Re: [PATCH] NFSv4: Use exponential backoff delay for NFS4_ERRDELAY

From: bfields@xxxxxxxxxxxx
Date: Thu Apr 25 2013 - 14:19:42 EST

On Thu, Apr 25, 2013 at 02:10:36PM +0000, Myklebust, Trond wrote:
> On Thu, 2013-04-25 at 09:49 -0400, bfields@xxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:
> > On Thu, Apr 25, 2013 at 01:30:58PM +0000, Myklebust, Trond wrote:
> > > On Thu, 2013-04-25 at 09:29 -0400, bfields@xxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:
> > >
> > > > My position is that we simply have no idea what order of magnitude even
> > > > delay should be. And that in such a situation exponential backoff such
> > > > as implemented in the synchronous case seems the reasonable default as
> > > > it guarantees at worst doubling the delay while still bounding the
> > > > long-term average frequency of retries.
> > >
> > > So we start with a 15 second delay, and then go to 60 seconds?
> >
> > I agree that a server should normally be doing the wait on its own if
> > the wait would be on the order of an rpc round trip.
> >
> > So I'd be inclined to start with a delay that was an order of magnitude
> > or two more than a round trip.
> >
> > And I'd expect NFS isn't common on networks with 1-second latencies.
> >
> > So the 1/10 second we're using in the synchronous case sounds closer to
> > the right ballpark to me.
> OK, then. Now all I need is actual motivation for changing the existing
> code other than handwaving arguments about "polling is better than flat
> waits".
> What actual use cases are impacting us now, other than the AIX design
> decision to force CLOSE to retry at least once before succeeding?

Nah, I've got nothing, and I agree that the AIX problem is there bug.

Just for fun I looked at re-checked the Linux server cases. As far as I
can tell they are:

- delegations: returned immediately on detection of any
conflict. The current behavior in the sync case looks
reasonable to me.
- allocation failures: not really sure it's the best error, but
it seems to be all the protocol offers. We probably don't
care much what the client does in this case.
- some rare cases that would probably indicate bugs (e.g.,
attempting to destroy a client while other rpc's from that
client are running.) Again we don't care what the client does
- the 4.1 slot-inuse case.

We also by default map four errors (ETIMEDOUT, EAGAIN, EWOULDBLOCK,
ENOMEM) to delay. I thought I remembered one of those being used by
some HFS system, but can't actually find an example now. A quick grep
doesn't show anything interesting.

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