[openstack-dev] [Cinder] A possible solution for HA Active-Active

Mike Perez thingee at gmail.com
Fri Jul 31 08:47:22 UTC 2015

On Mon, Jul 27, 2015 at 12:35 PM, Gorka Eguileor <geguileo at redhat.com> wrote:
> I know we've all been looking at the HA Active-Active problem in Cinder
> and trying our best to figure out possible solutions to the different
> issues, and since current plan is going to take a while (because it
> requires that we finish first fixing Cinder-Nova interactions), I've been
> looking at alternatives that allow Active-Active configurations without
> needing to wait for those changes to take effect.
> And I think I have found a possible solution, but since the HA A-A
> problem has a lot of moving parts I ended up upgrading my initial
> Etherpad notes to a post [1].
> Even if we decide that this is not the way to go, which we'll probably
> do, I still think that the post brings a little clarity on all the
> moving parts of the problem, even some that are not reflected on our
> Etherpad [2], and it can help us not miss anything when deciding on a
> different solution.

Based on IRC conversations in the Cinder room and hearing people's
opinions in the spec reviews, I'm not convinced the complexity that a
distributed lock manager adds to Cinder for both developers and the
operators who ultimately are going to have to learn to maintain things
like Zoo Keeper as a result is worth it.

**Key point**: We're not scaling Cinder itself, it's about scaling to
avoid build up of operations from the storage backend solutions

Whatever people think ZooKeeper "scaling level" is going to accomplish
is not even a question. We don't need it, because Cinder isn't as
complex as people are making it.

I'd like to think the Cinder team is a great in recognizing potential
cross project initiatives. Look at what Thang Pham has done with
Nova's version object solution. He made a generic solution into an
Oslo solution for all, and Cinder is using it. That was awesome, and
people really appreciated that there was a focus for other projects to
get better, not just Cinder.

Have people consider Ironic's hash ring solution? The project Akanda
is now adopting it [1], and I think it might have potential. I'd
appreciate it if interested parties could have this evaluated before
the Cinder midcycle sprint next week, to be ready for discussion.

[1] - https://review.openstack.org/#/c/195366/

Mike Perez

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