OMRS Subsystem Descriptions

The open metadata repository services is divided into five subsystems. The first four subsystems provide the core capabilities of OMRS:

Figure 1: Functional subsystems

Figure 1: Functional subsystems

In addition, the Event Management Services manage the flow of OMRS Events between the other subsystems:

The event management services ensure that the other subsystems do not need to be aware of whether the other subsystems are active or not.

Components within the subsystems

Figure 2 shows the components that are found within each subsystem.

Figure 2: Components within the subsystems

Figure 2: Components within the subsystems (level 2)

Figure 3 shows how they link together

Figure 3: Components Linkage

Figure 3: Components Linkage

Details of an individual component can be found by clicking on the link of their owning subsystem above.

Start up sequence

Below is the start up sequence for a metadata server connected to two cohorts.

The call to start the OMRS comes from Egeria’s Administration services when it is called to create a new OMAG Server instance.

Figure 4: Startup Sequence 1

Figure 4: Startup Sequence 1 - Egeria Administration Services initiate server start up

The portion of the OMAG Server’s configuration document relating to the repository services is passes to the OMRS Administration Services to initiate start up. The contents of this configuration determine which OMRS subsystems are started.

Figure 5: Startup Sequence 2

Figure 5: Startup Sequence 2 - OMRS Administration services started

The enterprise repository services are started first. The enterprise connector manager handles the dynamic management of enterprise connectors for the OMASs driven by the changing membership of the cohort.

Figure 6: Startup Sequence 3

Figure 6: Startup Sequence 3 - Enterprise connector manager started

Next the enterprise topic is started.
It is an in-memory topic used for passing OMRS topic events to the OMASs.

Figure 7: Startup Sequence 4

Figure 7: Startup Sequence 4 - Enterprise Topic established for OMASs

Now the local repository services are started including the real repository connector for the local repository.

The local repository connector’s metadata collection is given the outbound event manager for publishing events when metadata in the repository changes. The outbound event manager is responsible for distributing the events. It is initially set to buffer all events passed to it to give the other components time to initialize.

The archive manager loads the open metadata type archive and any open metadata archives listed in the server’s configuration. The local repository connector produces TypeDef Events for all open metadata types it supports and passes it to the outbound event manager.

Figure 8: Startup Sequence 5

Figure 8: Startup Sequence 5 - Local repository started (with real repository connector)

If the real repository connector also has an event mapper then it is started at this time, connected to the outbound event mapper and responsibility for producing events for the local repository is transferred from the local repository metadata collection to the event mapper.

Figure 9: Startup Sequence 6

Figure 9: Startup Sequence 6 - Optional Event Mapper started

An event publisher for the enterprise topic is registered with the outbound event manager. This means events from the local repository will flow to the OMASs.

Figure 10: Startup Sequence 7

Figure 10: Startup Sequence 7 - Local repository events wired to enterprise topic

Now the metadata highway manager starts a cohort manager for each configured cohort. The cohort manager creates a cohort registry and the topic connector for the cohort OMRS Topic plus an inbound event manager to manage inbound TypeDef and Instance Events. Registration Events are passed to the cohort registry.

The cohort registry reads the registry store for details of all the previous registered members of the cohort. There are non in this example, but if there were, the cohort registry would request a registration refresh from each of these partners to ensure they are still valid and the details are still correct.

When valid registration replies are received, the cohort registry notifies the enterprise connector manager of their registration. (This includes the Connection for creating the connector to the remote repository.)

Figure 11: Startup Sequence 8

Figure 11: Startup Sequence 8 - Metadata highway manager starts cohort manager for each cohort

Each cohort manager registers two event processors with the inbound event manager. They pass TypeDef Events and Instance Events to the repository content manager and local repository instance event processor respectively. The repository content manager contains the TypeDef manager that maintains the list of valid types. The instance event processor passed validated inbound events to the local repository.

Figure 12: Startup Sequence 9

Figure 12: Startup Sequence 9 - Cohort events wired to local repository

Finally each cohort manager registers an event publisher with in inbound event manager for the enterprise topic and starts the listener for the OMRS topic since it is ready to begin processing events. Events buffered in the outbound event manager from the cohort registry and the local repository are able to flow out to the cohort and inbound events are received and distributed by the inbound event manager.

Figure 13: Startup Sequence 10

Figure 13: Startup Sequence 10 - Cohort events wired to enterprise topic

At this point, the OMRS has completed initializing, it is processing events from the cohort and and is ready for requests from the OMASs. It returned to the Egeria Administration Services which then starts the OMASs.

The Egeria Administration Services asks the OMRS enterprise connector manager for an enterprise repository connector for each OMAS. It is configured with the local repository connector. If there were validated remote members registered then a connector for each of them is added to the enterprise connector.

Figure 14: Startup Sequence 11

Figure 14: Startup Sequence 11 - Activate the OMASs

When a new member of the cohort sends a registration request, it is passed to the cohort registry. It passes the details of the new partner to the enterprise connector manager.

Figure 15: Startup Sequence 12

Figure 15: Startup Sequence 12 - inbound registration from another repository

The enterprise connector manager adds the connection for the new member to each of the enterprise repository connectors and the requests from the OMASs begin to call the new member.

Figure 16: Startup Sequence 13

Figure 16: Startup Sequence 13 - Remote connection established


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