[tarantool-patches] Re: [PATCH v2 1/4] relay: adjust gc state on relay status update

Vladislav Shpilevoy v.shpilevoy at tarantool.org
Sat Sep 21 00:19:25 MSK 2019

On 20/09/2019 09:26, Konstantin Osipov wrote:
> * Georgy Kirichenko <georgy at tarantool.org> [19/09/19 16:15]:
>> On Thursday, September 19, 2019 12:45:47 AM MSK Vladislav Shpilevoy wrote:
>>> Thanks for the patch!
>> Thanks for the review. I'll try to explain the patch here.
>> A relay collects ACK's from replica. Before a parallel applier was implemented 
>> there was one ACK packet per transaction. And it was to expensive to update gc 
>> state for each transaction. To overwhelm this issue a relay used a trigger 
>> which fires when recovery finished with a file. So, when a relay received a 
>> close-log event, it waits for the first ACK greather than 'closed' vclock and 
>> then advances a gc.  In case of in-memory replication we definitely couldn't 
>> rely on file boundaries and on_close trigger. Because we already have parallel 
>> applier we shouldn't have to much ACK packets I decided to not to use 
>> on_close_log more and pass ACK direct to garbage collector.
>> In other words, a relay still continues gc advancing in both modes (file or 
>> memory) but does it after each ACK. Also this required to change vclock 
>> comparison because gc vclocks are not aligned by local xlog vclock timeline.
>> Yes, this changed the gc behavior - now gc keeps only local changes (because 
>> an INSTANCE_ID is used). Though, this could/would be changed back when we move 
>> a relay to the wal thread (what is needed for synchronous replication 
>> purposes)
> By tracking only local changes you make it impossible to recover a
> replica which has fallen behind in a 3-node setup. Essentially
> each replica is now responsible for keeping track of its own
> changes only - which means it will happily delete xlogs with
> changes of a lost peer even if these changes are not synced to
> other peers yet.

Georgy, could you please write a test on it? How our tests pass, if
the Kostja is right, and it actually breaks a cluster?

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