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From "Abmar Barros (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (ZOOKEEPER-702) GSoC 2010: Failure Detector Model
Date Mon, 05 Jul 2010 00:52:50 GMT

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Abmar Barros commented on ZOOKEEPER-702:
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Ashwin, I have already taken a look at this library, as suggested by Adam, and my implementation
for the Phi Accrual is pretty similar, it also uses the Commons Math. However it uses the
Normal distribution, as stated in the original paper, instead of the Exponential one. What
do you think about making the samples distribution a parameter of the Failure Detector?  

> 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, bertier-pseudo.txt, chen-pseudo.txt, chen-pseudo.txt,
phiaccrual-pseudo.txt, phiaccrual-pseudo.txt, ZOOKEEPER-702.patch, 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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