Consistent Critical Read Filter

Consistent Critical Read Filter

This filter was introduced in MariaDB MaxScale 2.1.

Overview

The Consistent Critical Read (CCR) filter allows consistent critical reads to be done through MaxScale while still allowing scaleout of non-critical reads.

When the filter detects a statement that would modify the database, it attaches a routing hint to all following statements. This routing hint guides the routing module to route the statement to the master server where data is guaranteed to be in an up-to-date state.

Controlling the Filter with SQL Comments

The triggering of the filter can be limited further by adding MaxScale supported comments to queries and/or by using regular expressions. The query comments take precedence: if a comment is found it is obayed even if a regular expression parameter might give a different result. Even a comment cannot cause a SELECT-query to trigger the filter. Such a comment is considered an error and ignored.

The comments must follow the MaxScale hint syntax and the HintFilter needs to be in the filter chain before the CCR-filter. If a query has a MaxScale supported comment line which defines the parameter ccr, that comment is caught by the CCR-filter. Parameter values match and ignore are supported, causing the filter to trigger (match) or not trigger (ignore) on receiving the write query. For example, the query

INSERT INTO departments VALUES ('d1234', 'NewDepartment'); -- maxscale ccr=ignore

would normally cause the filter to trigger, but does not because of the comment. The match-comment typically has no effect, since write queries by default trigger the filter anyway. It can be used to override an ignore-type regular expression that would othewise prevent triggering.

Filter Parameters

The CCR filter has no mandatory parameters.

time

The time window in seconds during which queries are routed to the master. The default value for this parameter is 60 seconds.

When a data modifying SQL statement is processed, a timer is set to the value of time. Once the timer has elapsed, all statements are routed normally. If a new data modifying SQL statement is processed within the time window, the timer is reset to the value of time.

Enabling this parameter in combination with the count parameter causes both the time window and number of queries to be inspected. If either of the two conditions are met, the query is re-routed to the master.

count

The number of SQL statements to route to master after detecting a data modifying SQL statement. This feature is disabled by default.

After processing a data modifying SQL statement, a counter is set to the value of count and all statements are routed to the master. Each executed statement after a data modifying SQL statement cause the counter to be decremented. Once the counter reaches zero, the statements are routed normally. If a new data modifying SQL statement is processed, the counter is reset to the value of count.

match, ignore and options

These regular expression settings control which statements trigger statement re-routing. Only non-SELECT statements are inspected. For CCRFilter, the exclude-parameter is instead named ignore, yet works similarly.

match=.*INSERT.*
ignore=.*UPDATE.*
options=case,extended

Example Configuration

Here is a minimal filter configuration for the CCRFilter which should solve most problems with critical reads after writes.

[CCRFilter]
type=filter
module=ccrfilter
time=5

This configuration will force all read queries after a write to the master for 5 seconds, preventing read scaling until the modifications have been replicated to the slaves.

For best performance, the value of time should be slightly greater than the actual replication lag between the master and its slaves. If the number of critical read statements is known, the count parameter could be used to control the number reads that are sent to the master.

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