[qa][openstackclient] Debugging devstack slowness

Clark Boylan cboylan at sapwetik.org
Fri Jul 26 23:53:28 UTC 2019

Today I have been digging into devstack runtime costs to help Donny Davis understand why tempest jobs sometimes timeout on the FortNebula cloud. One thing I discovered was that the keystone user, group, project, role, and domain setup [0] can take many minutes [1][2] (in the examples here almost 5).

I've rewritten create_keystone_accounts to be a python tool [3] and get the runtime for that subset of setup from ~100s to ~9s [4].  I imagine that if we applied this to the other create_X_accounts functions we would see similar results.

I think this is so much faster because we avoid repeated costs in openstack client including: python process startup, pkg_resource disk scanning to find entrypoints, and needing to convert names to IDs via the API every time osc is run. Given my change shows this can be so much quicker is there any interest in modifying devstack to be faster here? And if so what do we think an appropriate approach would be?

[0] https://opendev.org/openstack/devstack/src/commit/6aeaceb0c4ef078d028fb6605cac2a37444097d8/stack.sh#L1146-L1161
[1] http://logs.openstack.org/05/672805/4/check/tempest-full/14f3211/job-output.txt.gz#_2019-07-26_12_31_04_488228
[2] http://logs.openstack.org/05/672805/4/check/tempest-full/14f3211/job-output.txt.gz#_2019-07-26_12_35_53_445059
[3] https://review.opendev.org/#/c/673108/
[4] http://logs.openstack.org/08/673108/6/check/devstack-xenial/a4107d0/job-output.txt.gz#_2019-07-26_23_18_37_211013

Note the jobs compared above all ran on rax-dfw.


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