Nuxeo Server

Kafka

Updated: September 27, 2019

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Kafka configuration and integration with Nuxeo.

Kafka Setup

Nuxeo Stream (introduced in Nuxeo 9.3) requires Kafka 1.0.x.

In addition to a Kafka broker access Nuxeo Stream will also require a Zookeeper access.

Kafka broker need to be tuned a bit:

Kafka broker options default recommended Description
offsets.retention.minutes 1440 20160 The default offset retention is only 1 day, without activity for this amount of time the current consumer offset position is lost and all messages will be reprocessed. To prevent this we recommend to use a value 2 times bigger as log.retention.hours, so by default 14 days or 20160. See KAFKA-3806 for more information.
log.retention.hours 168 The default log retention is 7 days. If you change this make sure you update offset.retention.minutes.
auto.create.topics.enable true This is not a requirement for Log, because topic are created from Zookeeper.

Kafka Configuration

Access, consumer and producer properties are registered using the Nuxeo KafkaConfigService extension point:

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<component name="my.project.kafka.contrib">
  <extension target="org.nuxeo.runtime.stream.kafka.service" point="kafkaConfig">
    <kafkaConfig name="default" zkServers="localhost:2181" topicPrefix="nuxeo-">
      <producer>
        <property name="bootstrap.servers">localhost:9092</property>
      </producer>
      <consumer>
        <property name="bootstrap.servers">localhost:9092</property>
        <property name="request.timeout.ms">65000</property>
        <property name="max.poll.interval.ms">60000</property>
        <property name="session.timeout.ms">20000</property>
        <property name="heartbeat.interval.ms">1000</property>
        <property name="max.poll.records">50</property>
      </consumer>
    </kafkaConfig>
  </extension>
</component>

Here are some important properties:

Consumer options default Description
bootstrap.servers localhost:9092 A list of host/port pairs to use for establishing the initial connection to the Kafka cluster.
enable.auto.commit false The module manages the offset commit this is always set to false.
auto.offset.reset earliest This option is always set to earliest
request.timeout.ms 30000 Requests timeout between client and Kafka brokers.
max.poll.interval.ms 300000 Consumers that don't call poll during this delay are removed from the group.
session.timeout.ms 10000 Consumers that don't send heartbeat during this delay are removed from the group.
heartbeat.interval.ms 3000 Interval between heartbeats.
max.poll.records 2 Can be adjusted to make sure the poll interval is respected.
group.initial.rebalance.delay.ms 3000 Delay for the initial consumer rebalance.
subscribe.disable false Not a Kafka option, used by the module to disable the dynamic assignment, when this option is true LogManager will only support static partition assignment.
Producer options default Description
acks 1 The number of acknowledgments the producer requires the leader to have received before considering a request complete.
compression.type none Valid values are none, gzip, snappy, or lz4. Compression is of full batches of data, so the efficacy of batching will also impact the compression ratio (more batching means better compression).
default.replication.factor 1 Not a Kafka option, used by Nuxeo to set the topic replication factor when creating a new topic.

Make sure that you set properly the default.replication.factor, the default value is 1 which means NO replication. With replication factor N, Kafka will tolerate up to N-1 server failures without losing record. For instance if you have 3 brokers in your cluster a replication factor of 2 will tolerate a server failure.

Please refer to the Kafka documentation about the consumer and producer options and replication for more information.

"No Redis" Nuxeo cluster

Redis is used for different things in Nuxeo, among them as a default key value provider. For now there is only one alternative for this service and it requires to use MongoDB.

Here is a possible "No Redis" Nuxeo cluster configuration:


# We use mongodb, this will switch the keyvalue provider and lock manager to mongodb:
# nuxeo.keyvalue.provider=mongodb
# nuxeo.lock.manager=mongodb
nuxeo.templates=mongodb,default

# Enable Kafka
kafka.enabled=true
kafka.bootstrap.servers=my-kafka-broker:9092

# Enable the StreamWorkManager
nuxeo.stream.work.enabled=true

# Use the Stream PubSub provider
# this will be used by cache and dbs invalidation
nuxeo.pubsub.provider=stream

# Just to make it clear
nuxeo.redis.enabled=false

The Kafka topic used by the PubSub Provider don't need to have a 7 days retentions, it is used to send instant message and its retention can be reduced at the Kafka level to 2 hours:

$KAFKA_HOME/bin/kafka-configs.sh --zookeeper <zk_host> --alter --entity-type topics --entity-name nuxeo-pubsub --add-config retention.ms=7200000

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