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  1. Kafka
  2. KAFKA-6249

Interactive query downtime when node goes down even with standby replicas



    • Type: Bug
    • Status: Resolved
    • Priority: Major
    • Resolution: Duplicate
    • Affects Version/s: 1.0.0
    • Fix Version/s: None
    • Component/s: streams
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      In a multi-node Kafka Streams application that uses interactive queries, the queryable store will become unavailable (throw InvalidStateStoreException) for up to several minutes when a node goes down. This happens regardless of how many nodes are in the application as well as how many standby replicas are configured.

      My expectation is that if a standby replica is present, that the interactive query would fail over to the live replica immediately causing negligible downtime for interactive queries. Instead, what appears to happen is that the queryable store is down for however long it takes for the nodes to completely rebalance (this takes a few minutes for a couple GB of total data in the queryable store's backing topic).

      I am filing this as a bug, realizing that it may in fact be a feature request. However, until there is a way we can use interactive queries with minimal (~zero) downtime on node failure, we are having to entertain other strategies for serving queries (e.g. manually materializing the topic to an external resilient store such as Cassandra) in order to meet our SLAs.

      If there is a way to minimize the downtime of interactive queries on node failure that I am missing, I would like to know what it is.

      Our team is super-enthusiastic about Kafka Streams and we're keen to use it for just about everything! This is our only major roadblock.


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                ccrain_kuka Charles Crain
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