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From JD Zheng <>
Subject Re: Avatica client can not talk to Multiple Avatica Servers issue
Date Thu, 09 Aug 2018 17:21:52 GMT
Hi, Josh,

Thank you for sharing your experience and the nice writeup in the hortonworks website too.
It’s very helpful. I am just curious why “not implement routing logic in the client”
was one of the original design goals? Doesn’t it make easier to use Avatica? I agree that
the sharing state between Avatica servers is too much complexity that does not worth it. 

Is the concern of client “smarts” that the retry request most likely goes to the same
server and fails again and thus the over-all response time will be unnecessarily too long?


> On Aug 9, 2018, at 8:43 AM, Josh Elser <> wrote:
> Hi Jiandan,
> Glad you found my write-up on this. One of the original design goals was to *not* implement
routing logic in the client. Sticky-sessions is by far the easiest way to implement this.
> There is some retry logic in the Avatica client to resubmit requests when a server responds
that it doesn't have a connection/statement cached that the client thinks it should (e.g.
the load balancer flipped the client to a newer server). I'm still a little concerned about
this level of "smarts" :)
> I don't know if there is a fancier solution that we can do in Avatica. We could consider
sharing state between Avatica servers, but I think it is database-dependent as to whether
or not you could correctly reconstruct an iteration through a result set.
> I had talked with a dev on the Apache Hive project. He suggested that HiveServer2 just
fails the query when the client is mid-query and the server dies (which is reasonably -- servers
failing should be an infrequent operation).
> On 8/8/18 8:09 PM, JD Zheng wrote:
>> Hi,
>> Our query engine is using calcite as parser/optimizer and enumerable as runtime if
needed to federate different storage engines. We are trying to enable JDBC access to our query
engine. Everything works smoothly when we only have one calcite/avatica server.
>> However, JDBC calls will fail if we run multiple instances of calcite/avatica servers
behind a generic load-balancer. Given that JDBC server is not stateless, this problem was
not a surprise. I searched around and here are the two options suggested by phoenix developers
>> 1. sticky sessions: make the router to always route a client to a given server.
>> 2. client-driven routing: implementing Avarice’s protocol which passes an identifier
to the load balancer to control how the request is routed to the backend servers.
>> Before we rush into any implementation, we would really appreciate it if anyone can
share experience or thoughts regarding this issue. Thanks,
>> -Jiandan

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