A number of new branches have been created in the last few days which are integral to how we plan to add new features in a controlled manner.
Current set of branches:
- 1.0 - The existing stable series
- 1.1 - The current feature series
- 1.2 - The next stable series (expected Q4 2010)
- devel - Where new features are added
The idea is that 1.0 will continue receive only bugfixes (the amount hopefully continuing to reduce over time) and all new features go first into devel.
1.1 will be the merge point, primarily receiving bug fixes for the new features we pulled in from devel (at least two weeks before a 1.1 release).
The intention is to pursue bi-monthly releases of 1.1 over the next 6-12 months until we can offer a set of compelling new features, a sane way to use them, and rock-solid stability.
At that time, we will freeze development and release it as 1.2.0
But Can I use it in Production?
Cluster admins are naturally a cautious bunch, so in order to make 1.1 more palatable, we have also created two new schemas.
Schemas can be thought of as a contract between the developers and admins. They are a declaration of what we support.
The set is the new set of validation types:
pacemaker-1.0 is (and will remain) identical to what people are using now
When new features are added, their configuration syntax will first appear in pacemaker-1.1. If, based on your feedback, a feature’s syntax needs to be modified we will change it here and solicit further feedback.
Once a feature has been locked down and become stable, its configuration pieces will be added to pacemaker-1.2. Once a feature appears in pacemaker-1.2, we will not change its syntax in any 1.1 or 1.2 release.
What does this mean?
It means that when used with the pacemaker-1.0 or pacemaker-1.2 schemas, 1.1 can be safely used in production in the same manner as 1.0 is today.
- If the existing syntax is all you need, consider 1.1 with the pacemaker-1.0 schema.
- If you want to try a new stable feature, use 1.1 with the pacemaker-1.2 schema.
- If you want to try a new experimental feature, use 1.1 with the pacemaker-1.1 schema.
Is 1.0 Still Supported?
Yes. 1.0 i still supported and will recieve all relevant bug fixes until at least 2012. See our releases page.
How can I Install it?
Users of RPM-based distributions will be able to install in the usual manner. However, to avoid forcing everyone to upgrade, packages will be located under:
At this time the intention is to only produce packages for the most recent openSUSE (11.2), Fedora (12), and EPEL (5) based distributions. If you would like to try 1.1 but your distribution/version is not listed, please contact the project and we’ll see what we can do.
Packages should be available in the next week “or so”.
Identified Areas of Development
- New stonith daemon (configuration is unchanged), including:
- support for RHCS Stonith Agents
- cluster-wide notifications (that allow the cluster to make more intelligent decisions)
- ability to perform multiple fencing operations in parallel (faster recovery)
- Service placement influenced by the physical resources (RAM, CPU, etc) required by the service (and offered by the host)
- A new tool for simulating failures and the cluster’s reaction to them
- Tell the cluster to serialize an otherwise unrelated a set of resource actions (eg. Xen migrations)
- Failover domains, an easy way to specify ordered preferences for a set of hosts
- ACLs, the ability to restrict read/write access to the configuration based on users and groups
- Improvements to the System Health feature
- Freeze/thaw, an easy way to ensure a consistent backup of data in use by distributed systems.
- The ability to monitor services on non-cluster nodes (such as VMs)