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From Greg Roodt <>
Subject Re: Request routing / load-balancing TLOG & PULL replica types
Date Mon, 12 Feb 2018 04:55:26 GMT
Thank you both for your very detailed answers.

This is great to know. I knew that SolrJ had the cluster aware knowledge
(via zookeeper), but I was wondering what something like curl would do.
Great to know that internally the cluster will proxy queries to the
appropriate place regardless.

I am running the single shard scenario. I'm thinking of using a dedicated
HTTP load-balancer in front of the PULL replicas only with read-only
queries directed directly at the load-balancer. In this situation, the
healthy PULL replicas *should* handle the queries on the node itself
without a proxy hop (assuming state=active). New PULL replicas added to the
load-balancer will internally proxy queries to the other PULL or TLOG
replicas while in state=recovering until the switch to state=active.

Is my understanding correct?

Is this sensible to do, or is it not worth it due to the smart proxying
that SolrCloud can do anyway?

If the TLOG and PULL replicas are so similar, is there any real advantage
to having a mixed cluster? I assume a bit less work is required across the
cluster to propagate writes if you only have 3 TLOG nodes vs 10+ PULL
nodes? Or would it be better to just have 13 TLOG nodes?

On 12 February 2018 at 15:24, Tomas Fernandez Lobbe <>

> On the last question:
> For Writes: Yes. Writes are going to be sent to the shard leader, and
> since PULL replicas can’t  be leaders, it’s going to be a TLOG replica. If
> you are using CloudSolrClient, then this routing will be done directly from
> the client (since it will send the update to the leader), and if you are
> using some other HTTP client, then yes, the PULL replica will forward the
> update, the same way any non-leader node would.
> For reads: this won’t happen today, and any replica can respond to
> queries. I do believe there is value in this kind of routing logic,
> sometimes you simply don’t want the leader to handle any queries, specially
> when queries can be expensive. You could do this today if you want, by
> putting some load balancer in front and just direct your queries to the
> nodes you know are PULL, but keep in mind that this would only work in the
> single shard scenario, and only if you hit an active replica (otherwise, as
> you said, the query will be routed to any other node of the shard,
> regardless of the type), if you have multiple shards then you need to use
> the “shards” parameter and tell Solr exactly which nodes you want to hit
> for each shard (the “shards” approach can also be done in the single shard
> case, although you would be adding an extra hop I believe)
> Tomás
> Sent from my iPhone
> > On Feb 11, 2018, at 6:35 PM, Greg Roodt <> wrote:
> >
> > Hi
> >
> > I have a question around how queries are routed and load-balanced in a
> > cluster of mixed TLOG and PULL replicas.
> >
> > I thought that I might have to put a load-balancer in front of the PULL
> > replicas and direct queries at them manually as nodes are added and
> removed
> > as PULL replicas. However, it seems that SolrCloud handles this
> > automatically?
> >
> > If I add a new PULL replica node, it goes into state="recovering" while
> it
> > pulls the core. As expected. What happens if queries are directed at this
> > node while in this state? From what I am observing, the query gets
> directed
> > to another node?
> >
> > If SolrCloud is handling the routing of requests to active nodes, will it
> > automatically favour PULL replicas for read queries and TLOG replicas for
> > writes?
> >
> > Thanks
> > Greg

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