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  1. Kafka
  2. KAFKA-3438

Rack Aware Replica Reassignment should warn of overloaded brokers


    • Type: Improvement
    • Status: Patch Available
    • Priority: Major
    • Resolution: Unresolved
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      We've changed the replica reassignment code to be rack aware.

      One problem that might catch users out would be that they rebalance the cluster using kafka-reassign-partitions.sh but their rack configuration means that some high proportion of replicas are pushed onto a single, or small number of, brokers.

      This should be an easy problem to avoid, by changing the rack assignment information, but we should probably warn users if they are going to create something that is unbalanced.

      So imagine I have a Kafka cluster of 12 nodes spread over two racks with rack awareness enabled. If I add a 13th machine, on a new rack, and run the rebalance tool, that new machine will get ~6x as many replicas as the least loaded broker.

      Suggest a warning be added to the tool output when --generate is called. "The most loaded broker has 2.3x as many replicas as the the least loaded broker. This is likely due to an uneven distribution of brokers across racks. You're advised to alter the rack config so there are approximately the same number of brokers per rack" and displays the individual rack→#brokers and broker→#replicas data for the proposed move.


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                vahid Vahid Hashemian
                benstopford Ben Stopford
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