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From "Todd Lipcon (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Created: (HBASE-2940) Improve behavior under partial failure of region servers
Date Sun, 29 Aug 2010 20:29:54 GMT
Improve behavior under partial failure of region servers
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                 Key: HBASE-2940
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HBASE-2940
             Project: HBase
          Issue Type: New Feature
          Components: master, regionserver
            Reporter: Todd Lipcon


On larger clusters, we often see failure cases where a server is "up" (ie heartbeating) but
unable to actually service requests properly (or at a reasonable speed). This can happen for
any number of reasons including:
- failing disks or disk controllers respond, but do so very slowly
- the machine is swapping, so everything is still running but much more slowly than expected
- HBase or the DN on the machine has been misconfigured (eg missing lzo libs) so it fails
to correctly open regions, perform flushes, etc.

Here are a few proposed features that are worth considering:
1) Add a "blacklist" or "remote shutdown" functionality to the master. This is useful if the
region server is up but for some reason the admin can't ssh in to shut it down (eg the root
disk has failed). This feature would allow the admin to issue a command that will shut down
any given RS.
2) Periodically run a "health check" script on the region server node. If the script returns
an error code, the RS could shut itself down gracefully and report an error message on the
master console.
3) Allow clients to report back RS-specific errors to the master. This would be useful for
monitoring, and we could add heuristics to automatically shut down region servers if they
have an elevated error count over some period of time.

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