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    • Status: Resolved
    • Priority: Major
    • Resolution: Duplicate
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      Currently rolling bounce a Kafka cluster with tens of thousands of partitions can take very long (~2 min for each broker with ~5000 partitions/broker in our environment). The majority of the time is spent on shutting down a broker. The time of shutting down a broker usually includes the following parts:

      T1: During controlled shutdown, people usually want to make sure there is no under replicated partitions. So shutting down a broker during a rolling bounce will have to wait for the previous restarted broker to catch up. This is T1.

      T2: The time to send controlled shutdown request and receive controlled shutdown response. Currently the a controlled shutdown request will trigger many LeaderAndIsrRequest and UpdateMetadataRequest. And also involving many zookeeper update in serial.

      T3: The actual time to shutdown all the components. It is usually small compared with T1 and T2.

      T1 is related to:
      A) the inbound throughput on the cluster, and
      B) the "down" time of the broker (time between replica fetchers stop and replica fetchers restart)
      The larger the traffic is, or the longer the broker stopped fetching, the longer it will take for the broker to catch up and get back into ISR. Therefore the longer T1 will be. Assume:

      • the in bound network traffic is X bytes/second on a broker
      • the time T1.B ("down" time) mentioned above is T
        Theoretically it will take (X * T) / (NetworkBandwidth - X) = InBoundNetworkUtilization * T / (1 - InboundNetworkUtilization) for a the broker to catch up after the restart. While X is out of our control, T is largely related to T2.

      The purpose of this ticket is to reduce T2 by:
      1. Batching the LeaderAndIsrRequest and UpdateMetadataRequest during controlled shutdown.
      2. Use async zookeeper write to pipeline zookeeper writes. According to Zookeeper wiki(, a 3 node ZK cluster should be able to handle 20K writes (1K size). So if we use async write, likely we will be able to reduce zookeeper update time to lower seconds or even sub-second level.


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              • Assignee:
                becket_qin Jiangjie Qin
                becket_qin Jiangjie Qin
                Joel Koshy
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