Tacker Plugin for Searchlight

Tacker Plugin for Searchlight

https://storyboard.openstack.org/#!/story/2004968

This spec is proposed to support indexing Tacker resource information into ElasticSearch.

Problem Description

Tacker is a software that facilitates the OpenStack components to provide NFV Orchestration. While leveraging the OpenStack infrastructure to realize its elements (e.g., virtual machines as VNFs, etc.), Tacker keeps its own copy of the resource definitions in a separate database. That database can only be accessed by using the Tacker APIs. So, it would be beneficial to index Tacker resource information and events into Searchlight to provide a universal search interface for users.

Proposed Change

The Tacker plugin will support indexing Tacker resources via Tacker API. The plugin will use the python-tackerclient to communicate with Tacker server to query its resource information. The plugin will then index that information into ElasticSearch database. Tacker plugin also offers Searchlight listener the ability to acknowledge any change on those resources and update the corresponding data in ElasticSearch.

The following figure describes the overall architecture of the proposed plugin:

+------------------------------------------------+
|                                                |
|                      Tacker                    |
|                                                |
+---------^--------------+-----------------------+
          |              |
          |  +-----------v------------+
          |  |     Oslo Messeging     |
          |  +-----------^------------+
          |              |
+---------|--------------|-----------------------+
| +-------|--------------v---------------------+ |
| |  +----v---------------------------------+  | |
| |  |            Tacker Client             |  | |
| |  +--------------------------------------+  | |
| |               Tacker Plugin                | |
| +----------------------+---------------------+ |
|                        |                       |
| +----------------------v---------------------+ |
| |               ElasticSearch                | |
| +--------------------------------------------+ |
|                  Searchlight                   |
+------------------------------------------------+

The following Tacker resource information will be indexed:

  • Network Services (NS)
  • Virtual Network Functions (VNF)
  • Virtual Network Function Forwarding Graph (VNFFG)

Alternatives

None

Implementation

Assignee(s)

Primary assignee:
Trinh Nguyen <dangtrinhnt@gmail.com>

Work Items

  1. Create a Tacker plugin for Searchlight to index resource information.
  2. Add unit & functional tests.
  3. Add user guides.
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