Currently, the CloudSolrClient randomly picks a replica to query.
This is done by shuffling the list of live URLs to query then, picking the first item from the list.
This ticket is to allow more flexibility and control to some extend which URLs will be picked up for queries.
Note that this is for queries only and would not affect update/delete/admin operations.
The current patch uses regex pattern and moves to the top of the list of URLs only those matching the given regex specified by the system property
Initially, I thought it may be good to have Solr nodes tagged with a string pattern (snitch?) and use that pattern for matching the URLs.
Any comment, recommendation or feedback would be appreciated.
There are many cases where the ability to choose the node where queries go can be very handy:
One may have a SolrCLoud cluster where every node host the same set of collections with:
- multiple large SolrCLoud nodes (L) used for production apps and
- have 1 small node (S) in the same cluster with less ram/cpu used only for manual user queries, data export and other production issue investigation.
This ticket would allow to configure the applications using SolrJ to query only the (L) nodes
For simplicity, let's say that we have a SolrSloud cluster deployed on 2 (or N) separate racks: rack1 and rack2.
On each rack, we have a set of SolrCloud VMs as well as a couple of client VMs querying solr using SolrJ.
All solr nodes are identical and have the same number of collections.
What we would like to achieve is:
- clients on rack1 will by preference query only SolrCloud nodes on rack1, and
- clients on rack2 will by preference query only SolrCloud nodes on rack2.
- Cross-rack read will happen if and only if one of the racks has no available Solr node to serve a request.
In other words, we want read operations to be local to a rack whenever possible.
Note that write/update/delete/admin operations should not be affected.
Note that in our use case, we have a cross DC deployment. So, replace rack1/rack2 by DC1/DC2
Any comment would be very appreciated.