Stop broadcasting accounts cache eviction

Since the introduction of CachedAccountDetails (I61ae5780), the sha1 of
the refs/users/<shared-id> is used as part of the cache key for the
accounts cache.

An effect of this is that explicit cache invalidations are not required
anymore, since changing account details generates a new sha1,
effectively invalidating the previous entry.

Accounts cache invalidation could still be achieved by explicitly
flushing caches, but the effects of this operation should not be
propagated to all nodes, since this would make all nodes cold,
potentially affecting gerrit performance across all sites.

Stop accounts cache evictions from being propagated to the broker.

Bug: Issue 13820
Change-Id: I9cd1c95693c9d542ffe2871637619068eeed233c
3 files changed
tree: 6d4a99ceff6b46ab54d7e0cd2b9753f2142c9378
  1. .settings/
  2. dockerised_local_env/
  3. images/
  4. setup_local_env/
  5. src/
  6. .bazelrc
  7. .gitignore
  8. .mailmap
  9. BUILD
  10. DESIGN.md
  11. Jenkinsfile
  12. LICENSE
  13. README.md
  14. docker-compose.kafka-broker.yaml
  15. external_plugin_deps.bzl
README.md

Gerrit multi-site plugin

This plugin allows to deploy a distributed cluster of multiple Gerrit masters each using a separate site without sharing any storage. The alignment between the masters happens using the replication plugin and an external message broker.

Requirements for the Gerrit masters are:

  • Gerrit v2.16.5 or later
  • Migrated to NoteDb
  • Connected to the same message broker
  • Accessible via a load balancer (e.g. HAProxy)

NOTE: The multi-site plugin will not start if Gerrit is not yet migrated to NoteDb.

Currently, the only mode supported is one primary read/write master and multiple read-only masters but eventually the plan is to support multiple read/write masters. The read/write master is handling any traffic while the read-only masters are serving the Gerrit GUI assets, the HTTP GET REST API and git fetch requests (git-upload-pack). The read-only masters are kept synchronized with the read/write master in order to be always ready to become a read/write master.

For more details on the overall multi-site design and roadmap, please refer to the multi-site plugin DESIGN.md document

License

This plugin is released under the same Apache 2.0 license and copyright holders as of the Gerrit Code Review project.

How to build

The multi-site plugin can only be built in tree mode, by cloning Gerrit and the multi-site plugin code, and checking them out on the desired branch.

Example of cloning Gerrit and multi-site for a stable-2.16 build:

git clone -b stable-2.16 https://gerrit.googlesource.com/gerrit
git clone -b stable-2.16 https://gerrit.googlesource.com/plugins/multi-site

cd gerrit/plugins
ln -s ../../multi-site .
rm external_plugin_deps.bzl
ln -s multi-site/external_plugin_deps.bzl .

Example of building the multi-site plugin:

cd gerrit
bazel build plugins/multi-site

The multi-site.jar plugin is generated to bazel-bin/plugins/multi-site/multi-site.jar.

Example of testing the multi-site plugin:

cd gerrit
bazel test plugins/multi-site:multi_site_tests

NOTE: The multi-site tests include also the use of Docker containers for instantiating and using a Kafka/Zookeeper broker. Make sure you have a Docker daemon running (/var/run/docker.sock accessible) or a DOCKER_HOST pointing to a Docker server.

How to configure

Install the multi-site plugin into the $GERRIT_SITE/lib directory of all the Gerrit servers that are part of the multi-site cluster. Create a symbolic link from $GERRIT_SITE/lib/multi-site.jar into the $GERRIT_SITE/plugins.

Add the multi-site module to $GERRIT_SITE/etc/gerrit.config as follows:

[gerrit]
  installDbModule = com.googlesource.gerrit.plugins.multisite.GitModule
  installModule = com.googlesource.gerrit.plugins.multisite.Module

For more details on the configuration settings, please refer to the multi-site configuration documentation.

You also need to setup the Git-level replication between nodes, for more details please refer to the replication plugin documentation.