Running Mesos With Native Docker Support

In my previous blog, i’ve explained how to manage Docker cluster using Mesos and Marathon. Now Mesos has released 0.20 with Native Docker support. Till Mesos 0.19, we had to use mesosphere’s Deimos for running Docker containers on Mesos slaves. Now from Mesos 0.20, Mesos has the ability to run Docker containers directly. As per Mesos Documentation we can run containers in two ways. 1) as a Task and 2) as an Executor. Currently Mesos 0.20 supports only the host (–net=host) Docker networking mode.

Install the latest Mesos 0.20 using the mesosphere’s Mesos Debian package. Once we have setup the Zookeeper and Docker, we need to make a few changes to enable the Mesos Native Docker support. We need to start all the Mesos-Slave with --containerizers=docker,mesos flag. For enabling this flag, we need to create a file containerizers in /etc/mesos-slave/containerizers with content “docker,mesos”. Mesos slave process, when starting up, will read the folder and enable this flag.

$ echo 'docker,mesos' > /etc/mesos-slave/containerizers

$ service mesos-slave restart

I was trying to start a container with Port 9999 via Marathon REST API. But the task was keep on failing. Up on investigating the logs, i found that the slave when sends the allocatable resource details to mesos master was total allocatable: cpus():0.8; mem():801; disk():35164; ports():[31000-31099, 31101-32000]. So the allowed port range was [31000-31099, 31101-32000]. So if we wnat to use any other custom port, we need to define the same in the /etc/mesos-slave folder by creating a config file.

    $ echo "ports(*):[31000-31099, 31101-32000, 9998-9999]" > "/etc/mesos-slave/resources"

Now, my new allocatable resource details sent to the Mesos master became total allocatable: ports():[31000-31099, 31101-32000, 9998-9998]; cpus():0.7; mem():801; disk():35164. The above config is crucial if we want to allocate our own custom range of ports. So this gave a good idea on how to control my resource allocation by creating custom configuration files. Now let’s restart Mesos-slave process.

    $ service mesos-slave restart

    $ ps axf | grep mesos-slave | grep -v grep
     1889 ?        Ssl    0:26 /usr/local/sbin/mesos-slave --master=zk://localhost:2181,localhost:2182,localhost:2183/mesos --log_dir=/var/log/mesos --containerizers=docker,mesos --resources=ports(*):[31000-31099, 31101-32000, 9998-9999]
     1900 ?        S      0:00  \_ logger -p -t mesos-slave[1889]
     1901 ?        S      0:00  \_ logger -p user.err -t mesos-slave[1889]

Now we have the Mesos slave running with Native Docker support. But the current stable version of Marathon still don’t support the native Docker feature of Mesos. So we need to setup Marathon 0.7 from scratch. I’ve written a blog on upgrading Marathon from 0.6.x to 0.7. Once we have setup the Marathon 0.7, we can start using Mesos with the Native Docker support. Let’s create a new App in Marathon via its REST API.

create a JSON file in the new container format. say ubuntu.json

    "id": "jackex",
    "container": {
        "docker": {
            "image": "ubuntu:14.04"
        "type": "DOCKER",
        "volumes": []
    "cmd": "while sleep 10; do date -u +%T; done",
    "cpus": 0.2,
    "mem": 200,
    "ports": [9999],
    "requirePorts": true,
    "instances": 1

Now, we can use the Marathon API to launch the Docker task,

$ curl -X POST -H "Content-Type: application/json" localhost:8080/v2/apps -d@ubuntu.json

{"id":"/jackex","cmd":"while sleep 10; do date -u +%T; done","args":null,"user":null,"env":{},"instances":1,"cpus":0.2,"mem":200.0,"disk":0.0,"executor":"","constraints":[],"uris":[],"storeUrls":[],"ports":[9999],"requirePorts":true,"backoffSeconds":1,"backoffFactor":1.15,"container":{"type":"DOCKER","volumes":[],"docker":{"image":"ubuntu:14.04"}},"healthChecks":[],"dependencies":[],"upgradeStrategy":{"minimumHealthCapacity":1.0},"version":"2014-08-31T16:03:50.593Z"}

$ docker ps
CONTAINER ID        IMAGE               COMMAND                CREATED             STATUS              PORTS               NAMES
25ba3950a9e1        ubuntu:14.04        /bin/sh -c 'while sl   2 minutes ago       Up 2 minutes                            mesos-a19af637-ffb9-4d3c-8b61-778d47087ace

Mesos UI

Marathon UI

With the new Native Docker support, Mesos is becoming more friendly with Docker. And this is a great achievement for people like me who are trying to use Mesos and Docker in our Infrastructure. A big kudos to Mesos and Mesosphere team for their great work :)

Upgrading Marthon for Mesos Native Docker Support

A few days ago Mesos 0.20 version was released with native Docker support. Till that, Mesos Docker integration was performed using Mesosphere’s Deimos application. But with the new Mesos, there is no need for any external application for launching Docker containers in Mesos Slaves. As per Mesos Documentation we can run containers in two ways. 1) as a Task and 2) as an Executor. Currently Mesos 0.20 supports only the host (--net=host) Docker networking mode.

The current stable release of Marathon is 0.6X. The debian package provided by the Mesosphere also provides the 0.6x version. The container format has been completely changed in 0.7.x version. So we cannot use the 0.6.x version along with Mesos 0.20. More details are available in the Marathon Documentation

The current Mesos Master branch is version := "0.7.0-SNAPSHOT". So we need to compile Marathon from scratch. The only dependency for compiling Marathon is scala-sbt. Get the latest Debian package for sbt from here. The current sbt version is 0.13.5.

$ wget

$ dpkg -i sbt-0.13.5.deb

Now let’s clone the Marathon githib repo.

$ git clone && cd marathon

$ sbt assembly

$ ./bin/build-distribution  # for building jar file

The above build command will create an executable jar file “marathon-runnable.jar” under the “target” folder. We can use this jar file along with Marathon 0.6.x start script. If we check the upstart script of Marathon 0.6.x, it uses /usr/local/bin/marathon binary for starting the service. So we need to edit two lines in this file to use our latest version 0.7’s jar file.

First let’s move our jar file to say “/opt/ folder.

$ cp marathon-runable.jar /opt/marathon.jar

Now let’s edit the Marathon binary. Make the below changes in the binary file,

marathon_jar="/opt/marathon.jar" # Line number 21


exec java "${vm_opts[@]}" -jar "$marathon_jar" "$@"  # -jar option added to use the jar file instead if the default -cp option. Line number 62

Now let’s restart the Marathon service.

$ service marathon restart

Now let’s use the ps command and verify the service status.

$ ps axf | grep marathon | grep -v grep

22653 ?        Ssl    6:09 java -Xmx512m -Djava.library.path=/usr/local/lib -Djava.util.logging.SimpleFormatter.format=%2$s %5$s%6$s%n -jar /opt/marathon.jar --zk zk://localhost:2181,localhost:2182,localhost:2183/marathon --master zk://localhost:2181,localhost:2182,localhost:2183/mesos
22663 ?        S      0:00  \_ logger -p -t marathon[22653]
22664 ?        S      0:00  \_ logger -p user.notice -t marathon[22653]

Now Marathon is running with the version 0.7 jar file. Let’s verify by creating a new Docker task. Make sure that the Mesos version 0.20 is running on the host and not the older versions of Mesos. More detail about the new container format is available in the Marathon Documentation page.

create a JSON file in the new container format. say ubuntu.json

    "id": "mesos-docker-test",
    "container": {
        "docker": {
            "image": "ubuntu:14.04"
        "type": "DOCKER",
        "volumes": []
    "cmd": "while sleep 10; do date -u +%T; done",
    "cpus": 0.2,
    "mem": 200,
    "ports": [9999],
    "requirePorts": false,
    "instances": 1

Now, we can use the Marathon API to launch the Docker task,

$ curl -X POST -H "Content-Type: application/json" localhost:8080/v2/apps -d@ubuntu.json

{"id":"/mesos-docker-test","cmd":"while sleep 10; do date -u +%T; done","args":null,"user":null,"env":{},"instances":1,"cpus":0.2,"mem":200.0,"disk":0.0,"executor":"","constraints":[],"uris":[],"storeUrls":[],"ports":[9999],"requirePorts":false,"backoffSeconds":1,"backoffFactor":1.15,"container":{"type":"DOCKER","volumes":[],"docker":{"image":"ubuntu:14.04"}},"healthChecks":[],"dependencies":[],"upgradeStrategy":{"minimumHealthCapacity":1.0},"version":"2014-08-31T16:03:50.593Z"}

$ docker ps
CONTAINER ID        IMAGE               COMMAND                CREATED             STATUS              PORTS               NAMES
25ba3950a9e1        ubuntu:14.04        /bin/sh -c 'while sl   2 minutes ago       Up 2 minutes                            mesos-a19af637-ffb9-4d3c-8b61-778d47087ace

Here i’ve used Port number 9999. But by default, in Mesos 0.20, default port range resourced by Mesos Slave is [31000-32000]. Please refer my next Blog post on how to modify and set a custom port range.

With the new Native Docker support, Mesos is becoming more friendly with Docker. And this is a great achievement for people like me who are trying to use Mesos and Docker in our Infrastructure. A big kudos to Mesos and Mesosphere team for their great work :)

Marathon Event Bus

It’s almost 3 months since i’ve started with Mesos + Marathon. Yesterday, i was going through the Marathon Doc Site, and found that Marathon has a cool internal Event Bus. Currently Marathon has an ibuilt HTTP callback subscriber that POSTs events in JSON format to one or more endpoints. So i decided to give it a try to my Mesos test environment. More documentations of the Event Bus are available in the Documentation page.

Currently, in my test environment all the Mesos and Marathon are installed from the Mesosphere Debian packages. Whether we use the packaged init or upstart script, both of them are directly calling the /usr/local/bin/marathon binary. For the Event Bus with http callback, we need to enable two flags (–event_subscriber http_callback –http_endpoints http://host1/foo,http://host2/bar) while starting the Marathon service ie, –event_subscriber, the type of subscriber that we are going to use and –http_endpoints, endpoints corresponding to the subscriber.

From the marathon binary, i found the it looks for files under the /etc/marathon/conf/ folder, where each file is the name of the flag to be enabled and the content of the file is the flag values. So in our case, we need two files inside the “/etc/marathon/conf/”, 1) event_subscriber and 2) http_endpoints

root@vagrant-ubuntu-trusty-64:/etc/marathon/conf# ls /etc/marathon/conf/
event_subscriber  http_endpoints

And the content of these files are,

root@vagrant-ubuntu-trusty-64:/etc/marathon/conf# cat /etc/marathon/conf/event_subscriber

root@vagrant-ubuntu-trusty-64:/etc/marathon/conf# cat /etc/marathon/conf/http_endpoints


Now for test purpose, lets start a minimal webserver using netcat listening to port 1234

$ nc -l -p 1234

Now netcat is listening on port 1234. Lets restart Marathon with our new flags.

$ service marathon restart

Now lets check if the flags are enabled properly,

root@vagrant-ubuntu-trusty-64:/etc/marathon/conf# ps axf | grep marathon | grep -v grep
2780 ?        Sl     0:36 java -Xmx512m -Djava.library.path=/usr/local/lib -Djava.util.logging.SimpleFormatter.format=%2$s %5$s%6$s%n -cp /usr/local/bin/marathon mesosphere.marathon.Main --zk zk://localhost:2181,localhost:2182,localhost:2183/marathon --master zk://localhost:2181,localhost:2182,localhost:2183/mesos --http_endpoints http://localhost:1234/ --event_subscriber http_callback
2791 ?        S      0:00  \_ logger -p -t marathon[2780]
2792 ?        S      0:00  \_ logger -p user.notice -t marathon[2780]

From the above ps command, it can be seen that the flags are enabled properly. Now i’m going to start a docker container. So as per the Event Bus documentation, Callbacks are Fired every time Marathon receives an API request that modifies an app (create, update, delete)

$ curl -X POST -H "Content-Type: application/json" localhost:8080/v2/apps -d@ubuntu.json

where ubuntu.json is,

    "container": {
    "image": "docker:///libmesos/ubuntu",
    "options" : []
  "id": "ubuntu2",
  "instances": "1",
  "cpus": ".3",
  "mem": "200",
  "uris": [ ],
  "ports": [9999],
  "cmd": "while sleep 10; do date -u +%T; done"

Once the Marathon API is fired, we will get a POST request on our netcat with the Event details. Below is the Event received on my netcat server.

root@vagrant-ubuntu-trusty-64:/var/tmp# nc -l -p 1234
Host: localhost:1234
Accept: application/json
User-Agent: spray-can/1.2.1
Content-Type: application/json; charset=UTF-8
Content-Length: 427

{"clientIp":"","uri":"/v2/apps","appDefinition":{"id":"ubuntu2","cmd":"while sleep 10; do date -u +%T; done","env":{},"instances":1,"cpus":0.3,"mem":200.0,"disk":0.0,"executor":"","constraints":[],"uris":[],"ports":[9999],"taskRateLimit":1.0,"container":{"image":"docker:///libmesos/ubuntu","options":[]},"healthChecks":[],"version":{"dateTime":{}}},"eventType":"api_post_event","timestamp":"2014-08-25T13:23:27.059Z"}

This Event bus is really usefull as it notifies us on all the Event changes happening on our Mesos cluster. We can also buit an Event notification system based on these callbacks. Though the current Events has very minimal details, i’m sure that more Event types will get added soon into Marathon.

Managing HA Docker Cluster Using Multiple Mesos Masters

In my previous blog, i’ve described how to manage Docker cluster using Mesos and Marathon. It was using a single Mesos Master. But for production, we cannot go with a single Mesos master, as it will result in a sinlge point of failure. Mesos supports Multi master via Zookeeper. So in this blog i’m going to explain how to setup a Multi Master Mesos Cluster using Zookeper for Automatic promotion of Mesos master when the current Active Mesos Master fails. This time i’m going to setup 3 Zookeeper services and 2 Mesos Master on a single Vagrant box.

Setting up ZooKeeper Cluster

First lets download the the latest stable Zookeeper source code.

$ wget

Now extract the tar file and create 3 copies of the same, say zookeeper1, zookeeper2 and zookeeper3. Also Zookeeper needs Java on the machine, so let’s install java dependencies.

$ apt-get install openjdk-7-jdk openjdk-7-jre

Now inside, the extracted zookeeper source folder, we need to create a config file. So in our case, inside each Zookeeper folder, we need a zoo.cfg file.

For zookeeper1 folder,

# content of zoo.cfg

For zookeeper2 folder,

# content of zoo.cfg

For zookeeper3 folder,

    # content of zoo.cfg

Here, since the 3 zookeeper services are running on the same host, i’ve assigned separate ports. If the zookeeper are running on separate instances, then we can have the same ports for all of the zookeeper nodes. There are two port numbers. The first followers use to connect to the leader, and the second is for leader election.

Now we can start the Zookeeper in Foreground using the ./bin/ start-foreground from each of the 3 zookeeper folders. netstat -nltp | grep 288 will display the port of the zookeeper service which is the current master among the cluster. We can also check the connectivity using the zookeepr client binary available in the zookeeper source folder. Once zookeeper cluster is UP, we can go ahead setting up Mesos.

Setting up Multiple Mesos Masters

Mesossphere team has already built packages for Mesos,Marathon and Deimos. So one of my Mesos master will be from the package. But i also wanted to play with the Mesos Source, so i decided to build Mesos from the source. So my second Mesos Master will be from the scratch.

First Master from the Mesosphere package.

$ apt-key adv --keyserver --recv E56151BF

$ DISTRO=$(lsb_release -is | tr '[:upper:]' '[:lower:]')

$ CODENAME=$(lsb_release -cs)

# Add the repository
$ echo "deb${DISTRO} ${CODENAME} main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mesosphere.list

$ apt-get -y update

$ apt-get -y install mesos marathon deimos

Now we need to define the Zookeeper cluster details so that Mesos master and slave can connect. Edit /etc/mesos/zk and add zk://localhost:2181,localhost:2182,localhost:2183/mesos. More details about Zookeeper URL is available here. Also More details about installing Mesos from Mesosphere’s Debian package is available in their website.

So now we have one master ready, we can start the Mesos Master, Mesos Slave and Marathon. ANd esnure that they can connect to our Zookeeper cluster properly. We can also see the connection status in the stdout of the zookeeper process as they are running in foreground.

Now building the second Mesos master from scratch. First let’s download the Mesos Source Code.

$ wget

$ tar xvzf mesos-0.19.0.tar.gz && cd mesos-0.19.0

$ ./bootstrap && ./configure --prefix=/usr/local/mesos

$ make && make install

Once the Compilation is succeeded, we can start the new Mesos Master service. The default port 5050 is used by the existing master, so we need to run this new service on a different port.

$ /usr/local/mesos/sbin/mesos-master --zk=zk://localhost:2181,localhost:2182,localhost:2183/mesos --port=5054 --quorum=1 --registry=in_memory --work_dir=/var/lib/mesos/

Once the new Mesos Master is up, we can create a test container via Marathon Rest API. Create a simple json file called ubuntu.json

    "container": {
    "image": "docker:///libmesos/ubuntu",
    "options" : []
  "id": "ubuntu",
  "instances": "1",
  "cpus": ".3",
  "mem": "200",
  "uris": [ ],
  "cmd": "while sleep 10; do date -u +%T; done"

$ curl -X POST -H "Content-Type: application/json" localhost:8080/v2/apps -d@ubuntu.json

This will launch a single container. We can check the status of the container via the Marathon UI as well as via RestAPI also. Now comes the critical part for Production, What happens when the master fails. Mesos Documentation says, if the current master fails, in a Multi master Mesos Cluster, Zookeeper will elect a new Master, in our case the second Mesos master service. And Mesos Claims that the running services will not get crashed and the status will be taken by the newly promoted master. In our case, we have a Docker container running as a long running service.

First i’ll stop one of the Mesos master service,

$ service mesos-master stop

Now immidiately on the stdout of the Zookeeper, we can see the logs corresponding to the Election process. Below is the same,

I0814 19:41:07.889044  9093 contender.cpp:243] New candidate (id='7') has entered the contest for leadership
2014-08-14 19:41:07,896:9088(0x7ff8e2ffd700):ZOO_INFO@check_events@1750: session establishment complete on server [], sessionId=0x347d606d0d90003, negotiated timeout=10000
I0814 19:41:07.899509  9092 group.cpp:310] Group process ((10)@ connected to ZooKeeper
I0814 19:41:07.900049  9092 group.cpp:784] Syncing group operations: queue size (joins, cancels, datas) = (0, 0, 0)
I0814 19:41:07.900069  9092 group.cpp:382] Trying to create path '/mesos' in ZooKeeper
I0814 19:41:07.915621  9092 detector.cpp:135] Detected a new leader: (id='6')
I0814 19:41:07.915699  9092 group.cpp:655] Trying to get '/mesos/info_0000000006' in ZooKeeper
I0814 19:41:07.920266  9094 network.hpp:423] ZooKeeper group memberships changed
I0814 19:41:07.920910  9094 group.cpp:655] Trying to get '/mesos/log_replicas/0000000003' in ZooKeeper
I0814 19:41:07.924144  9095 network.hpp:461] ZooKeeper group PIDs: { log-replica(1)@ }
I0814 19:41:07.926575  9092 detector.cpp:377] A new leading master (UPID=master@ is detected
I0814 19:41:07.926679  9092 master.cpp:957] The newly elected leader is master@ with id 20140814-194033-251789322-5050-8808

As per the above logs, the second Mesos Master running at port 5054 was promoted as New Mesos Master. This will be reflected to Marathon also. We can go to the Marthon UI and make sure that the Docker process that we have started using the old Mesos master is still running fine. We can even try making some scaling changes and can make sure that the new master can alter the process.

In my testing, i’ve tried stoping each of the service and ensured that only one Mesos master is running and also tried scaling the Apps from one Master service to make sure that the new Master was able to keep track of all these changes. The results were quite promising. Mesos + Marrthon + Docker indeed is killer combo. We can really built a cross vendor independent cluster with scaling capabilites.

Load Test on Docker Freeswitch – Part 1

Docker is a very powerfull tool for managing Linux containers. In my previous blog i’ve explaind on how to setup a Docker Freeswitch. Docker is very mature now, version 1.0 has already been released. Docker is now supported by all major cloud vendors. Docker was showing promising results when i was performing my initial testing. So this time i decided to perform a heavy load test on the Freeswitch container to ensure that Docker can really enter Telephony. Like any normal sys admin, i was googling for Freeswitch load test, and most of the results were pointing to Sipp, an Open Source test tool / traffic generator for the SIP protocol. For me Sipp didnt helped me as it started throwing errors beyond 320 simultaneous calls. The UDP connections were timing out. I tried increasing the timeout, which didn’t helped much.

So next choice is to use a Freeswitch itself, to generate calls. Using the FreeSwitch’s originate command to generate simultaneous calls and hit the Docker Freeswitch container. I also decided to collect all system metrics, so that i knows how the machine behaves under various load tests conditions. For this i deciced to use CollectD and Graphite combo. Collectd 5+ has an inbuild graphite plugin which can send the collectd metrics to a graphite server.

I’ve already setup an Ubuntu-Freeswitch Docker image. First we need to pull the images from the Docker hub.

$ docker pull deepakmdass88/fs-ubuntu

Now i’m going to start the Docker FreeSwitch container in foreground.

$ docker run --rm --privilieged -i -t -p 5060:5060/tcp -p 5060:5060/udp -p 16384:16384/udp -p 16385:16385/udp -p 16386:16386/udp -p 16387:16387/udp -p 16388:16388/udp -p 16389:16389/udp -p 16390:16390/udp -p 16391:16391/udp -p 16392:16392/udp -p 16393:16393/udp -p 5080:5080/tcp -p 5080:5080/udp deepakmdass88/fs-ubuntu /bin/bash

The privilieged option was enabled because, the FreeSwitch init script sets some custom ulimit values, so the container has to be given special privileges. Corresponding SIP and RTP ports are forwarded from the host to the container.

Now before starting the Freeswitch service, we can set up the CollectD agent. By default, the Ubuntu repostiry contains CollectD versio 4.10, but the Graphite plugin is available from version 5.0+ onwards. So we can use somne PPA which has the corresponding version available.

$ apt-get install python-software-properties

$ add-apt-repository ppa:joey-imbasciano/collectd5

$ apt-get update && apt-get install collectd

Now in the /etc/collectd.conf, uncomment LoadPlugin write_graphite. Also, in the same file and uncomment the plugin definition and fill in the server details.

<Plugin write_graphite>
        Host ""
        Port "2003"
        Protocol "tcp"
        LogSendErrors true
        Prefix "collectd."
        StoreRates true
        AlwaysAppendDS false
        EscapeCharacter "_"

I’ve enabled a custom freeswitch plugin, which will extract the current ongoing calls count from freeswitch and sends it to the graphite server. Once the config changes are done we can restart the CollectD service. Now we can check our graphite UI to see if the default metrics like memory, load, cpu etc. are reaching the graphite server. Once CollectD-Graphite setup is ready, we can go ahead with our load test. So, once the call has reached the server, we need some Dialplan to continue the calls. So the simplest method is to create an infinite loop of playing some file, or some conference. Below are some dialplans that i’ve created in the public.xml

# Infinite Play Loop

 <extension name="111222333">
       <condition field="destination_number" expression="^111222333$">
         <action application="answer"/>
         <action application="playback" data="sounds/music/8000/got.wav"/>
         <action application="transfer" data="111222333 XML public"/>

# Test conference

  <extension name="docker-fs-test-conf">
    <condition field="destination_number" expression="^112233">
      <action application="answer"/>
      <action application="sleep" data="500"/>
      <action application="conference" data="docker-test@public"/>

# Default IVR menu

    <extension name="ivr_demo">
      <condition field="destination_number" expression="^5000$">
        <action application="answer"/>
        <action application="sleep" data="2000"/>
        <action application="ivr" data="demo_ivr"/>

Now, we have the dialplans ready, next is authentication. By default there are two ways, Digest auth and IP Whitelist. Here i’m going to use IP whitelist, so we need to whitelist our IP in the acl.conf file.

 <list name="domains" default="deny">
      <!-- domain= is special it scans the domain from the directory to build the ACL -->
      <node type="allow" domain="$${domain}"/>
      <node type="allow" cidr=""/>                 # IP of FS from which we are going to send the calls
      <!-- use cidr= if you wish to allow ip ranges to this domains acl. -->
      <!-- <node type="allow" cidr=""/> -->

Now we can start the Freeswitch service.

$ /etc/init.d/freeswitch start

We can check the freeswich service using the fs_cli command.

$ /usr/local/freeswitch/bin/fs_cli -x "show status"

UP 0 years, 0 days, 6 hours, 34 minutes, 59 seconds, 648 milliseconds, 56 microseconds
FreeSWITCH (Version 1.5.13b git 39200cd 2014-07-02 21:55:21Z 64bit) is ready
1068 session(s) since startup
0 session(s) - peak 299, last 5min 0
0 session(s) per Sec out of max 30, peak 29, last 5min 0
1000 session(s) max
min idle cpu 0.00/100.00
Current Stack Size/Max 240K/8192K

Now freeswitch is ready to accept the connection. We can start sending the calls from our Load test freeswitch. Below is the script that was used to originate the calls from the load test Freeswitch machine. This will create simultaneous calls towards the Docker FS.


while [ 1 ]; do

set -i req
req=$(/usr/local/freeswitch/bin/fs_cli -q -b -x "show channels count" | awk '{print $1}')
if [ $req -lt $MAX_CALLS ]; then
    /usr/local/freeswitch/bin/fs_cli -q -b -x "bgapi originate sofia/external/$SIP_URI loadtest"
    echo "sleep a bit ..."
    sleep 10s


While bulk calls are being made from the Load test freeswitch machines, to test the Quality in real time, it’s better to dial to the extension directly from a Sip Phone/Client and ensure that voice quality is good. Below is my Graphite dashboard for the load test.

Default Graphite UI

Tessera UI

The FS was stable till 500 simultaneous calls, after that there was a sudden drop in calls and also the voice quality started dropping and in a minute the Freeswitch crashed due to Segmentation fault. I’m going to analyze the core dump file to understand more about the crash. The other smaller drops that we see in the graph was caused by the Load test Freeswitch machine, as the load was getting high when the number of calls was increased. But 500 simultaneous calls are pretty decent and the there was no issue in voice quality till the number of calls crossed 500. Though it’s very difficult to make a final confirmation, i decided to go ahead with phase 2 load test.

In the phase 2 test, i’m planning to use multiple FS load test machines to generate large simultaneous calls + running 2 separate FS containers on the same host and split the incoming calls to both these containers. Once the phase 2 test is completed, ill share the test results in an another blog post. Docker is still under heavy development, and i’m sure Docker will be entering Telephony soon.

Managing Docker Clusters Using Mesos and Marathon

Docker has became one of my favourite tool. It’s super cool and super easy tool to manage linux containers. LXC’s are around in IT world for some time, but by the entry of Docker last year, the wave started rising. Thanks to Docker team and Solomon Hykes for open sourcing such a wonderfull project. I’ve already mentioned a lot of stuffs about Docker in my previos blogs, so today im going explain how Docker can be used as a Cluster. There are some interesting tools like CoreOS, Helios etc for managing Docker as a cluster. But today i’m going to explain on how to set up a Docker cluster using Apache Mesos. CoreOS is a custom linux os which comes with SystemD. But the restriction is, we have to use that custom images of coreos.. Indeed CoreOS team open sourced some exciting tools like etcd fleet which works with CoreOS for managing Docker clusters. But Mesos is quite simple, we can install it via package, or even using tar balls available in thier Github repo onto most of the Linux Distro’s and it’s quite easy to configure also. Mesos is heavily used by Twitter to manage their data center’s. And now Mesosphere has opensourced a new tool called Mararthon which now provides a UI and a Rest API for maaging and scheduling Mesos Frameworks aka jobs, in this case containers as a service.

A few weeks ago, Mesos 0.19 was released which comes with an official support for Docker coantiners by intergrating Deimos into it. And a few days ago Marathon has released their new version 0.6.0 supports launching any task in a Docker container via Mesos 0.19+

Setting up Mesos Cluster

In this test setup, i’m going to setup both Mesos master/slave and Zookeeper on the same Ubuntu 14.04 vagrant node. First we can install the dependencies,

$ apt-get install curl python-setuptools python-pip python-dev python-protobuf

Now we can install Zookeeper

$ apt-get install zookeeperd

After the installation, ZooKeeper has 1 configuration. Each Zookeeper needs to know its position in the quorum.

$ echo 1 | sudo dd of=/var/lib/zookeeper/myid

Now we can setup Docker

$ echo "deb docker main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/docker.list

$ apt-get update && apt-get install lxc-docker

$ docker version

   Client version: 1.0.0
   Client API version: 1.12
   Go version (client): go1.2.1
   Git commit (client): 63fe64c
   Server version: 1.0.0
   Server API version: 1.12
   Go version (server): go1.2.1
   Git commit (server): 63fe64c

Let’s pull some basic ubuntu images from Docker Hub so that we can use the same for testing.

$ docker pull libmesos/ubuntu

Now we can configure Mesos

$ curl -fL -o /tmp/mesos.deb

$ dpkg -i /tmp/mesos.deb

$ mkdir -p /etc/mesos-master

$ echo in_memory | sudo dd of=/etc/mesos-master/registry

## Mesos Python egg for use in authoring frameworks

$ curl -fL -o /tmp/mesos.egg

$ easy_install /tmp/mesos.egg

We can download the latest Marathon 0.6 from here

$ tar xvzf marathon-0.6.0.tgz

Mesos uses Deimos for managing dockers, Deimos can installed via pip

$ pip install deimos

Also, we need to configure mesos to use Deimos,

$ mkdir -p /etc/mesos-slave

$ echo /usr/local/bin/deimos | sudo dd of=/etc/mesos-slave/containerizer_path

$ echo external | sudo dd of=/etc/mesos-slave/isolation

Now we can start all the services.

$ initctl reload-configuration

$ service docker start

$ service zookeeper start

$ service mesos-master start

$ service mesos-slave start

##### Starting Marathon #####

$ cd marathon-0.6.0

$ ./bin/start --master zk://localhost:2181/mesos --zk_hosts localhost:2181

Marathon will now start listening to port 8080, We can access the UI from the browser via this port, also via rest API using the same port.

curl localhost:8080/help   # gives us some details about the API's

I just went through the Deimos code, so under the hood they are using docker run with some default parameters like --sig-proxy, --rm, --cidfile, -v, -w and extra parameters that we are passing while creating the task via Marathon.

As of now, we still can’t pass details like Container image, Docker options via Marathon GUI. So we can use the Rest API for the time being. Below is a sample curl request for launcing a single container,

curl -X POST -H "Accept: application/json" -H "Content-Type: application/json" \
    localhost:8080/v2/apps -d '{
        "container": {"image": "docker:///libmesos/ubuntu", "options": ["--privileged"]},
        "cpus": 0.5,
        "cmd": "sleep 500",
        "id": "docker-tester",
        "instances": 1,
        "mem": 300

We can pass custom options to the docker run command via “options”. After making the curl request, we can check the syslog, as mesos will be logging into syslog by default. We can even see the Docker run command on the same.

Jun 27 07:24:58 vagrant-ubuntu-trusty-64 deimos[19227]: deimos.containerizer.docker.launch() exit 0 // docker run --sig-proxy --rm --cidfile /tmp/deimos/mesos/00d459fb-22ca-4af7-9a97-ef8a510905f2/cid -w /tmp/mesos-sandbox -v /tmp/deimos/mesos/00d459fb-22ca-4af7-9a97-ef8a510905f2/fs:/tmp/mesos-sandbox --privileged -p 31498:31498 -c 512 -m 300m -e PORT=31498 -e PORT0=31498 -e PORTS=31498 libmesos/ubuntu sh -c 'sleep 500'

We can also use the Marathon Rest API to check the status of the job which we started.

curl -X GET -H "Content-Type: application/json" localhost:8080/v2/apps

Below is the screenshort for the same from the Marathon UI.

We can also check if the container is launched via docker ps command.

A more detailed report about the Docker job which we have launched can be viewed via the default Mesos GUI listening on port 5050 on the Mesos master. Now we can test the scalability of the Job. Currently we have only one container running. So now we can try scaling say adding one more node. We can do it in two ways, like via PUT request using curl or using GUI

curl -X PUT -H "Content-Type: application/json" localhost:8080/v2/apps/docker-tester \
    "container": {"image": "docker:///libmesos/ubuntu", "options": ["--privileged"]},
            "cpus": 0.5,
            "cmd": "sleep 500",
            "id": "docker-tester",
            "instances": 2,     # increasing the instance count to 2
            "mem": 300

Now we can use the docker ps command to see if the new container is launched or not. Also we can see that status in UI also.

Similarly, we can scale down also. I’ve tested the same and all seems to be good. Marathon ensures that the docker process will be running. So incase if the process crashes Marathon will restart the same and ensures that the instances are up and running as per our configuration. There are a few other Open Sourced Mesos Scheduler’s like Apache Aurora, Airbnb’s Chronos. But for my requirement marathon is pretty straight and simple and also provides a very good Rest API layer for managing containers. Mesos, Marathon and Docker are still young, but provides a killer combination for managing clusters built over Docker containers.

Dockerizing FreeSwitch – Docker Enters Telephony World

Docker has became one of the hottest topics in IT now a days. Docker is an open-source project that automates the deployment of applications inside software containers. Docker extends a common container format called Linux Containers (LXC), with a high-level API providing lightweight virtualization that runs processes in isolation.Docker uses LXC, cgroups, and the Linux kernel itself. Though i coudn’t make out to the DockerCon 2014 in SF, a lot new developments were announced on the DockerCon. Especially three new Opensource Projects libcontainer, libchan and libswarn. Docker is indeed creating a revolution in the container space, creating a next generation of scalable platform management. There are a lot PAAS services like Deis,, Dokku which are already using Docker in production. Another important and exciting project is CoreOS. CoreOS uses tools like SystemD, Fleet, EtcD to build a fully scalabale docker based cluster management system. I definitely need a separate blog to write about CoreOS, it’s really a super exciting project to play with.

Last week Docker Team released Version 1.0 of Docker. So i’ll be using the same in this new set up. It’s been almost 6 Month’s since i’ve been working @ Plivo as a DevOps Engineer. Telephony was really a very new platform for me. And my first companion was offcourse FreeSwitch,a scalable open source cross-platform telephony platform designed to route and interconnect popular communication protocols using audio, video, text or any other form of media. I was heavily using Vagrant for all my experiments in my mac. But after started using Docker, it really made me crazy. I’ve played for some time wiht LXC’s long back. So this was like a leap back to the container world.

There are a lot of concerns on using Virtual Machines in Telephony world. Especially for the server’s that handles the Real Time voice packets, as voice quality is pretty important in Telephony. Docker’s again more light weight isolated environment, and i decide to see how Docker can perform with such issues. If Docker handle Freeswitch smoothly, then i’m sure that we can use Docker for other telephony app’s like OpenSIPS/Kamailio etc, as they handle only sessions not the Media traffic. I know there are a lot of concerns like CPU load, Network etc, but this is like an initial move to test Docker into Telephony.

Setting Up Docker

Docker 1.0 is available from the Official Docker repo.

$ echo "deb docker main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/docker.list

$ apt-get update && apt-get install lxc-docker

Now we can check the Docker version using the docker binary itself.

$ docker version

Client version: 1.0.0
Client API version: 1.12
Go version (client): go1.2.1
Git commit (client): 63fe64c
Server version: 1.0.0
Server API version: 1.12
Go version (server): go1.2.1
Git commit (server): 63fe64c

Now Docker is installed, but we need some OS images to use with docker. We can build custom images using debootstrap etc. But there are official minimal images available in Docker HUB. We can search for the repositories and can pull those images via docker binary itself.

For example to pull the entire Ubuntu images, we can just do,

$ docker pull ubuntu

But this will download all the ubuntu images available in the repo. We can also do selective download by using the tag.

$ docker pull ubuntu:14:04

Once the images are downloaded, we can use images option in docker binary to see all the downloaded images.

$ docker images

REPOSITORY                      TAG                 IMAGE ID            CREATED             VIRTUAL SIZE
ubuntu                          14.04               ad892dd21d60        10 days ago         275.5 MB

Here i’m not going to daemonize the container, i’ll be using the interactive option. But first, let’s start a new container.

$ docker run -t -i ubuntu:14.04 /bin/bash

This command will start a conatiner and will open up a bash session for us and we will be inside the bash session. Now to use an application we need to open up corresponding ports to outside world. We can use the “-p” option while starting a docker container to enable port forwarding. Under the hood, docker is using IPtables for the same. In the case of Freeswitch, we need to open 5060,5080 for the default Sofia profiles (Internal and External). Also we need to open the RTP ports. In this test i’ll be opening a predefined set of ports ie from “16384” to “16394”. (As my Docker host resides on Azure, creating an Endpoint for each port forward is really a pain, so i decided to open only a few). And also i’ll be opening port 22, so that we can have an ssh server inside the container.

$ docker run -t -i -p 2223:22 -p 5060:5060/tcp -p 5060:5060/udp -p 16384:16384/udp -p 16385:16385/udp -p 16386:16386/udp -p 16387:16387/udp -p 16388:16388/udp -p 16389:16389/udp -p 16390:16390/udp -p 16391:16391/udp -p 16392:16392/udp -p 16393:16393/udp -p 5080:5080/tcp -p 5080:5080/udp ubuntu:14.04 /bin/bash

This will start a new container and Docker by default will setup the IPtables for port forwarding. So now my IPtables looks like this.

Chain FORWARD (policy ACCEPT 0 packets, 0 bytes)
 pkts bytes target     prot opt in     out     source               destination
   43 16850 ACCEPT     udp  --  !docker0 docker0             udp dpt:5080
    0     0 ACCEPT     tcp  --  !docker0 docker0             tcp dpt:5080
  988  198K ACCEPT     udp  --  !docker0 docker0             udp dpt:16392
    0     0 ACCEPT     udp  --  !docker0 docker0             udp dpt:16389
    0     0 ACCEPT     udp  --  !docker0 docker0             udp dpt:16385
    0     0 ACCEPT     udp  --  !docker0 docker0             udp dpt:16393
 2026  405K ACCEPT     udp  --  !docker0 docker0             udp dpt:16388
 8817 1763K ACCEPT     udp  --  !docker0 docker0             udp dpt:16384
12144 8684K ACCEPT     udp  --  !docker0 docker0             udp dpt:5060
 4359  257K ACCEPT     tcp  --  !docker0 docker0             tcp dpt:5060
 9917 1983K ACCEPT     udp  --  !docker0 docker0             udp dpt:16390
    0     0 ACCEPT     udp  --  !docker0 docker0             udp dpt:16387
    0     0 ACCEPT     tcp  --  !docker0 docker0             tcp dpt:22
   38  4848 ACCEPT     udp  --  !docker0 docker0             udp dpt:16391
    1   152 ACCEPT     udp  --  !docker0 docker0             udp dpt:16386
    0     0 ACCEPT     all  --  *      lxcbr0  
    0     0 ACCEPT     all  --  lxcbr0 *  
 431K  630M ACCEPT     all  --  *      docker0              ctstate RELATED,ESTABLISHED
 128K   19M ACCEPT     all  --  docker0 !docker0  
   16  2460 ACCEPT     all  --  docker0 docker0  

Now we can go ahead with Freeswitch compilation. In my previous blog, i’ve mentioned how to compile and set up freeswitch. Once freeswitch is ready, we need to make a few changes. By default, Freeswitch uses STUN to route through NAT, but this doesn’t work with Docker. So we have to set the external IP manually. In the Freeswitch installed folder, edit conf/autoload_configs/switch.conf.xml. In this file we can set the External IP manually. Add the below lines to switch_conf.xml.

<X-PRE-PROCESS cmd="set" data="external_sip_ip=<YOUR_EXTERNAL_IP>"/>
<X-PRE-PROCESS cmd="set" data="external_rtp_ip=<YOUR_EXTERNAL_IP>"/>

Also we need to modify the Default Sofia Profiles and need to set the ext-rtp-ip and ext-sip-ip to use our external IP added in the switch_conf.xml file while establishing connections. Add the below lines to the conf/sip_profiles/internal.xml and conf/sip_profiles/external.xml

<param name="ext-rtp-ip" value="$${external_rtp_ip}"/>
<param name="ext-sip-ip" value="$${external_sip_ip}"/>

Now we need to set teh RTP ip range to the range which we have forwarded while creting the container. So we need to edit conf/autoload_configs/switch.conf.xml

<param name="rtp-start-port" value="16384"/>
<param name="rtp-end-port" value="16394"/>

Once the changes are made, we can start the FreeSwitch service. Now to make sure that the External IP is working properly, we can check the sofia profile status using fs_cli. below is a sample output of the sofia profile status.

freeswitch@internal> sofia status profile internal
Name                internal
Domain Name         N/A
Auto-NAT            false
DBName              sofia_reg_internal
Pres Hosts,
Dialplan            XML
Context             public
Challenge Realm     auto_from
Ext-RTP-IP          <my_external_ip>
Ext-SIP-IP          <my_external_ip>
URL                 sip:mod_sofia@<my_external_ip>:5060
BIND-URL            sip:mod_sofia@<my_external_ip>:5060;maddr=;transport=udp,tcp
HOLD-MUSIC          local_stream://moh
TEL-EVENT           101
DTMF-MODE           rfc2833
CNG                 13
SESSION-TO          0
MAX-DIALOG          0
NOMEDIA             false
LATE-NEG            true
PROXY-MEDIA         false
ZRTP-PASSTHRU       true
CALLS-IN            0
CALLS-OUT           0

Now freeswitch ahs started successfully. We can test some basic calls using softphones like Xlite, Telephone etc. By default, there are some default extensions and user’s available, so we can use the same for testing the calls. But i really wanted to try trunkning also and wanted to see the quality of the voice. So i created SIP trunking in Freeswitch using Plivo. And i tested a couple of calls to US and India DID’s and no issues were detected in the quality. But again i need to test the laod of the server’s when it startes handling concurrent calls and also the voice quality. But i decied to d oit as a Phase II. But as of now, Docker FreeSwitch is working perfectly like a physical machine with out issues.

So now we have a working FreeSwitch container, now here comes the main advantage of the Docker. We can create a new image with all these changes, so that nex time i dont need to work from scratch. I can use this saved image and a readymade Docker Freeswitch container can be launched in seconds. Since we are in interactive mode, we should not quit the session before it’s saved or else all the things will be lost,becoz dokcer will destroy the same. So open up a new shell on the docker host and use the commit option. But to use the commit command, we need to know the container id, so here docker ps command comes handy.

$ docker ps

CONTAINER ID        IMAGE               COMMAND             CREATED             STATUS              PORTS           NAMES

e7f3c02346d4        a4196763d248        /bin/bash           32 hours ago        Up 32 hours>22/tcp,>5060/tcp,>5060/udp,>5080/tcp,>5080/udp,>16384/udp,>16385/udp,>16386/udp,>16387/udp,>16388/udp,>16389/udp,>16390/udp,>16391/udp,>16392/udp,>16393/udp   silly_turing

In my case “e7f3c02346d4” is the container ID. So i can use the same for commit. I won’t be commiting to the base Ubuntu image, as i can use the same for other purposes, so here i’ll commiting to a new image say “ubntu-fs-docker”

$ docker commit -m "<commit message>" e7f3c02346d4 ubntu-fs-docker

Now we can use this “ubntu-fs-docker” image to launch a ready made FreeSwitch server’s.

Docker is a very juvenile project about more than a year old. But the use cases are expanding heavily in the Modern IT world. Docker is fueling up a new generation of scalable servers. Wishing all the best for Docker and kudos to Solomon Hykes and the DotCloud team for opensourcing such a powerfull project