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Re: Replication Problems

replication errors don't surprise me at all. I'd be very surprised if an application were getting errors, though. Replication is intentionally lossy. We designed it to drop replication events under load rather than block on user requests. The filters are designed to query all available cosign servers so a replication failure is not a problem.

From the application user's perspective even a 100% loss rate for replication should not cause a problem (whatever is causing the 100% loss rate might cause a problem, but replication is never absolutely necessary, it just makes everything more efficient).

We have about 39,533 students (graduate, undergraduate, professional), 5,330 faculty, 10,287 hospital staff, 12,757 non-hospital staff, and about 26,000 Friend guest accounts. We had 172,395 login events across our three weblogin servers yesterday. We saw roughly 259,035 distinct REGISTER requests yesterday divided among 95 services (interestingly, the distribution of users per service roughly follows Zipf's law). We don't log CHECK at all anymore unless you're running with debugging turned on so I'm not sure how to get you that information. Our server's cosign databases are normally 90 - 95% in sync with each other. I hope this is helpful.

Our heaviest usage period is in the late afternoon. Between 3 and 4 o'clock yesterday we saw about 10,551 LOGIN events and 17,397 distinct REGISTER events.


On Feb 2, 2005, at 4:28 PM, Brett Lomas wrote:

That's fine, thanks heaps for that Kevin

I am not surpirsed about the replication error though, because if the
machine is under high load, and has like 1000 processes most of which
are cosign daemons servicing requests, then the replication process will
only get a small amount of CPU time to actually process the events. At
least that is my understanding of things. That is why I am worndering if
I am putting an unreasonable load on it.


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