On Wed, 2018-11-28 at 13:28 -0500, James Slagle wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 28, 2018 at 12:31 PM Bogdan Dobrelya <bdobr...@redhat.com
> > wrote:
> > Long story short, we cannot shoot both rabbits with a single shot,
> > not
> > with puppet :) May be we could with ansible replacing puppet
> > fully...
> > So splitting config and runtime images is the only choice yet to
> > address
> > the raised security concerns. And let's forget about edge cases for
> > now.
> > Tossing around a pair of extra bytes over 40,000 WAN-distributed
> > computes ain't gonna be our the biggest problem for sure.
> I think it's this last point that is the crux of this discussion. We
> can agree to disagree about the merits of this proposal and whether
> it's a pre-optimzation or micro-optimization, which I admit are
> somewhat subjective terms. Ultimately, it seems to be about the "why"
> do we need to do this as to the reason why the conversation seems to
> be going in circles a bit.
> I'm all for reducing container image size, but the reality is that
> this proposal doesn't necessarily help us with the Edge use cases we
> are talking about trying to solve.
> Why would we even run the exact same puppet binary + manifest
> individually 40,000 times so that we can produce the exact same set
> of
> configuration files that differ only by things such as IP address,
> hostnames, and passwords? Maybe we should instead be thinking about
> how we can do that *1* time centrally, and produce a configuration
> that can be reused across 40,000 nodes with little effort. The
> opportunity for a significant impact in terms of how we can scale
> TripleO is much larger if we consider approaching these problems with
> a wider net of what we could do. There's opportunity for a lot of
> better reuse in TripleO, configuration is just one area. The plan and
> Heat stack (within the ResourceGroup) are some other areas.

We run Puppet for configuration because that is what we did on
baremetal and we didn't break backwards compatability for our
configuration options for upgrades. Our Puppet model relies on being
executed on each local host in order to splice in the correct IP
address and hostname. It executes in a distributed fashion, and works
fairly well considering the history of the project. It is robust,
guarantees no duplicate configs are being set, and is backwards
compatible with all the options TripleO supported on baremetal. Puppet
is arguably better for configuration than Ansible (which is what I hear
people most often suggest we replace it with). It suits our needs fine,
but it is perhaps a bit overkill considering we are only generating
config files.

I think the answer here is moving to something like Etcd. Perhaps
skipping over Ansible entirely as a config management tool (it is
arguably less capable than Puppet in this category anyway). Or we could
use Ansible for "legacy" services only, switch to Etcd for a majority
of the OpenStack services, and drop Puppet entirely (my favorite
option). Consolidating our technology stack would be wise.

We've already put some work and analysis into the Etcd effort. Just
need to push on it some more. Looking at the previous Kubernetes
prototypes for TripleO would be the place to start.

Config management migration is going to be tedious. Its technical debt
that needs to be handled at some point anyway. I think it is a general
TripleO improvement that could benefit all clouds, not just Edge.


> At the same time, if some folks want to work on smaller optimizations
> (such as container image size), with an approach that can be agreed
> upon, then they should do so. We just ought to be careful about how
> we
> justify those changes so that we can carefully weigh the effort vs
> the
> payoff. In this specific case, I don't personally see this proposal
> helping us with Edge use cases in a meaningful way given the scope of
> the changes. That's not to say there aren't other use cases that
> could
> justify it though (such as the security points brought up earlier).

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