[Gluster-users] arbiter node on client?

Ben Turner bturner at redhat.com
Mon May 7 14:43:16 UTC 2018

One thing to remember with arbiters is that they need IOPs, not capacity as much.  With a VM use case this is less impactful, but workloads with lots of smallfiles can become heavily bottlenecked at the arbiter.  Arbiters only save metadata, not data, but metadata needs lots of small reads and writes.  I have seen many instances where the the arbiter had considerably less IOPs than the other bricks and it lead to perf issues.  With VMs you don't have thousands of files so its prolly not a big deal, but in more general purpose workloads its important to remember this.



----- Original Message -----
> From: "Dave Sherohman" <dave at sherohman.org>
> To: gluster-users at gluster.org
> Sent: Monday, May 7, 2018 7:21:49 AM
> Subject: Re: [Gluster-users] arbiter node on client?
> On Sun, May 06, 2018 at 11:15:32AM +0000, Gandalf Corvotempesta wrote:
> > is possible to add an arbiter node on the client?
> I've been running in that configuration for a couple months now with no
> problems.  I have 6 data + 3 arbiter bricks hosting VM disk images and
> all three of my arbiter bricks are on one of the kvm hosts.
> > Can I use multiple arbiter for the same volume ? In example, one arbiter on
> > each client.
> I'm pretty sure that you can only have one arbiter per subvolume, and
> I'm not even sure what the point of multiple arbiters over the same data
> would be.
> In my case, I have three subvolumes (three replica pairs), which means I
> need three arbiters and those could be spread across multiple nodes, of
> course, but I don't think saying "I want 12 arbiters instead of 3!"
> would be supported.
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