Stalling I/O triggers HAE Cluster

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Environment

SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability Extension 11 Service Pack 1
SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability Extension 11 Service Pack 2

Situation

The SuSE HAE Cluster is designed to react to anomalies in the system. If the memory is big and the dirty ratio is relatively high, then the moment the dirty ratio is hit and written to disk this can reduce the I/O drastically. This can trigger the Cluster to react as to an anomaly. In some cases this will trigger a fence of a node.

Resolution

To circumvent this from happening it is best practice to set on HAE Cluster systems with big memory, which can be anything bigger than 8GB in

/etc/sysctl.conf

          vm.dirty_background_bytes = 134217728
          vm.dirty_bytes = 1073741824

and activate with

        sysctl -p

no reboot is necessary for this setting.

Disclaimer

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  • Document ID:7010781
  • Creation Date: 14-Sep-2012
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability Extension

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