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From "Jonathan Ellis (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (CASSANDRA-6156) Poor resilience and recovery for bootstrapping node - "unable to fetch range"
Date Mon, 21 Oct 2013 15:37:44 GMT


Jonathan Ellis commented on CASSANDRA-6156:

[~yukim] is this worth keeping open?  I note that "unable to fetch range" is gone in 2.0.

> Poor resilience and recovery for bootstrapping node - "unable to fetch range"
> -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: CASSANDRA-6156
>                 URL:
>             Project: Cassandra
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: Core
>            Reporter: Alyssa Kwan
>             Fix For: 1.2.8
> We have an 8 node cluster on 1.2.8 using vnodes.  One of our nodes failed and we are
having lots of trouble bootstrapping it back.  On each attempt, bootstrapping eventually fails
with a RuntimeException "Unable to fetch range".  As far as we can tell, long GC pauses on
the sender side cause heartbeat drops or delays, which leads the gossip controller to convict
the connection and mark the sender dead.  We've done significant GC tuning to minimize the
duration of pauses and raised phi_convict to its max.  It merely lets the bootstrap process
take longer to fail.
> The inability to reliably add nodes significantly affects our ability to scale.
> We're not the only ones:
> What can we do in the immediate term to bring this node in?  And what's the long term
> One possible solution would be to allow bootstrapping to be an incremental process with
individual transfers of vnode ownership instead of attempting to transfer the whole set of
vnodes transactionally.  (I assume that's what's happening now.)  I don't know what would
have to change on the gossip and token-aware client side to support this.
> Another solution would be to partition sstable files by vnode and allow transfer of those
files directly with some sort of checkpointing of and incremental transfer of writes after
the sstable is transferred.

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