[Gluster-users] Adding arbiter on a large existing replica 2 set

Thorgeir Marthinussen thorgeir.marthinussen at basefarm.com
Wed Oct 16 13:37:40 UTC 2019


We have an old Gluster cluster setup, running a replica 2 across two datacenters, and currently on version 4.1.5

I need to add an arbiter to this setup, but I'm concerned about the performance impact of this on the volumes.

I recently set up a new cluster, for a different purpose, and decided to test adding an arbiter to the volume after adding in some data.
Had a volume with ~435,000 files totaling about 12TB.
Adding the arbiter initiated a heal-operation that took almost 3 hours.

The older cluster, one of the volumes is about 14TB, but ~45,5 million files.

Since arbiter is only concerned about metadata and checksums, I'm concerned about the fact that we have 100 times the amount of files, i.e. 100 times the amount of I/O operations to execute during healing, and possibly 100 times the time which would mean about 12,5 days.

Another "issue" is that the 'gluster volume heal <vol-name> info summary' command seems to "count" all the files, so the command can take a very long time to complete.
The metrics-scraping script I created for us, with a timeout of 110seconds, fails to complete when a volume has over ~800-900 files unsynced (which happens regularily when taking one cluster-node down for patching).

Does anyone have any experience with adding arbiter afterwards, performance impact, time to heal, etc.
Also other ways to get the status on healing.

Any advice would be appreciated.

Best regards
Senior Systems Consultant
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