[Openstack-operators] RabbitMQ issues since upgrading to Icehouse

Joe Topjian joe at topjian.net
Tue Sep 2 19:06:08 UTC 2014

Hi Sam,

We upgraded to Icehouse over the weekend and had some issues with Rabbit.

The number of RabbitMQ connections went from ~70 to ~380 post-upgrade and
we had reports of users being unable to use the metadata service and that
instances took longer to boot as they waited for metadata.

I noticed that there were several more nova-api-metadata services running
on our compute nodes than before (nova-network multi-host environment). I
found the config option "metadata_workers" which is set to the number of
cpus by default. I changed it to "2" and restarted everything across the
board. Our total number of Rabbit connections are now sitting at ~150.

I'm not sure if this helps at all. I wasn't running Icehouse long enough to
see if any of the reply_xxxxxx queues filled up with messages or not. The
times that I checked showed that this was not happening (and is still not


On Mon, Aug 25, 2014 at 5:17 PM, Sam Morrison <sorrison at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi,
> Since upgrading to Icehouse we have seen increased issues with messaging
> relating to RabbitMQ.
> 1. We often get reply_xxxxxx queues starting to fill up with unacked
> messages. To fix this we need to restart the offending service. Usually
> nova-api or nova-compute.
> 2. If you kill a node so as to force an *ungraceful* disconnect of rabbit
> the connection “object?” still sticks around in rabbit. Starting the
> service again means there are now 2 consumers. The new one and the phantom
> old one. This then leads to messages piling up in the unacked queue. This
> feels like a rabbit bug to me but just thought I’d mention it here too.
> We have have a setup that includes icehouse computes and havana computes
> in the same cloud and we only see this on the icehouse computes. This is
> using Trusty and RabbitMQ 3.3.4
> Has anyone seen anything like this too?
> Thanks,
> Sam
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