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Authors Sriharsha Chintalapani, Satish Duggana, Suresh Srinivas, Ying Zheng (alphabetical order by the last names)

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Google doc version of this wiki is located here.

Motivation

Kafka is an important part of data infrastructure and is seeing significant adoption and growth. As the Kafka cluster size grows and more data is stored in Kafka for a longer duration, several issues related to scalability, efficiency, and operations become important to address.

Kafka stores the messages in append-only log segments on local disks on Kafka brokers. The retention period for the log is based on `log.retention` that can be set system-wide or per topic. Retention gives the guarantee to consumers that even if their application failed or was down for maintenance, it can come back within the retention period to read from where it left off without losing any data.

The total storage required on a cluster is proportional to the number of topics/partitions, the rate of messages, and most importantly the retention period. A Kafka broker typically has a large number of disks with the total storage capacity of 10s of TBs. The amount of data locally stored on a Kafka broker presents many operational challenges.

Kafka as a long-term storage service

Kafka has grown in adoption to become the entry point of all of the data. It allows users to not only consume data in real-time but also gives the flexibility to fetch older data based on retention policies. Given the simplicity of Kafka protocol and wide adoption of consumer API, allowing users to store and fetch data with longer retention help make Kafka one true source of data.

Currently, Kafka is configured with a shorter retention period in days (typically 3 days) and data older than the retention period is copied using data pipelines to a more scalable external storage for long-term use, such as HDFS. This results in data consumers having to build different versions of applications to consume the data from different systems depending on the age of the data.

Kafka cluster storage is typically scaled by adding more broker nodes to the cluster. But this also adds needless memory and CPUs to the cluster making overall storage cost less efficient compared to storing the older data in external storage. Larger cluster with more nodes also adds to the complexity of deployment and increases the operational costs.

Kafka local storage and operational complexity

When a broker fails, the failed node is replaced by a new node. The new node must copy all the data that was on the failed broker from other replicas. Similarly, when a new Kafka node is added to scale the cluster storage, cluster rebalancing assigns partitions to the new node which also requires copying a lot of data. The time for recovery and rebalancing is proportional to the amount of data stored locally on a Kafka broker. In setups that have many Kafka clusters running 100s of brokers, a node failure is a common occurrence, with a lot of time spent in recovery making operations difficult and time-consuming.

Reducing the amount of data stored on each broker can reduce the recovery/rebalancing time. But it would also necessitate reducing the log retention period impacting the time available for application maintenance and failure recovery.

Kafka in cloud

On-premise Kafka deployments use hardware SKUs with multiple high capacity disks to maximize the i/o throughput and to store the data for the retention period. Equivalent SKUs with similar local storage options are either unavailable or they are very expensive in the cloud. There are more available options for SKUs with lesser local storage capacity as Kafka broker nodes and they are more suitable in the cloud.

Solution - Tiered storage for Kafka

Kafka data is mostly consumed in a streaming fashion using tail reads. Tail reads leverage OS's page cache to serve the data instead of disk reads. Older data is typically read from the disk for backfill or failure recovery purposes and is infrequent.

In the tiered storage approach, Kafka cluster is configured with two tiers of storage - local and remote. Local tier is the same as the current Kafka that uses the local disks on the Kafka brokers to store the log segments. The new remote tier uses systems, such as HDFS or S3 to store the completed log segments. Two separate retention periods are defined corresponding to each of the tiers. With remote tier enabled, the retention period for the local tier can be significantly reduced from days to few hours. The retention period for remote tier can be much longer, days or even months. When a log segment is rolled on the local tier, it is copied to the remote tier along with the corresponding offset index. Latency sensitive applications perform tail reads and are served from local tier leveraging the existing Kafka mechanism of efficiently using page cache to serve the data. Backfill and other applications recovering from a failure that needs data older than what is in the local tier are served from the remote tier.

This solution allows scaling storage independent of memory and CPUs in a Kafka cluster enabling Kafka to be a long-term storage solution. This also reduces the amount of data stored locally on Kafka brokers and hence the amount of data that needs to be copied during recovery and rebalancing. Log segments that are available in the remote tier need not be restored on the broker or restored lazily and are served from the remote tier. With this, increasing the retention period no longer requires scaling the Kafka cluster storage and the addition of new nodes. At the same time, the overall data retention can still be much longer eliminating the need for separate data pipelines to copy the data from Kafka to external stores, as done currently in many deployments.

Goals

Extend Kafka's storage beyond the local storage available on the Kafka cluster by retaining the older data in an external store, such as HDFS or S3 with minimal impact on the internals of Kafka. Kafka behavior and operational complexity must not change for existing users that do not have tiered storage feature configured.

Non-Goals

Tiered storage does not replace ETL pipelines and jobs. Existing ETL pipelines continue to consume data from Kafka as is, albeit with data in Kafka having a much longer retention period.

It does not support compact topics with tiered storage. Topic created with the effective value for remote.log.enabled as true, can not change its retention policy from delete to compact.

It does not support JBOD feature with tiered storage.

Proposed Changes

High-level design


RemoteLogManager (RLM) is a new component which

  • receives callback events for leadership changes and stop/delete events of topic partitions on a broker.
  • delegates copy, read, and delete of topic partition segments to a pluggable storage manager(viz RemoteStorageManager) implementation and maintains respective remote log segment metadata through RemoteLogMetadataManager.


`RemoteStorageManager` is an interface to provide the lifecycle of remote log segments and indexes. More details about how we arrived at this interface are discussed in the document. We will provide a simple implementation of RSM to get a better understanding of the APIs. HDFS and S3 implementation are planned to be hosted in external repos and these will not be part of Apache Kafka repo. This is inline with the approach taken for Kafka connectors.


`RemoteLogMetadataManager` is an interface to provide the lifecycle of metadata about remote log segments with strongly consistent semantics. There is a default implementation that uses an internal topic. Users can plugin their own implementation if they intend to use another system to store remote log segment metadata.

RemoteLogManager (RLM)

RLM creates tasks for each leader or follower topic partition, which are explained in detail here.

  • RLM Leader Task
    • It checks for rolled over LogSegments (which have the last message offset less than last stable offset of that topic partition) and copies them along with their offset/time/transaction indexes and leader epoch cache to the remote tier. It also serves the fetch requests for older data from the remote tier. Local logs are not cleaned up till those segments are copied successfully to remote even though their retention time/size is reached.
  • RLM Follower Task 
    • It keeps track of the segments and index files on remote tier by looking into RemoteLogMetdataManager. RLM follower can also serve reading old data from the remote tier.

RLM maintains a bounded cache(possibly LRU) of the index files of remote log segments to avoid multiple index fetches from the remote storage. These indexes can be used in the same way as local segment indexes are used. 

The earlier approach consists of pulling the remote log segment metadata from remote log storage APIs as mentioned in the earlier RemoteStorageManager_Old section. This approach worked fine for storages like HDFS. One of the problems of relying on the remote storage to maintain metadata is that tiered-storage needs to be strongly consistent, with an impact not only on the metadata itself (e.g. LIST in S3) but also on the segment data (e.g. GET after a DELETE in S3). Also, the cost (and to a lesser extent performance) of maintaining metadata in remote storage needs to be factored in. In the case of S3, frequent LIST APIs incur huge costs. 

So, remote storage is separated from the remote log metadata store and introduced RemoteStorageManager and RemoteLogMetadataManager respectively. You can see the discussion details in the doc located here.

Local and Remote log offset constraints

Below are the leader topic partition's log offsets

Lx  = Local log start offset           Lz  = Local log end offset            Ly  = Last stable offset(LSO)

Ry  = Remote log end offset       Rx  = Remote log start offset

Lz >= L>= Lx and Ly >= R>= Rx


Replica Manager

If RLM is configured, ReplicaManager will call RLM to assign or remove topic-partitions.

If the broker changes its state from Leader to Follower for a topic-partition and RLM is in the process of copying the segment, it will finish the copy before it relinquishes the copy for topic-partition. This might leave duplicated segments but these will be cleaned up when these segments are ready for deletion based on remote retention configs.

Follower Replication

Overview

Currently, followers replicate the data from the leader, and try to catch up until the log-end-offset of the leader to become in-sync replicas. Followers maintain the same log segments lineage as the leader by doing the truncation if required.

With tiered storage, followers need to maintain the same log segments lineage as the leader. Followers replicate the data that is only available on the leader's local storage. But they need to build the state like leader epoch cache and producer id snapshots for the remote segments and they also need to do truncation if required. 

The below diagram gives a brief overview of the interaction between leader, follower, and remote log and metadata storages. It will be described more in detail in the next section.

  1. Leader copies log segments with the auxiliary state(includes leader epoch cache and producer-id snapshots) to remote storage.
  2. Leader publishes remote log segment metadata about the copied remote log segment, 
  3. Follower tries to fetch the messages from the leader and follows the protocol mentioned in detail in the next section. 
  4. Follower waits till it catches up consuming the required remote log segment metadata.
  5. Follower fetches the respective remote log segment metadata to build auxiliary state.

Follower fetch protocol in detail

Leader epoch was introduced for handling possible log divergence among replicas in a few leadership change scenarios mentioned in KIP-101 and KIP-279. This is a monotonically increasing number for partition in a single leadership phase and it is stored in each message batch.

Leader epoch sequence file is maintained for each partition by each broker, and all in-sync replicas are guaranteed to have the same leader epoch history and the same log data. 

Leader epoch is used to

  • decide log truncation (KIP-101),
  • keep consistency across replicas (KIP-279), and 
  • reset consumer offsets after truncation (KIP-320). 

Incase of remote storage also, we should maintain log lineage and leader epochs like it is done with local storage.

Currently, followers build the auxiliary state (i.e. leader epoch sequence, producer snapshot state) when they fetch the messages from the leader by reading the message batches. Incase of tiered storage, follower finds the offset and leader epoch up to which the auxiliary state needs to be built from the leader. After which, followers start fetching the data from the leader starting from that offset. That offset can be local-log-start-offset or last-tiered-offset. Local-log-start-offset is the log start offset of the local storage. Last-tiered-offset  is the offset up to which the segments are copied to remote storage. We will describe pros and cons of choosing these segments.

last-tiered-offset

  • The advantage with this option is that followers can catch up quickly with the leader as the segments that are required to be fetched by followers are the segments that are not yet moved to remote storage.  
  • One disadvantage with this approach is that followers may have a few local segments than the leader. When that follower becomes a leader then the existing followers will truncate their logs to the leader's local log-start-offset. 

local-log-start-offset

  • This will honour local log retention in case of leader switches.
  • It will take longer for a lagging follower to become an insync replica by catching up with the leader. One of those cases can be a new follower replica added for a partition need to start fetching from local log start offset to become an insync follower. So, this may take longer based on the local log segments available on the leader. 


We prefer to go with local log start offset as the offset from which follower starts to replicate the local log segments for the above mentioned reasons.

With tiered storage, the leader only returns the data that is still in the leader's local storage. Log segments that exist only on remote storage are not replicated to followers as those are already present in remote storage. Followers fetch offsets and truncate their local logs if needed with the current mechanism based on the leader's local-log-start-offset. This is described with several cases in detail in the next section.

When a follower fetches data for an offset which is no longer available in the leader's local storage, the leader will send a new error code `OFFSET_MOVED_TO_TIERED_STORAGE`. After that, follower finds the local-log-start-offset and respective leader epoch from the leader. Followers need to build the auxiliary state of the remote log segments till that offset, which are leader epochs and producer-snapshot-ids. This can be done in two ways.

  • introduce a new protocol (or API) to fetch this state from the leader partition.
  • fetch this state from the remote storage.

Latter is preferred here as remote storage can have this state and it is simpler without introducing a new protocol with the leader.

This involves two steps in getting the required state of the respective log segment for the requested fetch offset.

  • it should fetch the respective remote log segment metadata and
  • it should fetch respective state like leader epochs from remote storage for the respective remote log segment metadata. 

When shipping a log segment to remote storage, the leader broker will store the leader epoch sequence and producer id snapshot up to the end of the segment into the same remote directory (or the same remote object key prefix). These data can be used by the followers to rebuild the leader epoch sequences and producer id snapshots when needed.


So, we need to add a respective ReplicaState for building auxiliary state which can be called `BuildingRemoteLogAuxState`. Fetcher thread processes this state also in every run as it does for Fetching and Truncating states.

When a follower tries to fetch an offset that is no longer in the leader's local storage, the leader returns OffsetMovedToRemoteStorage error. Upon receiving this error, the follower will

1) Retrieve the Earliest Local Offset (ELO) and the corresponding leader epoch (ELO-LE) from the leader with a ListOffset request (timestamp = -3)

2) Truncate local log and local auxiliary state

3) Transfer from Fetching state to BuildingRemoteLogAux state

In BuildingRemoteLogAux state, the follower will

Option 1:

Repeatedly call the FetchEarliestOffsetFromLeader API from ELO-LE to the earliest leader epoch that the leader knows, and build local leader epoch cache accordingly. This option may not be very efficient when there were a lot of leadership changes. The advantage of this option is that the entire process is in Kafka, even when the remote storage is temporarily unavailable, the followers can still catch up and join ISR.

Option 2:

1) Wait for RLMM to receive remote segment information until there is a remote segment that contains the ELO-LE.

2) Fetch the leader epoch sequence from remote storage (using remote storage fetcher thread pool)

3) Build the local leader epoch cache by cutting the leader epoch sequence received from remote storage to [LSO, ELO]. (LSO = log start offset)

After building the local leader epoch cache, the follower transfers back to Fetching state, and continues fetching from ELO.

Let us discuss a few cases that followers can encounter while it tries to replicate from the leader and build the auxiliary state from remote storage.

OMRS : OffsetMovedToRemoteStorage

ELO : Earliest-Local-Offset

LE-x : Leader Epoch x, 

HW : High Watermark

seg-a-b: a remote segment with first-offset = a and last-offset = b

LE-x, y : A leader epoch sequence entry indicates leader-epoch x starts from offset y


Follower fetch scenarios(including truncation cases)

Scenario 1: new empty follower

A broker is added to the cluster and assigned as a replica for a partition. This broker will not have any local data as it has just become a follower for the first time. It will try to fetch the offset 0 from the leader. If that offset does not exist on the leader, the follower will receive the OFFSET_MOVED_TO_TIERED_STORAGE error. The follower will then send a ListOffset request with timestamp = EARLIEST_LOCAL_TIMESTAMP, and will receive the offset of the leader's earliest local message.

The follower will need to build the state until that offset before it starts to fetch from the leader's local storage.

step 1:

Fetch remote segment info, and rebuild leader epoch sequence.


Broker A (Leader)

Broker B (Follower)

Remote Storage

RL metadata storage

3: msg 3 LE-1

4: msg 4 LE-1

5: msg 5 LE-2

6: msg 6 LE-2

7: msg 7 LE-3 (HW)


leader_epochs

LE-0, 0

LE-1, 3

LE-2, 5

LE-3, 7



1. Fetch LE-1, 0

2. Receives OMRS

3. Receives ELO 3, LE-1

4. Fetch remote segment info and build local leader epoch sequence until ELO


leader_epochs

LE-0, 0

LE-1, 3


seg-0-2, uuid-1

  log:

  0: msg 0 LE-0

  1: msg 1 LE-0

  2: msg 2 LE-0

  epochs:

  LE-0, 0


seg 3-5, uuid-2

  log:

  3: msg 3 LE-1

  4: msg 4 LE-1

  5: msg 5 LE-2

  epochs:

  LE-0, 0

  LE-1, 3

  LE-2, 5

seg-0-2, uuid-1

segment epochs

LE-0, 0


seg-3-5, uuid-2

segment epochs

LE-1, 3

LE-2, 5

step 2:

continue fetching from the leader

Broker A (Leader)

Broker B (Follower)

Remote Storage

RL metadata storage

3: msg 3 LE-1

4: msg 4 LE-1

5: msg 5 LE-2

6: msg 6 LE-2

7: msg 7 LE-3 (HW)


leader_epochs

LE-0, 0

LE-1, 3

LE-2, 5

LE-3, 7



Fetch from ELO to HW

3: msg 3 LE-1

4: msg 4 LE-1

5: msg 5 LE-2

6: msg 6 LE-2

7: msg 7 LE-3 (HW)

leader_epochs

LE-0, 0

LE-1, 3

LE-2, 5

LE-3, 7

seg-0-2, uuid-1

  log:

  0: msg 0 LE-0

  1: msg 1 LE-0

  2: msg 2 LE-0

  epochs:

  LE-0, 0


seg 3-5, uuid-2

  log:

  3: msg 3 LE-1

  4: msg 4 LE-1

  5: msg 5 LE-2

  epochs:

  LE-0, 0

  LE-1, 3

  LE-2, 5

seg-0-2, uuid-1

segment epochs

LE-0, 0


seg-3-5, uuid-2

segment epochs

LE-1, 3

LE-2, 5

Scenario 2: out-of-sync follower catching up

A follower is trying to catch up, and the segment has moved to tiered storage. It involves two cases like whether the local segment exists or not. 

2.1 Local segment exists and the latest local offset is larger than the earliest-local-offset of the leader

In this case, followers fetch like earlier as the local segments exist. There will not be any changes for this case.

2.2 Local segment does not exist, or the latest local offset is smaller than ELO of the leader

In this case, local segments might have already been deleted because of the local retention settings, or the follower has been offline for a very long time. The follower receives OFFSET_MOVED_TO_TIERED_STORAGE error while trying to fetch the desired offset. The follower has to truncate all the local log segments, because we know the data already expired on the leader.

step 1:

An out-of-sync follower (broker B) has local data up to offset 3

Broker A (Leader)

Broker B (Follower)

Remote Storage

RL metadata storage

0: msg 0 LE-0

1: msg 1 LE-0

2: msg 2 LE-0

3: msg 3 LE-1

4: msg 4 LE-1

5: msg 5 LE-2

6: msg 6 LE-2

7: msg 7 LE-3

8: msg 8 LE-3

9: msg 9 LE-3 (HW)




leader_epochs

LE-0, 0

LE-1, 3

LE-2, 5

LE-3, 7

0: msg 0 LE-0

1: msg 1 LE-0

2: msg 2 LE-0

3: msg 3 LE-1

leader_epochs

LE-0, 0

LE-1, 3

1. Because the latest leader epoch in the local storage (LE-1) does not equal to the current leader epoch (LE-3). The follower starts from the Truncating state.

2. fetchLeaderEpochEndOffsets(LE-1) returns 5, which is larger than the latest local offset.  With the existing truncation logic, the local log is not truncated and it moves to Fetching state.




seg-0-2, uuid-1

  log:

  0: msg 0 LE-0

  1: msg 1 LE-0

  2: msg 2 LE-0

  epochs:

  LE-0, 0


seg 3-5, uuid-2

  log:

  3: msg 3 LE-1

  4: msg 4 LE-1

  5: msg 5 LE-2

  epochs:

  LE-0, 0

  LE-1, 3

  LE-2, 5

seg-0-2, uuid-1

segment epochs

LE-0, 0


seg-3-5, uuid-2

segment epochs

LE-1, 3

LE-2, 5


step 2:

Local segments on the leader are deleted because of retention, and then the follower starts trying to catch up with the leader.

Broker A (Leader)

Broker B (Follower)

Remote Storage

RL metadata storage

9: msg 9 LE-3

10: msg 10 LE-3

11: msg 11 LE-3 (HW)



[segments till offset 8 were deleted]



leader_epochs

LE-0, 0

LE-1, 3

LE-2, 5

LE-3, 7

0: msg 0 LE-0

1: msg 1 LE-0

2: msg 2 LE-0

3: msg 3 LE-1

leader_epochs

LE-0, 0

LE-1, 3


<Fetch State>

1. Fetch LE-1, 4

2. Receives OMRS, truncate local segments. 

3. Fetch ELO, Receives ELO 9, LE-3 and moves to BuildingRemoteLogAux state




seg-0-2, uuid-1

  log:

  0: msg 0 LE-0

  1: msg 1 LE-0

  2: msg 2 LE-0

  epochs:

  LE-0, 0


seg 3-5, uuid-2

  log:

  3: msg 3 LE-1

  4: msg 4 LE-1

  5: msg 5 LE-2

  epochs:

  LE-0, 0

  LE-1, 3

  LE-2, 5


Seg 6-8, uuid-3, LE-3

  log:

  6: msg 6 LE-2

  7: msg 7 LE-3

  8: msg 8 LE-3

  epochs:

  LE-0, 0

  LE-1, 3

  LE-2, 5

  LE-3, 7

seg-0-2, uuid-1

segment epochs

LE-0, 0


seg-3-5, uuid-2

segment epochs

LE-1, 3

LE-2, 5


seg-6-8, uuid-3

segment epochs

LE-2, 5

LE-3, 7


step 3:

After deleting the local data, this case becomes the same as scenario 1.

Broker A (Leader)

Broker B (Follower)

Remote Storage

RL metadata storage

9: msg 9 LE-3

10: msg 10 LE-3

11: msg 11 LE-3 (HW)



[segments till offset 8 were deleted]



leader_epochs

LE-0, 0

LE-1, 3

LE-2, 5

LE-3, 7

1. follower rebuilds leader epoch sequence up to LE-3 using remote segment metadata and remote data

leader_epochs

LE-0, 0

LE-1, 3

LE-2, 5

LE-3, 7


2. follower continue fetching from the leader from ELO (9, LE-3)

9: msg 9 LE-3

10: msg 10 LE-3

11: msg 11 LE-3 (HW)











seg-0-2, uuid-1

  log:

  0: msg 0 LE-0

  1: msg 1 LE-0

  2: msg 2 LE-0

  epochs:

  LE-0, 0


seg 3-5, uuid-2

  log:

  3: msg 3 LE-1

  4: msg 4 LE-1

  5: msg 5 LE-2

  epochs:

  LE-0, 0

  LE-1, 3

  LE-2, 5


Seg 6-8, uuid-3, LE-3

  log:

  6: msg 6 LE-2

  7: msg 7 LE-3

  8: msg 8 LE-3

  epochs:

  LE-0, 0

  LE-1, 3

  LE-2, 5

  LE-3, 7

seg-0-2, uuid-1

segment epochs

LE-0, 0


seg-3-5, uuid-2

segment epochs

LE-1, 3

LE-2, 5


seg-6-8, uuid-3

segment epochs

LE-2, 5

LE-3, 7

Scenario 3: Multiple hard failures (Scenario 2 of KIP-101)

Step 1:

Broker A (Leader)

Broker B

Remote Storage

RL metadata storage

0: msg 0 LE-0

1: msg 1 LE-0

2: msg 2 LE-0 (HW)

leader_epochs

LE-0, 0

0: msg 0 LE-0

1: msg 1 LE-0

2: msg 2 LE-0 (HW)

leader_epochs

LE-0, 0

seg-0-1:

  log:

  0: msg 0 LE-0

  1: msg 1 LE-0

  epoch:

  LE-0, 0

seg-0-1, uuid-1

segment epochs

LE-0, 0

Broker A has shipped its 1st log segment to remote storage.

Step 2:

Both broker A and broker B crashed at the same time. Some messages (msg 1 and msg 2) on broker B were not synced to the hard disk, and were lost.

In this case, it is acceptable to lose data, but we have to keep the same behaviour as described in KIP-101.

Broker A (stopped)

Broker B (Leader)

Remote Storage

RL metadata storage

0: msg 0 LE-0

1: msg 1 LE-0

2: msg 2 LE-0 (HW)

leader_epochs

LE-0, 0

0: msg 0 LE-0 (HW)

1: msg 3 LE-1

leader_epochs

LE-0, 0

LE-1, 1

seg-0-1:

  log:

  0: msg 0 LE-0

  1: msg 1 LE-0

  epoch:

  LE-0, 0

seg-0-1, uuid-1

segment epochs

LE-0, 0

After restart, B losses message 1 and 2. B becomes the new leader, and receives a new message 3 (LE1, offset 1).

(Note: This may not be technically an unclean-leader-election, because B may have not been removed from ISR because both of the 2 brokers crashed at the same time.)

Step 3:

After restart, broker A truncates offset 1 and 2 (LE-0), and receives the new message (LE-1, offset 1).

Broker A (follower)

Broker B (Leader)

Remote Storage

RL metadata storage

0: msg 0 LE-0

1: msg 1 LE-0

2: msg 2 LE-0

1: msg 3 LE-1 (HW)

leader_epochs

LE-0, 0

LE-1, 1

0: msg 0 LE-0

1: msg 3 LE-1 (HW)

leader_epochs

LE-0, 0

LE-1, 1

seg-0-1:

  log:

  0: msg 0 LE-0

  1: msg 1 LE-0

  epoch:

  LE-0, 0

seg-0-1, uuid-1

segment epochs

LE-0, 0

Step 4:

Broker A (follower)

Broker B (Leader)

Remote Storage

RL metadata storage

0: msg 0 LE-0

1: msg 3 LE-1

2: msg 4 LE-1 (HW)

leader_epochs

LE-0, 0

LE-1, 1

LE-2, 2

0: msg 0 LE-0

1: msg 3 LE-1

2: msg 4 LE-1 (HW)

leader_epochs

LE-0, 0

LE-1, 1

LE-2, 2

seg-0-1:

  log:

  0: msg 0 LE-0

  1: msg 1 LE-0

  epoch:

  LE-0, 0

seg-1-1

  log:

  1: msg 1 LE-1

  epoch:

  LE-0, 0

  LE-1, 1

seg-0-1, uuid-1

segment epochs

LE-0, 0


seg-1-1, uuid-2

segment epochs

LE-1, 1

A new message (message 4) is received. The 2nd segment on broker B (seg-1-1) is shipped to remote storage.

The local segments upto offset 2 are deleted on both brokers.

A consumer fetches offset 0, LE-0. According to the local leader epoch cache, offset 0 LE-0 is valid. So, the broker returns message 0 from remote segment 0-1.

A pre-KIP-320 consumer fetches offset 1, without leader epoch info. According to the local leader epoch cache, offset 1 belongs to LE-1. So, the broker returns message 3 from remote segment 1-1, rather than the LE-0 offset 1 message (message 1) in seg-0-1.

A consumer fetches offset 2 LE0 is fenced (KIP-320).

A consumer fetches offset 1 LE1 receives message 3 from remote segment 1-1.

Scenario 4: unclean leader election including truncation.

Step 1:

Broker A (Leader)

Broker B (out-of-sync)

Remote Storage

RL metadata storage

0: msg 0 LE-0

1: msg 1 LE-0

2: msg 2 LE-0

3: msg 3 LE-0 (HW)

leader_epochs

LE-0, 0

0: msg 0 LE-0 (HW)

leader_epochs

LE-0, 0

seg 0-2:

 log:

 0: msg 0 LE-0

 1: msg 1 LE-0

 2: msg 2 LE-0

 epoch:

 LE-0, 0

seg-0-2, uuid-1

segment epochs

LE-0, 0

Step 2:

Broker A (Stopped)

Broker B (Leader)

Remote Storage

RL metadata storage


0: msg 0 LE-0

1: msg 4 LE-1

2: msg 5 LE-1

(HW)

leader_epochs

LE-0, 0

LE-1, 1

seg 0-2:

 log:

 0: msg 0 LE-0

 1: msg 1 LE-0

 2: msg 2 LE-0

 epoch:

 LE-0, 0

seg 0-1:

 0: msg 0 LE-0

 1: msg 4 LE-1

 epoch:

 LE-0, 0

 LE-1, 1

seg-0-2, uuid-1

segment epochs

LE-0, 0


seg-0-1, uuid-2

segment epochs

LE-0, 0

 LE-1, 1

Broker A stopped, an out-of-sync replica (broker B) became the new leader. With unclean-leader-election, it's acceptable to lose data, but we have to make sure the existing Kafka behaviour is not changed.

We assume min.in_sync = 1 in this example.

Broker B ships its local segment (seg-0-1) to remote storage, after the highwater mark is moved to 2 (message 5).

Step 3:

Broker A (Stopped)

Broker B (Leader)

Remote Storage

RL metadata storage


2: msg 5 LE-1 (HW)

leader_epochs

LE-0, 0

LE-1, 1

seg 0-2:

 log:

 0: msg 0 LE-0

 1: msg 1 LE-0

 2: msg 2 LE-0

 epoch:

 LE-0, 0

seg 0-1:

 0: msg 0 LE-0

 1: msg 4 LE-1

 epoch:

 LE-0, 0

 LE-1, 1

 

seg-0-2, uuid-1

segment epochs

LE-0, 0


seg-0-1, uuid-2

segment epochs

LE-0, 0

 LE-1, 1

The 1st local segment on broker B expired.

A consumer fetches offset 0 LE-0 receives message 0 (LE-0, offset 0). This message can be served from either remote segment seg-0-2 or seg-0-1.

A pre-KIP-320 consumer fetches offset 1. The broker finds offset 1 belongs to leader epoch 1. So, it returns message 4 (LE-1, offset 1) to the consumer, rather than message 1 (LE-0, offset 1).

A post-KIP-320 consumer fetches offset 1 LE-1 receives message 4 (LE-1, offset 1) from remote segment 0-1.

A consumer fetches offset 2 LE-0 is fenced (KIP-320).


Scenario 5: log divergence in remote storage - unclean leader election


step 1

Broker A (Leader)

Broker B

Remote Storage

Remote Segment Metadata

0: msg 0 LE-0

1: msg 1 LE-0

2: msg 2 LE-0

3: msg 3 LE-0

4: msg 4 LE-0 (HW)

leader_epochs

LE-0, 0

broker A shipped one segment to remote storage





0: msg 0 LE-0

1: msg 1 LE-0

leader_epochs

LE-0, 0


broker B is out-of-sync

seg-0-3

log:

0: msg 0 LE-0

1: msg 1 LE-0

2: msg 2 LE-0

3: msg 3 LE-0

epoch:

LE0, 0

seg-0-3, uuid1

segment epochs

LE-0, 0


step 2

An out-of-sync broker B becomes the new leader, after broker A is down. (unclean leader election)

Broker A (stopped)

Broker B (Leader)

Remote Storage

RL metadata storage

0: msg 0 LE-0

1: msg 1 LE-0

2: msg 2 LE-0

3: msg 3 LE-0

4: msg 4 LE-0

leader_epochs

LE-0, 0





0: msg 0 LE-0

1: msg 1 LE-0

2: msg 4 LE-1

3: msg 5 LE-1

4: msg 6 LE-1

leader_epochs

LE-0, 0

LE-1, 2


After becoming the new leader, B received several new messages, and shipped one segment to remote storage.




seg-0-3

log:

0: msg 0 LE-0

1: msg 1 LE-0

2: msg 2 LE-0

3: msg 3 LE-0

epoch:

LE-0, 0

Seg-0-3

0: msg 0 LE-0

1: msg 1 LE-0

2: msg 4 LE-1

3: msg 5 LE-1

epoch:

LE-0, 0

LE-1, 2

seg-0-3, uuid1

segment epochs

LE-0, 0


seg-0-3, uuid2

segment epochs

LE-0, 0

LE-1, 2


step 3

Broker B is down. Broker A restarted without knowing LE-1. (another unclean leader election)

Broker A (Leader)

Broker B (stopped)

Remote Storage

RL metadata storage

0: msg 0 LE-0

1: msg 1 LE-0

2: msg 2 LE-0

3: msg 3 LE-0

4: msg 4 LE-0

5: msg 7 LE-2

6: msg 8 LE-2

leader_epochs

LE-0, 0

LE-2, 5

1. Broker A receives two new messages in LE-2

2. Broker A shipps seg-4-5 to remote storage





0: msg 0 LE-0

1: msg 1 LE-0

2: msg 4 LE-1

3: msg 5 LE-1

4: msg 6 LE-1

leader_epochs

LE-0, 0

LE-1, 2





seg-0-3

log:

0: msg 0 LE-0

1: msg 1 LE-0

2: msg 2 LE-0

3: msg 3 LE-0

epoch:

LE-0, 0

seg-0-3

0: msg 0 LE-0

1: msg 1 LE-0

2: msg 4 LE-1

3: msg 5 LE-1

epoch:

LE-0, 0

LE-1, 2

seg-4-5

epoch:

LE-0, 0

LE-2, 5

seg-0-3, uuid1

segment epochs

LE-0, 0


seg-0-3, uuid2

segment epochs

LE-0, 0

LE-1, 2


seg-4-5, uuid3

segment epochs

LE-0, 0

LE-2, 5


step 4

Broker B reimaged and lost all the local data

Broker A (Leader)

Broker B (started, follower)

Remote Storage

RL metadata storage

6: msg 8 LE-2

leader_epochs

LE-0, 0

LE-2, 5





1. Broker B fetches offset 0, and receives OMRS error. 

2. Broker B receives ELO=6, LE-2

3. in BuildingRemoteLogAux state, broker B finds seg-4-5 has LE-2. So, it builds local LE cache from seg-4-5:

leader_epochs

LE-0, 0

LE-2, 5

4. Broker B continue fetching from local messages from 6, LE-2

5. Broker B joins ISR

seg-0-3

log:

0: msg 0 LE-0

1: msg 1 LE-0

2: msg 2 LE-0

3: msg 3 LE-0

epoch:

LE-0, 0

seg-0-3

0: msg 0 LE-0

1: msg 1 LE-0

2: msg 4 LE-1

3: msg 5 LE-1

epoch:

LE-0, 0

LE-1, 2

seg-4-5

epoch:

LE-0, 0

LE-2, 5

seg-0-3, uuid1

segment epochs

LE-0, 0


seg-0-3, uuid2

segment epochs

LE-0, 0

LE-1, 2


seg-4-5, uuid3

segment epochs

LE-0, 0

LE-2, 5


A consumer fetches offset 3, LE-1 from broker B will be fenced.

A pre-KIP-320 consumer fetches offset 2 from broker B will get msg 2 (offset 2, LE-0).

Follower to leader transition

A follower can be considered as a leader by controller based on its replica configuration. When a follower becomes a leader it needs to find out the offset from which the segments to be copied to remote storage. This is found by traversing from the latest leader epoch from leader epoch history and find the highest offset of a segment with that epoch copied into remote storage. If it can not find an entry then it checks for the previous leader epoch till it finds an entry, If there are no entries till the earliest leader epoch in leader epoch cache then it starts copying the segments from the earliest epoch entry’s offset.


Broker A (Leader)

Broker B (Follower)

Remote Storage

RL metadata storage

0: msg 0 LE-0

1: msg 1 LE-0

2: msg 2 LE-0

3: msg 3 LE-1

4: msg 4 LE-1

5: msg 5 LE-1

6: msg 6 LE-2 (HW)

7: msg 7 LE-2 

8: msg 8 LE-2 



leader_epochs

LE-0, 0

LE-1, 3

LE-2, 6

0: msg 0 LE-0

1: msg 1 LE-0

2: msg 2 LE-0

3: msg 3 LE-1

4: msg 4 LE-1

5: msg 5 LE-1

6: msg 6 LE-2 (HW)





leader_epochs

LE-0, 0

LE-1, 3

LE-2, 6



seg-0-2, uuid-1

  log:

  0: msg 0 LE-0

  1: msg 1 LE-0

  2: msg 2 LE-0

  epochs:

  LE-0, 0


seg 3-4, uuid-2

  log:

  3: msg 3 LE-1

  4: msg 4 LE-1

  epochs:

  LE-0, 0

  LE-1, 3



seg-0-2, uuid-1

Segment epochs

LE-0, 0





seg-3-4, uuid-2

Segment epochs

 LE-1, 3


Step 2: 

Broker A is crashed/stopped and Broker B became a leader. It checks from leader epoch-2 whether there are any segments and it traverses back till it finds a segment for the leader epoch. In this case, it finds offset 4 for leader epoch-1 from RLMM. It needs to copy segments containing offset 5. So, it starts copying from the “seg-4-6” segment. 

Broker A (Stopped)

Broker B (Leader)

Remote Storage

RL metadata storage


0: msg 0 LE-0

1: msg 1 LE-0

2: msg 2 LE-0

3: msg 3 LE-1

4: msg 4 LE-1

5: msg 5 LE-1

6: msg 6 LE-2 (HW)

7: msg 7 LE-2 

8: msg 8 LE-2 



leader_epochs

LE-0, 0

LE-1, 3

LE-2, 6


0: msg 0 LE-0

1: msg 1 LE-0

2: msg 2 LE-0

3: msg 3 LE-1

4: msg 4 LE-1

5: msg 5 LE-1

6: msg 6 LE-2 (HW)

7: msg 8 LE-3




leader_epochs

LE-0, 0

LE-1, 3

LE-2, 6

LE-3, 7



seg-0-2, uuid-1

  log:

  0: msg 0 LE-0

  1: msg 1 LE-0

  2: msg 2 LE-0

  epochs:

  LE-0, 0


seg-3-4, uuid-2

  log:

  3: msg 3 LE-1

  4: msg 4 LE-1

  epochs:

  LE-0, 0

  LE-1, 3


Seg-4-6, uuid-3

4: msg 4 LE-1

5: msg 5 LE-1

6: msg 6 LE-2

epochs:

  LE-0, 0

  LE-1, 3

  LE-2, 6

seg-0-2, uuid-1

Segment epochs

LE-0, 0








seg-3-4, uuid-2

Segment epochs

 LE-1, 3









seg-4-6, uuid-3

Segment epochs

 LE-1, 3

 LE-2, 6


Transactional support

RemoteLogManager copies transaction index and producer-id-snapshot along with the respective log segment earlier to last-stable-offset. This is used by the followers to return aborted transactions in fetch requests with isolation level as READ_COMMITTED. 

// Add how the follower may need to go to offset up to which the producer snapshot exists and start fetching from there. 

Consumer Fetch Requests

For any fetch requests, ReplicaManager will proceed with making a call to readFromLocalLog, if this method returns OffsetOutOfRange exception it will delegate the read call to RemoteLogManager. More details are explained in the RLM/RSM tasks section.

Fetch from follower

There are no changes required for this to work in the case of tiered storage. 

Other APIs

DeleteRecords

There is no change in the semantics of this API. It deletes records until the given offset if possible. This is equivalent to updating logStartOffset of the partition log with the given offset if it is greater than the current log-start-offset and it is less than or equal to high-watermark. If needed, it will clean remote logs asynchronously after updating the log-start-offset of the log. RLMTask for leader partition periodically checks whether there are remote log segments earlier to logStartOffset and the respective remote log segment metadata and data are deleted by using RLMM and RSM.

ListOffsets

ListOffsets API gives the offset(s) for the given timestamp either by looking into the local log or remote log time indexes. 

If the target timestamp is

ListOffsetRequest.EARLIEST_TIMESTAMP (value as -2) returns logStartOffset of the log.

ListOffsetRequest.LATEST_TIMESTAMP(value as-1) returns log-stable-offset or log-end-offset based on the isolation level in the request.

This API is enhanced with supporting new target timestamp value as -3 which is called EARLIEST_LOCAL_TIMESTAMP. There will not be any new fields added in request and response schemes but there will be a version bump to indicate the version update. This request is about the offset that the followers should start fetching to replicate the local logs. It represents the log-start-offset available in the local log storage which is also called as local-log-start-offset. All the records earlier to this offset can be considered as copied to the remote storage. This is used by follower replicas to avoid fetching records that are already copied to remote tier storage.

When a follower replica needs to fetch the earliest messages that are to be replicated then it sends a request with target timestamp as EARLIEST_LOCAL_TIMESTAMP. 

For timestamps >= 0, it returns the first message offset whose timestamp is >= to the given timestamp in the request. That means it checks in remote log time indexes first, after which local log time indexes are checked.

LeaderAndIsr

This is received by RLM to register for new leaders so that the data can be copied to the remote storage. RLMM will also register the respective metadata partitions for the leader/follower partitions if they are not yet subscribed.  

Stopreplica

RLM receives a callback and unassigns the partition for leader/follower task, If the delete option is enabled then the leader will stop RLM task and stop processing and it sets all the remote log segment metadata of that partition with a delete marker and publishes them to RLMM. The controller will not allow topic with the same name to be created till all the segments are cleaned up from remote storage.

It was discussed in the community earlier for adding UUID to represent a topic along with the name as part of KIP-516. This enhancement will be useful to make the deletion of topic partitions in remote storage asynchronously without blocking the creation of topic with the same name even though all the segments are not deleted in remote storage.   

OffsetForLeaderEpoch

Look into leader epoch checkpoint cache. This is stored in tiered storage and it may be fetched by followers from tiered storage as part of the fetch protocol. 

LogStartOffset

LogStartOffset of a topic can point to either of local segment or remote segment but it is initialised and maintained in the Log class like now. This is already maintained in `Log` class while loading the logs and it can also be fetched from RemoteLogMetadataManager. 

There are no changes with other protocol APIs because of tiered storage. 

RLM/RSM tasks and thread pools

Remote storage (e.g. HDFS/S3/GCP) is likely to have higher I/O latency and lower availability than local storage.

When the remote storage becoming temporarily unavailable (up to several hours) or having high latency (up to minutes), Kafka should still be able to operate normally. All the Kafka operations (produce, consume local data, create/expand topics, etc.) that do not rely on remote storage should not be impacted. The consumers that try to consume the remote data should get reasonable errors, when remote storage is unavailable or the remote storage requests timeout.

To achieve this, we have to handle remote storage operations in dedicated threads pools, instead of Kafka I/O threads and fetcher threads.

1. Remote Log Manager (RLM) Thread Pool

RLM maintains a list of the topic-partitions it manages. The list is updated in Kafka I/O threads, when topic-partitions are added to / removed from RLM. Each topic-partition in the list is assigned a scheduled processing time. The RLM thread pool processes the topic-partitions that the "scheduled processing time" is less than or equal to the current time.

When a new topic-partition is assigned to the broker, the topic-partition is added to the list, with scheduled processing time = 0, which means the topic-partition has to be processed immediately, to retrieve information from remote storage. 

After a topic-partition is successfully processed by the thread pool, it's scheduled processing time is set to ( now() + rlm_process_interval_ms ). rlm_process_interval_ms can be configured in broker config file.

If the process of a topic-partition is failed due to remote storage error, its scheduled processing time is set to ( now() + rlm_retry_interval_ms ). rlm_retry_interval_ms can be configured in broker config file.

When a topic-partition is unassigned from the broker, the topic-partition is not currently processed by the thread pool, the topic-partition is directly removed from the list; otherwise, the topic-partition is marked as "deleted", and will be removed after the current process is done.

Each thread in the thread pool processes one topic-partition at a time in the following steps:

Copy log segments to remote storage (leader)

Copy the log segment files that are

       - inactive and

       - the offset range is not covered completely by the segments on the remote storage and

      - those segments have the last offset < last-stable-offset of the partition.

If multiple log segment files are ready, they are copied to remote storage one by one, from the earliest to the latest. It generates a universally unique RemoteLogSegmentId for each segment, it calls RLMM.putRemoteLogSegmentData(RemoteLogSegmentMetadata remoteLogSegmentMetadata) and it invokes copyLogSegment(RemoteLogSegmentMetadata remoteLogSegmentMetadata, LogSegmentData logSegmentData) on RSMIf it is successful then  it calls RLMM.putRemoteLogSegmentData with the updated state in RemoteLogSegmentMetadata. 

Handle expired remote segments (leader and follower)

RLM leader computes the log segments to be deleted based on the remote retention config. It updates the earliest offset for the given topic partition in RLMM. It gets all the remote log segment ids and removes them from remote storage using RemoteStorageManager. It also removes respective metadata using RemoteLogMetadataManager.

RLM follower fetches the earliest offset for the earliest leader epoch by calling RLMM.earliestLogOffset(TopicPartition topicPartition, int leaderEpoch) and updates that as the log start offset.

2. Remote Storage Fetcher Thread Pool

When handling consumer fetch request, if the required offset is in remote storage, the request is added into "RemoteFetchPurgatory", to handle timeout. RemoteFetchPurgatory is an instance of kafka.server.DelayedOperationPurgatory, and is similar to the existing produce/fetch purgatories. At the same time, the request is put into the task queue of "remote storage fetcher thread pool".

Each thread in the thread pool processes one remote fetch request at a time. The remote storage fetch thread will

  1. find out the corresponding RemoteLogSegmentId from RLMM and startPosition and endPosition from the offset index.
  2. try to build Records instance data fetched from RSM.fetchLogSegmentData(RemoteLogSegmentMetadata remoteLogSegmentMetadata, Long startPosition, Long endPosition)
    1. if success, RemoteFetchPurgatory will be notified to return the data to the client
    2. if the remote segment file is already deleted, RemoteFetchPurgatory will be notified to return an error to the client.
    3. if the remote storage operation failed (remote storage is temporarily unavailable), the operation will be retried with Exponential Back-Off, until the original consumer fetch request timeout.

Remote Log Segment Metadata State transitions

Leader broker copies the log segments to the remote storage and puts the remote log segment metadata with the state as “COPY_STARTED” and updates the state as “COPY_FINISHED” once the copy is successful. Leaders also remove the remote log segments based on the retention policy. Before the log segment is removed using RSM.deleteLogSegment(RemoteLogSegmentMetadata remoteLogSegmentMetadata), it updates the remote log segment with the state as DELETE_STARTED and it updates with DELETE_FINISHED once it is successful.

When a partition is deleted, leader updates its state in RLMM with DELETE_MARKED. A task on each leader of “__remote_log_segment_metadata_topic” partitions consume the messages and checks for messages which have the state as “DELETE_MARKED” and schedules them to be deleted. It commits consumer offsets upto which these markers were handled so that whenever a leader switches to other brokers they can continue from where they were left. The controller considers the topic partition is deleted only when it determines that there are no log segments for that topic partition by using RLMM.

RemoteLogMetadataManager implemented with an internal topic

Metadata of remote log segments are stored in an internal topic called `__remote_log_segment_metadata`. This topic can be created with default partitions count as 50. Users can configure the partitions count and replication factor etc as mentioned in the config section.

In this design, RemoteLogMetadataManager(RLMM) is responsible for storing and fetching remote log segment metadata. It provides

  • Storing remote log segment metadata for a partition's log segment
  • Fetching remote log segment metadata for an offset and leader epoch.
  • Register a topic partition to build cache for remote log segment metadata by reading from remote log segment metadata topic

RemoteLogMetadataManager(RLMM) mainly has the below components

  • Cache
  • Producer
  • Consumer

Remote log metadata topic partition for a given user topic-partition is:

Utils.toPositive(Utils.murmur2(tp.toString().getBytes(StandardCharsets.UTF_8))) % no_of_remote_log_metadata_topic_partitions

RLMM registers the topic partitions that the broker is either a leader or a follower. 

RLMM maintains metadata cache by subscribing to the respective remote log metadata topic partitions. Whenever a topic partition is reassigned to a new broker and RLMM on that broker is not subscribed to the respective remote log metadata topic partition then it will subscribe to the respective remote log metadata topic partition and adds all the entries to the cache. So, in the worst case, RLMM on a broker may be consuming from most of the remote log metadata topic partitions. This requires the cache to be based on disk storage like RocksDB to avoid a high memory footprint on a broker. This will allow us to commit offsets of the partitions that are already read. Committed offsets can be stored in a local file to avoid reading the messages again when a broker is restarted.

Message Format

RLMM instance on broker publishes the message to the topic with key as null and value with the below format.

type      : unsigned var int, represents the value type. This value is 'apikey' as mentioned in the schema. 
version : unsigned var int, the 'version' number of the type as mentioned in the schema. 
data      : record payload in kafka protocol message format, the schema is given below.

Schema can be evolved by adding a new version with the respective changes. A new type can also be supported by adding with the respective type and its version. 

Schema
{
  "apiKey": 0,
  "type": "data",
  "name": "RemoteLogSegmentMetadataRecord",
  "validVersions": "0",
  "flexibleVersions": "none",
  "fields": [
    {
      "name": "RemoteLogSegmentId",
      "type": "RemoteLogSegmentIdEntry",
      "versions": "0+",
      "about": "Unique id of the remote log segment",
      "fields": [
        {
          "name": "topic",
          "type": "string",
          "versions": "0+",
          "about": "Topic name"
        },
        {
          "name": "partition",
          "type": "int32",
          "versions": "0+",
          "about": "Partition number"
        },
        {
          "name": "id",
          "type": "uuid",
          "versions": "0+",
          "about": "Unique identifier"
        }
      ]
    },
    {
      "name": "StartOffset",
      "type": "int64",
      "versions": "0+",
      "about": "Start offset  of the segment."
    },
    {
      "name": "endOffset",
      "type": "int64",
      "versions": "0+",
      "about": "End offset  of the segment."
    },
    {
      "name": "LeaderEpoch",
      "type": "int32",
      "versions": "0+",
      "about": "Leader epoch from which this segment instance is created or updated"
    },
    {
      "name": "MaxTimestamp",
      "type": "int64",
      "versions": "0+",
      "about": "Maximum timestamp with in this segment."
    },
    {
      "name": "EventTimestamp",
      "type": "int64",
      "versions": "0+",
      "about": "Event timestamp of this segment."
    },
    {
      "name": "SegmentLeaderEpochs",
      "type": "[]SegmentLeaderEpochEntry",
      "versions": "0+",
      "about": "Event timestamp of this segment.",
      "fields": [
        {
          "name": "LeaderEpoch",
          "type": "int32",
          "versions": "0+",
          "about": "Leader epoch"
        },
        {
          "name": "Offset",
          "type": "int64",
          "versions": "0+",
          "about": "Start offset for the leader epoch"
        }
      ]
    },
    {
      "name": "SegmentSizeInBytes",
      "type": "int64",
      "versions": "0+",
      "about": "Segment size in bytes"
    },
    {
      "name": "State",
      "type": "int8",
      "versions": "0+",
      "about": "State of the segment"
    }
  ]
}


	/**
     * It indicates the state of the remote log segment. This will be based on the action executed on this segment by
     * remote log service implementation.
     *
     * todo: check whether the state validations to be checked or not, add next possible states for each state.
     */
    public enum State {

        /**
         * This state indicates that the segment copying to remote storage is started but not yet finished.
         */
        COPY_STARTED((byte) 0),

        /**
         * This state indicates that the segment copying to remote storage is finished.
         */
        COPY_FINISHED((byte) 1),

        /**
         * This segment is marked for delete. That means, it is eligible for deletion. This is used when a topic/partition
         * is deleted so that deletion agents can start deleting them as the leader/follower does not exist.
         */
        DELETE_MARKED((byte) 2),

        /**
         * This state indicates that the segment deletion is started but not yet finished.
         */
        DELETE_STARTED((byte) 3),

        /**
         * This state indicates that the segment is deleted successfully.
         */
        DELETE_FINISHED((byte) 4);
        ...
    }


Configs

remote.log.metadata.topic.replication.factor


Replication factor of the topic

Default: 3

remote.log.metadata.topic.partitions

No of partitions of the topic

Default: 50

remote.log.metadata.topic.retention.ms

Retention of the topic in milli seconds

Default: 365 * 24 * 60 * 60 * 1000  (1 yr)

remote.log.metadata.manager.listener.name

Listener name to be  used to connect to the local broker by RemoteLogMetadataManager implementation on the broker. Respective endpoint address is passed with  "bootstrap.servers" property while invoking RemoteLogMetadataManager#configure(Map<String, ?> props). 

This is used by kafka clients created in RemoteLogMetadataManager implementation.

remote.log.metadata.*

Any other properties should be prefixed with "remote.log.metadata." and these will be passed to RemoteLogMetadataManager#configure(Map<String, ?> props).

For ex: Security configuration to connect to the local broker for the listener name configured are passed with props.

[We will add more details later about how the resultant state for each topic partition is computed ]

Public Interfaces

Compacted topics will not have remote storage support. 

Configs

System-Wide

remote.log.storage.enable - Whether to enable remote log storage or not. Valid values are `true` or `false` and the default value is false. This property gives backward compatibility.

remote.log.storage.manager.class.name - This is mandatory if the remote.log.storage.enable is set as true.

remote.log.metadata.manager.class.name(optional) - This is an optional property. If this is not configured, Kafka uses an inbuilt metadata manager backed by an internal topic.

RemoteStorageManager

(These configs are dependent on remote storage manager implementation)

remote.log.storage.*

RemoteLogMetadataManager

(These configs are dependent on remote log metadata manager implementation)

remote.log.metadata.*

Thread pools

remote.log.manager.thread.pool.size
Remote log thread pool size, which is used in scheduling tasks to copy segments, fetch remote log indexes and clean up remote log segments.

remote.log.manager.task.interval.ms
The interval at which remote log manager runs the scheduled tasks like copy segments, fetch remote log indexes and clean up remote log segments.

remote.log.reader.threads
Remote log reader thread pool size

remote.log.reader.max.pending.tasks
Maximum remote log reader thread pool task queue size. If the task queue is full, broker will stop reading remote log segments.

Per Topic Configuration

 User can set the desired config for remote.log.storage.enable property while creating a topic but it is not allowed to be updated after the topic is created. Other remote.log.* properties can be modified. We will support flipping remote.log.storage.enable in next versions.

Below retention configs are similar to the log retention. This configuration is used to determine how long the log segments are to be retained in the local storage. Existing log.retention.* are retention configs for the topic partition which includes both local and remote storage. 

local.log.retention.ms
The number of milli seconds to keep the local log segment before it gets deleted. If not set, the value in `remote.log.retention.minutes` is used. If set to -1, no time limit is applied.

local.log.retention.bytes
The maximum size of local log segments that can grow for a partition before it deletes the old segments. There is no default value, but the above time based retention always applies.

Remote Storage Manager

`RemoteStorageManager` is an interface to provide the lifecycle of remote log segments and indexes. More details about how we arrived at this interface are discussed in the document. We will provide a simple implementation of RSM to get a better understanding of the APIs. HDFS and S3 implementation are planned to be hosted in external repos and these will not be part of Apache Kafka repo. This is inline with the approach taken for Kafka connectors.


RemoteStorageManager

/**
 * RemoteStorageManager provides the lifecycle of remote log segments that includes copy, fetch, and delete from remote
 * storage.
 * <p>
 * Each upload or copy of a segment is initiated with {@link RemoteLogSegmentMetadata} containing {@link RemoteLogSegmentId}
 * which is universally unique even for the same topic partition and offsets.
 * <p>
 * RemoteLogSegmentMetadata is stored in {@link RemoteLogMetadataManager} before and after copy/delete operations on
 * RemoteStorageManager with the respective {@link RemoteLogSegmentMetadata.State}. {@link RemoteLogMetadataManager} is
 * responsible for storing and fetching metadata about the remote log segments in a strongly consistent manner.
 * This allows RemoteStorageManager to store segments even in eventually consistent manner as the metadata is already
 * stored in a consistent store.
 * <p>
 * All these APIs are still evolving.
 */
@InterfaceStability.Unstable
public interface RemoteStorageManager extends Configurable, Closeable {
    InputStream EMPTY_INPUT_STREAM = new ByteArrayInputStream(new byte[0]);

    /**
     * Copies LogSegmentData provided for the given {@param remoteLogSegmentMetadata}.
     * <p>
     * Invoker of this API should always send a unique id as part of {@link RemoteLogSegmentMetadata#remoteLogSegmentId()#id()}
     * even when it retries to invoke this method for the same log segment data.
     *
     * @param remoteLogSegmentMetadata metadata about the remote log segment.
     * @param logSegmentData           data to be copied to tiered storage.
     * @throws RemoteStorageException if there are any errors in storing the data of the segment.
     */
    void copyLogSegment(RemoteLogSegmentMetadata remoteLogSegmentMetadata, LogSegmentData logSegmentData)
            throws RemoteStorageException;

    /**
     * Returns the remote log segment data file/object as InputStream for the given RemoteLogSegmentMetadata starting
     * from the given startPosition. The stream will end at the smaller of endPosition and the end of the remote log
     * segment data file/object.
     *
     * @param remoteLogSegmentMetadata metadata about the remote log segment.
     * @param startPosition            start position of log segment to be read, inclusive.
     * @param endPosition              end position of log segment to be read, inclusive.
     * @return input stream of the requested log segment data.
     * @throws RemoteStorageException if there are any errors while fetching the desired segment.
     */
    InputStream fetchLogSegmentData(RemoteLogSegmentMetadata remoteLogSegmentMetadata,
                                    Long startPosition, Long endPosition) throws RemoteStorageException;

    /**
     * Returns the offset index for the respective log segment of {@link RemoteLogSegmentMetadata}.
     *
     * @param remoteLogSegmentMetadata metadata about the remote log segment.
     * @return input stream of the requested  offset index.
     * @throws RemoteStorageException if there are any errors while fetching the index.
     */
    InputStream fetchOffsetIndex(RemoteLogSegmentMetadata remoteLogSegmentMetadata) throws RemoteStorageException;

    /**
     * Returns the timestamp index for the respective log segment of {@link RemoteLogSegmentMetadata}.
     *
     * @param remoteLogSegmentMetadata metadata about the remote log segment.
     * @return input stream of the requested  timestamp index.
     * @throws RemoteStorageException if there are any errors while fetching the index.
     */
    InputStream fetchTimestampIndex(RemoteLogSegmentMetadata remoteLogSegmentMetadata) throws RemoteStorageException;

    /**
     * Returns the transaction index for the the respective log segment of {@link RemoteLogSegmentMetadata}.
     *
     * @param remoteLogSegmentMetadata metadata about the remote log segment.
     * @return input stream of the requested  transaction index.
     * @throws RemoteStorageException if there are any errors while fetching the index.
     */
    default InputStream fetchTransactionIndex(RemoteLogSegmentMetadata remoteLogSegmentMetadata) throws RemoteStorageException {
        return EMPTY_INPUT_STREAM;
    }

    /**
     * Returns the producer snapshot index for the the respective log segment of {@link RemoteLogSegmentMetadata}.
     *
     * @param remoteLogSegmentMetadata metadata about the remote log segment.
     * @return input stream of the producer snapshot.
     * @throws RemoteStorageException if there are any errors while fetching the index.
     */
    default InputStream fetchProducerSnapshotIndex(RemoteLogSegmentMetadata remoteLogSegmentMetadata) throws RemoteStorageException {
        return EMPTY_INPUT_STREAM;
    }

    /**
     * Returns the leader epoch index for the the respective log segment of {@link RemoteLogSegmentMetadata}.
     *
     * @param remoteLogSegmentMetadata metadata about the remote log segment.
     * @return input stream of the leader epoch index.
     * @throws RemoteStorageException if there are any errors while fetching the index.
     */
    default InputStream fetchLeaderEpochIndex(RemoteLogSegmentMetadata remoteLogSegmentMetadata)
            throws RemoteStorageException {
        return EMPTY_INPUT_STREAM;
    }

    /**
     * Deletes the resources associated with the given {@param remoteLogSegmentMetadata}. Deletion is considered as
     * successful if this call returns successfully without any errors. It will throw {@link RemoteStorageException} if
     * there are any errors in deleting the file.
     * <p>
     * {@link RemoteResourceNotFoundException} is thrown when there are no resources associated with the given
     * {@param remoteLogSegmentMetadata}.
     *
     * @param remoteLogSegmentMetadata metadata about the remote log segment to be deleted.
     * @throws RemoteResourceNotFoundException if the requested resource is not found
     * @throws RemoteStorageException          if there are any storage related errors occurred.
     */
    void deleteLogSegment(RemoteLogSegmentMetadata remoteLogSegmentMetadata) throws RemoteStorageException;

}



/**
 * This represents a universally unique id associated to a topic partition's log segment. This will be regenerated for
 * every attempt of copying a specific log segment in {@link RemoteLogStorageManager#copyLogSegment(RemoteLogSegmentId, LogSegmentData)}.
 */
public class RemoteLogSegmentId {
    private TopicPartition topicPartition;
    private UUID id;

    public RemoteLogSegmentId(TopicPartition topicPartition, UUID id) {
        this.topicPartition = requireNonNull(topicPartition);
        this.id = requireNonNull(id);
    }

    public TopicPartition topicPartition() {
        return topicPartition;
    }

    public UUID id() {
        return id;
    }
...
}


/**
 * It describes the metadata about the log segment in the remote storage.
 */
public class RemoteLogSegmentMetadata implements Serializable {

    /**
     * It indicates the state of the remote log segment. This will be based on the action executed on this segment by
     * remote log service implementation.
     *
     * todo: check whether the state validations to be checked or not, add next possible states for each state.
     */
    public enum State {

        /**
         * This state indicates that the segment copying to remote storage is started but not yet finished.
         */
        COPY_STARTED(),

        /**
         * This state indicates that the segment copying to remote storage is finished.
         */
        COPY_FINISHED(),

        /**
         * This segment is marked for delete. That means, it is eligible for deletion. This is used when a topic/partition
         * is deleted so that deletion agents can start deleting them as the leader/follower does not exist.
         */
        DELETE_MARKED(),

        /**
         * This state indicates that the segment deletion is started but not yet finished.
         */
        DELETE_STARTED(),

        /**
         * This state indicates that the segment is deleted successfully.
         */
        DELETE_FINISHED();
    }

    private static final long serialVersionUID = 1L;

    /**
     * Universally unique remote log segment id.
     */
    private final RemoteLogSegmentId remoteLogSegmentId;

    /**
     * Start offset of this segment.
     */
    private final long startOffset;

    /**
     * End offset of this segment.
     */
    private final long endOffset;

    /**
     * Leader epoch of the broker.
     */
    private final int leaderEpoch;

    /**
     * Maximum timestamp in the segment
     */
    private final long maxTimestamp;

    /**
     * Epoch time at which the respective {@link #state} is set.
     */
    private final long eventTimestamp;

    /**
     * LeaderEpoch vs offset for messages with in this segment.
     */
    private final Map<Long, Long> segmentLeaderEpochs;

    /**
     * Size of the segment in bytes.
     */
    private final long segmentSizeInBytes;

    /**
     * It indicates the state in which the action is executed on this segment.
     */
    private final State state;

    /**
     * @param remoteLogSegmentId  Universally unique remote log segment id.
     * @param startOffset         Start offset of this segment.
     * @param endOffset           End offset of this segment.
     * @param maxTimestamp        maximum timestamp in this segment
     * @param leaderEpoch         Leader epoch of the broker.
     * @param eventTimestamp    Epoch time at which the remote log segment is copied to the remote tier storage.
     * @param segmentSizeInBytes  size of this segment in bytes.
     * @param state   The respective segment of remoteLogSegmentId is marked fro deletion.
     * @param segmentLeaderEpochs leader epochs occurred with in this segment
     */
    public RemoteLogSegmentMetadata(RemoteLogSegmentId remoteLogSegmentId, long startOffset, long endOffset,
                                    long maxTimestamp, int leaderEpoch, long eventTimestamp,
                                    long segmentSizeInBytes, State state, Map<Long, Long> segmentLeaderEpochs) {
        this.remoteLogSegmentId = remoteLogSegmentId;
        this.startOffset = startOffset;
        this.endOffset = endOffset;
        this.leaderEpoch = leaderEpoch;
        this.maxTimestamp = maxTimestamp;
        this.eventTimestamp = eventTimestamp;
        this.segmentLeaderEpochs = segmentLeaderEpochs;
        this.state = state;
        this.segmentSizeInBytes = segmentSizeInBytes;
    }
...
}

public class LogSegmentData {

    private final File logSegment;
    private final File offsetIndex;
    private final File timeIndex;
    private final File txnIndex;
    private final File producerIdSnapshotIndex;
    private final File leaderEpochIndex;

    public LogSegmentData(File logSegment, File offsetIndex, File timeIndex, File txnIndex, File producerIdSnapshotIndex,
                          File leaderEpochIndex) {
        this.logSegment = logSegment;
        this.offsetIndex = offsetIndex;
        this.timeIndex = timeIndex;
        this.txnIndex = txnIndex;
        this.producerIdSnapshotIndex = producerIdSnapshotIndex;
        this.leaderEpochIndex = leaderEpochIndex;
    }
...
}

RemoteLogMetadataManager

`RemoteLogMetadataManager` is an interface to provide the lifecycle of metadata about remote log segments with strongly consistent semantics. There is a default implementation that uses an internal topic. Users can plugin their own implementation if they intend to use another system to store remote log segment metadata.


RemoteLogMetadataManager

/**
 * This interface provides storing and fetching remote log segment metadata with strongly consistent semantics.
 * <p>
 * This class can be plugged in to Kafka cluster by adding the implementation class as
 * <code>remote.log.metadata.manager.class.name</code> property value. There is an inbuilt implementation backed by
 * topic storage in the local cluster. This is used as the default implementation if
 * remote.log.metadata.manager.class.name is not configured.
 * </p>
 * <p>
 * <code>remote.log.metadata.manager.class.path</code> property is about the class path of the RemoteLogStorageManager
 * implementation. If specified, the RemoteLogStorageManager implementation and its dependent libraries will be loaded
 * by a dedicated classloader which searches this class path before the Kafka broker class path. The syntax of this
 * parameter is same with the standard Java class path string.
 * </p>
 * <p>
 * <code>remote.log.metadata.manager.listener.name</code> property is about listener name of the local broker to which
 * it should get connected if needed by RemoteLogMetadataManager implementation. When this is configured all other
 * required properties can be passed as properties with prefix of 'remote.log.metadata.manager.listener.
 * </p>
 * "cluster.id", "broker.id" and all the properties prefixed with "remote.log.metadata." are passed when
 * {@link #configure(Map)} is invoked on this instance.
 * <p>
 * <p>
 * <p>
 * All these APIs are still evolving.
 * <p>
 * We may refactor TopicPartition in the below APIs to an abstraction that contains a unique identifier
 * and TopicPartition. This will be done once unique identifier for a topic is introduced with
 * <a href="https://cwiki.apache.org/confluence/display/KAFKA/KIP-516%3A+Topic+Identifiers">KIP-516</a>
 */
@InterfaceStability.Unstable
public interface RemoteLogMetadataManager extends Configurable, Closeable {

    /**
     * Stores RemoteLogSegmentMetadata with the containing RemoteLogSegmentId into RemoteLogMetadataManager.
     * <p>
     * RemoteLogSegmentMetadata is identified by RemoteLogSegmentId.
     *
     * @param remoteLogSegmentMetadata metadata about the remote log segment to be deleted.
     * @throws RemoteStorageException if there are any storage related errors occurred.
     */
    void putRemoteLogSegmentData(RemoteLogSegmentMetadata remoteLogSegmentMetadata) throws RemoteStorageException;

    /**
     * Fetches RemoteLogSegmentMetadata for the given topic partition containing offset and leader-epoch for the offset.
     * <p>
     *
     * @param topicPartition topic partition
     * @param offset         offset
     * @param epochForOffset leader epoch for the given offset
     * @return the requested remote log segment metadata.
     * @throws RemoteStorageException if there are any storage related errors occurred.
     */
    RemoteLogSegmentMetadata remoteLogSegmentMetadata(TopicPartition topicPartition, long offset, int epochForOffset)
            throws RemoteStorageException;

    /**
     * Returns earliest log offset if there are segments in the remote storage for the given topic partition and
     * leader epoch else returns {@link Optional#empty()}.
     *
     * @param topicPartition topic partition
     * @param leaderEpoch    leader epoch
     * @return the earliest log offset if exists.
     */
    Optional<Long> earliestLogOffset(TopicPartition topicPartition, int leaderEpoch) throws RemoteStorageException;

    /**
     * Returns highest log offset of topic partition for the given leader epoch in remote storage. This is used by
     * remote log management subsystem to know upto which offset the segments have been copied to remote storage  for
     * a given leader epoch.
     *
     * @param topicPartition topic partition
     * @param leaderEpoch    leader epoch
     * @return the requested highest log offset if exists.
     * @throws RemoteStorageException if there are any storage related errors occurred.
     */
    Optional<Long> highestLogOffset(TopicPartition topicPartition, int leaderEpoch) throws RemoteStorageException;

    /**
     * Deletes the log segment metadata for the given remoteLogSegmentMetadata.
     *
     * @param remoteLogSegmentMetadata remote log segment metadata to be deleted.
     * @throws RemoteStorageException if there are any storage related errors occurred.
     */
    void deleteRemoteLogSegmentMetadata(RemoteLogSegmentMetadata remoteLogSegmentMetadata) throws RemoteStorageException;

    /**
     * List the remote log segment metadata of the given topicPartition.
     * <p>
     * This is used when a topic partition is deleted, to fetch all the remote log segments for the given topic
     * partition and delete them .
     *
     * @return Iterator of remote segments, sorted by baseOffset in ascending order.
     */
    default Iterator<RemoteLogSegmentMetadata> listRemoteLogSegments(TopicPartition topicPartition) {
        return listRemoteLogSegments(topicPartition, 0);
    }

    /**
     * Returns iterator of remote log segment metadata, sorted by {@link RemoteLogSegmentMetadata#startOffset()} in
     * ascending order which contains the given leader epoch. This is used by remote log retention management subsystem
     * to fetch the segment metadata for a given leader epoch and cleansup based on retention policies.
     *
     * @param topicPartition topic partition
     * @param leaderEpoch    leader epoch
     * @return Iterator of remote segments, sorted by baseOffset in ascending order.
     */
    Iterator<RemoteLogSegmentMetadata> listRemoteLogSegments(TopicPartition topicPartition, long leaderEpoch);

    /**
     * This method is invoked only when there are changes in leadership of the topic partitions that this broker is
     * responsible for.
     *
     * @param leaderPartitions   partitions that have become leaders on this broker.
     * @param followerPartitions partitions that have become followers on this broker.
     */
    void onPartitionLeadershipChanges(Set<TopicPartition> leaderPartitions, Set<TopicPartition> followerPartitions);

    /**
     * This method is invoked only when the given topic partitions are stopped on this broker. This can happen when a
     * partition is emigrated to other broker or a partition is deleted.
     *
     * @param partitions topic partitions which have been stopped.
     */
    void onStopPartitions(Set<TopicPartition> partitions);
}

New Metrics

The following new metrics will be added:

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kafka.server:type=BrokerTopicMetrics, name=RemoteReadRequestsPerSec, topic=([-.w]+)Number of remote storage read requests per second.
kafka.server:type=BrokerTopicMetrics, name=RemoteBytesInPerSec, topic=([-.w]+)Number of bytes read from remote storage per second.
kafka.server:type=BrokerTopicMetrics, name=RemoteReadErrorPerSec, topic=([-.w]+)Number of remote storage read errors per second.
kafka.log.remote:type=RemoteStorageThreadPool, name=RemoteLogReaderTaskQueueSizeNumber of remote storage read tasks pending for execution.
kafka.log.remote:type=RemoteStorageThreadPool, name=RemoteLogReaderAvgIdlePercentAverage idle percent of the remote storage reader thread pool.
kafka.log.remote:type=RemoteLogManager, name=RemoteLogManagerTasksAvgIdlePercentAverage idle percent of RemoteLogManager thread pool.

kafka.server:type=BrokerTopicMetrics, name=RemoteBytesOutPerSec, topic=([-.w]+)

Number of bytes copied to remote storage per second.
kafka.server:type=BrokerTopicMetrics, name=RemoteWriteErrorPerSec, topic=([-.w]+)Number of remote storage write errors per second.


Feature Test

Feature test cases and test results are documented in this google spreadsheet.

Performance Test Results

We have tested the performance of the initial implementation of this proposal.

The cluster configuration:

  1. 5 brokers
  2. 20 CPU cores, 256GB RAM (each broker)
  3. 2TB * 22 hard disks in RAID0 (each broker)
  4. Hardware RAID card with NV-memory write cache
  5. 20Gbps network
  6. snappy compression
  7. 6300 topic-partitions with 3 replicas
  8. remote storage uses HDFS

Each test case is tested under 2 types of workload (acks=all and acks=1)


Workload-1

(at-least-once, acks=all)

Workload-2

(acks=1)

Producers

10 producers

30MB / sec / broker (leader)

~62K messages / sec / broker (leader)

10 producers

55MB / sec / broker (leader)

~120K messages / sec / broker (leader)

In-sync Consumers

10 consumers

120MB / sec / broker

~250K messages / sec / broker

10 consumers

220MB / sec / broker

~480K messages / sec / broker

Test case 1 (Normal case):

Normal traffic as described above.



with tiered storagewithout tiered storage

Workload-1

(acks=all, low traffic)

Avg P99 produce latency25ms21ms
Avg P95 produce latency14ms13ms

Workload-2

(acks=1, high traffic)

Avg P99 produce latency9ms9ms
Avg P95 produce latency4ms4ms

We can see there is a little overhead when tiered storage is turned on. This is expected, as the brokers have to ship segments to remote storage, and sync the remote segment metadata between brokers. With at-least-once (acks=all) produce, the produce latency is slightly increased when tiered storage is turned on. With acks=1 produce, the produce latency is almost not changed when tiered storage is turned on.

Test case 2 (out-of-sync consumers catching up):

In addition to the normal traffic, 9 out-of-sync consumers consume 180MB/s per broker (or 900MB/s in total) old data.

With tiered storage, the old data is read from HDFS. Without tiered storage, the old data is read from local disk.



with tiered storagewithout tiered storage

Workload-1

(acks=all, low traffic)

Avg P99 produce latency42ms60ms
Avg P95 produce latency18ms30ms

Workload-2

(acks=1, high traffic)

Avg P99 produce latency10ms10ms
Avg P95 produce latency5ms4ms

Consuming old data has a significant performance impact to acks=all producers. Without tiered storage, the P99 produce latency is almost tripled. With tiered storage, the performance impact is relatively lower, because remote storage reading does not compete the local hard disk bandwidth with produce requests.

Consuming old data has little impact to acks=1 producers.

Test case 3 (rebuild broker):

Under the normal traffic, stop a broker, remove all the local data, and rebuild it without replication throttling. This case simulates replacing a broken broker server.



with tiered storagewithout tiered storage

Workload-1

(acks=all,

12TB data per broker)

Max avg P99 produce latency56ms490ms
Max avg P95 produce latency23ms290ms
Duration2min230ms

Workload-2

(acks=1,

34TB data per broker)

Max avg P99 produce latency12ms10ms
Max avg P95 produce latency6ms5ms
Duration4min520min

With tiered storage, the rebuilding broker only needs to fetch the latest data that has not been shipped to remote storage. Without tiered storage, the rebuilt broker has to fetch all the data that has not expired from the other brokers. With the same log retention time, tiered storage reduced the rebuilding time by more than 100 times.

Without tiered storage, the rebuilding broker has to read a large amount of data from the local hard disks of the leaders. This competes page cache and local disk bandwidth with the normal traffic, and dramatically increases the acks=all produce latency.

Future work

  • Enhance RLMM implementation based on topic based storage pointing to a target Kafka cluster instead of using as system level topic with in the cluster.  
  • Improve default RLMM implementation with less chatty protocol.

Alternatives considered

Following alternatives were considered:

  1. Replace all local storage with remote storage - Instead of using local storage on Kafka brokers, only remote storage is used for storing log segments and offset index files. While this has the benefits related to reducing the local storage, it has the problem of not leveraging the OS page cache and local disk for efficient latest reads as done in Kafka today. 
  2. Implement Kafka API on another store - This is an approach that is taken by some vendors where Kafka API is implemented on a different distributed, scalable storage (example HDFS). Such an option does not leverage Kafka other than API compliance and requires the much riskier option of replacing the entire Kafka cluster with another system.
  3. Client directly reads remote log segments from the remote storage - The log segments on the remote storage can be directly read by the client instead of serving it from Kafka broker. This reduces Kafka broker changes and has benefits of removing an extra hop. However, this bypasses Kafka security completely, increases Kafka client library complexity and footprint, causes compatibility issues to the existing Kafka client libraries, and hence is not considered. 
  4. Store all remote segment metadata in remote storage. This approach works with the storage systems that provide strong consistent metadata, such as HDFS, but does not work with S3 and GCS. Frequently calling LIST API on S3 or GCS also incurs huge costs. So, we choose to store metadata in a Kafka topic in the default implementation, but allow users to use other methods with their own RLMM implementations.
  5. Cache all remote log indexes in local storage. Store remote log segment information in local storage. 



Meeting Notes

  •  Discussion Recording 
  • Notes
    • Topic deletion lifecycle
      • Have a separate section
      • Discuss handling deletions when there is no leader. 
      • Describe the approaches with and without KIP-516 support.
    • Describe more on how are duplicate log segments in remote storage are handled. This is partly covered in example scenarios but good to describe them in the details section. 
    • Discuss more on remote log segment metadata topic truncation. 
    • Remote log segment metadata topic event format
      • the event change log approach instead of having an effective event as a message.
    • Behaviour of APIs with remote storage errors.

    

  • Discussion Recording
  • Notes
    • KIP is updated with follower fetch protocol and ready to reviewed
    • Satish to capture schema of internal metadata topic in the KIP
    • We will update the KIP with details of different cases
    • Test plan will be captured in a doc and will add to the KIP
    • Add a section "Limitations" to capture the capabilities that will be introduced with this KIP and what will not be covered in this KIP.


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