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Managing Actors

Within your Cosmonic constellation, you can start and stop actors as you see fit to support your applications.

Launching Actors

To launch an actor, click the Actor+ icon in the tool palette at the top left of the logical view. You will be prompted with a dialog that looks similar to the following:

Launch Actor Dialog
launch actor dialog

On this dialog you will need to specify an OCI reference URL, which is the publicly-accessible URL of the artifact as it resides in an OCI-compliant registry (e.g. GitHub or Azure CR). In the screenshot we're attempting to launch the "echo" actor demo wasmcloud.azurecr.io/echo:0.3.5.

The dialog also prompts you for the number of instances you want to start. This defaults to 1 and is probably reasonable unless you already know what kind of horizontally scaled footprint you want for your application.

Selecting a Host

To select a host you have two options:

  • Select from the Constellation
  • Find Host

Selecting from the constellation just provides you with a simple drop-down list containing the friendly names of all of the hosts in the constellation. This is useful when you're in the middle of a rapid iteration cycle and you're just looking for somewhere to put your actor.

Choosing the Find Host option allows you to perform a host auction. In a host auction, you specify a set of key-value pairs that must be present on target hosts. When you click the find host button, Cosmonic will perform an auction within your constellation for all hosts that match your criteria and then give you a list.

While this is useful for actors, it can be downright essential when scheduling providers where you may need to select hosts with specific characteristics or even hardware. For example, you might have a set of hosts with the key-value pair gpu=true and you might only schedule actors and providers for an ML application on those hosts.

Terminating Actors

Terminating actors is a simple matter of selecting the actor node on the logical view. In the details panel that appears on the right side of the canvas, click the trash can icon link Terminate Actor.