Commit 1a3b2861 authored by Jenkins's avatar Jenkins Committed by Gerrit Code Review

Merge "Add Memcached documentation"

parents ff5bbe4c da8ed885
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# WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied. See the
# License for the specific language governing permissions and limitations
# under the License.
Memcache interface
Docs: doc/source/memory-caching.rst
import six
from oslo_config import cfg
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Storage drivers are drivers for a particular SQL/NoSQL server. Designate needs a SQLAlchemy-supported storage engine for the persistent storage of data. The recommended driver is MySQL.
.. _memory-caching-summary:
Memory caching
Designate also uses an in-memory caching system, currently implemented with Memcached, as an optional cache for Pool Manager.
See :ref:`memory-caching-details`
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Source Documentation
.. _memory-caching-details:
Memory caching
This page documents how memory caching is used in Designate.
Pool Manager can leverage a memory caching service to speed up its operations and significantly reduce traffic to the DNS resolvers.
Upon zone creation, update and deletion, Pool Manager polls the resolvers through MiniDNS to check if the zone is present or absent and get the zone serial.
When using Memcache, this information is cached for 1 hour (see expiration time).
The cache is not involved in sending NOTIFY/AXFR/IXFR traffic.
The available cache drivers are Memcached, Sqlalchemy or Noop. Set `cache_driver` to 'memcache', 'sqlalchemy' or 'noop' accordingly.
The following block in /etc/designate/designate.conf is used to configure the caching system used by Pool Manager:
.. code-block:: ini
# Pool Manager Service
<omitted lines>
# The cache driver to use
#cache_driver = memcache
# Memcache Pool Manager Cache
#memcached_servers = None
#expiration = 3600
.. note:: By configuring cache_driver = memcache (default configuration) and setting memcached_servers to None, Designate will use a simple, local cache.
Setting cache_driver to 'noop' will disable caching completely. This is not recommended.
It is recommended to run a Memcached instance for any deployment scenarios running large zones receiving frequent updates.
Deployment, monitoring and troubleshooting
The contents of Memcached can be flushed at runtime without impacting Designate. The only effect is a temporary loss of performance while the cache is being rebuilt.
Useful metrics that can be monitored are: to-and-from Memcached traffic, concurrent connections, size of the cache, cache hit ratio, key age (expiration time)
To get a simple status snapshot:
.. code-block:: console
echo stats | nc <memcached_ip_address> <memcached_port>
When Pool Manager logging verbosity is set to DEBUG, the following log messages will be generated::
Cache hit! Retrieved status ... and serial ... for zone ... on nameserver ... with action ... from the cache.
Cache miss! Did not retrieve status and serial for zone ... on nameserver ... with action ... from the cache. Getting it from the server.
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- `Designate Pool Manager`_
- `Message Queue`_
- `Database`_ (MySQL or derivative)
- `Memory caching`_
- `DNS Backend`_
Designate API
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In a Multi-AZ environment, a MySQL Galera Cluster, built using Percona's MySQL packages has performed well.
Memory Caching
Designate optionally uses :ref:`memory-caching-summary` usually through a Memcached instance to speed up Pool Manager operations.
DNS Backend
Designate supports multiple backend implementations, PowerDNS, BIND and MySQL BIND, you are also free to implement your own backend to fit your needs, as well as extensions to provide extra functionality to complement existing backends.
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