Configure Continuous Data Balancing
Continuous Data Balancing continuously monitors your node and rack availability and disk usage. This enables self-healing clusters that dynamically balance partitions, ensuring smooth operations and optimal cluster performance.
It also maintains the configured replication level, even after infrastructure failure. Node availability has the highest priority in data balancing. After a rack (with all nodes belonging to it) becomes unavailable, Redpanda moves partition replicas to the remaining nodes. This violates the rack awareness constraint. But after this rack (or a new one) becomes available, Redpanda repairs the rack awareness constraint by moving excess replicas from racks that have more than one replica to the newly-available rack.
To enable Continuous Data Balancing, set the
partition_autobalancing_mode property to
continuous. You can then customize properties for monitoring your node availability and disk usage.
When a node is unreachable for the specified amount of time, Redpanda acts as if the node had been decommissioned: rebalancing begins, re-creating all of its replicas on other nodes in the cluster.
When a node fills up to this disk usage percentage, Redpanda starts moving replicas off the node to other nodes with disk utilization below the percentage.
For information about other modes with
partition_autobalancing_mode, see Cluster Balancing.
To see the status, run:
rpk cluster partitions balancer-status
This shows the time since the last data balancing, the number of replica movements in progress, the nodes that are unavailable, and the nodes that are over the disk space threshold (default = 80%).
It also returns a data balancing status:
stalled. If the command reports a
stalled status, check the following:
Are there enough healthy nodes? For example, in a three node cluster, no movements are possible for partitions with three replicas.
Does the cluster have sufficient space? Partitions are not moved if all nodes in the cluster are utilizing more than their disk space threshold.
Do all partitions have quorum? Partitions are not moved if the majority of its replicas are down.
Are any nodes in maintenance mode? Partitions are not moved if a node is in maintenance mode.
To cancel the current partition balancing moves, run:
rpk cluster partitions movement-cancel
To cancel the partition moves in a specific node, add
--node. For example:
rpk cluster partitions movement-cancel --node 1
If continuous balancing hasn’t been turned off, and if the system is still unbalanced, then it schedules another partition balancing. To stop all balancing, first set
off. Then cancel current data balancing moves.