Vitrage Support for Deduced Alarms

Vitrage Support for Deduced Alarms

https://blueprints.launchpad.net/vitrage/+spec/support-deduced-alarms

Vitrage should support raising deduced alarms. When an alarm is raised on a certain resource, we might conclude that it results in problems in other related resources. In this case, we would like to raise deduced alarms on these other resources, even if we got no indication of a problem from other sources of information.

Problem description

There are cases where we know that a failure in one resource should result in problems in other resources. For example, high CPU load on a host may cause suboptimal performance of all instances running on this host, thus performance problems in the applications running on these instances. As far as Nova is concerned, all instances are up and running, and there is no indication of a problem.

Proposed change

The Vitrage Evaluator serves as workflow manager controlling the analysis and activation of templates and execution of template actions. One of its responsibilities is to listen to changes in Vitrage Graph, and upon a change execute the matching templates. This is a general mechanism that should work for all kinds of templates and perform several kinds of actions.

The aim of this blueprint is to make sure deduced alarms functionality works properly end to end.

Whenever a new alarm is raised, Vitrage Graph is updated with a new vertex for this alarm, connected to the relevant resource. Then, the vitrage evaluator engine looks for templates that could match this new alarm. If deduced alarms templates are found, the engine will try to find a full match for the entire template in Vitrage Graph. If found, the engine will ask the notifier to raise new alarms according to the template.

Example for a graph with deduced alarms:

Original alarm:
+-----------+               +------------+
|Host High  |     on        |            |
|CPU load   | +-----------> |  Host      |
|           |               |            |
+-----------+               +-----+------+
                                  |
                                  | contains
Deduced alarm                     |
to raise:                         |
+-----------+               +-----v------+
|Instance   |     on        |            |
|Suboptimal | +-----------> |  Instance  |
|Performance|               |            |
+-----------+               +------------+

Alternatives

None

Data model impact

None

REST API impact

None

Security impact

None

Pipeline impact

None

Other end user impact

None

Performance/Scalability Impacts

None

Other deployer impact

None

Developer impact

None

Horizon impact

None

Implementation

Assignee(s)

Primary assignee:

ifat_afek <ifat.afek@alcatel-lucent.com>

Work Items

The blueprint includes:

  • Define the exact syntax for deduced alarms templates

  • Call the notifier to raise alarms

Future lifecycle

None

Dependencies

  • Vitrage Graph

  • Vitrage Engine

  • Vitrage Notifier

Testing

This change needs to be tested by unit tests.

Documentation Impact

None

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