Configuring automatic group offset synchronization

Automatic group offset synchronization is a feature in Streams Replication Manager (SRM) that automates the export and application of translated consumer group offsets. Enabling this feature can simplify the manual steps that you need to take to migrate consumer groups in a failover or failback scenario.

SRM automatically translates consumer group offsets between clusters. While the offset mappings are created by SRM, they are not applied by default to the consumer groups of the target cluster. As a result, by default, migrating consumer groups from one cluster to another involves running the srm-control offsets and kafka-consumer-groups tools. The srm-control offsets tool exports translated offsets, kafka-consumer-groups resets and applies the translated offsets on the target cluster.

This process can be automated by enabling automatic group offset synchronization. If automatic group offset synchronization is enabled, the translated group offsets of the source cluster are automatically exported from the source cluster and are applied on the target cluster (they are written to the __consumer_offsets topic ). If you choose to enable this feature, running srm-control offsets and kafka-consumer-groups is not required to migrate consumer groups. You only need to restart and redirect consumers to consume from the new cluster.

Although automatic group offset synchronization can simplify migrating consumer groups, ensure that you understand the following about its behavior:
  • Automatic group offset synchronization does not fully automate a failover or failback process. It only allows you to skip certain manual steps. Consumers must be restarted and redirected to the new cluster even if the feature is enabled.
  • Offsets are synced at a configured interval. As a result, it is not guaranteed that the latest translated offsets are applied. If you want to have the latest offsets applied, Cloudera recommends that you export and apply consumer group offsets manually. The exact interval depends on and emit.checkpoints.interval.seconds.
  • The checkpointing frequency configured for SRM can have an effect on the group offset synchronization frequency. The frequency of group offset synchronization can be configured with However, specifying an interval using this property might not result in the offsets being synchronized at the set frequency. This depends on how emit.checkpoints.interval is configured. The emit.checkpoints.interval property specifies how frequently offset information is fetched (checkpointing). Because offset synchronization can only happen after offset information is available, the frequency configured with the emit.checkpoints.interval property might introduce additional latency. For example, assume that you set offset synchronization to 60 seconds (default), but have checkpointing set to 120 seconds. In a case like this, offset synchronization happens every 60 seconds, but because offset information is only refreshed every 120 seconds, in practice offsets are only synchronized every 120 seconds.
  • Offsets are only synchronized for the consumers that are inactive in the target cluster. This is done so that the SRM does not override the offsets in the target cluster.
  1. In Cloudera Manager, select Streams Replication Manager.
  2. Go to Configuration.
  3. Find the Streams Replication Manager's Replication Configs and add the following configuration entries: = true = [***TIME IN SECONDS***]

    In this example, all properties are set on a global level. This means that automatic group offset synchronization is applied to all replications. Depending on your setup, you can also choose to set these properties for specific replications using appropriate replication prefixes.

    The property enables automatic group offset synchronization. The property controls how frequently offsets are synched. You only need to specify this property if you want to customize synchronization frequency.

  4. Enter a Reason for change, and then click Save Changes to commit the changes.
  5. Restart Streams Replication Manager.
Automatic group offset synchronization is enabled. From now on, SRM automatically exports the translated offsets of the configured source clusters and applies them to the configured target clusters.