Configuration

Recent versions of Choria all have Choria Streams ready to be used, though I suggest starting to use it only since version 0.23.0 and newer.

Node Sizing

Traditionally Choria would allocate some memory per connection, little bits per subscription - but really you’d be fine with less than 1GB for 10s of thousands of connections.

Streams changes the equation a bit where now we need to persist data to disk, we need to use a lot of network resources to replicate data and obviously some CPU to manage all this.

On my network with 10s of nodes Memory and CPU is no problem, 1GB is plenty. In larger networks we’d say go for 8GB RAM, 4 to 8 cores of fast CPUs and fast SSD based disks.

If you want to publish data to Streams and Replicate that data 3 times - that means your data will traverse the network at least 4 times - could be even more. 1GB of messages can easily translate to 5GB or more of network usage. So you need to be careful with what kind of network you provision. Especially if you use network attached storage.

Direct attached storage is best, network attached block storage would also work - but keep in mind the considerations above. Under heavy load we’d depend a lot on fast IOPS.

There is no rule, you should test your workloads and be very sure to have monitoring on your servers that considers these new dimensions.

Choria Broker

If you have a clustered Choria Broker cluster you need to enable Choria Streams on all nodes in the cluster using the Hiera data below:

choria::broker::stream_store: /var/lib/choria/
choria::broker::advisory_retention: 30d
choria::broker::advisory_replicas: 1
choria::broker::event_retention: 30d
choria::broker::event_replicas: 1
choria::broker::machine_retention: 30d
choria::broker::machine_replicas: 1

When enabled Choria Streams will automatically create the following streams:

Stream Description
CHORIA_EVENTS Archive of Choria Cloud Events that you would see using choria tool event
CHORIA_MACHINE Cloud Events published by the Choria Autonomous Agent system, including Scout check states
CHORIA_STREAM_ADVISORIES Audit logs of Streams API access

The full reference of available configuration options can be seen using choria tool config network.stream, not all settings are currently settable in Puppet.

NATS CLI

Choria does not provide management CLI tools for Stream maintenance, however you can use the NATS CLI to interact with JetStream.

Once installed, configure the CLI to access choria:

$ nats context add choria --select \
   --description "Choria" \
   --server nats://choria.example.net:4222/ \
   --tlscert /home/rip/.puppetlabs/etc/puppet/ssl/certs/rip.mcollective.pem \
   --tlskey /home/rip/.puppetlabs/etc/puppet/ssl/private_keys/rip.mcollective.pem \
   --tlsca /home/rip/.puppetlabs/etc/puppet/ssl/certs/ca.pem

After this nats account info should report something like this:

$ nats account info
Connection Information:

               Client ID: 7186
               Client IP: 10.244.1.142
                     RTT: 57.874176ms
       Headers Supported: true
         Maximum Payload: 1.0 MiB
       Connected Cluster: CHORIA
           Connected URL: nats://choria.example.net:4222
       Connected Address: 10.244.1.140:4222
     Connected Server ID: NCRRT2R2R5O5FF3AMXO6VHKEH2ADITSCTVARZHXOKF2SISD4CUOTUWTS
   Connected Server Name: choria.example.net

JetStream Account Information:

           Memory: 0 B of 0 B
          Storage: 1.2 GiB of 0 B
          Streams: 6 of 0
        Consumers: 3 of 0

And the list of Streams can be seen:

$ nats stream report
Obtaining Stream stats

╭─────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────╮
│                                               Stream Report                                                     │
├──────────────────────────┬─────────┬───────────┬──────────┬─────────┬──────┬─────────┬──────────────────────────┤
│ Stream                   │ Storage │ Consumers │ Messages │ Bytes   │ Lost │ Deleted │ Replicas                 │
├──────────────────────────┼─────────┼───────────┼──────────┼─────────┼──────┼─────────┼──────────────────────────┤
│ CHORIA_EVENTS            │ File    │ 0         │ 3,288    │ 1.0 MiB │ 0    │ 0       │ c1, c2, c3*              │
│ CHORIA_STREAM_ADVISORIES │ File    │ 0         │ 14,356   │ 14 MiB  │ 0    │ 0       │ c1*                      │
│ CHORIA_MACHINE           │ File    │ 1         │ 142,753  │ 397 MiB │ 0    │ 0       │ c1, c2, c3*              │
╰──────────────────────────┴─────────┴───────────┴──────────┴─────────┴──────┴─────────┴──────────────────────────╯

Past that, for the moment, reference the NATS Documentation.