Sharding the Ceph RADOS Gateway bucket index

Sharding is the process of breaking down data onto multiple locations so as to increase parallelism, as well as distribute load. This is a common feature used in databases. Read more on this at Wikipedia.

The concept of sharding is used in Ceph, for splitting the bucket index in a RADOS Gateway.

RGW or RADOS Gateway keeps an index for all the objects in its buckets for faster and easier lookup. For each RGW bucket created in a pool, the corresponding index is created in the XX.index pool.

For example, for each of the buckets created in .rgw pool, the bucket index is created in .rgw.buckets.index pool. For each bucket, the index is stored in a single RADOS object.

When the number of objects increases, the size of the RADOS object increases as well. Two problems arise due to the increased index size.

  1. RADOS does not work good with large objects since it’s not designed as such. Operations such as recovery, scrubbing etc.. work on a single object. If the object size increases, OSDs may start hitting timeouts because reading a large object may take a long time. This is one of the reason that all RADOS client interfaces such as RBD, RGW, CephFS use a standard 4MB object size.
  2. Since the index is stored in a single RADOS object, only a single operation can be done on it at any given time. When the number of objects increases, the index stored in the RADOS object grows. Since a single index is handling a large number of objects, and there is a chance the number of operations also increase, parallelism is not possible which can end up being a bottleneck. Multiple operations will need to wait in a queue since a single operation is possible at a time.

In order to work around these problems, the bucket index is sharded into multiple parts. Each shard is kept on a separate RADOS object within the index pool.

Sharding is configured with the tunable bucket_index_max_shards . By default, this tunable is set to 0 which means that there are no shards.

How to check if Sharding is set?

  1. List the buckets
    # radosgw-admin metadata bucket list
    [
     "my-new-bucket"
    ]
    
  2. Get information on the bucket in question
    
    # radosgw-admin metadata get bucket:my-new-bucket
    {
        "key": "bucket:my-new-bucket",
        "ver": {
            "tag": "_bGZAVUgayKVwGNgNvI0328G",
            "ver": 1
        },
        "mtime": 1458940225,
        "data": {
            "bucket": {
                "name": "my-new-bucket",
                "pool": ".rgw.buckets",
                "data_extra_pool": ".rgw.buckets.extra",
                "index_pool": ".rgw.buckets.index",
                "marker": "default.2670570.1",
                "bucket_id": "default.2670570.1"
            },
            "owner": "rgw_user",
            "creation_time": 1458940225,
            "linked": "true",
            "has_bucket_info": "false"
        }
    }
    
    
  3. Use the bucket ID to get more information, including the number of shards.
radosgw-admin metadata get bucket.instance:my-new-bucket:default.2670570.1
{
    "key": "bucket.instance:my-new-bucket:default.2670570.1",
    "ver": {
        "tag": "_xILkVKbfQD7reDFSOB4a5VU",
        "ver": 1
    },
    "mtime": 1458940225,
    "data": {
        "bucket_info": {
            "bucket": {
                "name": "my-new-bucket",
                "pool": ".rgw.buckets",
                "data_extra_pool": ".rgw.buckets.extra",
                "index_pool": ".rgw.buckets.index",
                "marker": "default.2670570.1",
                "bucket_id": "default.2670570.1"
            },
            "creation_time": 1458940225,
            "owner": "rgw_user",
            "flags": 0,
            "region": "default",
            "placement_rule": "default-placement",
            "has_instance_obj": "true",
            "quota": {
                "enabled": false,
                "max_size_kb": -1,
                "max_objects": -1
            },
            "num_shards": 0,
            "bi_shard_hash_type": 0
        },
        "attrs": [
            {
                "key": "user.rgw.acl",
                "val": "AgKPAAAAAgIaAAAACAAAAHJnd191c2VyCgAAAEZpcnN0IFVzZXIDA2kAAAABAQAAAAgAAAByZ3dfdXNlcg8AAAABAAAACAAAAHJnd191c2VyAwM6AAAAAgIEAAAAAAAAAAgAAAByZ3dfdXNlcgAAAAAAAAAAAgIEAAAADwAAAAoAAABGaXJzdCBVc2VyAAAAAAAAAAA="
            },
            {
                "key": "user.rgw.idtag",
                "val": ""
            },
            {
                "key": "user.rgw.manifest",
                "val": ""
            }
        ]
    }
}

Note that `num_shards` is set to 0, which means that sharding is not enabled.

How to configure Sharding?

To configure sharding, we need to first dump the region info.

NOTE: By default, RGW has a region named default even if regions are not configured.

# radosgw-admin region get > /tmp/region.txt 

# cat /tmp/region.txt
{
    "name": "default",
    "api_name": "",
    "is_master": "true",
    "endpoints": [],
    "hostnames": [],
    "master_zone": "",
    "zones": [
        {
            "name": "default",
            "endpoints": [],
            "log_meta": "false",
            "log_data": "false",
            "bucket_index_max_shards": 0
        }
    ],
    "placement_targets": [
        {
            "name": "default-placement",
            "tags": []
        }
    ],
    "default_placement": "default-placement"
}

Edit the file /tmp/region.txt, change the value for `bucket_index_max_shards` to the needed shard value (we’re setting it to 8 in this example), and inject it back to the region.

# radosgw-admin region set < /tmp/region.txt
{
    "name": "default",
    "api_name": "",
    "is_master": "true",
    "endpoints": [],
    "hostnames": [],
    "master_zone": "",
    "zones": [
        {
            "name": "default",
            "endpoints": [],
            "log_meta": "false",
            "log_data": "false",
            "bucket_index_max_shards": 8
        }
    ],
    "placement_targets": [
        {
            "name": "default-placement",
            "tags": []
        }
    ],
    "default_placement": "default-placement"
}

Reference:

  1. Red Hat Ceph Storage 1.3 Rados Gateway documentation
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shard_(database_architecture)