Current state: Under Discussion
Discussion thread: TBD
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Rebalance during scaling up is always painful. Every newly joined member will keep the group at rebalancing stage until all of new instances finished bootstrapping. There could be multiple shuffling of active tasks around existing and new instances, thus decreasing the entire system availability. This negative impact has been mitigated after we introduced KIP-345. Under static membership, user could provide a list of hard-coded `group.instance.id`s to pre-register their identities on broker if the new host info is known, so that broker coordinator could respond to scaling operations more intelligently. For example when we scale up the fleet by defining 4 new client instance ids, the server shall wait until all 4 new members to join the group before kicking out only one rebalance, instead of four in the worst case.
This change requires us to change JoinGroup protocol to batch mode in order to easily scale multiple members at once.
We will bump JoinGroup request/response version to support batch adding members.
A new admin request shall be created for user to supply a list of `group.instance.id` to batch join the group:
In the meantime, for better visibility for static members, we are also going to bump DescribeGroup request/response protocol to include `group.instance.id`:
Compatibility, Deprecation, and Migration Plan
- User needs to upgrade broker to latest version to be able to use this new feature.
- Since we are only introducing new admin API, the change should be backward compatible.
We could trigger multiple join group requests at the same time without changing JoinGroup protocol. However, considering our change in LeaveGroupRequest, it's hard to handle multiple responses within single admin client request. Changing the protocol to adapt to this change shall be more consistent.