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From "dhruba borthakur (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (HDFS-779) Automatic move to safe-mode when cluster size drops
Date Wed, 22 Sep 2010 04:48:36 GMT

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dhruba borthakur commented on HDFS-779:
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> insulate the system from the catastrophe type you describe?

I think catastrohic events sometime occur when a part of the network fails. In this case,
no hdfs software enhancements (e.g. priority heartbeats) can solve the problem. But I still
think that priority heartbeats will address a large set of  catastrophic events that are currently
not handled elegantly.

> Automatic move to safe-mode when cluster size drops
> ---------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: HDFS-779
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HDFS-779
>             Project: Hadoop HDFS
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>          Components: name-node
>            Reporter: Owen O'Malley
>            Assignee: dhruba borthakur
>
> As part of looking at using Kerberos, we want to avoid the case where both the primary
(and optional secondary) KDC go offline causing a replication storm as the DataNodes' service
tickets time out and they lose the ability to connect to the NameNode. However, this is a
specific case of a more general problem of loosing too many nodes too quickly. I think we
should have an option to go into safe mode if the cluster size goes down more than N% in terms
of DataNodes.

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