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From Benjamin Reed <br...@yahoo-inc.com>
Subject Re: Divergence in ZK transaction logs in some corner cases?
Date Sat, 28 Mar 2009 17:49:32 GMT
if recover worked the way you outline, we would have a problem indeed. 
fortunately, we specifically address this case.

the problem is in your first step. when b is elected leader, he will not 
proposal 10, he will propose 100000000000001. the zxid is made up of two 
parts, the high order bits are an epoch number and the low order bits 
are a counter. when every a new leader is elected, he will increment the 
epoch number and reset the counter.

when A restarts you have the opposite problem, you need to make sure 
that A forgets 10 because we have skipped it and committing it will mean 
that 10 is delivered out of order. we take advantage of the epoch number 
in that case as well to make sure that A forgets about 10.

there is some discussion about this in: 

we have a presentation as well that i'll put up that may make it more clear.


raghul@yahoo.com wrote:
> ZK gurus,
> I think the ZK transaction logs can diverge from one another in some corner cases. I
have one such corner case listed below, could you please confirm if my understanding is correct?
> Imagine a 5 srever ensemble (A,B,C,D,E). All the servers are @ zxid 9. A is the leader
and it starts a new PROPOSAL (@zxid 10). A writes the proposal to the log, so A moves to zxid
10. Others haven't received the PROPOSAL yet and A crashes. Now the following happens:
> 1. B is elected as the newleader. B bumps up its in-mem zxid to 10. Since other nodes
are at the same zxid, it sends a SNAP so that the others can rebuild their data tree. In-memory
zxid of all other nodes moves to 10.  
> 2.  A comes back now, it accepts B as the leader as soon as the leader (B) and N/2 other
nodes vouch for B as the leader. So A joins the ensemble. Every zookeeper node is at zxid
> 3. A new request is submitted to B. B runs PROPOSAL and COMMIT phases and the cluster
moves up to zxid 11. But the transaction log of A is different from that of everyone else
now. So the transaction logs have diverged.
> Could you confirm if this can happen? Or am I reading the code wrong?
> Thanks
> Raghu

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