Concurrent Call

Problem this snippet solves:

A small example of how to use threads with pycontrol v2. Of particular note is the use of the clone() method, which allows you to parse a WSDL one time, then use a lightweight clone to point to different systems. Each clone is handled by a thread, then returned.

WARNING: The suds clone method is not threadsafe! This example code is non-deterministic and becomes highly unstable as amount of concurrency is increased.

How to use this snippet:

Edit the username / password in the script, then simply pass it a list of IP addresses on the command line. The script will call each system (it assumes the same password for all systems).

Code :

#!/bin/env python

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# *** NOTE *** 
# There appears to be a python 2.6 issue that will throw a 'maxiumum recursion'
# warnings with the Suds clone() method. This isn't a fatal error and 
# the script should still work.

import sys
import pycontrol.pycontrol as pc
import threading
import Queue
import time
Example of threaded calls with pycontrol v.2. Almost all 
of this code was taken and then tweaked from: 

See this link for other good ideas on using threads with Python.

WARNING!!: timouts aren't accounted for here: if you have a zombie 
system it'll block and won't exit (on Windows, at least). You'll need
to account for this on your own!
q = Queue.Queue()

if len(sys.argv) < 2:
    print "Usage: %s [bip1] [bip2]" % sys.argv[0]

if pc.__version__ == '2.0':
    print "Requires pycontrol version 2.x!"

# The list of BigIP systems you want to query in parallel.
bigips = sys.argv[1:]

# Pick one and create a 'main' object. It's literally only a 
# Parent object that we'll clone multiple times for each system.
b = pc.BIGIP( hostname = bigips[0],
            username = 'admin', #change to match your env.
            password = 'admin', #change to match your env.
            directory = 'c:\\tmp\\', #Change this to a local dir on your system.
            wsdls = ['LocalLB.Pool'])
queue = Queue.Queue()

class ConcurrentCall(threading.Thread):
    """Threaded BigIP calls to multiple systems"""
    def __init__(self, queue, b):
        self.queue = queue
        self.b = b

    def run(self):
        while True:
            #grab a BigIP host from queue
            host = self.queue.get()
            c = b.LocalLB.Pool.suds.clone()

            # Set the new location. Note how set_options() is used here. Handy!
            url = 'https://' + host + '/iControl/iControlPortal.cgi'
            c.set_options(location = url)

            # The get_version() call is now a pure Suds library call.
            # Once we clone(), we're working with pure Suds, not pycontrol.
            # With suds, we call methods against the service attribute (see
            # below).
            res = c.service.get_version()
            print "%s is %s" % (host.rjust(16), res.rjust(5))

            #signals to queue job is done

start = time.time()
def main():
    # spawn a pool of threads, and pass them the queue instance 
    print "\n"
    for i in bigips:
        t = ConcurrentCall(queue, b)

    #populate queue with data
    for host in bigips:
    # wait on the queue until everything has been processed
print "\n Elapsed Time: %s" % (time.time() - start)
Published Mar 07, 2015
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