers (tdeckers) wrote:
> I understand the an Assembly can be a larger group of components.
> However, those together exist to provide a capability which we want
> to capture in some catalog so the capability becomes discoverable.
> I'm not sure how the 'listing' mechanism works out in practice.  If
> this can be used in an enterprise ecosystem to discover services then
> that's fine.  We should capture a work item flesh out discoverability
> of both Applications and Assemblies.  I make that distinction because
> both scenarios should be provided. As a service consumer, I should be
> able to look at the 'Applications' listed in the Openstack
> environment and provision them.  In that case, we should also support
> flavors of the service.  Depending on the consumer-provider
> relationship, we might want to provide different configuratons of the
> same Application. (e.g. gold-silver-bronze tiering).  I believe this
> is covered by the 'listing' you mentioned. Once deployed, there
> should also be a mechanism to discover the deployed assemblies.  One
> example of such deployed Assembly is a persistence service that can
> in its turn be used as a Service in another Assembly.  The specific
> details of the capability provided by the Assembly needs to be
> discoverable in order to allow successful auto-wiring (I've seen a
> comment about this elsewhere in the project - I believe in last
> meeting).

Another thought around the naming of "Assembly"... there's no reason why 
the API cannot just ditch the entire notion of an assembly, and just use 
"Component" in a self-referential way.

In other words, an Application (or whatever is agree on for that 
resource name) contains one or more Components. Components may further 
be composed of one or more (sub)Components, which themselves may be 
composed of further (sub)Components.

That way you keep the notion of a Component as generic and encompassing 
as possible and allow for an unlimited generic hierarchy of Component 
resources to comprise an Application.


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