Rif: Re: [Linux-HA] explanations

Lars Marowsky-Bree lmb at suse.de
Wed Jul 20 11:49:48 MDT 2005

On 2005-07-20T12:36:45, Carson Gaspar <carson at taltos.org> wrote:

> >How does your quorum mechanism solve a 1:1 split?
> If you have an even number of servers, you can't have reliable quorum 
> (something familiar to anyone who's ever run AFS).

You can have quorum, you just cannot base it on a mere node majority. So
this is one scenario where quorum is not sufficient; and it applies to
95% of all deployed clusters (which are 2 nodes).

Anyway, so in a 3 node scenario, how do you handle the consequences of a
2:1 split in a 3 node cluster with just quorum and w/o any form of
fencing, as you propose?

    Lars Marowsky-Brée <lmb at suse.de>

High Availability & Clustering
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