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From "Justin Joseph (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (HADOOP-7455) Introduce HA Service Protocol Interface
Date Fri, 05 Aug 2011 10:15:27 GMT

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Justin Joseph commented on HADOOP-7455:

Neutral state is the protocol which ensures that only one Active Namenode will be present
at a time. The approach says 'Avoid the possibility of having two Active Namenodes; rather
than do fencing later to prevent the inconsistencies that can be caused by two Active Namenodes'.
This is the key to understand the intent behind neutral state.

The protocol demands that every decision to transition to a role or continue in the current
role should be based on the connection maintained to the distributed coordinator, Zookeeper,
with quorum size of 3 or more. 

The election of Active Namenode happens via the Leader Election recipe of Zookeeper. After
the election, status quo is maintained till the Active Namenode goes down or the Namenode
is unable to access the Zookeeper quorum. When Active Namenode is down, Standby will come
to know about it through the watcher set on the Zookeeper & transitions to become Active.

Once the Namenode (active / standby) loses the connection to Zookeeper, it will relinquish
it's current role & stays idle by transitioning to neutral state. Once the Zookeeper service
is available again to the Namenode, it conducts the active instance election once again. Based
on the result of the election it decides the new role.

This approach can ensure that there are no multiple Active Namenodes, even in the following
a) Active Namenode gets network partitioned and Standby Namenode transitions as Active.
b) Both Active & Standby Namenode are network partitioned
c) Zookeeper ensemble is network partitioned 

> Introduce HA Service Protocol Interface
> ---------------------------------------
>                 Key: HADOOP-7455
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HADOOP-7455
>             Project: Hadoop Common
>          Issue Type: Sub-task
>          Components: util
>            Reporter: Suresh Srinivas
>            Assignee: Suresh Srinivas
>             Fix For: HA Branch (HDFS-1623)
>         Attachments: HADOOP-7455.1.patch, HADOOP-7455.2.patch, HADOOP-7455.3.patch, HADOOP-7455.4.patch,
HADOOP-7455.5.patch, HDFS-7454.patch
> This jira introduces a protocol interface to be implemented by services that provide
HA functionality.

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