This module monitors the status of Aurora cluster replicas. These replicas do not use the standard MySQL protocol replication but rely on a mechanism provided by AWS to replicate changes.
How Aurora Is Monitored
Each node in an Aurora cluster has the variable
@@aurora_server_id which is
the unique identifier for that node. An Aurora replica stores information
relevant to replication in the
table. The table contains information about the status of all replicas in the
server_id column in this table holds the values of
@@aurora_server_id variables from all nodes. The
session_id column contains
an unique string for all read-only replicas. For the master node, this value
MASTER_SESSION_ID. By executing the following query, we are able to
@@aurora_server_id of the master node along with the
@@aurora_server_id of the current node.
SELECT @@aurora_server_id, server_id FROM information_schema.replica_host_status WHERE session_id = 'MASTER_SESSION_ID';
The node which returns a row with two identical fields is the master. All other nodes are read-only replicas and will be labeled as slave servers.
In addition to replica status information, the
information_schema.replica_host_status table contains information about
replication lag between the master and the read-only nodes. This value is stored
replica_lag_in_milliseconds column. This can be used to detect read
replicas that are lagging behind the master node. This information can then be
used by the routing modules to route reads to up-to-date nodes.
Configuring the Aurora Monitor
The Aurora monitor should connect directly to the unique endpoints of the Aurora replicas. The cluster end point should not be included in the set of monitored servers. Read the Amazon RDS User Guide for more information about how to retrieve the unique endpoints of your cluster.
The Aurora monitor requires no parameters apart from the standard monitor parameters. It supports the monitor script functionality described in Monitor Common documentation.
Here is an example Aurora monitor configuration.
[Aurora-Monitor] type=monitor module=auroramon servers=cluster-1,cluster-2,cluster-3 user=aurora passwd=borealis monitor_interval=2500
The servers cluster-1, cluster-2 and cluster-3 are the unique Aurora endpoints configured as MaxScale servers. The monitor will use the aurora:borealis credentials to connect to each of the endpoint. The status of the nodes is inspected every 2500 milliseconds.