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Secondary Collector Installation for Distributed Data Collection

When you install NorthStar Controller, a primary collector is installed, for use by Netconf and SNMP collection. You can improve performance of the collection tasks by also installing secondary collector workers to distribute the work. Each secondary collector worker starts a number of worker processes which is equal to the number of cores in the CPU plus one. You can create as many secondary collector servers as you wish to help with collection tasks. The primary collector manages all of the workers automatically.

Secondary collectors must be installed in a separate server from the NorthStar Controller. You cannot install secondary collectors together with the NorthStar application in the same server.

To install secondary collectors, follow this procedure:

  1. On the secondary collector server, run the following:

  2. On the secondary collector server, run the script:

    The script prompts you for the NorthStar application IP address, login, and password. If the NorthStar application is in HA mode, you need to provide the VIP address of the NorthStar application. The IP address is used by the secondary collectors to communicate with the primary collector:

  3. Run the following command to confirm the secondary collector (worker) processes are running:

  4. Optionally, use the script to change the number of workers that are installed.

    The script installs a default number of workers, depending on the number of CPU cores on the server. After the initial installation, you can change the number of workers installed using the script. Table 1 shows the default workers installed, the number of total celery processes started, and the amount of RAM required.

    Table 1: Default Worker Groups and Processes by Number of CPU Cores

    CPU Cores

    Worker Groups Installed

    Total Worker Processes

    Minimum RAM Required




    (CPUs +1) x 4 = 20

    1 GB




    (CPUs +1) x 2 = 18

    1 GB




    (CPUs +1) x 1 = 17

    1 GB




    (CPUs +1) x 1 = 33

    2 GB

    To change the number of workers, run the script:

    Use the -w worker-groups option to add a specified number of worker groups. Since this installation is on a server dedicated to providing distributed data collection, you can increase the number of workers installed up to the server storage capacity to improve performance. The following example starts six worker groups: