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If a Node Becomes Unavailable, Does YugabyteDB Propagate Client Requests to Surviving Nodes? Or Do Clients Have to Handle That Retry Logic?

Distributed SQL Tips and Tricks
Marko Rajcevic

The answer depends on a few characteristics:

  • Are the clients connected directly to the node, or through a load balancer?
  • Are you using the PostgreSQL driver, or the YugabyteDB Smart Driver?
  • Are you using connection pooling?

If you are connected directly to the node, then the physical connections to that node will be invalidated. Your connection pool will automatically adjust the minimum pool requirements for the other nodes in the cluster.

If required, it creates new connections to the surviving nodes, which will be transparently managed. If the node goes down abruptly in the middle of inflight transactions, those transactions will fail, and clients can retry. Or, you can set the retry logic on the application layer, based on the error code. Again, in this case, your connection pool should invalidate already established physical connections to the failed node.

From a connection string perspective, it is better to pass more than a single endpoint (at least 2/3 endpoints) so that net new client connections get established based on the remaining available endpoints. If you keep only one endpoint, there will not be any impact on the existing connections, but you can’t create net new client connections if that single endpoint is down.

An example of this recommendation using the YugabyteDB Smart Driver is:


NOTE: If using multi-region clusters, you want to have at least one per endpoint per region.

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If You Have Questions About Distributed SQL

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