[openstack-dev] [magnum][app-catalog][all] Build unified abstraction for all COEs

Fox, Kevin M Kevin.Fox at pnnl.gov
Wed Apr 20 22:48:39 UTC 2016

+1 to plugins. it has suited nova/trove/sahara/etc well.

From: Keith Bray [keith.bray at RACKSPACE.COM]
Sent: Wednesday, April 20, 2016 3:12 PM
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Subject: Re: [openstack-dev] [magnum][app-catalog][all] Build unified abstraction for all COEs

Magnum doesn¹t have to preclude tight integration for single COEs you
speak of.  The heavy lifting of tight integration of the COE in to
OpenStack (so that it performs optimally with the infra) can be modular
(where the work is performed by plug-in models to Magnum, not performed by
Magnum itself. The tight integration can be done by leveraging existing
technologies (Heat and/or choose your DevOps tool of choice:
Chef/Ansible/etc). This allows interested community members to focus on
tight integration of whatever COE they want, focusing specifically on the
COE integration part, contributing that integration focus to Magnum via
plug-ins, without having to actually know much about Magnum, but instead
contribute to the COE plug-in using DevOps tools of choice.   Pegging
Magnum to one-and-only one COE means there will be a Magnum2, Magnum3,
etc. project for every COE of interest, all with different ways of kicking
off COE management.  Magnum could unify that experience for users and
operators, without picking a winner in the COE space ‹ this is just like
Nova not picking a winner between VM flavors or OS types.  It just
facilitates instantiation and management of thins.  Opinion here:  The
value of Magnum is in being a light-weight/thin API, providing modular
choice and plug-ability to COE provisioning and management, thereby
providing operators and users choice of COE instantiation and management
(via the bay concept), where each COE can be as tightly or loosely
integrated as desired by different plug-ins contributed to perform the COE
setup and configurations.  So, Magnum could have two or more swarm plug-in
options contributed to the community.. One overlays generic swarm on VMs.
The other swarm plug-in could instantiate swarm tightly integrated to
neutron, keystone, etc on to bare metal.  Magnum just facilities a plug-in
model with thin API to offer choice of CEO instantiation and management.
The plug-in does the heavy lifting using whatever methods desired by the

That¹s my $0.2.


On 4/20/16, 4:49 PM, "Joshua Harlow" <harlowja at fastmail.com> wrote:

>Thierry Carrez wrote:
>> Adrian Otto wrote:
>>> This pursuit is a trap. Magnum should focus on making native container
>>> APIs available. We should not wrap APIs with leaky abstractions. The
>>> lowest common denominator of all COEs is an remarkably low value API
>>> that adds considerable complexity to Magnum that will not
>>> strategically advance OpenStack. If we instead focus our effort on
>>> making the COEs work better on OpenStack, that would be a winning
>>> strategy. Support and compliment our various COE ecosystems.
>So I'm all for avoiding 'wrap APIs with leaky abstractions' and 'making
>COEs work better on OpenStack' but I do dislike the part about COEs
>(plural) because it is once again the old non-opinionated problem that
>we (as a community) suffer from.
>Just my 2 cents, but I'd almost rather we pick one COE and integrate
>that deeply/tightly with openstack, and yes if this causes some part of
>the openstack community to be annoyed, meh, to bad. Sadly I have a
>feeling we are hurting ourselves by continuing to try to be everything
>and not picking anything (it's a general thing we, as a group, seem to
>be good at, lol). I mean I get the reason to just support all the
>things, but it feels like we as a community could just pick something,
>work together on figuring out how to pick one, using all these bright
>leaders we have to help make that possible (and yes this might piss some
>people off, to bad). Then work toward making that something great and
>move on...
>> I'm with Adrian on that one. I've attended a lot of container-oriented
>> conferences over the past year and my main takeaway is that this new
>> crowd of potential users is not interested (at all) in an
>> OpenStack-specific lowest common denominator API for COEs. They want to
>> take advantage of the cool features in Kubernetes API or the versatility
>> of Mesos. They want to avoid caring about the infrastructure provider
>> bit (and not deploy Mesos or Kubernetes themselves).
>> Let's focus on the infrastructure provider bit -- that is what we do and
>> what the ecosystem wants us to provide.
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