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1 Middleware renovation – technical overview AND plans for migration CMW@GSI 25th april 2013
Wojciech Sliwinski BE-CO-IN for the Middleware team: Felix Ehm, Kris Kostro, Joel Lauener, Radoslaw Orecki, Ilia Yastrebov, [Andrzej Dworak] Special thanks to: Vito Baggiolini and Pierre Charrue

2 Wojciech Sliwinski, Middleware Renovation
Agenda Context & Motivation for Renovation Middleware Review process Technical evaluation of the transport layer Changes in the MW Architecture in LS1 MW Upgrade milestones in 2013 Risk assessment and mitigation Conclusions 25th April 2013 Wojciech Sliwinski, Middleware Renovation

3 Context & Motivation for Renovation
Agenda Context & Motivation for Renovation 25th April 2013 Wojciech Sliwinski, Middleware Renovation

4 Wojciech Sliwinski, Middleware Renovation
MW Mandate & Scope Standard set of MW solutions Centrally managed services Track & optimize runtime parameters Well defined feedback channel for users Provide support & follow-up issues Scope: CERN Accelerator Complex Operational 24*7*365 Must be Reliable & High Quality 73’000 HW devices, 3’150 servers In all Eqp. groups (4 dpts: BE, EN, GS, TE) 25th April 2013 Wojciech Sliwinski, Middleware Renovation

5 CMW in the Controls System
CMW client (C++/Java) JAPC GUIs, LabView, RADE JMS client (Java) GUIs CMW client (Java) JAPC Logging, LSA, InCA, SIS CMW client/server (C++/Java) Proxy, DIP, AlarmMon, AQ JMS client (Java) Servers: Logging, InCA, SIS CMW server (C++) FESA, FGC, GM CMW server (C++) PVSS (Cryo, Vacuum) 25th April 2013 Wojciech Sliwinski, Middleware Renovation

6 Motivations for MW Renovation
Current CORBA-based CMW-RDA Integrated in the Control system Used to operate all CERN accelerators Provides widely accepted Device/Property model > 10 years old Why to review & upgrade MW ? CORBA was choosen 15 years ago Technical limitations of CORBA-based transport Functional limitations of the current CMW-RDA Codebase with long history  difficult to maintain, needs architecture review Major issue of long-term support & future evolution Evolution of technology over last 10 years: HW, OS, middleware, 3rd party libraries Human factor  less & less CORBA expertise on the market 25th April 2013 Wojciech Sliwinski, Middleware Renovation

7 Technical limitations of CORBA transport
Became legacy, not actively supported  maintenance issue Shrinking community, slow response time omniORB (C++) – 1 developer/maintainer, last release mid-2011 JacORB (Java) – few developers, small community Major technical limitations Lack of fully asynchronous processing channel Blocking communication  infamous JacORB blocking issue Lack of low-level control of IO resources (sockets, request queues) Development issues Difficult to extend the wire protocol  Backward compatibility issue Complex, error prone API Heavy in memory usage 25th April 2013 Wojciech Sliwinski, Middleware Renovation

8 Summary: Why change CORBA?
CORBA was choosen 15 years ago Not actively maintained  big risk for the MW project Better solutions exist on the market Invest in future solution rather than maintaining old one 25th April 2013 Wojciech Sliwinski, Middleware Renovation

9 Functional limitations of CMW-RDA
Several pending operational issues Difficult (or hardly possible) to resolve with current library Any major change very difficult to introduce Technical Stops & Xmas breaks too short for massive deployment High risk  Major impact on front-end frameworks and applications No protection against ’slow/bad’ client applications Misbehaving application may destabilise front-end server Affects reliability of the subscription channel Workaround: introduction of Proxy Poor scalability when many clients subscribed Stability issues observed when >200 clients subscribed (even for Proxy) Threading model doesn’t scale well with many clients Missing support for priority clients (e.g. SIS, PM, InCA, Logging) Non-critical clients (e.g. GUIs) have the same communication priority + others … 25th April 2013 Wojciech Sliwinski, Middleware Renovation

10 Summary: Why change CMW-RDA?
With current CORBA-based middleware we can’t solve the pending operational issues We can’t provide better scalability & reliability CMW-RDA is difficult to evolve & extend 25th April 2013 Wojciech Sliwinski, Middleware Renovation

11 Middleware Review process
Agenda Middleware Review process 25th April 2013 Wojciech Sliwinski, Middleware Renovation

12 Middleware Renovation process
MW Renovation = MW Review + MW Upgrade MW Review aims to provide the most appropriate technical solution satisfying the user requirements MW Upgrade establishes the plan & strategy for introduction of the new MW Objective: LS1 the unique opportunity for the major MW upgrade Middleware Review Process Gathering of users feedback and requirements ( ) Review of communication and serialization libraries ( ) Prototyping using selected communication products (2012) Design & impl. of new RDA3: Data, Client & Server ( ) Testing & validation of core MW infrastructure (summer’13) Upgrade of all dependent MW libraries & services ( ) JAPC, Directory Service, Proxy, DIP Gateway 25th April 2013 Wojciech Sliwinski, Middleware Renovation

13 Review of users requirements
– series of interviews with major users Lars Jensen, Stephen Jackson (BI) Andy Butterworth, Frode Weierud, Roman Sorokoletov (RF) Brice Copy, Clara Gaspar (DIP, DIM) Frederic Bernard, Herve Milcent, Alexander Egorov (PVSS) Alexey Dubrovskiy (CTF), Kris Kostro (DIP gateways) Marine Gourber-Pace, Nicolas Hoibian (Logging) Nicolas De Metz-Noblat (Front-Ends), Alastair Bland (Infrastructure) Michel Arruat (FESA), Stephen Page (FGC) Niall Stapley, Mark Buttner, Marek Misiowiec (LASER & DIAMON) Nicolas Magnin, Christophe Chanavat (ABT) Stephane Deghaye, Jakub Wozniak (InCA, SIS) Vito Baggiolini, Roman Gorbonosov (JAPC & DA systems) + regular feedback from OP + internal team input 25th April 2013 Wojciech Sliwinski, Middleware Renovation

14 New RDA3: Accepted requirements
New requirement General Java & C++ API, Win (64-bit) & Linux (SLC5 32-bit & SLC6 64-bit) Accelerator Device Model (i.e. Device/Property) Get, Set, Async-Get, Async-Set, Subscribe Early detection of communication failures Improve error reporting in all the layers: client, server, gateways Admin interface & runtime diagnostics & statistics Data support Data object: primitives, n-dim arrays, data structures Subscription mechanism Subscription behaviour the same regardless condition of the server (active, down) Several client subscription policies (default: continuous) Provide subscription notification ordering First-Update enforced via CMW on server-side Provide callback to front-end framework for the server-side Get Drop support for on-change flag Standardise use of subscription filters and update flags (e.g. immediate update) Add header for acquired Data  common metadata (e.g. acq. stamp, cycle name) All loss of data (dropped updates) must be notified to clients 25th April 2013 Wojciech Sliwinski, Middleware Renovation

15 New RDA3: Accepted requirements
New requirement Client side RDA3 client API connects with both: RDA2 (old) & RDA3 (new) servers Efficient mechanism for: connection, disconnection & reconnection Must be able to recover from any interruption of communication with the server Server restarts, IP address change, rename/move of a device to another server Improved semantics of Array Calls, i.e. handling of individual parameters Enhanced diagnostics & collection of statistics Server side Policies for discarding notifications, i.e. deal with overflows and ’bad clients’ Instrument with counters & timings allowing to diagnose the notifications delivery Prioritisation of Get/Set requests for high-priority clients Server-side subscription tree fully managed by CMW Server does not need to manage client subscriptions any more Manage the client connections, e.g. forced disconnect of a client Client lifetime callbacks (i.e. connected, disconnected) 25th April 2013 Wojciech Sliwinski, Middleware Renovation

16 New RDA3: Accepted requirements
New requirement Server side (cont.) Client discovery for the diagnostics purposes (i.e. connected clients with payload) Enhanced diagnostics & collection of statistics Ongoing discussions (not accepted yet) Prioritisation of subscription notifications for high-priority clients Technical notes Invest in asynchronous & non-blocking communication Prefer 0-copy & lock-free data structures, message queues 25th April 2013 Wojciech Sliwinski, Middleware Renovation

17 New RDA3: Summary of requirements
Unchanged Device/Property model Set of basic operations (Get, Set, Subscribe) Fixes & improvements Subscription mechanism Connection management Diagnostics & statistics New functionality Policies for subscription management (client & server) Client priorities Server-side subscription tree Extended Data support Standardise First-Update concept 25th April 2013 Wojciech Sliwinski, Middleware Renovation

18 Technical evaluation of the transport layer
Agenda Technical evaluation of the transport layer 25th April 2013 Wojciech Sliwinski, Middleware Renovation

19 Middleware transport requirements
Desirable Lightweight Friendly API, documentation Request/reply & pub/sub patterns Mandatory Open source license Asynchronous Active community Stability, Maturity & Longevity Performance & Scalability Fundamental C++/Java Linux/Windows Over TCP/IP LAN 25th April 2013 Wojciech Sliwinski, Middleware Renovation

20 Evaluation process –> our criteria
Appearance Creators specification documentation Users forums bug reports Internet Simple usage Download licensing Compile Linux & gcc Run examples Testing Communication patterns Performance Exceptional situations QoS Configuration CRITERIA QoS Resources, binary size, memory Performance Communications patterns API, look & feel, documentation Community, maturity 25th April 2013 Wojciech Sliwinski, Middleware Renovation Andrzej Dworak, ICALEPCS 2011

21 Evaluated middleware products
All opinions are based only on our knowledge and evaluation. Each of the products, depending on the requirements, may constitute a good solution. OpenAMQ CoreDX RTI DDS QPid ZeroMQ OpenSpliceDDS RabbitMQ YAMI Ice omniORB MQtt RSMB JacORB Thrift Mosquito 25th April 2013 Wojciech Sliwinski, Middleware Renovation Andrzej Dworak, ICALEPCS 2011

22 Products comparison (according to the criteria)
Sync, async & msg patterns QoS Dependencies & memory f-p Performance Look & feel, API, docs Community & maturity Score ZeroMQ 6 Ice 5 YAMI4 4 RTI 3 Qpid CORBA 2 Thrift 25th April 2013 Wojciech Sliwinski, Middleware Renovation Andrzej Dworak, ICALEPCS 2011

23 Wojciech Sliwinski, Middleware Renovation
Conclusions Several good middleware solutions available The choice is dictated by the most critical requirements Not easy  performance matters but also ease of use, community, … Prototyping was done with the most promising candidates: ZeroMQ, Ice & YAMI Finally we decided to choose ZeroMQ (http://www.zeromq.org/) Asynchronous & non-blocking communication 0-copy & lock-free data structures, message queues Nice API, good documentation & active community 25th April 2013 Wojciech Sliwinski, Middleware Renovation

24 New RDA3 Java – Sync Get round-trip time
Test setup: 1kB message payload, cs-ccr-* machines, 1 server host & 10 client hosts 25th April 2013 Wojciech Sliwinski, Middleware Renovation

25 New RDA3 Java – subscription notification latency
Test setup: 1kB message payload, cs-ccr-* machines, 1 server host & 10 client hosts 25th April 2013 Wojciech Sliwinski, Middleware Renovation

26 New RDA3 Java – subscription notification latency
Test setup: 1kB message payload, cs-ccr-* machines, 1 server host & 10 client hosts 25th April 2013 Wojciech Sliwinski, Middleware Renovation

27 Changes in the MW Architecture in LS1
Agenda Changes in the MW Architecture in LS1 25th April 2013 Wojciech Sliwinski, Middleware Renovation

28 Current MW Architecture
User written Middleware Java Control Programs Central services VB, Excel, LabView C++ Programs Administration console JAPC API Passerelle C++ Clients RDA Client API (C++/Java) Device/Property Model Directory Service Directory Service RBAC A1 Service RBAC Service Configuration Database CCDB CMW Infrastructure CORBA-IIOP RDA Server API (C++/Java) Device/Property Model CMW integr. CMW int. CMW int. CMW int. CMW int. CMW int. Servers Virtual Devices (Java) FESA Server FGC Server PS-GM Server PVSS Gateway More Servers Physical Devices (BI, BT, CRYO, COLL, QPS, PC, RF, VAC, …) 25th April 2013 Wojciech Sliwinski, Middleware Renovation

29 Changes in MW Architecture in LS1
User written Middleware Central services Java Control Programs VB, Excel, LabView Upgrade in LS1 C++ Programs Administration console JAPC API Passerelle C++ Clients RDA Client API (C++/Java) Device/Property Model Directory Service Directory Service RBAC A1 Service RBAC Service Configuration Database CCDB CMW Infrastructure ZeroMQ RDA Server API (C++/Java) Device/Property Model CMW integr. CMW int. CMW int. CMW int. CMW int. CMW int. Servers Virtual Devices (Java) FESA Server FGC Server PS-GM Server PVSS Gateway More Servers Physical Devices (BI, BT, CRYO, COLL, QPS, PC, RF, VAC, …) 25th April 2013 Wojciech Sliwinski, Middleware Renovation

30 MW Upgrade milestones in 2013
Agenda MW Upgrade milestones in 2013 25th April 2013 Wojciech Sliwinski, Middleware Renovation

31 MW Upgrade Milestones in 2013
Completed by ? RDA3 Java (client/server) (alpha) June’13 RDA3 C++ server (alpha) July’13 RDA3 integration with: FESA, FGC, PVSS July-Oct’13 RDA3 C++/Java (client/server) validated September’13 New JAPC release with RDA3 Java New FESA3.2 release with RDA3 December’13 RDA3 C++ Integration with FESA, FGC, PVSS RDA3 validated New JAPC New FESA3.2 Tests with eqp. End LS1 July’13 July-Oct’13 September’13 December’13 Winter’13/14 August’14 End-of-Life for RDA2: LS2 25th April 2013 Wojciech Sliwinski, Middleware Renovation

32 MW Upgrade strategy in LS1 and towards LS2
No BIG-BANG migration but gradual Backward compatible (connection-wise) new RDA3 client library New RDA3 clients can communicate with RDA2 & RDA3 servers FESA3 will exist with both: old RDA2 (FESA3.1) and new RDA3 (FESA3.2) Client apps will migrate during LS1 Only for justified, exceptional cases Old JAPC Old RDA2 server FESA2.10 FESA3.1 New RDA3 FESA3.2 Old RDA2 client New JAPC New RDA3 client RDA2  RDA3 Gateway FEC developers should migrate to FESA3.2 ASAP 25th April 2013 Wojciech Sliwinski, Middleware Renovation

33 Wojciech Sliwinski, Middleware Renovation
LS1: Changes in JAPC New major JAPC version  upgrade for RDA3 (September’13) Public API backward compatible Possible API extensions, but always compatible Announcement via accsoft-java-announce list Required Actions for JAPC Users Update JAPC jars (via CommonBuild) Re-release your product (via CommonBuild) New JAPC will support communication with RDA2 & RDA3 servers 25th April 2013 Wojciech Sliwinski, Middleware Renovation

34 Wojciech Sliwinski, Middleware Renovation
LS1: Changes in RDA New major version: RDA3 (June’13 – alpha version) Public API NOT backward compatible New protocol, new architecture, new design Same Device/Property model & Get/Set/Subscribe calls Announcement via cmw-news & accsoft-java-announce lists Required Actions for RDA Users For Java: Use new version of JAPC (API unchanged) For Java: New JAPC will support communication with RDA2 & RDA3 servers For C++: Upgrade user code to new RDA3 API For C++: RDA3 will support communication with RDA2 & RDA3 servers Consequences if NO Action  staying with old RDA2 NOT possible to communicate with new RDA3 servers (FESA3, FGC, etc.) 25th April 2013 Wojciech Sliwinski, Middleware Renovation

35 Risk assessment and mitigation
Agenda Risk assessment and mitigation 25th April 2013 Wojciech Sliwinski, Middleware Renovation

36 Risk assessment and mitigation
Risks Mitigation Wrong product developed (wrong requirements) Early and continuous involvement of clients & experts Product is (too) late Careful planning and follow-up Fall-back to less ambitious goals Product has bugs or incompatibilities Early, continuous testing (unit and functional tests) Bugs affect operations Gradual migration Fast deployment of bugfixes 25th April 2013 Wojciech Sliwinski, Middleware Renovation

37 Risk: Wrong product developed (wrong requirements)
Mitigation: Early and continuous involvement of clients & experts We involved clients and experts since 2010 Requirements review with all major clients Technical discussions with eqp. experts Iterative development involving the Review team Design meetings (API and internals) since January 2013 Alpha versions will be available for feedback and validation several months before the final release Feedback is continuously integrated in development (= iterative) 25th April 2013 Wojciech Sliwinski, Middleware Renovation

38 Risk: Product is (too) late
Mitigation: Careful planning and follow-up Fall-back to less ambitious goals Planning prepared and followed by the MW team Taking into account needs and priorities of other CO projects and clients Regular follow-up In CO internally by TEC coordinator In informal meetings with the MW experts (as done so far) Fall-back to less ambitious goals Plan priorities of functionality Drop (postpone) work with lower priority 25th April 2013 Wojciech Sliwinski, Middleware Renovation

39 Risk: Product has bugs or incompatibilities
Mitigation: Early, continuous testing (unit, functional & integration tests) Unit tests to asses quality inside the MW project Required dev. phase in the MW team Functionality tests in CO Testbed Functionality of CMW only Integration tests to check interoperability Integration with FESA in CO Testbed Integration with FGC in FGC Lab 25th April 2013 Wojciech Sliwinski, Middleware Renovation

40 Risk: Bugs affect operations
Mitigation: Gradual Migration (1) No BIG-BANG migration but gradual Backward compatible (connection-wise) new RDA3 client library New RDA3 clients can talk to old RDA2 servers FESA3 will exist with both: old RDA2 and new RDA3 Old JAPC New JAPC Old RDA2 client New RDA3 client Old RDA2 server Old RDA2 server New RDA3 server FESA2 FESA3 FESA3 25th April 2013 Wojciech Sliwinski, Middleware Renovation

41 Risk: Bugs affect operations
Mitigation: Gradual Migration (2) Deploy first on systems controlled by the MW team E.g. Proxies, Gateways Gain experience and confidence Start deployment with less critical systems first 25th April 2013 Wojciech Sliwinski, Middleware Renovation

42 Risk: Bugs affect operations
Mitigation: Fast deployment of bugfixes If (inspite of all) something goes wrong in operations Fast reaction from the MW team In CO, we will study the need and mechanisms to quickly upgrade also servers 25th April 2013 Wojciech Sliwinski, Middleware Renovation

43 Wojciech Sliwinski, Middleware Renovation
Conclusions We have to replace CORBA with a new solution We collected updated users requirements MW upgrade will be performed during LS1 Interoperability between RDA2  RDA3 Gradual control system migration until LS2 End-of-Life for RDA2: LS2 25th April 2013 Wojciech Sliwinski, Middleware Renovation


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