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  • Launchpad Entry: CeilometerSpec:API v2
  • Created: 6 December 2012
  • Contributors: Angus Salkeld


Our current API is very nested and looks great as a link, but makes it a bit painful to add new features as they need to be added in so many places. Also the test case blow out too. So lets use optional arguments for filters instead of resource ownership.

rather than

Note I started with this: https://github.com/asalkeld/ceilometer/commit/c678ff8abd2a91c4404657748b9ed9b31c1541df

Release Note



  • Meter == definition of the measurement (name,ownership,resource,metadata) - synonyms (metric)
  • Sample == the actual data values (value,unit,timestamp) synonyms (measurement) (replaces "Event")
  • Resource is an openstack object created for a user (eg. instance, volume)
  • User is an openstack user auth'ed by keystone
  • Source is the origin for the User and Project/Tenant (usually "openstack").
  • Gauge is a type of Meter absolute measurement (car: revs per minute)
  • Counter is a type of Meter that counts upwards (car: distance travelled - assume you don't reverse a lot:-)

User stories


  • Resources are implicitly created by creating new Meters
  • Passing arrays needs to be done like this class[index].property=value
  • The relationship between objects does not change (resource -> meter -> sample)
  So the same db schema (at least in mongo)


Query Type Resource
GET /resources
GET /resources/<resource_id>
GET /meters
GET /meters/<meter>
GET /meters/<meter>/statistics
POST /meters
PUT /meters/<meter>
DELETE /meters/<meter>

Generic optional arguments



op is the comparison operation (eq, gt, lt, etc)

Field Selection


This is a way to choose the field that get returned. If you leave this out we default to returning all field.

Resource Resources

Same as currently, but we support the following actions

  • listing with the common Query mechanism
  • get a single resource

So just a resource_id makes the resource unique.

Meter Resources

GET /v2/meters

Returns a list of available meters that match the Query (if given).

POST /v2/meters

The body:

GET /v2/meters/<meter>

Get the meter samples match the Query (if given) and return the raw samples.

GET /v2/meters/<meter>/statistics Get the derived statistics

'min': 3,
'max': 20,
'avg': 8,
'sum': 45,
'duration': <actual difference between the first and last sample that the stats were calulated from>

The period is to define the time period over which to calculate the above values.



 q[2].value=<now - 5 hours>&

The above gets all the cpu_util samples with metadata.autoscale_group=all_mine between 5hours ago and now. Then calulates the min, max and avg for each hour. This would return something like this:

{min=12, max=34, avg=23},
{min=14, max=41, avg=26},
{min=15, max=43, avg=29},
{min=16, max=44, avg=34},
{min=18, max=47, avg=33},


UI Changes

Code Changes


Test/Demo Plan

Unresolved issues

QU: Do we need to keep the following queries:


Basically are these queries been used at the moment?

ANS: The DUDE lists resources in a project and then asks questions about the meters reporting data for the resource. We do not use these queries. - dhellmann

QU: The API includes passing a period over which Calculations are done

This produces output like:

{min=12, max=34, avg=23},
{min=14, max=41, avg=26},

Is this neat/super useful or unnecessary?

Do you have ideas for how to implement this? I think I can envision how to do it in a clumsy way with mapreduce, but I don't know about the SQL. - dhellmann

Well we could split up the periods in the api, then the db could return all statistical calculations for that one period.

So the db api could look like:

def get_samples(meter, query):
    '''just return the raw samples that match the query'''
def get_statistics(meter, query):
    '''return (max,min,avg,len,duration) for the given query'''

BoF agenda and discussion

Use this section to take notes during the BoF; if you keep it in the approved spec, use it for summarising what was discussed and note any options that were rejected.