Monitor states of resources

Monitor states of resources

States of leased/reserved resources are not tracked currently. This spec proposes a new feature that monitors the states of leased/reserved resources and heals the lease from failure conditions.

Problem description

A lease owner cannot use leased resources if the resources go down, even though the lease was successfully created. To make matters worse, the lease owner cannot even notice such a failure condition from the lease object because Blazar does not track states of leased/reserved resources.

Use Cases

  • Lease owners expects leased resources are available if the status of the lease is fine.
  • Admins who have a privilege of resource operations, e.g. CRUD for /v1/hosts, expects Blazar to notify them about failures of resources in the pool.

Proposed change


Blazar monitors the states of resources, and heals damaged leases.

Monitor states of resources

Have the blazar-manager monitor states of resources. At least one of the following two types of monitoring features should be supported for each resource plugin.

  1. Push-based monitoring

    The blazar-manager listens to notification messages sent by other components, e.g. sent by Nova for the host/instance plugins. And it picks up messages which refer to the resources managed by Blazar, i.e. a record of the resource is stored in the Blazar database. A publisher ID and topics to subscribe are provided by each resource plugin.

  2. Polling-based monitoring

    The blazar-manager periodically calls a states check method of each resource plugin. Then, the resource plugin checks states of resources, e.g. List Hypervisors of the Compute API is used for the host/instance plugins. If any failure is detected, it is notified to the blazar-manager.

The blazar-manager starts monitoring after loading resource plugins. A type of monitoring feature is configurable for each resource plugin.

Update states of resources

If any failure is detected, the blazar-manager calls the resource plugin to handle it. The resource plugin updates the field named reservable in the record of the failure resource to FALSE. The record here means the record stored in the resource table of the Blazar database, e.g. the record of the computehosts table for the host/instance plugins.

Even though the computehosts table has a field named status, we do not use this field because it leads to misunderstanding that the status field copies the status of the hypervisor in Nova. Instead, we introduce a new boolean field named reservable which is decided by the combination of the state and the status of the hypervisor in Nova. Only if the state is up and the status is enabled, the reservable field becomes TRUE. i.e. it becomes FALSE if the state becomes down or the status becomes disabled.

Heal damaged leases

The following boolean flags are introduced for expressing resource conditions. They are set to False by default:

  • Lease
    • degraded
  • Reservation
    • missing_resources
    • resources_changed

After updating the status (= reservable field) of the failed resource, the resource plugin discovers leases which suffer from the failure, and tries to heal the leases. In the healing process, the resource plugin looks for available resources which satisfy requirements of the lease. Then, it takes the following actions:

  • Case 1. Lease is not started yet

    • Case 1-1. Enough resources are available

      Reserve new resources instead of failure resources. Although resources are changed, keep the resources_changed flag False because it does not affect the lease from the lease owner perspective if it is not started yet.

    • Case 1-2. Alternative resource is not available

      Set the degraded flag of the lease and the missing_resources flag of the reservation to True.

  • Case 2. Lease has been already started

    • Case 2-1. Enough resources are available:

      Set the degraded flag of the lease and the resources_changed flag of the reservation to True.

    • Case 2-2. Alternative resource is not available

      Set the degraded flag of the lease and the missing_resources flag of the reservation to True.

Once the degraded and missing_resources flags are set True, they are kept True even if the failed resource is recovered. To make them False, the lease owner sends an update lease request and requested capacity have to be satisfied. Note that the resources_changed flag never becomes False once it becomes True. In this case, the degraded flag never becomes False, neither.

From the architectural view, resource-dependent tables like the computehosts, computehost_allocations, computehost_reservations and instance_reservations tables are updated by the resource plugin. General tables like leases and reservations tables are updated by the manager.


The blazar-mangaer publishes notifications if states of leases, reservations or resources are changed.


Other monitoring services like Monasca can be used instead. However, it is not a good solution in terms of cross-components dependencies. Dependencies should be reduced as much as possible.

Data model impact

  • The leases table: a new boolean field degraded is added.
  • The reservations table: new boolean fields missing_resources and resource_changed are added.
  • The computehosts table: a new boolean field reservable is added.

REST API impact

  • With the data model changes described above, some fields included in the REST API response body will be changed a little.

    New fields of the response of GET /v1/<lease-id>:

      "lease": {
        "degraded": false,
        "reservations": [
            "missing_resources": false,
            "resources_changed": false,

Security impact


Notifications impact

The blazar-manager sends the following two new notifications:

  • Lease status change: notifies changes of the status of lease and reservations included in the lease.
  • Resource status change: notifies the change of the status of the resource which is managed by Blazar. i.e. Notifies the change of the reservable field in the resource table of the Blazar database.

Other end user impact


Performance Impact


Other deployer impact

  • New configuration options related to the monitoring feature like a type of monitoring, publisher ID and topics to subscribe will be added for each resource plugin.

Developer impact

All resource plugins (including new plugins supported in the future) have to support at least one type of resource monitoring feature.



Primary assignee: hiro-kobayashi

Work Items

  1. Define complete set of states of a lease and a reservation. This will be done by the state-machine blueprint[1].
  2. Implement the monitoring mechanism into the blazar-manager.
  3. Change the schema of the computehosts table. Concretely, remove the status field and add a new reservable field.
  4. Change resource look-up features, e.g. _matching_hosts() method for the host plugin and the pickup_hosts() method for the instance plugin, to care for the reservable field of the record in the computehosts table.
  5. Implement a resource specific monitoring feature called by the blazar-manager into each resource plugin. Focus on a push-based monitoring feature of the host plugin first.
  6. Implement the lease-healing feature into each resource plugin.
  7. Implement the notifications feature.
  8. Change the DevStack setup script to enable the monitoring feature
  9. Write a user guide


  • Possible states of a lease and a reservation depend on the state-machine blueprint[1].


  • Test the monitoring feature.
  • Test the lease-healing feature.

Documentation Impact

  • This new feature should be described in the introduction document.
  • The installation guide will be updated to mention how to setup the monitoring feature.
  • API references will be updated because the response body will be changed a little.


Release Name Description
Queens Introduced
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