[slurm-users] Is there split-brain danger when using backup slurmdbd?

Brian Andrus toomuchit at gmail.com
Mon Jun 27 16:38:12 UTC 2022

This can happen if things are mis-configured.

realize slurmdbd is merely a daemon that talks to a database.

That database should be HA and separate from the slurmdbd systems.
For our location, we have a central DB server that both slurmdbd systems 
point to. In this scenario, it is the db that ensures both are getting 
accurate and current information.

Brian Andrus

On 6/27/2022 9:15 AM, taleintervenor at sjtu.edu.cn wrote:
> Hi, all:
> We noticed that slurmdbd provide the conf option *DbdBackupHost* for 
> user to set a secondary slurmdbd node. Since slurmdbd is closely 
> related to database, we wonder will multiple slurmdbd bring up the 
> split-brain danger, which is the common topic in database 
> high-available discussion. Will there be any case in which slurmdbd_A 
> and slurmdbd_B failed to recognize each other’s state and both work as 
> active node?
> Another related question is, when primary slurmdbd node work well, 
> will standby slurmdbd node write anything to database? If standby 
> slurmdbd won’t write anything, then is it safe to separately connect 
> slurmdbd_A to mysql_A, and slurmdbd_B to mysql_B, and using 
> multi-source replication to sync mysql_A with mysql_B?
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