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Zookeeper, mail # user - Possibility / consequences of having multiple elected leaders


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Scott Lindner 2012-03-07, 17:48
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Ted Dunning 2012-03-07, 18:59
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Alexander Shraer 2012-03-08, 00:07
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Ted Dunning 2012-03-08, 00:55
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Alexander Shraer 2012-03-08, 03:08
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Ted Dunning 2012-03-08, 08:31
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RE: Possibility / consequences of having multiple elected leaders
Alexander Shraer 2012-03-08, 23:09
Thanks Ted, I can see your point. We use TCP connections and we do the epoch check at the beginning of the protocol, so
a message from an old leader cannot just resurface.

Alex

From: Ted Dunning [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
Sent: Thursday, March 08, 2012 12:32 AM
To: Alexander Shraer
Cc: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Subject: Re: Possibility / consequences of having multiple elected leaders

The whole point of the zab protocol is to ensure that only one elected leader can exist at one time.  Since a quorum has to commit to supporting any leader there can't be two leaders. Furthermore each change of leadership increments the epoch and that increment had to be committed on a majority of node. That means that only one leader can exist in the latest epoch. Since the latest epoch is, by definition, acknowledged by a majority of nodes, an old leader cannot resurface as a pretender to the throne.

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On Mar 7, 2012, at 7:08 PM, Alexander Shraer <[EMAIL PROTECTED]<mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]>> wrote:
I’ve been wondering about this for a while, and suspect that this check doesn’t exist in the code… but I may be wrong.

From: Ted Dunning [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
Sent: Wednesday, March 07, 2012 4:55 PM
To: Alexander Shraer
Cc: [EMAIL PROTECTED]<mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Subject: Re: Possibility / consequences of having multiple elected leaders

Not off the cuff and I have to run away right now.

On Wed, Mar 7, 2012 at 4:07 PM, Alexander Shraer <[EMAIL PROTECTED]<mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]>> wrote:
> Such a commit will be rejected due to an old epoch.

Ted, can you please point me to the place in the code where this check is performed ?

Thanks a lot,
Alex

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Ted Dunning 2012-03-08, 23:12