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From "Abmar Barros (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (ZOOKEEPER-702) GSoC 2010: Failure Detector Model
Date Mon, 28 Jun 2010 22:27:50 GMT

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Abmar Barros commented on ZOOKEEPER-702:
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As discussed with Flavio, I am thinking of adding a new parameter called -fd to the client,
which will determine the name of the failure detector to be used. In this sense, the parameters
of the failure detector will have its name as prefix, for instance:

-fd chen -fd.chen.alpha 10000

In the server side, these parameters are intended to be defined in the ZooKeeper configuration
file.
What do you think?

> GSoC 2010: Failure Detector Model
> ---------------------------------
>
>                 Key: ZOOKEEPER-702
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/ZOOKEEPER-702
>             Project: Zookeeper
>          Issue Type: Wish
>            Reporter: Henry Robinson
>            Assignee: Abmar Barros
>         Attachments: bertier-pseudo.txt, chen-pseudo.txt, phiaccrual-pseudo.txt, ZOOKEEPER-702.patch,
ZOOKEEPER-702.patch
>
>
> Failure Detector Module
> Possible Mentor
> Henry Robinson (henry at apache dot org)
> Requirements
> Java, some distributed systems knowledge, comfort implementing distributed systems protocols
> Description
> ZooKeeper servers detects the failure of other servers and clients by counting the number
of 'ticks' for which it doesn't get a heartbeat from other machines. This is the 'timeout'
method of failure detection and works very well; however it is possible that it is too aggressive
and not easily tuned for some more unusual ZooKeeper installations (such as in a wide-area
network, or even in a mobile ad-hoc network).
> This project would abstract the notion of failure detection to a dedicated Java module,
and implement several failure detectors to compare and contrast their appropriateness for
ZooKeeper. For example, Apache Cassandra uses a phi-accrual failure detector (http://ddsg.jaist.ac.jp/pub/HDY+04.pdf)
which is much more tunable and has some very interesting properties. This is a great project
if you are interested in distributed algorithms, or want to help re-factor some of ZooKeeper's
internal code.

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