Compute service overview¶
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Use OpenStack Compute to host and manage cloud computing systems. OpenStack Compute is a major part of an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) system. The main modules are implemented in Python.
OpenStack Compute interacts with OpenStack Identity for authentication, OpenStack Placement for resource inventory tracking and selection, OpenStack Image service for disk and server images, and OpenStack Dashboard for the user and administrative interface. Image access is limited by projects, and by users; quotas are limited per project (the number of instances, for example). OpenStack Compute can scale horizontally on standard hardware, and download images to launch instances.
OpenStack Compute consists of the following areas and their components:
Accepts and responds to end user compute API calls. The service supports the OpenStack Compute API. It enforces some policies and initiates most orchestration activities, such as running an instance.
Accepts metadata requests from instances. For more information, refer to Metadata service.
A worker daemon that creates and terminates virtual machine instances through hypervisor APIs. For example:
libvirt for KVM or QEMU
VMwareAPI for VMware
Processing is fairly complex. Basically, the daemon accepts actions from the queue and performs a series of system commands such as launching a KVM instance and updating its state in the database.
Takes a virtual machine instance request from the queue and determines on which compute server host it runs.
Mediates interactions between the
nova-computeservice and the database. It eliminates direct accesses to the cloud database made by the
nova-conductormodule scales horizontally. However, do not deploy it on nodes where the
nova-computeservice runs. For more information, see the
conductorsection in the Configuration Options.
Provides a proxy for accessing running instances through a VNC connection. Supports browser-based novnc clients.
Provides a proxy for accessing running instances through a SPICE connection. Supports browser-based HTML5 client.
- The queue
- SQL database
Stores most build-time and run-time states for a cloud infrastructure, including:
Available instance types
Instances in use
Theoretically, OpenStack Compute can support any database that SQLAlchemy supports. Common databases are SQLite3 for test and development work, MySQL, MariaDB, and PostgreSQL.