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17.5.1 Summary of MySQL Cluster Start Phases

This section provides a simplified outline of the steps involved when MySQL Cluster data nodes are started. More complete information can be found in MySQL Cluster Start Phases.

These phases are the same as those reported in the output from the node_id STATUS command in the management client. (See Section 17.5.2, “Commands in the MySQL Cluster Management Client”, for more information about this command.)

Start types.  There are several different startup types and modes, as shown here:

Setup and initialization (Phase -1).  Prior to startup, each data node (ndbd process) must be initialized. Initialization consists of the following steps:

  1. Obtain a node ID

  2. Fetch configuration data

  3. Allocate ports to be used for inter-node communications

  4. Allocate memory according to settings obtained from the configuration file

When a data node or SQL node first connects to the management node, it reserves a cluster node ID. To make sure that no other node allocates the same node ID, this ID is retained until the node has managed to connect to the cluster and at least one ndbd reports that this node is connected. This retention of the node ID is guarded by the connection between the node in question and ndb_mgmd.

Normally, in the event of a problem with the node, the node disconnects from the management server, the socket used for the connection is closed, and the reserved node ID is freed. However, if a node is disconnected abruptly—for example, due to a hardware failure in one of the cluster hosts, or because of network issues—the normal closing of the socket by the operating system may not take place. In this case, the node ID continues to be reserved and not released until a TCP timeout occurs 10 or so minutes later.

To take care of this problem, you can use PURGE STALE SESSIONS. Running this statement forces all reserved node IDs to be checked; any that are not being used by nodes actually connected to the cluster are then freed.

Beginning with MySQL 5.1.11, timeout handling of node ID assignments is implemented. This performs the ID usage checks automatically after approximately 20 seconds, so that PURGE STALE SESSIONS should no longer be necessary in a normal Cluster start.

After each data node has been initialized, the cluster startup process can proceed. The stages which the cluster goes through during this process are listed here:

After this process is completed for an initial start or system restart, transaction handling is enabled. For a node restart or initial node restart, completion of the startup process means that the node may now act as a transaction coordinator.