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From Patrick Hunt <ph...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Timeouts and ping handling
Date Wed, 18 Jan 2012 22:53:14 GMT
Next up is disk. (I'm assuming you're not running in a virtualized
environment, correct?) You have a dedicated log device for the
transactional logs? Check your disk latency and make sure that's not
holding up the writes.

What does "stat" show you wrt latency in general and at the time you
see the issue on the client?

You've looked through the troubleshooting guide?


On Wed, Jan 18, 2012 at 2:47 PM, Manosiz Bhattacharyya
<manosizb@gmail.com> wrote:
> Thanks a lot for your response. We are running the c-client, as all our
> components are C++ applications. We are tracing GC on the server side, but
> did not see much activity there. We did tune GC. Our gc flags include the
> following
> JVMFLAGS="$JVMFLAGS -XX:+CMSParallelRemarkEnabled"
> JVMFLAGS="$JVMFLAGS -XX:SurvivorRatio=8"
> JVMFLAGS="$JVMFLAGS -XX:MaxTenuringThreshold=1"
> JVMFLAGS="$JVMFLAGS -XX:CMSInitiatingOccupancyFraction=75"
> JVMFLAGS="$JVMFLAGS -XX:+UseCMSInitiatingOccupancyOnly"
> JVMFLAGS="$JVMFLAGS -XX:ParallelCMSThreads=1"
> The JMX console shows that the old gen is not getting full at all - the new
> gen is pretty much where the activity is and the pauses in the verbose:gc
> only shows about times in 10-20 ms.
> On Wed, Jan 18, 2012 at 2:34 PM, Patrick Hunt <phunt@apache.org> wrote:
>> 5 seconds is fairly low. HBs are sent by the client every 1/3 the
>> timeout, with expectation that it will get a response in another 1/3
>> the timeout. if not the client session will time out.
>> As a result, any blip of 1.5 sec or more btw the client and server
>> could cause this to happen. Network latency, OS latency, ZK server
>> latency, client latency etc....
>> I suspect that you are being effected by GC pauses. Have you tuned the
>> GC at all or just the defaults? Monitor the GC in the VM during
>> operation and see if this is effecting you. At the very least you need
>> to turn on parallel/CMS/incremental GC.
>> Patrick
>> On Wed, Jan 18, 2012 at 1:26 PM, Manosiz Bhattacharyya
>> <manosizb@gmail.com> wrote:
>> > Hello,
>> >
>> >  We are using Zookeeper-3.3.4 with client session timeouts of 5 seconds,
>> > and we see frequent timeouts. We have a cluster of 50 nodes (3 of which
>> are
>> > ZK nodes) and each node has 5 client connections (a total of 250
>> connection
>> > to the Ensemble). While investigating the zookeeper connections, we found
>> > that sometimes pings sent from the zookeeper client does not return from
>> > the server within 5 seconds, and the client connection gets disconnected.
>> > Digging deeper it seems that pings are enqueued the same way as other
>> > requests in the three stage request processing pipeline (prep, sync,
>> > finalize) in zkserver. So if there are a lot of write operations from
>> other
>> > active sessions in front of a ping from an inactive session in the
>> queues,
>> > the inactive session could timeout.
>> >
>> > My question is whether we can return the ping request from the client
>> > immediately from the server, as the purpose of the ping request seems to
>> be
>> > to treat it as an heartbeat from relatively inactive sessions. If we
>> keep a
>> > separate ping queue in the Prep phase which forwards it straight to the
>> > finalize phase, possible requests before the ping which required I/O
>> inside
>> > the sync phase would not cause the client timeouts. I hope pings do not
>> > generate any order in the database. I did take a cursory look at the code
>> > and thought that could be done. Would really appreciate an opinion
>> > regarding this.
>> >
>> > As an aside I should mention that increasing the session timeout to 20
>> > seconds did improved the problem significantly. However as we are using
>> > Zookeeper to monitor health of our components, increasing the timeout
>> means
>> > that we only get to know a component's death 20 seconds later. This is
>> > something we would definitely try to avoid, and would like to go to the 5
>> > second timeout.
>> >
>> > Regards,
>> > Manosiz.

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