Accounting Metrics

Exposing of Accounting Metrics

Accounting Metrics

Accounting requires that statistics concerning site usage, performance, etc. can be collected. For this the IOP exposes certain metrics which, via an http metrics service, can be gathered periodically by external monitoring services.

The precise metrics that can be monitored are defined in the Reva metrics package.

Available Accounting Metrics

The following accounting metrics are expected to be available, see metrics interface (

  1. Number of users per site
  2. Number of groups per site
  3. Amount of storage per site

It is up to the site to have the above specified metrics figures ready so the metrics service can serve them using one of the metrics drivers. Currently 2 drivers are implemented: ‘dummy’, ‘json’.

The json driver reads metrics through a json file which needs to be updated continuously by the site to have the latest figures available. The json driver will periodically read the file in order to register the latest figures.

The dummy driver solely exists for demo purposes. It makes the metrics service serve dummy figures.

Which one of the drivers is used by the site is configurable.


Below is a metrics configuration file example that explains the possible options.


# one of dummy, json.
metrics_data_driver_type = "dummy"
# if left unspecified location /var/tmp/reva/metrics/metricsdata.json is used (for driver type json).
metrics_data_location = ""
# metrics recording interval in milliseconds
metrics_record_interval = 5000
address = ":443"

address = ":443"

address = ":443"

Change addresses and ports so that are consistent with your modification of the file. All three sections will have the same address.

To choose what driver to use specify the metrics_data_driver_type value using the driver type name. If the json driver is used the driver expects to find the a metrics figures file in json format at location of your choice, by specifying the metrics_data_location value. If not specified the default location (/var/tmp/reva/metrics/metricsdata.json) is used.

The metrics recording interval can be set using the metrics_record_interval flag and has a default recording interval of 5 seconds.

Metrics figures file format for json driver

The json driver expects to find a json file in the following exact format (with example values). Each property name reflects the specific metric it concerns:

    "cs3_org_sciencemesh_site_total_num_users": 7000,
    "cs3_org_sciencemesh_site_total_num_groups": 550,
    "cs3_org_sciencemesh_site_total_amount_storage": 1080001003

**“cs3_org_sciencemesh_site_total_amount_storage”** is expected to be of type byte.

This file is read periodically (metrics_record_interval configuration flag) by the json driver.

It is the site’s responsibility to update this file periodically with the latest figures.

Considering Kubernetes deployment, the way to inject a file into the container is something like

helm upgrade .... iop sciencemesh/iop -f values.yaml --set-file gateway.configFiles.metrics\\.json=metrics.json

In more detail, let’s have metrics.json containing

# cat metrics.json
    "cs3_org_sciencemesh_site_total_num_users": 20742,
    "cs3_org_sciencemesh_site_total_num_groups": 165,
    "cs3_org_sciencemesh_site_total_amount_storage": 386887921664

When deploying the IOP using Helm, add

--set-file gateway.configFiles.metrics\\.json=metrics.json

Helm will then write it to the config map of the IOP

kubectl get configmaps iop-gateway-config -o json | jq '.data."metrics.json"' | jq -r

and you can edit the file using

kubectl edit configmaps iop-gateway-config 

or alternatively, just run helm upgrade with new contents.

Formats and Exporting

The metrics package uses OpenCensus for implementation of the statistical data types and exporting of the metrics in Prometheus exposition format.

A response of the http metrics service to a single GET metrics request contains all defined metrics.

Last modified September 15, 2023: Corrected collection of statistics (5fe1324)