[Gluster-devel] [PATCH BRANCH:release-2.0] Add a random initial offset to the afr round robin index

Erick Tryzelaar idadesub at users.sourceforge.net
Fri Jul 10 22:53:28 UTC 2009

This patch helps to distribute load across an afr cluster
when you have clients with the same access patterns, such
as in benchmarking or map-reduce. By randomly offsetting
the initial read_child_rr, clients should distribute reads
over the afr nodes on average.

A better solution could be to randomly shuffle the children
instead of chosing a different initial offset. This should
average the reads better across the nodes, but I'm not
sure if there are any other consequences to doing this.
 xlators/cluster/afr/src/afr.c |    3 +++
 1 files changed, 3 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)

diff --git a/xlators/cluster/afr/src/afr.c b/xlators/cluster/afr/src/afr.c
index a94f926..118e0fc 100644
--- a/xlators/cluster/afr/src/afr.c
+++ b/xlators/cluster/afr/src/afr.c
@@ -2494,6 +2494,9 @@ init (xlator_t *this)
+	/* Randomly pick the starting read child */
+	priv->read_child_rr = random() % priv->child_count;
 	ret = 0;
 	return ret;

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