[Users] [vdsm] glusterfs and ovirt

Dor Laor dlaor at redhat.com
Sun May 20 11:27:53 UTC 2012

On 05/18/2012 04:28 PM, Deepak C Shetty wrote:
> On 05/17/2012 11:05 PM, Itamar Heim wrote:
>> On 05/17/2012 06:55 PM, Bharata B Rao wrote:
>>> On Wed, May 16, 2012 at 3:29 PM, Itamar Heim<iheim at redhat.com> wrote:
>>>> On 05/15/2012 07:35 PM, Andrei Vakhnin wrote:
>>>>> Yair
>>>>> Thanks for an update. Can I have KVM hypervisors also function as
>>>>> storage
>>>>> nodes for glusterfs? What is a release date for glusterfs support?
>>>>> We're
>>>>> looking for a production deployment in June. Thanks
>>>> current status is
>>>> 1. patches for provisioning gluster clusters and volumes via ovirt
>>>> are in
>>>> review, trying to cover this feature set [1].
>>>> I'm not sure if all of them will make the ovirt 3.1 version which is
>>>> slated
>>>> to branch for stabilization June 1st, but i think "enough" is there.
>>>> so i'd start trying current upstream version to help find issues
>>>> blocking
>>>> you, and following on them during june as we stabilize ovirt 3.1 for
>>>> release
>>>> (planned for end of june).
>>>> 2. you should be able to use same hosts for both gluster and virt,
>>>> but there
>>>> is no special logic/handling for this yet (i.e., trying and providing
>>>> feedback would help improve this mode).
>>>> I would suggest start from separate clusters though first, and only
>>>> later
>>>> trying the joint mode.
>>>> 3. creating a storage domain on top of gluster:
>>>> - expose NFS on top of it, and consume as a normal nfs storage domain
>>>> - use posixfs storage domain with gluster mount semantics
>>>> - future: probably native gluster storage domain, up to native
>>>> integration with qemu
>>> I am looking at GlusterFS integration with QEMU which involves adding
>>> GlusterFS as block backend in QEMU. This will involve QEMU talking to
>>> gluster directly via libglusterfs bypassing FUSE. I could specify a
>>> volume file and the VM image directly on QEMU command line to boot
>>> from the VM image that resides on a gluster volume.
>>> Eg: qemu -drive file=client.vol:/Fedora.img,format=gluster
>>> In this example, Fedora.img is being served by gluster and client.vol
>>> would have client-side translators specified.
>>> I am not sure if this use case would be served if GlusterFS is
>>> integrated as posixfs storage domain in VDSM. Posixfs would involve
>>> normal FUSE mount and QEMU would be required to work with images from
>>> FUSE mount path ?
>>> With QEMU supporting GlusterFS backend natively, further optimizations
>>> are possible in case of gluster volume being local to the host node.
>>> In this case, one could provide QEMU with a simple volume file that
>>> would not contain client or server xlators, but instead just the posix
>>> xlator. This would lead to most optimal IO path that bypasses RPC
>>> calls.
>>> So do you think, this use case (QEMU supporting GlusterFS backend
>>> natively and using volume file to specify the needed translators)
>>> warrants a specialized storage domain type for GlusterFS in VDSM ?
>> I'm not sure if a special storage domain, or a PosixFS based domain
>> with enhanced capabilities.
>> Ayal?
> Related Question:
> With QEMU using GlusterFS backend natively (as described above), it also
> means that
> it needs addnl options/parameters as part of qemu command line (as given
> above).

There is no support in qemu for gluster yet but it will be there not far 

> How does VDSM today support generating a custom qemu cmdline. I know
> VDSM talks to libvirt,
> so is there a framework in VDSM to edit/modify the domxml based on some
> pre-conditions,
> and how / where one should hook up to do that modification ? I know of
> libvirt hooks
> framework in VDSM, but that was more for temporary/experimental needs,
> or am i completely
> wrong here ?
> Irrespective of whether GlusterFS integrates into VDSM as PosixFS or
> special storage domain
> it won't address the need to generate a custom qemu cmdline if a
> file/image was served by
> GlusterFS. Whats the way to address this issue in VDSM ?
> I am assuming here that special storage domain (aka repo engine) is only
> to manage image
> repository, and image related operations, won't help in modifying qemu
> cmd line being generated.
> [Ccing vdsm-devel also]
> thanx,
> deepak
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