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Re: [hbase-5487] Master design discussion.
Sorry, I was busy, let me respond to Jonathan's comment now.
Lars: both mine and Jonathan's spec try to address it as one of the main
Both specs are similar actually.
On Sat, Oct 19, 2013 at 3:10 PM, Lars Hofhansl <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

> Didn't read the spec, yet.
> My main gripe currently is that there are too many places holding the
> state: the fs, .meta., zk, copies in ram at both master and region servers,
> etc. Some of the problems we've seen were due to the various copy of this
> state getting out of sync.
> Now I'll shut up and read the speed.
> -- Lars
> Jonathan Hsieh <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> >Responses inline.   I'm going to wait for next doc before I ask more
> >questions about the master5 specifics. :)
> >
> >I suggest we start a thread about the hang/double assign/fencing scenario.
> >
> >Jon.
> >
> >On Sat, Oct 19, 2013 at 7:17 AM, Jonathan Hsieh <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> >
> >> Here's sergey's replies from jira (modulo some reformatting for email.)
> >>
> >> ----
> >> Answers lifted from email also (some fixes + one answer was modified due
> >> to clarification here ).
> >>
> >> What is a failure and how do you react to failures? I think the master5
> >>> design needs to spend more effort to considering failure and recovery
> >>> cases. I claim there are 4 types of responses from a networked IO
> operation
> >>> - two states we normally deal with ack successful, ack failed (nack)
> and
> >>> unknown due to timeout that succeeded (timeout success) and unknown
> due to
> >>> timeout that failed (timeout failed). We have historically missed the
> last
> >>> two cases and they aren't considered in the master5 design.
> >>
> >>
> >> There are a few considerations. Let me examine if there are other cases
> >> than these.
> >> I am assuming the collocated table, which should reduce such cases for
> >> state (probably, if collocated table cannot be written reliably, master
> >> must stop-the-world and fail over).
> >>
> >
> >For the master, I agree.  In the case of nack it knows it failed and
> should
> >failover, in the case of timeouts it should try verify and retry and if it
> >cannot it should abdicate.  This seems equivalent to the 9x-master's "if
> we
> >can't get to zk we abort" behavior.  We need to guarantee that the old
> >master and new master are fenced off from each other to make sure they
> >don't split brain.
> >
> >Off list, you suggested wal fencing and hbck-master sketched out a lease
> >timeouts mechanism that provides isolation. Correctness in the face of
> >hangs and partitions are my biggest concern, and a lot of the questions
> I'm
> >asking focus on these scenarios.
> >
> >Can you point me to where I read and consider the wal fencing?  Do you
> have
> >thoughts or a comparison of these approaches?  Are there others
> techniques?
> >
> >
> >> When RS contacts master to do state update, it errs on the side of
> caution
> >> - no state update, no open region (or split).
> >>
> >
> >not sure what "it" in the second part of the sentence means here -- is
> this
> >the master or the rs?  If it is the master I this is what hbck-master
> calls
> >an "actual state update".
> >
> >If "it" mean RS's, I'm confused.
> >
> >
> >> Thus, except for the case of multiple masters running, we can always
> >> assume RS didn't online the region if we don't know about it.
> >>
> >
> >I don't think that is a safe assumption -- I still think double assignment
> >can and will happen.  If an RS hangs long enough for the master to think
> it
> >is dead, the master would reassign.  If that RS came back, it could still
> >be open handling clients who cached the old location.
> >
> > Then, for messages to RS, see "Note on messages"; they are idempotent so
> >> they can always be resent.
> >>
> >>
> >> 1) State update coordination. What is a "state updates from the outside"
> >>> Do RS's initiate splitting on their own? Maybe a picture would help so
> we
> >>> can figure out if it is similar or different from hbck-master's?

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