[aodh] [heat] Stein: How to create alarms based on rate metrics like CPU utilization?

Rico Lin rico.lin.guanyu at gmail.com
Fri Oct 18 03:20:14 UTC 2019

FYI, there's a new ML with same topic in  [1]


On Sun, Aug 4, 2019 at 3:55 PM Bernd Bausch <berndbausch at gmail.com> wrote:

> Prior to Stein, Ceilometer issued a metric named *cpu_util*, which I
> could use to trigger alarms and autoscaling when CPU utilization was too
> high.
> cpu_util doesn't exist anymore. Instead, we are asked to use Gnocchi's
> *rate* feature. However, when using rates, alarms on a group of resources
> require more parameters than just one metric: Both an aggregation and a
> reaggregation method are needed.
> For example, a group of instances that implement "myapp":
> gnocchi measures aggregation -m cpu --reaggregation mean --aggregation
> rate:mean --query server_group=myapp --resource-type instance
> Actually, this command uses a deprecated API (but from what I can see,
> Aodh still uses it). The new way is like this:
> gnocchi aggregates --resource-type instance '(aggregate rate:mean (metric
> cpu mean))' server_group=myapp
> If rate:mean is in the archive policy, it also works the other way around:
> gnocchi aggregates --resource-type instance '(aggregate mean (metric cpu
> rate:mean))' server_group=myapp
> Without reaggregation, I get quite unexpected numbers, including negative
> CPU rates. If you want to understand why, see this discussion with one of
> the Gnocchi maintainers [1].
> *My problem*: Aodh allows me to set an aggregation method, but not a
> reaggregation method. How can I create alarms based on rates? The problem
> extends to Heat and autoscaling.
> Thanks much,
> Bernd.
> [1] https://github.com/gnocchixyz/gnocchi/issues/1044

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