build 393: adding server results in missing data

B. Todd Burruss bburruss at
Fri Nov 13 14:28:44 EST 2009

i let my instances run all night and the data still hasn't replicated
completely.  my dataset is 1000 2k blocks of data.  it should be fairly
quick i would assume.  but even if it isn't fast (say i had 100,000,000
2k blocks) the data should always be available during a handoff.  right?

thx Justin for getting back to us

On Fri, 2009-11-13 at 14:04 -0500, Justin Sheehy wrote:
> My guess is that you're seeing the result of a large amount of handoff
> in process.
> When you add a new node, the old nodes will slowly notice the change
> in ownership and begin sending the appropriate data to the new node as
> it claims partitions and rebalances ownership.  If you issue these
> requests after ownership has changed but before handoff has completed,
> there will be some cases where some of the ideal owning nodes for
> given keys will not yet have received the data they are being asked
> for.
> If that is the case, the problem should go away after some minutes
> have passed.  Is that what you observe?
> It is also good timing that you mention this, as we are working on
> some significant improvements to the performance and behavior of
> handoff right now.
> -Justin

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