[Gluster-devel] How long should metrics collection on a cluster take?

Yaniv Kaul ykaul at redhat.com
Wed Jul 25 18:23:10 UTC 2018

On Tue, Jul 24, 2018, 7:20 PM Pranith Kumar Karampuri <pkarampu at redhat.com>

> hi,
>       Quite a few commands to monitor gluster at the moment take almost a
> second to give output.
> Some categories of these commands:
> 1) Any command that needs to do some sort of mount/glfs_init.
>      Examples: 1) heal info family of commands 2) statfs to find
> space-availability etc (On my laptop replica 3 volume with all local
> bricks, glfs_init takes 0.3 seconds on average)
> 2) glusterd commands that need to wait for the previous command to unlock.
> If the previous command is something related to lvm snapshot which takes
> quite a few seconds, it would be even more time consuming.
> Nowadays container workloads have hundreds of volumes if not thousands. If
> we want to serve any monitoring solution at this scale (I have seen
> customers use upto 600 volumes at a time, it will only get bigger) and lets
> say collecting metrics per volume takes 2 seconds per volume(Let us take
> the worst example which has all major features enabled like
> snapshot/geo-rep/quota etc etc), that will mean that it will take 20
> minutes to collect metrics of the cluster with 600 volumes. What are the
> ways in which we can make this number more manageable? I was initially
> thinking may be it is possible to get gd2 to execute commands in parallel
> on different volumes, so potentially we could get this done in ~2 seconds.
> But quite a few of the metrics need a mount or equivalent of a
> mount(glfs_init) to collect different information like statfs, number of
> pending heals, quota usage etc. This may lead to high memory usage as the
> size of the mounts tend to be high.
> I wanted to seek suggestions from others on how to come to a conclusion
> about which path to take and what problems to solve.

I would imagine that in gd2 world:
1. All stats would be in etcd.
2. There will be a single API call for GetALLVolumesStats or something and
we won't be asking the client to loop, or there will be a similar efficient
single API to query and deliver stats for some volumes in a batch ('all
bricks in host X' for example).

Worth looking how it's implemented elsewhere in K8S.

In any case, when asking for metrics I assume the latest already available
would be returned and we are not going to fetch them when queried. This is
both fragile (imagine an entity that doesn't respond well) and adds latency
and will be inaccurate anyway a split second later.


> I will be happy to raise github issues based on our conclusions on this
> mail thread.
> --
> Pranith
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