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Zookeeper >> mail # user >> Electing a leader among clients

Arindam Mukherjee 2013-11-07, 05:38
Rakesh R 2013-11-07, 05:49
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Re: Electing a leader among clients
The Curator framework provides an implementation of leader election. I
think that it will do what you need it to do without having to write any
code yourself.

On Thu, Nov 7, 2013 at 4:38 PM, Arindam Mukherjee <

> Using ZooKeeper I want to create a cluster of hosts where a client process
> on one of the hosts can play the role of a leader or controller and
> coordinate tasks with processes across the rest of the hosts. As the nodes
> are hosts similar, the choice of a leader can be arbitrary. I was thinking
> of using ZooKeeper for this purpose.
> I am very new to ZooKeeper and don't know enough of the available
> primitives. What would be a good way to achieve this?
> Here is one thought - please let me know if this makes sense or something
> else which would work better:
> 1. Each ZoooKeeper client gets a monotonically increasing ID when it
> establishes a session with ZooKeeper server. One way could be to create an
> ephemeral sequential znode and use the assigned numeric suffix as the id -
> store other data in this znode.
> 2. Whichever client gets the lowest id becomes the leader. However, for
> this to work the entire range of ids assigned to live clients at any point
> in time should be available to all the clients so that each client can
> independently arrive at the same decision. How to do this?
> Thanks.
> Arindam