[SPDK] SPDK Event notifications

Wodkowski, PawelX pawelx.wodkowski at intel.com
Wed Oct 10 08:38:12 PDT 2018

See comments inline.


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> From: SPDK [mailto:spdk-bounces at lists.01.org] On Behalf Of Pelplinski, Piotr
> Sent: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 4:59 PM
> To: Storage Performance Development Kit <spdk at lists.01.org>
> Subject: [SPDK] SPDK Event notifications
> Hi,
> I started work on SPDK event notifications.  I have few doubts that you might
> help me resolve.
> This functionality adds ability to register for specific events (i.e. a new bdev),
> and be notified asynchronously when those events occur.
> My proposal is three RPC calls based on following workflow:
> 1.      After SPDK application starts, client sends RPCs to SPDK about what
> kinds of events it wants to register for.
> 2.      Then, client subscribes to specified events.
> 3.      Then the client periodically asks for new events.

Why client need to ask for new event? Why event can't be send just send to all clients ASAP they available?
You will have to track what events was send to what clients.
> RPC Calls:

Are you describing the JSON RPC objects here or rpc.py commands?

> 1.      show_async_events <component>
> component (optional) - show events for specified component only
> 2.      register_async_events <unique_id>, <events>
> unique_id - unique identifier for client

What is the unique_id for? Isn't the connection itself an "unique id" enough?

> events - list of comma separated events which client wants to subscribe to.

> (Additional question: Does event should have parameters too? e.g. subscribe
> only to event: deletion of bdev with specific name)
> Response is a list of types of events to which client was subscribed.
> 3.      poll_async_events <unique_id>
> unique_id - unique identifier for client
> Response is a list of events which happen from last call, which include:
> -        Component, # component type for which event is raised
> -        Notification,  # type of event, e.g. add, delete or update
> -        Component_uuid, (e.g lvol uuid)
> -        Parent_uuid (e.g. lvolstore uuid)
> My question is what are the types of events we could register to?
> I can think of few generic bdev events like:
> -added bdev
> -deleted bdev
> -updated bdev
> What other types of event do you see?

Runtime errors? Statistics? Nvmf/iscsi/vhost initiators connecting and disconnecting.
There will be many more but the solution you are proposing should be generic
enough to easly add more event in the future. bdev subsystem good starting point.

> You can also look at the updates on this topic on trello:
> https://trello.com/c/ZTIHxp3w/28-asynchronous-rpc-notifications
> --
> Best Regards,
> Piotr Pelpliński
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