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  1. JGroups
  2. JGRP-2277

GMS: change the way a coordinator leaves gracefully

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    • Enhancement
    • Status: Resolved (View Workflow)
    • Major
    • Resolution: Done
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    • 4.0.13
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    Description

      Consider a cluster {A,B,C,D} with view A|5.

      There's a discrepancy in handling coordinator A (1) leaving gracefully and (2) crashing.

      When A crashes, the second-in-line (B) will install new view B|6={B,C,D} in the cluster.

      However, when A leaves gracefully, then A itself installs view B|6={B,C,D}. The problem with this is that A is not able to retransmit the VIEW message to a member which dropped it, so inconsistencies may arise, which have to be healed by MERGE3 (see JGRP-2276 for a description).

      A better scheme would be for A to send a LEAVE message to the second-in-line (B), which then creates and installs view B|6, and then replies with a LEAVE_RSP message to A.

      This has the following advantages:

      • The code for handling a crashed coordinator, and a coordinator which leaves gracefully, is similar, and in both cases the second-in-line member installs the new view
      • The second-in-line (B) stays up and can therefore retransmit a dropped VIEW message (contrary to A which terminates after a timeout). As long as A is able to send a LEAVE-REQ to B, B will handle it. If A crashes, B can also handle the view installation.

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