Scaling Policy V1.0

Scaling Policy V1.0

This policy is designed to help decide the detailed, quantitative parameters used for scaling in/out a cluster. Senlin does provide a more complicated API for resizing a cluster (i.e. cluster_resize), however, in some use cases, we cannot assume the requesters have all the factors to determine each and every detailed parameters for resizing a cluster. There are cases where the only thing a requester knows for sure is that a cluster should be scaled out, or be scaled in. A scaling policy helps derive appropriate, quantitative parameters for such a request.

Note that when calculating the target capacity of the cluster, Senlin only considers the ACTIVE nodes.

Spec

Latest Version

1.0

Available Versions

Version Status Supported Since
1.0 SUPPORTED 2016.04

Applicable Profile Types

This policy is designed to handle the following profile types:
  • ANY
  • Policy Triggers

    This policy is triggered by the following actions during the respective phases:
    Action Phase
    CLUSTER_SCALE_IN BEFORE
    CLUSTER_SCALE_IN AFTER
    CLUSTER_SCALE_OUT BEFORE
    CLUSTER_SCALE_OUT AFTER

    Properties

    event
    Event that will trigger this policy. Must be one of CLUSTER_SCALE_IN and CLUSTER_SCALE_OUT.
    adjustment
    best_effort
    Whether do best effort scaling when new size of cluster will break the size limitation
    cooldown
    Number of seconds to hold the cluster for cool-down before allowing cluster to be resized again.
    min_step
    When adjustment type is set to “CHANGE_IN_PERCENTAGE”, this specifies the cluster size will be decreased by at least this number of nodes.
    number
    A number specifying the amount of adjustment.
    type
    Type of adjustment when scaling is triggered.

    Actions Handled

    The policy is capable of handling the following actions:

    • CLUSTER_SCALE_IN: an action that carries an optional integer value named count in its inputs.
    • CLUSTER_SCALE_OUT: an action that carries an optional integer value named count in its inputs.

    The policy will be checked BEFORE any of the above mentioned actions is executed. Because the same policy implementation is used for covering both the cases of scaling out a cluster and the cases of scaling in, the scaling policy exposes a “event” property to differentiate a policy instance. This is purely an implementation convenience.

    Senlin engine respects the user-provided “count” input parameter if it is specified. Or else, the policy computes a count value based on the policy’s adjustment property. In both cases, the policy will validate the targeted capacity against the cluster’s size constraints.

    After validating the count value, the deletion policy proceeds to update the data property of the action based on the validation result. If the validation fails, the data property of the action will be updated to something similar to the following example:

    {
      "status": "ERROR",
      "reason": "The target capacity (3) is less than cluster's min_size (2)."
    }
    

    If the validation succeeds, the data property of the action is updated accordingly (see Scenarios below).

    Scenarios

    S1: CLUSTER_SCALE_IN

    The request may carry a “count” parameter in the action’s inputs field. The scaling policy respects the user input if provided, or else it will calculate the number of nodes to be removed based on other properties of the policy. In either case, the policy will check if the count value is a positive integer (or it can be convert to one).

    In the next step, the policy check if the “best_effort” property has been set to True (default is False). When the value is True, the policy will attempt to use the actual difference between the cluster’s minimum size and its current capacity rather than the count value if the latter is greater than the former.

    When the proper count value is generated and passes validation, the policy updates the action property of the action into something like the following example:

    {
      "status": "OK",
      "reason": "Scaling request validated.",
      "deletion": {
        "count": 2
      }
    }
    

    S2: CLUSTER_SCALE_OUT

    The request may carry a “count” parameter in the action’s inputs field. The scaling policy respects the user input if provided, or else it will calculate the number of nodes to be added based on other properties of the policy. In either case, the policy will check if the count value is a positive integer (or it can be convert to one).

    In the next step, the policy check if the “best_effort” property has been set to True (default is False). When the value is True, the policy will attempt to use the actual difference between the cluster’s maximum size and its current capacity rather than the count value if the latter is greater than the former.

    When the proper count value is generated and passes validation, the policy updates the action property of the action into something like the following example:

    {
      "status": "OK",
      "reason": "Scaling request validated.",
      "creation": {
        "count": 2
      }
    }
    

    S3: Cross-region or Cross-AZ Scaling

    When scaling a cluster across multiple regions or multiple availability zones, the scaling policy will be evaluated before the region placement policy or the zone placement policy respectively. Based on builtin priority settings, checking of this scaling policy always happen before the region placement policy or the zone placement policy.

    The creation.count or deletion.count field is expected to be respected by the region placement or zone placement policy. In other words, those placement policies will base their calculation of node distribution on the creation.count or deletion.count value respectively.

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