Automatic failover means that when a node in the TiDB cluster fails, TiDB Operator automatically adds a new one to ensure the high availability of the cluster. It works similarly with the
Deployment behavior in Kubernetes.
TiDB Operator manages Pods based on
StatefulSet, which does not automatically create a new node to replace the original node when a Pod goes down. For this reason, the automatic failover feature is added to TiDB Operator, which expands the behavior of
The automatic failover feature is enabled by default in TiDB Operator. You can disable it by setting
false in the
charts/tidb-operator/values.yaml file when deploying TiDB Operator:
controllerManager: serviceAccount: tidb-controller-manager logLevel: 2 replicas: 1 resources: limits: cpu: 250m memory: 150Mi requests: cpu: 80m memory: 50Mi # autoFailover is whether tidb-operator should auto failover when failure occurs autoFailover: true # pd failover period default(5m) pdFailoverPeriod: 5m # tikv failover period default(5m) tikvFailoverPeriod: 5m # tidb failover period default(5m) tidbFailoverPeriod: 5m
tidbFailoverPeriod are set to be 5 minutes, which is the waiting timeout after an instance failure is identified. After this time, TiDB Operator begins the automatic failover process.
Automatic failover policies
There are three components in a TiDB cluster - PD, TiKV, and TiDB, each of which has its own automatic failover policy. This section gives an in-depth introduction to these policies.
Failover with PD
Assume that there are 3 nodes in a PD cluster. If a PD node is down for over 5 minutes (configurable by modifying
tidbFailoverPeriod), TiDB Operator takes this node offline first, and creates a new PD node. At this time, there are 4 nodes in the cluster. If the failed PD node gets back online, TiDB Operator deletes the newly created node and the number of nodes gets back to 3.
Failover with TiKV
When a TiKV node fails, its status turns to
Disconnected. After 30 minutes (configurable by modifying
max-store-down-time in PD's configuration file), it turns to
Down. After waiting for 5 minutes (configurable by modifying
tikvFailoverPeriod), TiDB Operator creates a new TiKV node if this TiKV node is still down. If the failed TiKV node gets back online, TiDB Operator does not automatically delete the newly created node, and you need to manually drop it and restore the original number of nodes. To do this, you can delete the TiKV node from the
status.tikv.failureStores field of the
kubectl edit tc -n <namespace> <clusterName>
... status tikv: failureStores: "1": podName: cluster1-tikv-0 storeID: "1" "2": podName: cluster1-tikv-1 storeID: "2" ...
cluster1-tikv-0 node turns back to normal, you can delete it as shown below:
... status tikv: failureStores: "2": podName: cluster1-tikv-1 storeID: "2" ...
Failover with TiDB
The TiDB automatic failover policy works the same way as
Deployment does in Kubernetes. Assume that there are 3 nodes in a TiDB cluster. If a TiDB node is down for over 5 minutes (configurable by modifying
tidbFailoverPeriod), TiDB Operator creates a new TiDB node. At this time, there are 4 nodes in the cluster. When the failed TiDB node gets back online, TiDB Operator deletes the newly created node and the number of nodes gets back to 3.