Replica management with replication rules

General Overview

Replica management is based on replication rules defined on data identifiers (files, datasets, containers). A replication rule is owned by an account and defines the minimum number of replicas to be available on a list of RSEs, denoted by an RSE Expression. Accounts are allowed to set multiple rules [1]. Rules may optionally have a limited lifetime and can be added, removed or modified at any time.

An example listing of replication rules is given below:

  • prod: 1x replica @ CERN, no lifetime
  • barisits: 1x replica @ US-T2, until 2019-01-01
  • vgaronne: 2x replica @ T1, no lifetime

A rule engine validates the rules and creates transfer primitives to fulfil all rules, e.g. transfer a file from RSE A to RSE B. The rule engine is triggered when a new rule is defined on an existing data identifier, or when a file is added to a dataset with existing rules. The rule engine will only create the minimum set of necessary transfer primitives to satisfy all rules.

Notifications can be provided for rules and their underlying transfer requests. All transfer requests are transient.

The deletion service supports two different modes: greedy and non-greedy. Greedy means that the service tries to immediately delete all replicas which are not protected by a replication rule. Non-greedy deletion is triggered when storage policy dictates that space must be freed. The deletion service will look for replicas on that RSE which can be deleted without violating any replication rule. The deletion service will use a Least Recently Used (LRU) algorithm to select replicas for deletion. The deletion service will also immediately delete all replicas of any file which is declared obsolete.

Some examples of replication rules are listed here.


[1]The system may reject rules if these violate other policies, e.g., only specific accounts are allowed to request replication rules for tape systems.