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RE: Leader election in C# client
Again, I don't know what the C# client is doing, since we don't directly
support that client here. However, it seems right to me that a client only
watches the previous znode. The idea again is that an ephemeral going away
generates only one notification instead of O(n), where n is the total number
of  bidders.

Please note the following. The algorithm that seems to be implemented there
has the advantage that it avoids the herd effect, but as a consequence of
that, not all clients are notified of a leader change.


> -----Original Message-----
> Sent: 26 November 2013 10:20
> Subject: RE: Leader election in C# client
> Thanks Flavio, makes sense. I'm trying to convince myself that the effect
> the same even though it doesn't strictly order in the actual sequential
> as long as all the clients see the same consistent order!
> I also notice the code only watches for the previous going away and then
> assumes it's the leader, which I think is wrong, it should re-run the
check on
> previous nodes again I think
> Thanks,
> Ben
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Flavio Junqueira [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
> Sent: 26 November 2013 10:10
> Subject: Re: Leader election in C# client
> Hi Ben,
> I'm not familiar with the C# implementation, but I suspect that:
> - The session id is indeed to be able to identify the znode in the case
> client sees a connection loss event and reexecutes the create;
> - The sequence number creates an order among the bidders so that when a
> master crashes (ephemeral znode goes away), not all clients are notified.
> This solves the herd effect problem: many nodes being notified upon a
> znode going away.
> -Flavio
> On Nov 26, 2013, at 9:57 AM, <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > I was looking at the leader election algorithm in the .NET client at
> https://github.com/ewhauser/zookeeper/blob/trunk/src/dotnet/ZooKeepe
> rNet.Recipes/LeaderElection.cs
> >
> > There is a point I don't understand and I was wondering if someone could
> clarify for me. The recipe creates ephemeral nodes of the form "election-
> <sessionid>-<sequentialid>", I think to be able to see if it has already
> the node (perhaps due to a retry?). However, doesn't having the session id
> in the node name then throw out the sorting of the nodes in the next step,
> to find the previous node to watch? I'd have thought it would then be
> by session id and not sequential id? Perhaps that doesn't matter as long
> only one node gets picked?
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Ben
> >
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