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From "Aleksey Yeschenko (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (CASSANDRA-10993) Make read and write requests paths fully non-blocking, eliminate related stages
Date Wed, 13 Jan 2016 16:13:39 GMT

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Aleksey Yeschenko commented on CASSANDRA-10993:
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bq. In all likelihood the total necessary abstraction for any task is an object with a single
executable method that performs work for the current step in the pipeline, and returns another
such object representing the next one, or null if it has terminated. The returned object will
be placed on the relevant queue(s) for future processing, which may/may not be deferred.

That, more or less (probably with some extra specialised methods for handling common events
like timeouts).

Once a POC is ready, we can compare the approaches and decide which way is more promising.
Not committing to anything until then.

I also want to note that whether or not the eventual API is FSM or promises based, the underlying
implementation (Netty integration, event loop/scheduler) will be very similar. The only thing
that's up for debate is how to expose it to C* developers.

> Make read and write requests paths fully non-blocking, eliminate related stages
> -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: CASSANDRA-10993
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/CASSANDRA-10993
>             Project: Cassandra
>          Issue Type: Sub-task
>          Components: Coordination, Local Write-Read Paths
>            Reporter: Aleksey Yeschenko
>            Assignee: Aleksey Yeschenko
>             Fix For: 3.x
>
>
> Building on work done by [~tjake] (CASSANDRA-10528), [~slebresne] (CASSANDRA-5239), and
others, convert read and write request paths to be fully non-blocking, to enable the eventual
transition from SEDA to TPC (CASSANDRA-10989)
> Eliminate {{MUTATION}}, {{COUNTER_MUTATION}}, {{VIEW_MUTATION}}, {{READ}}, and {{READ_REPAIR}}
stages, move read and write execution directly to Netty context.
> For lack of decent async I/O options on Linux, we’ll still have to retain an extra
thread pool for serving read requests for data not residing in our page cache (CASSANDRA-5863),
however.
> Implementation-wise, we only have two options available to us: explicit FSMs and chained
futures. Fibers would be the third, and easiest option, but aren’t feasible in Java without
resorting to direct bytecode manipulation (ourselves or using [quasar|https://github.com/puniverse/quasar]).
> I have seen 4 implementations bases on chained futures/promises now - three in Java and
one in C++ - and I’m not convinced that it’s the optimal (or sane) choice for representing
our complex logic - think 2i quorum read requests with timeouts at all levels, read repair
(blocking and non-blocking), and speculative retries in the mix, {{SERIAL}} reads and writes.
> I’m currently leaning towards an implementation based on explicit FSMs, and intend
to provide a prototype - soonish - for comparison with {{CompletableFuture}}-like variants.
> Either way the transition is a relatively boring straightforward refactoring.
> There are, however, some extension points on both write and read paths that we do not
control:
> - authorisation implementations will have to be non-blocking. We have control over built-in
ones, but for any custom implementation we will have to execute them in a separate thread
pool
> - 2i hooks on the write path will need to be non-blocking
> - any trigger implementations will not be allowed to block
> - UDFs and UDAs
> We are further limited by API compatibility restrictions in the 3.x line, forbidding
us to alter, or add any non-{{default}} interface methods to those extension points, so these
pose a problem.
> Depending on logistics, expecting to get this done in time for 3.4 or 3.6 feature release.



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