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+Meta-OpenStack
+==============
+
+Description
+-----------
+
+The meta-openstack layer provides support for building the OpenStack
+packages. It contains recipes for the nova, glance, keystone, cinder,
+quantum, swift and horizon components and their dependencies.
+
+Components
+----------
+
+* All the openstack packages are python packages. They can be found in the
+ recipes-devtools/python folder. Each component has been split into multiple
+ packages similar to the system used by other Linux distributions.
+
+* The configuration files for each package can be found in the files folder
+ for each package. The debug and verbose options have been enabled for
+ capturing meaningful information in the logs. The packages have been
+ configured following the model used by devstack. Each package has to
+ initialize a database before it is used for the first time. This is done
+ using a postinstall script that is run the first time the image is
+ booted. This is why the image boot time is longer the first time.
+
+* System-V initscripts are also provided in order to start the services at boot time.
+* Systemd support is not complete.
+
+* We used postgresql (package) for the database backend. The layer contains
+ an initscript that starts the DB server at boot time. Tests were done using
+ sqlite3 and MySQL and there were no errors.
+
+* The RabbitMQ server is used for the AMQP message queues. The server starts
+ at boot time with the default configuration.
+
+* The layer also contains three packagegroups:
+
+ ** packagegroup-cloud-controller - required packages for building a controller
+ node. This provides all functionality except the actual hosting of the virtual
+ machines or network services. This includes the database server, AMQP server
+ and all the openstack services except nova-compute.
+
+ ** packagegroup-cloud-compute - packages for a processing node. This node runs
+ the compute service as well as the network service agent (in our case, the
+ Open vSwitch plugin agent). This server also manages the KVM hypervisor.
+
+ ** packagegroup-cloud-network: this provides networking services like DHCP,
+ layer 2 switching, layer 3 routing and metadata connectivity.
+
+* When creating an image, multiple packagegroups can be used to obtain a
+ target that has the functionality of both a controller and compute node.
+
+Dependencies
+------------
+
+* This layers depends on components from the poky, meta-virtualization and
+meta-openembedded layers. You can find the exact URIs of the repos and the
+necessary revisions in the README file.
+
+Building an image
+-----------------
+
+* There are three new target images: openstack-image-compute,
+ openstack-image-network and openstack-image-controller that contain the
+ packagegroups with the same name, that have been described in the previous
+ section.
+
+* Once a buildir has been initialized you have to append the necessary layers
+to the bblayers.conf file:
+
+ /meta-virtualization \
+ /meta-cloud/meta-openstack \
+ /meta-openembedded/meta-oe \
+ /meta-openembedded/meta-networking \
+
+Package configurations
+----------------------
+
+The identity.sh script creates the necessary users, services and endpoints
+for the Keystone identity system. If you want to customize the usernames or
+passwords don't forget to change the information in the configuration files
+for the services as well.
+
+Running an image
+----------------
+
+* Controller node *
+
+To test the image, you can run it using the runqemu script. In order to use
+the command line clients (nova, keystone, glance etc) some environmental
+variables have to be set. These are required by the openstack services to
+connect to the identity service and authenticate the user. These can be found
+in /root/.bashrc. If you start a new bash session they are automatically
+loaded. All the installed OpenStack services nova(except compute), keystone,
+glance, cinder, quantum, swift horizon should be running after a successful
+boot.
+
+The dashboard component is listening for new connections on port 8080. You can
+connect to it using any browser.
+
+* Compute node *
+
+The configuration files for the nova package are for a controller node so some
+options have to be changed for the compute service to properly work. You have
+to replace localhost to the controller node IP in the following files:
+
+ /etc/nova/nova.conf: sql_connection; rabbit_host;
+ /etc/nova/api-paste.ini: auth_host;
+ /root/.bashrc: SERVICE_ENDPOINT, OS_AUTH_URL;
+
+Once the changes are done you have to restart the nova-compute service.
+
+!! Hint !!
+When using a multi-node setup it is recommended that each host have a different
+hostname and that every host knows the other hosts.