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  1. Cassandra
  2. CASSANDRA-13064

Add stream type or purpose to stream plan / stream



    • Improvement
    • Status: Resolved
    • Normal
    • Resolution: Duplicate
    • 4.0-alpha1, 4.0
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      It would be very good to know the type or purpose of a certain stream on the receiver side. It should be both available in a stream request and a stream task.

      It would be helpful to distinguish the purpose to allow different handling of streams and requests. Examples:

      • In stream request a global flush is done. This is not necessary for all types of streams. A repair stream(-plan) does not require a flush as this has been done shortly before in validation compaction and only the sstables that have been validated also have to be streamed.
      • In StreamReceiveTask streams for MVs go through the regular write path this is painfully slow especially on bootstrap and decomission. Both for bootstrap and decommission this is not necessary. Sstables can be directly streamed down in this case. Handling bootstrap is no problem as it relies on a local state but during decommission, the decom-state is bound to the sender and not the receiver, so the receiver has to know that it is safe to stream that sstable directly, not through the write-path. Thats why we have to know the purpose of the stream.

      I'd love to implement this on my own but I am not sure how not to break the streaming protocol for backwards compat or if it is ok to do so.

      Furthermore I'd love to get some feedback on that idea and some proposals what stream types to distinguish. I could imagine:

      • bootstrap
      • decommission
      • repair
      • replace node
      • remove node
      • range relocation

      Comments like this support my idea, knowing the purpose could avoid this.

      // TODO each call to transferRanges re-flushes, this is potentially a lot of waste
      streamPlan.transferRanges(newEndpoint, preferred, keyspaceName, ranges);

      And alternative to passing the purpose of the stream was to pass flags like:

      • requiresFlush
      • requiresWritePathForMaterializedView

      I guess passing the purpose will make the streaming protocol more robust for future changes and leaves decisions up to the receiver.
      But an additional "requiresFlush" would also avoid putting too much logic into the streaming code. The streaming code should not care about purposes, the caller or receiver should. So the decision if a stream requires as flush before stream should be up to the stream requester and the stream request receiver depending on the purpose of the stream.

      I'm excited about your feedback


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              brstgt Benjamin Roth
              Benjamin Roth
              Paulo Motta
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