IMO there is more "global" problem. Anyone who wants to use baremetal deploy
service should resolve problems with power management, PXE/iPXE support,
DHCP, etc. Or he/she can use Ironic. User has his own vision of deploy
and features needed for it. He hears from Ironic people: "Feature X
only after release Y" or "This don't fit in Ironic at all".
Fuel Agent + driver is the answer. I see Fuel Agent + driver as a solution
for anyone who wants custom features.
On 12/09/2014 06:24 PM, Vladimir Kozhukalov wrote:
We assume next step will be to put provision data (disk partition
scheme, maybe other data) into driver_info and make Fuel Agent
able to serialize those data (special format) and implement a
corresponding data driver in Fuel Agent for this format. Again
simple. Maybe it is time to think of having Ironic metadata
I'm ok with the format, my question is: what and how is going to
collect all the data and put into say driver_info?
Fuel has a web service which stores nodes info in its database. When
user clicks "Deploy" button, this web service serializes deployment
task and puts this task into task runner (another Fuel component).
Then this task runner parses task and adds a node into Ironic via REST
API (including driver_info). Then it calls Ironic deploy method and
Ironic uses Fuel Agent driver to deploy a node. Corresponding Fuel
spec is here https://review.openstack.org/#/c/138301/. Again it is
zero step implementation.
Honestly, I think writing roadmap right now is not very
rational as far as I am not even sure people are interested in
widening Ironic use cases. Some of the comments were not even
constructive like "I don't understand what your use case is,
please use IPA".
Please don't be offended by this. We did put a lot of effort into
IPA and it's reasonable to look for a good use cases before having
one more smart ramdisk. Nothing personal, just estimating cost vs
Also "why not use IPA" is a fair question for me and the answer is
about use cases (as you stated it before), not about missing
features of IPA, right?
You are right it is a fair question, and answer is exactly about
Nova is not our case. Fuel is totally about deployment. There
is some in
Here when we have a difficult point. Major use case for Ironic is
to be driven by Nova (and assisted by Neutron). Without these two
it's hard to understand how Fuel Agent is going to fit into the
infrastructure. And hence my question above about where your json
comes from. In the current Ironic world the same data is received
partly from Nova flavor, partly managed by Neutron completely.
I'm not saying it can't change - we do want to become more
stand-alone. E.g. we can do without Neutron right now. I think
specifying the source of input data for Fuel Agent in the Ironic
infrastructure would help a lot understand, how well Ironic and
Fuel Agent could play together.
According to the information I have, correct me if I'm wrong, Ironic
currently is on the stage of becoming stand-alone service. That is the
reason why this spec has been brought up. Again we need something to
manage power/tftp/dhcp to substitute Cobbler. Ironic looks like a
suitable tool, but we need this driver. We are not going to break
anything. We have resources to test and support this driver. And I can
not use IPA *right now* because it does not have features I need. I
can not wait for next half a year for these features to be
implemented. Why can't we add this (Fuel Agent) driver and then if IPA
implements what we need we can switch to IPA. The only alternative for
me right now is to implement my own power/tftp/dhcp management
solution like I did with Fuel Agent when I did not get approve for
including advanced disk partitioning.
Questions are: Is Ironic interested in this use case or not? Is Ironic
interested to get more development resources? The only case when it's
rational for us to spend our resources to develop Ironic is when we
get something back. We are totally pragmatic, we just address our
user's wishes and issues. It is ok for us to use any tool which
provides what we need (IPA, Fuel Agent, any other).
We need advanced disk partitioning and power/tftp/dhcp management by
March 2015. Is it possible to get this from Ironic + IPA? I doubt it.
Is it possible to get this form Ironic + Fuel Agent? Yes it is. Is it
possible to get this from Fuel power/tftp/dhcp management + Fuel
Agent? Yes it is. So, I have two options right now: Ironic + Fuel
Agent or Fuel power/tftp/dhcp management + Fuel Agent.
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