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  • CSS Timeout Computation in Oracle Clusterware [ID 294430.1]


    修改时间 26-OCT-2010 类型 BULLETIN 状态 PUBLISHED

    In this Document
    Scope and Application
    CSS Timeout Computation in Oracle Clusterware


    Applies to:
    Oracle Server – Enterprise Edition – Version: to – Release: 10.1 to 11.1
    Oracle Server – Standard Edition – Version: to [Release: 10.1 to 11.1]
    Information in this document applies to any platform.
    Oracle Clusterware
    The purpose of this Note is to document default CSS misscount timeout calculations in 10g Release 1, 10g Release 2 , 11g and higher versions.
    Scope and Application
    Define misscount parameter
    Define the default calculations for the misscount parameter
    Describe Cluster Synchronization Service (CSS) heartbeats and their interrelationship
    Describe the cases where the default calculation may be too sensitive
    CSS Timeout Computation in Oracle Clusterware
    The CSS misscount parameter represents the maximum time, in seconds, that a network heartbeat can be missed before entering into a cluster reconfiguration to evict the node. The following are the default values for the misscount parameter and their respective versions when using Oracle Clusterware* in seconds:

    OS 10g (R1 &R2) 11g




    *CSS misscount default value when using vendor (non-Oracle) clusterware is 600 seconds. This is to allow the vendor clusterware ample time to resolve any possible split brain scenarios.

    On AIX platforms with HACMP starting with BP#1, the misscount is 30. This is documented in Note 551658.1
    The synchronization services component (CSS) of the Oracle Clusterware maintains two heartbeat mechanisms 1.) the disk heartbeat to the voting device and 2.) the network heartbeat across the interconnect which establish and confirm valid node membership in the cluster. Both of these heartbeat mechanisms have an associated timeout value. The disk heartbeat has an internal i/o timeout interval (DTO Disk TimeOut), in seconds, where an i/o to the voting disk must complete. The misscount parameter (MC), as stated above, is the maximum time, in seconds, that a network heartbeat can be missed. The disk heartbeat i/o timeout interval is directly related to the misscount parameter setting. There has been some variation in this relationship
    between versions as described below:
    No one should be on this version
    DTO = MC – 15 seconds
    DTO = MC – 15 seconds Bug 3306964
    DTO = MC – 3 seconds with CRS II Merge patch
    DTO =Disktimeout (Defaults to 200 seconds) Normally OR Misscount seconds only during initial Cluster formation or Slightly before reconfiguration
    IOT = MC – 3 seconds +Fix for unpublished Bug 4896338
    IOT=Disktimeout (Defaults to 200 seconds) Normally OR Misscount seconds only during initial Cluster formation or Slightly before reconfiguration
    Same as above ( with Patch Bug:4896338

    10.1 – 11.1
    During node join and leave (reconfiguration) in a cluster we need to reconfigure, in that particular case we use Short Disk TimeOut (SDTO) which is in all versions SDTO = MC – reboottime (usually 3 seconds)

    Misscount drives cluster membership reconfigurations and directly effects the availability of the cluster. In most cases, the default settings for MC should be acceptable. Modifying the default value of misscount not only influences the timeout interval for the i/o to the voting disk, but also influences the tolerance for missed network heartbeats across the interconnect.

    If I/O latencies to the voting disk are greater than the default DTO calculations noted above, the cluster may experience CSS node evictions depending on (a)the Oracle Clusterware (CRS) version, (b)whether merge patch has been applied and (c)the state of the Cluster. More details on this are covered in the section “Change in Behavior with CRS Merge PATCH (4896338 on”.

    These latencies can be attributed to any number of problems in the i/o subsystem or problems with any component in the i/o path. The following is a non exhaustive list of reported problems which resulted in CSS node eviction due to latencies to the voting disk longer than the default Oracle Clusterware i/o timeout value(DTO):

    QLogic HBA cards with a Link Down Timeout greater than the default misscount.
    Bad cables to the SAN/storage array that effect i/o latencies
    SAN switch (like Brocade) failover latency greater than the default misscount
    EMC Clariion Array when trespassing the SP to the backup SP greater than default misscount
    EMC PowerPath path error detection and I/O repost and redirect greater than default misscount
    NetApp Cluster (CFO) failover latency greater than default misscount
    Sustained high CPU load which effects the CSSD disk ping monitoring thread
    Poor SAN network configuration that creates latencies in the I/O path.
    The most common problems relate to multi-path IO software drivers, and the reconfiguration times resulting from a failure in the IO path. Hardware and (re)configuration issues that introduce these latencies should be corrected. Incompatible failover times with underlying OS, network or storage hardware or software may be addressed given a complete understanding of the considerations listed below.

    Misscount should NOT be modified to workaround the above-mentioned issues. Oracle support recommends that you apply the latest patchset which changes the CSS behaviour. More details covered in next section.

    Change in Behavior with Bug:4896338 applied on top of
    Starting with, CSS will not evict the node from the cluster due to (DTO) I/O to voting disk taking more than misscount seconds unless it is during the initial cluster formation or slightly before reconfiguration.
    So if we have a N number of nodes in a cluster and one of the nodes takes more than misscount seconds to access the voting disk, the node will not be evicted as long as the access to the voting disk is completed within disktimeout seconds. Consequently with this patch, there is no need to increase the misscount at all.

    Additionally this merge patch introduces Disktimeout which is the amount of time that a lack of disk ping to voting disk(s) will be tolerated.

    Note: applying the patch will not change your value for Misscount.

    The table below explains in the conditions under which the eviction will occur

    Network Ping Disk Ping Reboot
    Completes within misscount seconds Completes within Misscount seconds N

    Completes within Misscount seconds Takes more than misscount seconds but less than Disktimeout seconds N

    Completes within Misscount seconds Takes more than Disktimeout seconds Y

    Takes more than Misscount Seconds Completes within Misscount seconds Y

    * By default Misscount is less than Disktimeout seconds


    Customers drive SLA and cluster availability. The customer ultimately defines Service Levels and availability for the cluster. Before recommending any change to misscount, the full impact of that change should be described and the impact to cluster availability measured.
    Customers may have timeout and retry logic in their applications. The impact of delaying reconfiguration may cause ‘artificial’ timeouts of the application, reconnect failures and subsequent logon storms.
    Misscount timeout values are version dependent and are subject to change. As we have seen, misscount calculations are variable between releases and between versions within a release. Creating a false dependency on misscount calculation in one version may not be appropriate for later versions.
    Internal I/O timeout interval (DTO) algorithms may change in later releases as stated above, there exists a direct relationship between the internal I/O timeout interval and misscount. This relationship is subject to change in later releases.
    An increase in misscount to compensate for i/o latencies directly effects reconfiguration times for network failures. The network heartbeat is the primary indicator of connectivity within the cluster. Misscount is the tolerance level of missed ‘check ins’ that trigger cluster reconfiguration. Increasing misscount will prolong the time to take corrective action in the event of network failure or other anomalies effecting the availability of a node in the cluster. This directly effects cluster availability.
    Changing misscount to workaround voting disk latencies will need to be corrected when the underlying disk latency is corrected, misscount needs to be set back to the default The customer needs to document the change and set the parameter back to the default when the underlying storage I/O latency is resolved.
    Do not change default misscount values if you are running Vendor Clusterware along with Oracle Clusterware. The default values for misscount should not be changed when using vendor clusterware. Modifying misscount in this environment may cause clusterwide outages and potential corruptions.
    Changing misscount parameter incurs a clusterwide outage. As note below, the customer will need to schedule
    a clusterwide outage to make this change.
    Changing misscount should not be used to compensate for poor configurations or faulty hardware
    Cluster and RDBMS availability are directly effected by high misscount settings.
    In case of stretched clusters and stretched storage systems and a site failure where we loose one storage and N number of nodes we go into a reconfiguration state and then we revert to ShortDiskTimeOut value as internal I/O timeout for the votings. Several cases are known with stretched clusters where when a site failure happen the storage failover cannot complete within SDTO. If the I/O to the votings is blocked more than SDTO the result is node evictions on the surviving side.

    To Change MISSCOUNT back to default Please refer to Note:284752.1

    Oracle RAC 10g Release 2 allows for multiple voting disks so that the customer does not have to rely on a multipathing solution from a storage vendor. You can have n voting disks (up to 31) where n = m*2+1 where m is the number of disk failures you want to survive. Oracle recommends each voting disk to be on a separate physical disk.

  • Heartbeat/Voting/Quorum Related Timeout Configuration for Linux, OCFS2, RAC Stack to Avoid Unnecessary Node Fencing, Panic and Reboot [ID 395878.1]


    修改时间 18-AUG-2011 类型 BULLETIN 状态 PUBLISHED

    In this Document
    Scope and Application
    Heartbeat/Voting/Quorum Related Timeout Configuration for Linux, OCFS2, RAC Stack to Avoid Unnecessary Node Fencing, Panic and Reboot
    Disk / Storage Hardware I/O Timeout Values
    Linux OS Software I/O Timeout Values
    Oracle Cluster File System 2 (OCFS2) Heartbeat Timeouts
    Real Application Clusters / Cluster Synchronization Services Timeouts


    Applies to:
    Linux OS – Version: 2.6 to 2.6
    Linux OS – Version: 1.2.0-1 to 1.2.1-1 [Release: OCFS2 to OCFS2]
    Linux OS – Version: 2.6 to 2.6]
    Oracle Server – Enterprise Edition – Version: and later [Release: 10.2 and later]
    Linux x86
    Linux x86-64
    ***Checked for relevance on 18-Aug-2011***
    Linux Kernel – Version: 2.6 to 2.6
    Linux Kernel – Version: 2.6 to 2.6
    Linux Kernel – Version: 1.2 to 1.2.1
    OCFS2 1.2.1 and up
    Oracle Real Application Clusters and up
    This document aims to guide customers to configure the heartbeat, voting or quorum related timeouts for their cluster configuration with:

    Linux with 2.6 Kernel

    Real Application Clusters

    Scope and Application
    There are other documents that are providing technical information about how to configure the RAC/CSS voting/heartbeat timeouts, OCFS2 heartbeat timeouts based on storage layer I/O timeout values. This document does not aim to replicate the information but it covers pointers to configure the complete stack of components.

    This document does not apply to RAC configurations with Oracle’s Automatic Storage Manager (ASM).

    Heartbeat/Voting/Quorum Related Timeout Configuration for Linux, OCFS2, RAC Stack to Avoid Unnecessary Node Fencing, Panic and Reboot
    To be able to understand the nature of the timeout related settings, we need to approach each component in the cluster stack from bottom to top, i.e. from hardware to application level. The following sections are laid out from that perspective.

    Disk / Storage Hardware I/O Timeout Values
    The modern storage systems and Storage Area Networks (SAN) have inherent failover capability when an hardware failure happens. There are various solutions of RAID (in different levels) and Multi Pathing provided by different storage system vendors to provide transparent failover for:

    Internal disk failures
    Host Bus Adapter (HBA) failures
    Network connection failures (Network Attached Storage)
    Fiber switch failures
    SCSI connection failures
    Each configuration, model, brand of hardware from different vendors has some maximum time to perform a failover for different specific types of failures. The maximum timeout for the whole storage hardware stack provided to the computing server hardware it the greatest of all maximums. We define that number (in seconds) as HW_STORAGE_TIMEOUT.

    Most multipath solutions have a timeout ranging from 60 secs to 120 secs. This value will be affecting all the components below that are depending on the storage hardware.

    Linux OS Software I/O Timeout Values
    The RAID and Multi Pathing solutions for storage failures can be implemented also in the software layer. For a clustered configuration and for RAC/CRS, this software layer must be cluster-aware. Note that “md” devices on Linux are not cluster-aware. Cluster-aware tools based on device-mapper like device-mapper-multipath, LVM2, EVMS.

    Note that software multipathing or RAID is not a good practice for a production cluster as they cannot be as reliable as a specific hardware and they present a performance impact on the operating system especially consuming a part of the CPU resources.

    In case such a configuration is used, we need to know the greatest maximum failover. For device-mapper-multipath(dm-multipath), which allows system to re-route I/O requests from failed paths to available paths. An I/O path generally refers to a connection from an initiator port to an target port. The failover time of device-mapper-multipath mainly depends on 2 things when outage happens:
    1. How long the low level driver underneath it detects the path broken.
    2. The interval itself performs polling operation on paths.

    For 1, Ordinarily there is a timeout setting for the commands sent from the initiator to the target, the elapse of timeout will trigger a notification to the dm-multipath.

    For 2, see the /etc/multipath.conf:

    polling_interval 10Please refer to

    /usr/share/doc/device-mapper-multipath-x.x.x/multipath.conf.annotated for this interval. For other multipath software, please refer to application specific documentation for any reference to maximum time for failover.

    We define that time (in seconds) need for low level driver timeout plus multipath polling interval as SW_STORAGE_TIMEOUT.

    The setting should satisfy:

    SW_STORAGE_TIMEOUT > HW_STORAGE_TIMEOUTOracle Cluster File System 2 (OCFS2) Heartbeat Timeouts
    Every node writes every two secs to its block in the heartbeat system file. The block offset is equal to its global node number. So node 0 writes to the first block, node 1 to the second, etc. All the nodes also read the heartbeat sysfile every two secs. As long as the timestamp is changing, that node is deemed alive. An active node is deemed dead if it does not update its timestamp for O2CB_HEARTBEAT_THRESHOLD (default=7 or 31 based on the OCFS2 version) loops. Once a node is deemed dead, the surviving node which manages to cluster lock the dead node’s journal, recovers it by replaying the journal.

    The setting should satify:

    O2CB_HEARTBEAT_THRESHOLD >= ((max(HW_STORAGE_TIMEOUT, SW_STORAGE_TIMEOUT) / 2) + 1)Note that any change in O2CB_HEARTBEAT_THRESHOLD requires that o2cb services on all cluster nodes are stopped at once and then o2cb services are started. About setting this parameter and for more informationplease refer to Note 377616.1 and Note 391771.1.

    Real Application Clusters / Cluster Synchronization Services Timeouts
    When the Oracle Cluster Registry (OCR) and / or Voting is on an OCFS2 volume, the disk timeout for CSS should be set accordingly. In case where OCFS2 is not used, the other values of HW and SW storage timeouts will be effective only.

    The Oracle Clusterware has two heartbeat mechanisms:

    Disk heartbeat (voting device) – IOT

    Network heartbeat (across the interconnect) – misscount

    The disk heartbeat is important here as the voting disk is on an OCFS2 volume. On different versions of RAC/CRS, the internal I/O timeout (IOT)of CSS depends differently on the CSS misscount (network heartbeat failures) value. Please see Note 294430.1 for details.

    It is not recommended to change the misscount and with 10gR2 ( , a new setting named disktimeout is presented. The value of IOT is:

    same as misscount , if the cluster is being formed initially – the cluster nodes are starting up from scratch
    same as disktimeout, for all other times

    The setting is backported to the previous versions too see Note 294430.1 for details. The setting is available after: + Patch 4896338 + CRS Bundle Patch #1 + CRS Bundle Patch #2

    To summarize, the following should be satisfied:


    disktimeout > max((O2CB_HEARTBEAT_THRESHOLD – 1) * 2, HW_STORAGE_TIMEOUT, SW_STORAGE_TIMEOUT)For the default values of the settings, please see Note 294430.1. For about how to set and check values, please see Note 284752.1.

  • 10g RAC: Steps To Increase CSS Misscount, Reboottime and Disktimeout [ID 284752.1]


    修改时间 26-OCT-2010 类型 BULLETIN 状态 PUBLISHED

    The purpose of this note is to document the steps needed to modify the CSS
    misscount, reboottime and disktimeout settings. Please review Note 294430.1
    to understand the implications before editing these settings.

    Customers should not modify CSS settings unless guided by either Oracle support or Oracle development to do so.

    Steps To Modify The CSS Miscount

    1) Shut down CRS on all but one node. For exact steps use Note 309542.1
    2) Execute crsctl as root to modify the misscount:
    $ORA_CRS_HOME/bin/crsctl set css misscount
    where is the maximum i/o latency to the voting disk +1 second
    3) Reboot the node where adjustment was made
    4) Start all other nodes shutdown in step 1

    With the Patch:4896338 for there are two additional settings that can
    be tuned. This change is incorporated into the and patchsets.

    These following are only relevant on with Patch:4896338
    In addition to MissCount, CSS now has two more parameters:
    1) reboottime (default 3 seconds) – the amount of time allowed for a node
    to complete a reboot after the CSS daemon has been evicted. (I.E. how
    long does it take for the machine to completely shutdown when you do a
    2) disktimeout (default 200 seconds) – the maximum amount of time allowed
    for a voting file I/O to complete; if this time is exceeded the voting
    disk will be marked as offline. Note that this is also the amount of
    time that will be required for initial cluster formation, i.e. when no
    nodes have previously been up and in a cluster.

    $CRS_HOME/bin/crsctl set css reboottime [-force] ( is seconds)
    $CRS_HOME/bin/crsctl set css disktimeout [-force] ( is seco

    Confirm the new css misscount setting via ocrdump

    Note:294430.1 CSS Timeout Computation in 10g RAC (10gR1 and 10gR2)
    Note:309542.1 How to start/stop 10g CRS ClusterWare