Configuring federation

This page describes how to enable and configure federation capabilities between clusters.

An overview on how this feature works is discussed in the architecture section

API Server configuration

To accept users from remote clusters, some settings need to be added to the application.yml file. There are two ways in which a remote cluster can be identified: either explictly by listing its prefix-to-hostname mapping, or implicitly by assuming the given remote cluster is public and belongs to the subdomain.

For example, if you want to set up a private cluster federation, the following configuration will only allow access to users from clsr2 & clsr3:

  remote_hosts_via_dns: false
  auto_activate_users_from: []

The additional auto_activate_users_from setting can be used to allow users from the clusters in the federation to not only read but also create & update objects on the local cluster. This feature is covered in more detail in the user activation section. In the current example, only manually activated remote users would have full access to the local cluster.

Arvados controller & keepstores configuration

Both arvados-controller and keepstore services also need to be configured, as they proxy requests to remote clusters when needed.

Continuing the previous example, the necessary settings should be added to the /etc/arvados/config.yml file as follows:

        Proxy: true
        Proxy: true

Similar settings should be added to clsr2 & clsr3 hosts, so that all clusters in the federation can talk to each other.


Following the above example, let’s suppose clsr1 is our “home cluster”, that is to say, we use our clsr1 user account as our federated identity and both clsr2 and clsr3 remote clusters are set up to allow users from clsr1 and to auto-activate them. The first thing to do would be to log into a remote workbench using the local user token. This can be done following these steps:

1. Log into the local workbench and get the user token
2. Visit the remote workbench specifying the local user token by URL:
3. You should now be logged into clsr2 with your account from clsr1

To further test the federation setup, you can create a collection on clsr2, uploading some files and copying its UUID. Next, logged into a shell node on your home cluster you should be able to get that collection by running:

user@clsr1:~$ arv collection get --uuid clsr2-xvhdp-xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

The returned collection metadata should show the local user’s uuid on the owner_uuid field. This tests that the arvados-controller service is proxying requests correctly.

One last test may be performed, to confirm that the keepstore services also recognize remote cluster prefixes and proxy the requests. You can ask for the previously created collection using any of the usual tools, for example:

user@clsr1:~$ arv-get clsr2-xvhdp-xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx/uploaded_file .

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