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OpenStack Monasca Ceilometer - Provide Metering for Monasca

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Python plugin and storage driver for Ceilometer to send samples to monasca-api. Also known as Ceilosca.


Installation instructions for setting up Ceilosca automatically

See devstack/

Installation Instructions for setting up Ceilosca manually

To set up Ceilosca automatically, read the instructions in devstack/ or use the included Vagrantfile

Assumes that an active monasca-api server is running after installing DevStack.

  1. Run devstack to get openstack installed, including Monasca and Ceilometer plugins.

  2. Install python-monascaclient.

    pip install python-monascaclient
  3. Clone monasca-ceilometer from

  4. Copy the following files from ceilosca/ceilometer to devstack’s ceilometer location, typically at /opt/stack/ceilometer.
    tests/* (skipping the files)
  5. Edit setup.cfg (used at the time of installation)

    Under ‘ceilometer.sample.publisher =’ section add the following line:

    monasca = ceilometer.publisher.monasca:MonascaPublisher
  6. Configure /etc/ceilometer/pipeline.yaml to send the metrics to the monasca publisher. Use the included monasca-ceilometer/etc/ceilometer/pipeline.yaml file as an example.

  7. Configure /etc/ceilometer/ceilometer.conf for setting up storage driver for Ceilometer. Use the included monasca-ceilometer/etc/ceilometer/ceilometer.conf file as an example.

  8. Copy the included monasca_field_definitions.yml file from monasca-ceilometer/etc/ceilometer to /etc/ceilometer.

    This monasca_field_definitions.yaml file contains configuration how to treat each field in Ceilometer sample object on per meter basis. The uses this file and only stores the fields that are specified in this config file.

  9. Make sure the user specified under [service_credentials] in ceilometer.conf has monasca_user role added.

Other install info

Since we don’t have a full repo of ceilometer, we setup the ceilometer repo in venv and copy monasca integration files in there, and run the unit tests over that code. At present this is tested against ceilometer stable/pike branch, if you need to test against different branch you can change it in test-requirements.txt

Relevant files are:

  • - determines the ceilometer venv path and copies the relevant files over
  • tox.ini - calls the commands for setup and runs the tests
  • test-requirements.txt - contains the dependencies required for testing

Using Ceilosca

Defining or changing existing meters

From time to time, Ceilometer introduces new meters. The list of currently supported measurements can be found at (which is generated from

Some meters require additional configuration in Ceilometer. For example, the SDN pollster meters need specialized drivers. For more information about how Ceilometer collects meters through polling or collecting, please reference the Telemetry documentation and measurements.

Defining which meters are published from Ceilometer to Monasca API

As with Ceilometer, the list of meters to be published is specified in /etc/ceilometer/pipeline.yaml.

As metering data accumulates over time, it is recommended that Ceilometer be configured to only publish meters where the customer has a need for the data. Additionally, it is recommended to check the measurements captured by Monasca agents to avoid any duplication of data.

To enable or disable meters,

  1. Identify the current list of meters being collected, specified in /etc/ceilometer/pipeline.yaml. Hint: You can see which meters are currently being reported through ``monasca metric-list`` (or ``ceilometer meter-list`` in Pike and earlier).
  2. Edit the /etc/ceilometer/pipeline.yaml file to add or remove entries from the meters list.
  3. Repeat changes for all control plane nodes.
  4. Restart all Ceilometer notification agents, polling agents, and central services to pick up the changes.

To create new meters (or clean out removed meters),

  1. Identify which meters are available for this OpenStack Ceilometer release on measurements page.
    • Idenfity which parameters should be transfered to Monasca.
    • Identify the Origin of the meter. Be aware that Pollster meters may require additional configuration.
  2. Modify monasca_field_definitions.yml with the new meters.
  3. Restart Ceilometer services on all control nodes.

Also note that HPE published documentation describing how to configure the metering service (using Ceilosca in Helion OpenStack 3.0 and later), which may be helpful for historical context. link 1 link 2 link 3

Using Monasca API meters collected by Ceilosca

Here are a few examples of how a meter gathered by Ceilometer and passed through Ceilosca can be found and used in the Monasca API.

In Ceilometer pipeline YAML file

Ceilometer meter Monasca API metric
vcpus vcpus
image.size image.size
disk.root.size disk.root.size
memory memory
storage.objects storage.objects

Note: Monasca Agent can gather many similar metrics directly, such as cpu time for a VM. For simplicity, it is recommended that the Monasca Agent be favored when choosing which metrics to use.


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