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  1. JGroups
  2. JGRP-1570

STABLE: desired_avg_gossip leads to long intervals between reception of STABILITY messages in large clusters

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    • Feature Request
    • Status: Resolved (View Workflow)
    • Major
    • Resolution: Done
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    • 3.3
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      The time computed for the sending of STABLE is desired_avg_gossip * cluster-size *2. While this is OK for small clusters, it may be too big for large clusters.
      On the other hand, if every member simply multicasts a STABLE message every (say) 30 seconds on average, then the number of messages sent grows with increasing cluster size.
      Investigate a way to set a lower and upper limit for the making and delivery of STABILITY messages, e.g. the goal is to receive 1 stability message every 60s.

      Besides increased traffic, however, this requires everyone to have a TCP connection to everybody else in the cluster in case of a TCP transport.

      A better solution might be to have only a dedicated member (the coord) periodically multicast a STABLE message. Everyone replies with a (unicast) STABLE message and when the coord has received STABLE replies from everyone, it multicasts a STABILITY message. This would only require a multicast from the coord to everyone, establishing TCP connections from the coord to everyone (usually already exists because of the VIEW-CHANGE multicast), but everyone would reuse the same TCP connection to send the reply.

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