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HSPACE(1) Ganeti | Version @GANETI_VERSION@
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hspace - Cluster space analyzer for Ganeti


**hspace** {backend options...} [algorithm options...] [request options...]
[output options...] [-v... | -q]
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**hspace** --version

Backend options:

{ **-m** *cluster* | **-L[** *path* **] [-X]** | **-t** *data-file* |
**--simulate** *spec* }

Algorithm options:

**[ --max-cpu *cpu-ratio* ]**
**[ --min-disk *disk-ratio* ]**
**[ -O *name...* ]**

Request options:

**[--memory** *mem* **]**
**[--disk** *disk* **]**
**[--disk-template** *template* **]**
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**[--vcpus** *vcpus* **]**
**[--tiered-alloc** *spec* **]**

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Output options:

**[--machine-readable**[=*CHOICE*] **]**

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hspace computes how many additional instances can be fit on a cluster,
while maintaining N+1 status.

The program will try to place instances, all of the same size, on the
cluster, until the point where we don't have any N+1 possible
allocation. It uses the exact same allocation algorithm as the hail
iallocator plugin in *allocate* mode.

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The output of the program is designed either for human consumption (the
default) or, when enabled with the ``--machine-readable`` option
(described further below), for machine consumption. In the latter case,
it is intended to interpreted as a shell fragment (or parsed as a
*key=value* file). Options which extend the output (e.g. -p, -v) will
output the additional information on stderr (such that the stdout is
still parseable).

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The following keys are available in the machine-readable output of the
script (all prefixed with *HTS_*):

  These represent the specifications of the instance model used for
  allocation (the memory, disk, cpu, requested nodes, disk template).

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  Only defined when the tiered mode allocation is enabled, these are
  similar to the above specifications but show the initial starting spec
  for tiered allocation.

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  These represent the total memory, disk, CPU count and total nodes in
  the cluster.

  These are the initial (current) and final cluster score (see the hbal
  man page for details about the scoring algorithm).

  The initial and final instance count.

  The initial and final total free memory in the cluster (but this
  doesn't necessarily mean available for use).

  The initial and final total available memory for allocation in the
  cluster. If allocating redundant instances, new instances could
  increase the reserved memory so it doesn't necessarily mean the
  entirety of this memory can be used for new instance allocations.

  The initial and final reserved memory (for redundancy/N+1 purposes).

  The initial and final memory used for instances (actual runtime used

  The initial and final memory overhead--memory used for the node
  itself and unacounted memory (e.g. due to hypervisor overhead).

  The initial and final memory efficiency, represented as instance
  memory divided by total memory.

  Initial disk stats, similar to the memory ones.

  Final disk stats, similar to the memory ones.

  Initial and final number of virtual CPUs used by instances.

  The initial and final CPU efficiency, represented as the count of
  virtual instance CPUs divided by the total physical CPU count.

  The initial and final maximum per-node available memory. This is not
  very useful as a metric but can give an impression of the status of
  the nodes; as an example, this value restricts the maximum instance
  size that can be still created on the cluster.

  Like the above but for disk.

  If the tiered allocation mode has been enabled, this parameter holds
  the pairs of specifications and counts of instances that can be
  created in this mode. The value of the key is a space-separated list
  of values; each value is of the form *memory,disk,vcpu=count* where
  the memory, disk and vcpu are the values for the current spec, and
  count is how many instances of this spec can be created. A complete
  value for this variable could be: **4096,102400,2=225
  2560,102400,2=20 512,102400,2=21**.

  These represents the metrics of used resources at the start of the
  computation (only for tiered allocation mode). The NPU value is
  "normalized" CPU count, i.e. the number of virtual CPUs divided by
  the maximum ratio of the virtual to physical CPUs.

  These represents the total resources allocated during the tiered
  allocation process. In effect, they represent how much is readily
  available for allocation.

  These represents the resources left over (either free as in
  unallocable or allocable on their own) after the tiered allocation
  has been completed. They represent better the actual unallocable
  resources, because some other resource has been exhausted. For
  example, the cluster might still have 100GiB disk free, but with no
  memory left for instances, we cannot allocate another instance, so
  in effect the disk space is unallocable. Note that the CPUs here
  represent instance virtual CPUs, and in case the *--max-cpu* option
  hasn't been specified this will be -1.

  The current usage represented as initial number of instances divided
  per final number of instances.

  The number of instances allocated (delta between FIN_INST_CNT and

  For the last attemp at allocations (which would have increased
  FIN_INST_CNT with one, if it had succeeded), this is the count of
  the failure reasons per failure type; currently defined are FAILMEM,
  FAILDISK and FAILCPU which represent errors due to not enough
  memory, disk and CPUs, and FAILN1 which represents a non N+1
  compliant cluster on which we can't allocate instances at all.

  The reason for most of the failures, being one of the above FAIL*

  A marker representing the successful end of the computation, and
  having value "1". If this key is not present in the output it means
  that the computation failed and any values present should not be
  relied upon.

If the tiered allocation mode is enabled, then many of the INI_/FIN_
metrics will be also displayed with a TRL_ prefix, and denote the
cluster status at the end of the tiered allocation run.

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The human output format should be self-explanatory, so it is not
described further.

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The options that can be passed to the program are as follows:

--memory *mem*
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  The memory size of the instances to be placed (defaults to
  4GiB). Units can be used (see below for more details).
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--disk *disk*
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  The disk size of the instances to be placed (defaults to
  100GiB). Units can be used.

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--disk-template *template*
  The disk template for the instance; one of the Ganeti disk templates
  (e.g. plain, drbd, so on) should be passed in.
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--vcpus *vcpus*
  The number of VCPUs of the instances to be placed (defaults to 1).

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  The maximum virtual to physical cpu ratio, as a floating point number
  greater than or equal to one. For example, specifying *cpu-ratio* as
  **2.5** means that, for a 4-cpu machine, a maximum of 10 virtual cpus
  should be allowed to be in use for primary instances. A value of
  exactly one means there will be no over-subscription of CPU (except
  for the CPU time used by the node itself), and values below one do not
  make sense, as that means other resources (e.g. disk) won't be fully
  utilised due to CPU restrictions.
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  The minimum amount of free disk space remaining, as a floating point
  number. For example, specifying *disk-ratio* as **0.25** means that
  at least one quarter of disk space should be left free on nodes.

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-l *rounds*, --max-length=*rounds*
  Restrict the number of instance allocations to this length. This is
  not very useful in practice, but can be used for testing hspace
  itself, or to limit the runtime for very big clusters.

-p, --print-nodes
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  Prints the before and after node status, in a format designed to allow
  the user to understand the node's most important parameters. See the
  man page **htools**(1) for more details about this option.
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-O *name*
  This option (which can be given multiple times) will mark nodes as
  being *offline*. This means a couple of things:

  - instances won't be placed on these nodes, not even temporarily;
    e.g. the *replace primary* move is not available if the secondary
    node is offline, since this move requires a failover.
  - these nodes will not be included in the score calculation (except
    for the percentage of instances on offline nodes)

  Note that the algorithm will also mark as offline any nodes which
  are reported by RAPI as such, or that have "?" in file-based input
  in any numeric fields.

-S *filename*, --save-cluster=*filename*
  If given, the state of the cluster at the end of the allocation is
  saved to a file named *filename.alloc*, and if tiered allocation is
  enabled, the state after tiered allocation will be saved to
  *filename.tiered*. This allows re-feeding the cluster state to
  either hspace itself (with different parameters) or for example
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  hbal, via the ``-t`` option.

-t *datafile*, --text-data=*datafile*
  Backend specification: the name of the file holding node and instance
  information (if not collecting via RAPI or LUXI). This or one of the
  other backends must be selected. The option is described in the man
  page **htools**(1).
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-m *cluster*
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  Backend specification: collect data directly from the *cluster* given
  as an argument via RAPI. The option is described in the man page
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-L [*path*]
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  Backend specification: collect data directly from the master daemon,
  which is to be contacted via LUXI (an internal Ganeti protocol). The
  option is described in the man page **htools**(1).
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--simulate *description*
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  Backend specification: similar to the **-t** option, this allows
  overriding the cluster data with a simulated cluster. For details
  about the description, see the man page **htools**(1).
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--tiered-alloc *spec*
  Besides the standard, fixed-size allocation, also do a tiered
  allocation scheme where the algorithm starts from the given
  specification and allocates until there is no more space; then it
  decreases the specification and tries the allocation again. The
  decrease is done on the matric that last failed during
  allocation. The specification given is similar to the *--simulate*
  option and it holds:

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  - the disk size of the instance (units can be used)
  - the memory size of the instance (units can be used)
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  - the vcpu count for the insance

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  An example description would be *100G,4g,2* describing an initial
  starting specification of 100GB of disk space, 4GiB of memory and 2
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  Also note that the normal allocation and the tiered allocation are
  independent, and both start from the initial cluster state; as such,
  the instance count for these two modes are not related one to

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  By default, the output of the program is in "human-readable" format,
  i.e. text descriptions. By passing this flag you can either enable
  (``--machine-readable`` or ``--machine-readable=yes``) or explicitly
  disable (``--machine-readable=no``) the machine readable format
  described above.

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-v, --verbose
  Increase the output verbosity. Each usage of this option will
  increase the verbosity (currently more than 2 doesn't make sense)
  from the default of one.

-q, --quiet
  Decrease the output verbosity. Each usage of this option will
  decrease the verbosity (less than zero doesn't make sense) from the
  default of one.

-V, --version
  Just show the program version and exit.

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By default, all unit-accepting options use mebibytes. Using the
lower-case letters of *m*, *g* and *t* (or their longer equivalents of
*mib*, *gib*, *tib*, for which case doesn't matter) explicit binary
units can be selected. Units in the SI system can be selected using the
upper-case letters of *M*, *G* and *T* (or their longer equivalents of
*MB*, *GB*, *TB*, for which case doesn't matter).

More details about the difference between the SI and binary systems can
be read in the *units(7)* man page.

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The exist status of the command will be zero, unless for some reason
the algorithm fatally failed (e.g. wrong node or instance data).


The algorithm is highly dependent on the number of nodes; its runtime
grows exponentially with this number, and as such is impractical for
really big clusters.

The algorithm doesn't rebalance the cluster or try to get the optimal
fit; it just allocates in the best place for the current step, without
taking into consideration the impact on future placements.
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