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From "Dmytro Molkov (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (HDFS-599) Improve Namenode robustness by prioritizing datanode heartbeats over client requests
Date Thu, 13 May 2010 18:28:48 GMT

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Dmytro Molkov commented on HDFS-599:
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@Hairong
1. With the Balancer we were treating it more like a client as far as this patch is concerned
since it doesn't keep the cluster alive. The problem we were trying to solve is communication
of crucial parts of the cluster. DataNodes, NameNode and the BackupNode. However if you feel
strongly that Balancer has to have the same kind of priority in the system I can modify that
part.
2. The reason all Protocols are available on all the ports is to serve the usecase when for
administrative reasons you want to run clients commands on the service port, while the client
port is closed (firewalled). The modification here that would make sense is to limit the datanodes
to use the service port only, so that you do not have "misconfigured" datanodes in your cluster.
3. This is a RPC server change that can be done as a different set of JIRAs (Common + HDFS)
since currently the only way to do it is to modify the configuration on the fly before passing
it to creation of Server and I do not want to go down that path.

@Eli the way we address the original problem with this patch is creating a different queue
for the DataNode heartbeats. This way if you have thousands of clients hammering the NameNode
while it is being slow your heartbeat RPC will not get lost in the heap of client requests
which is what was happening before: if the namenode is slow, there is a huge backlog and it
starts dropping DN requests, which will not happen now, and having a completely separate set
of handlers the datanode request will get process soon after arrival even if there was a thousand
of client request on the client port already.

> Improve Namenode robustness by prioritizing datanode heartbeats over client requests
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: HDFS-599
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HDFS-599
>             Project: Hadoop HDFS
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: name-node
>            Reporter: dhruba borthakur
>            Assignee: Dmytro Molkov
>         Attachments: HDFS-599.patch
>
>
> The namenode processes RPC requests from clients that are reading/writing to files as
well as heartbeats/block reports from datanodes.
> Sometime, because of various reasons (Java GC runs, inconsistent performance of NFS filer
that stores HDFS transacttion logs, etc), the namenode encounters transient slowness. For
example, if the device that stores the HDFS transaction logs becomes sluggish, the Namenode's
ability to process RPCs slows down to a certain extent. During this time, the RPCs from clients
as well as the RPCs from datanodes suffer in similar fashion. If the underlying problem becomes
worse, the NN's ability to process a heartbeat from a DN is severly impacted, thus causing
the NN to declare that the DN is dead. Then the NN starts replicating blocks that used to
reside on the now-declared-dead datanode. This adds extra load to the NN. Then the now-declared-datanode
finally re-establishes contact with the NN, and sends a block report. The block report processing
on the NN is another heavyweight activity, thus casing more load to the already overloaded
namenode. 
> My proposal is tha the NN should try its best to continue processing RPCs from datanodes
and give lesser priority to serving client requests. The Datanode RPCs are integral to the
consistency and performance of the Hadoop file system, and it is better to protect it at all
costs. This will ensure that NN  recovers from the hiccup much faster than what it does now.

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