The GemFire XD multi-site implementation has the following
limitations and restrictions.
- Only SQL insert, update, and
delete operations are distributed using configured gateway senders. Queries and
DDL operations are not distributed to remote GemFire XD systems.
- Table expiration actions are
not distributed to remote GemFire XD systems.
- GemFire XD does not extend
transaction boundaries to remote systems that are configured for WAN
replication. If you use a transaction to update a table that is configured for
WAN replication, the transaction is only honored within the local GemFire XD
cluster where you initiated the transaction. Any DML operations that are
replicated to a remote table are applied outside of a transaction
- GemFire XD provides no conflict
detection to address simultaneous updates to table data on multiple GemFire XD
systems. If multiple sites in a WAN configuration update the same table data at
the same time, then the table data can become inconsistent between sites.
For example, consider a situation where two GemFire XD sites replicate
the table "employees" to each other over a WAN, and the employees data is
currently consistent between both sites. Site 1 executes the DML operation:
update employees set bonus = bonus + 500 where department = 'sales'
At the same time, Site 2 executes the DML operation, moving the
employee with ID 12345 from the Sales department to the QA department:
update employees set department = 'qa' where employee_id = '12345'
In this case the DML is successfully applied to each GemFire XD site
and propagated to the other. However, in Site 1, the employees row for
employee_id 12345 has a higher bonus value than the same row in Site 2.
Similar problems can occur if each site tries to add a row using the
same primary key, if one site deletes a parent row required by an insert on the
other site, and so forth.
To avoid these kinds of inconsistencies, enable WAN replication only
for tables that do not require simultaneous updates of the data on different
GemFire XD systems.
- GemFire XD preserves the order
of DML statements applied to the distributed system (and queued to remote WAN
sites) only for a single thread of execution. See
No Ordering Guarantee for DML in Separate Threads.
See also the Pivotal GemFire XD 1.3.1 Release Notes for
information about known issues associated with multi-site deployments.