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From Kapil Surlaker <kapil.surla...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Self managed cluster
Date Sat, 23 Feb 2013 21:21:31 GMT

Can you explain the problem you are trying to solve?

It's certainly possible to have one of the nodes itself be the controller,
which you can do using the leader/standby pattern. Using that same pattern,
you can ensure that one of the nodes will be able to manipulate the ideal
state of the cluster you want to setup.

If you can provide more details about your usecase, that will be very


On Fri, Feb 22, 2013 at 6:07 PM, Ming Fang <mingfang@mac.com> wrote:

> Hi
> I am looking for feasibility advice on building a self managed cluster.
> Basically I don't have to have to maintain a separate Zookeeper and/or
> Controller processes.
> If I have a Master and a Slave, each will embed a Zookeeper node, forming
> a Zookeeper cluster.
> Then one of them will setup the Helix cluster.
> This can be done by first creating global Zookeeper lock before setting up
> the cluster if it does already exist.
> It doesn't look like Helix supports distribute locks, but it's not hard to
> do.
> The biggest problem I see in this is that with even number of nodes,
> Zookeeper can no form a quorum and that can result in split brain.
> Do you see any other problems with this design?
> Thanks
> --ming

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