|From:||Anand Babu Periasamy|
|Subject:||Re: [Gluster-devel] Performance Translators' Stability and Usefulness|
|Date:||Mon, 06 Jul 2009 01:49:15 -0700|
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Gordon, Geoff, Fillipe, We are sorry!. We admit we had a rough and difficult past. Here are the reasons, why it was difficult for us: * Limited staff and QA environment.* GlusterFS is a programmable file system. It supported many OS distros, applications, hardware and storage architecture. It was impossible to QA all possible combinations. What we declared as stable is just one of many such use-cases.
* Poor documentation.We are now VC funded. We have increased the size of our team and hardware lab significantly. 2.0 is an outcome of this investment. 2.0.3 scheduled for this week will be relatively lot more stable. A dedicated technical writer is now working on an improved version of our installation guide. We are going to templatize GlusterFS stable configurations through a tool for generating and managing volume spec files. GlusterSP (storage platform) will completely automate the installation and management of a ruggedized release of GlusterFS in an embedded OS form. GlusterSP 2010 first beta will be out in 2 months. With its web based UI and pre-configured system image, a number of error factors are reduced.
We are constantly learning and improving. You are making a valuable contribution by constructively criticizing us with details and proposals. We take them seriously and positively.
Happy Hacking, -- Anand Babu Periasamy GPG Key ID: 0x62E15A31 Blog [http://unlocksmith.org] GlusterFS [http://www.gluster.org] GNU/Linux [http://www.gnu.org] Geoff Kassel wrote:
Hi Gordan,What is production unready (more than Gluster) about PeerFS or SeznamFS?Well, I'm mostly going by your email comparing these of a few months ago. Your needs are not that dissimilar to mine.I see on the project page for SeznamFS now that there's apparently support for SeznamFS to do master-master replication 'MySQL' style - with the limitations of MySQL's master-master replication, apparently.However, I can't seem to find out exactly what those limitations entail - or how to set it up in this mode. (And I am looking for a system that would allow more than two masters/peers, which is why I passed over DRBD for GlusterFS originally.)I can't get even the PeerFS web page to load. That's a disturbing sign to me.You can fail over NFS servers. If the servers themselves are mirrored (DRBD) and/or have a shared file system NFS should be able to handle the IP being migrated between servers. I've found it this tends to work better with NFS over UDP provided you have a network that doesn't normally suffer packet loss.Sorry, thought you were talking about NFS exports from just one local drive/RAID array.My leading fallback option for when I give up on Gluster is pretty much exactly what you've just described. However - I have the same (potential) issue as you with DRBD and WANs looming over my project i.e. the eventual need to run masters/peers in geographically distributed sites.How do you mean? GFS1 has been in the vanilla kernel for a while.I don't use a vanilla kernel. I use a 'hardened' kernel patched with PaX and a few other security systems, to protect against stack smashing attacks and other nasties. (Just a little bit of extra, relative security, to make would-be attackers go after softer targets.)PaX is especially intolerant of memory faults in general, which is where my efforts in patching GlusterFS were focused. (And yes, I have disabled PaX features for Gluster. No, it didn't improve anything.)When I was looking into GFS, I found that the GFS patches (perhaps I was looking at v2) didn't work with the hardened patchset. GlusterFS had more promise than GFS anyway, so I went with GlusterFS.An older version of GlusterFS - as buggy as it is for me - is unfortunately still the best option.Out of interest, what was the last version of Gluster did you deem completely stable?What works for me with only (only!) a few crashes a day, and no apparent data corruption is 1.4.0tla849. TLA 636 worked a little better for me - only random crashes once in a while. (But again - backwards incompatible changes had crept in between the two versions, so I couldn't go back.)I had much better stability with the earlier 1.3 releases. I can't remember exactly which ones now. (I suspect it was 1.3.3, but I'm no longer sure.) It's been quite a while.I don't agree on that particular point, since the last outstanding bug I'm seeing with any significant frequency in my use case is the one of having to wait for a few seconds for the FS to settle after mounting before doing anything or the operation fails. And to top it off, I've just had it succeed without the wait. That seems quite heisenbuggy/recey to me. :)Sorry, I was talking about the data corruption bugs. Not your first-access issue.That doesn't help - the first-access-settle-time bug has been around for a very long time. ;)Indeed.It's my hope that once testing frameworks (and syslog logging, in your case) are made available to the community, people like us can attempt to debug our systems with some degree of confidence that we're not causing other subtle issues with our patches.That's got to be better for the project as a whole. Geoff. On Sun, 5 Jul 2009, Gordan Bobic wrote:Geoff Kassel wrote:Sounds like a lot of effort and micro-downtime compared to a migration to something else. Have you explored other options like PeerFS, GFS and SeznamFS? Or NFS exports with failover rather than Gluster clients, with Gluster only server-to-server?These options are not production ready (as I believe has been pointed out already to the list) for what I need;What is production unready (more than Gluster) about PeerFS or SeznamFS?or in the case of NFS, defeating the point of redundancy in the first place.You can fail over NFS servers. If the servers themselves are mirrored (DRBD) and/or have a shared file system NFS should be able to handle the IP being migrated between servers. I've found it this tends to work better with NFS over UDP provided you have a network that doesn't normally suffer packet loss.(Also, GFS is also not compatible with the kernel patchset I need to use.)How do you mean? GFS1 has been in the vanilla kernel for a while.I have tried AFR on the server side and the client side. Both display similar issues. An older version of GlusterFS - as buggy as it is for me - is unfortunately still the best option.Out of interest, what was the last version of Gluster did you deem completely stable?(That doesn't mean I can't complain about the lack of progress towards stability and reliability, though :)Heh - and would you believe I just rebooted one of my root-on-glusterfs nodes and it came up OK without the bail-out requiring manual intervention caused by the bug that causes first access after mounting to fail before things have settled.One of the problems is that some tests in this case are impossible to carry out without having multiple nodes up and running, as a number of bugs have been arising in cases where nodes join/leave or cause race conditions. It would require a distributed test harness which would be difficult to implement so that they run on any client that builds the binaries. Just because the test harness doesn't ship with the sources doesn't mean it doesn't exist on a test rig the developers useOkay, so what about the volume of test cases that can be tested without a distributed test harness? I don't see any sign of testing mechanisms for that.That point is hard to argue against. :)And wouldn't it be prudent anyway - giving how often the GlusterFS devs do not have access to the platform with the reported problem - to provide this harness so that people can generate the appropriate test results the devs need for themselves? (Giving a complete stranger from overseas root access is a legal minefield to those who have to work with data held in-confidence.)Indeed. And shifting test-case VM images tends to be impractical (even though I have provided both to the gluster developers in the past for specific error-case analysis).It's been my impression, though, that the relevant bugs are not heisenbugs or race conditions.I don't agree on that particular point, since the last outstanding bug I'm seeing with any significant frequency in my use case is the one of having to wait for a few seconds for the FS to settle after mounting before doing anything or the operation fails. And to top it off, I've just had it succeed without the wait. That seems quite heisenbuggy/recey to me. :)(I'm judging that on the speed of the follow up patch, by the way - race conditions notoriously can take a long time to track down.)That doesn't help - the first-access-settle-time bug has been around for a very long time. ;) Gordan _______________________________________________ Gluster-devel mailing list address@hidden http://lists.nongnu.org/mailman/listinfo/gluster-devel_______________________________________________ Gluster-devel mailing list address@hidden http://lists.nongnu.org/mailman/listinfo/gluster-devel
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