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IMPORTANT: The oVirt Scheduler Proxy project has been dropped from oVirt starting with oVirt 4.5 release. The oVirt Scheduler Proxy project development has been discontinued.

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Keeping the following section only for reference.

Host Memory balance

This external load balancer will move a VM from a host that has less free memory than the specified amount:

This one is quite large, so lets break it down

Loading of the RESTAPI sdk, so we can do rest calls

  from ovirtsdk.xml import params
  from ovirtsdk.api import API
  import sys

Our lovely class

  class host_memory_balance(object): `   `**`migrate` `vms` `from` `over` `utilized` `hosts`**

What are the values a user can pass to this load balancer. (they will be shown as options in the UI)

In this instance the minimum memory threshold and should we be safe with the migration (try to move the smallest VM)

     #What are the values this module will accept, used to present
     #the user with options
     properties_validation = 'minimum_host_memoryMB=[0-9]*;safe_selection=True|False'

Class members

     TO_BYTES = 1024 * 1024
     free_memory_cache = {}

Connect to the REST webservice

     def _get_connection(self):
         #open a connection to the rest api
         connection = None
             connection = API(url='`[`http://host:port`](http://host:port)`',
                              username='user@domain', password='')
         except BaseException as ex:
             #letting the external proxy know there was an error
             print >> sys.stderr, ex
             return None
         return connection

Query the REST for these hosts

     def _get_hosts(self, host_ids, connection):
         #get all the hosts with the given ids
         engine_hosts = connection.hosts.list(
             query=" or ".join(["id=%s" % u for u in host_ids]))
         return engine_hosts

Get a hosts free memory, this requires a REST call, so we cache the results

     def getFreeMemory(self, host):
         #getiing free memory requires a REST call, so cache results
         if not in self.free_memory_cache:
                 self.free_memory_cache[] = host.get_statistics().get(
             except Exception:
                 self.free_memory_cache[] = -1
         return self.free_memory_cache[]

Passes over the hosts deciding which one needs a migration the most, and what hosts are valid options as the migration destination

     def getOverUtilizedHostAndUnderUtilizedList(self, engine_hosts, minimum_host_memory):
         over_utilized_host = None
         under_utilized_hosts = []
         for host in engine_hosts:
             if not host:
             free_memory = self.getFreeMemory(host)
             if(free_memory <= 0):
             if free_memory > minimum_host_memory:
                 #take the host with least amount of free memory
             if (over_utilized_host is None or
                     > free_memory):
                     over_utilized_host = host
         return over_utilized_host, under_utilized_hosts

This passes over the hosts marked valid as migration destination, figuring how much free memory the most underused host have

(this number is the maximum possible memory size of a VM to migrate)

     def getMaximumVmMemory(self, hosts, minimum_host_memory):
         maximum_vm_memory = 0
         for host in hosts:
             available_memory = self.getFreeMemory(host) - minimum_host_memory
             available_memory = min(available_memory,
             if available_memory > maximum_vm_memory:
                 maximum_vm_memory = available_memory
         return maximum_vm_memory

Now according to the option selected (safe/aggressive) , get from the overused Host a VM to migrate

     def getBestVmForMigration(self, vms, maximum_vm_memory, memory_delta, safe):
         #safe -> select the smallest vm
         #not safe -> try and select the smallest vm larger then the delta,
         #   if no such vm exists take the largest one
         #migrating a small vm is more likely to succeeded and puts less strain
         #on the network
         selected_vm = None
         best_effort_vm = None
         for vm in vms:
                 if vm.memory > maximum_vm_memory:
                     #never select a vm that will send all the under
                     #utilized hosts over the threshold
                 if safe:
                     if (selected_vm is None or
                             vm.memory < selected_vm.memory):
                         selected_vm = vm
                     if vm.memory > memory_delta:
                         if (selected_vm is None or
                                 vm.memory < selected_vm.memmory):
                             selected_vm = vm
                 if (best_effort_vm is None or
                         vm.memory > best_effort_vm.memory):
                     best_effort_vm = vm
         if not safe and selected_vm is None:
             selected_vm = best_effort_vm
         return selected_vm

This function will be called by the external scheduler

It will get a list of host ids to check, and will return a VM to migrate and a list of possible host targets.

     def do_balance(self, hosts_ids, args_map): 
         conn = self._get_connection()
         if conn is None:
         #get our parameters from the map
         minimum_host_memory = long(args_map.get('minimum_host_memoryMB',
         minimum_host_memory = minimum_host_memory * self.TO_BYTES
         safe = bool(args_map.get('safe_selection',
         #get all the hosts with the given ids
         engine_hosts = self._get_hosts(hosts_ids, conn)
         over_utilized_host, under_utilized_hosts = (
         if over_utilized_host is None:
         maximum_vm_memory = self.getMaximumVmMemory(under_utilized_hosts,
         #amount of memory the host is missing
         memory_delta = (
             minimum_host_memory -
         host_vms = conn.vms.list('host=' +
         if host_vms is None:
         #get largest/smallest vm that will
         selected_vm = self.getBestVmForMigration(host_vms, maximum_vm_memory,
                                                  memory_delta, safe)
         if selected_vm is None:
         under_utilized_hosts_ids = [ for host in under_utilized_hosts]
         print (, under_utilized_hosts_ids)