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From "nkeywal (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Created] (HBASE-7590) Add a costless notifications mechanism from master to regionservers & clients
Date Wed, 16 Jan 2013 21:46:17 GMT
nkeywal created HBASE-7590:
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             Summary: Add a costless notifications mechanism from master to regionservers
& clients
                 Key: HBASE-7590
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HBASE-7590
             Project: HBase
          Issue Type: Bug
          Components: Client, master, regionserver
    Affects Versions: 0.96.0
            Reporter: nkeywal


t would be very useful to add a mechanism to distribute some information to the clients and
regionservers. Especially It would be useful to know globally (regionservers + clients apps)
that some regionservers are dead. This would allow:
- to lower the load on the system, without clients using staled information and going on dead
machines
- to make the recovery faster from a client point of view. It's common to use large timeouts
on the client side, so the client may need a lot of time before declaring a region server
dead and trying another one. If the client receives the information separatly about a region
server states, it can take the right decision, and continue/stop to wait accordingly.

We can also send more information, for example instructions like 'slow down' to instruct the
client to increase the retries delay and so on.

 Technically, the master could send this information. To lower the load on the system, we
should:
- have a multicast communication (i.e. the master does not have to connect to all servers
by tcp), with once packet every 10 seconds or so.
- receivers should not depend on this: if the information is available great. If not, it should
not break anything.
- it should be optional.

So at the end we would have a thread in the master sending a protobuf message about the dead
servers on a multicast socket. If the socket is not configured, it does not do anything. On
the client side, when we receive an information that a node is dead, we refresh the cache
about it.

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