Introduction to hierarchical quorums
This document gives an example of how to use hierarchical quorums. The basic idea is very simple. First, we split servers into groups, and add a line for each group listing the servers that form this group. Next we have to assign a weight to each server.
The following example shows how to configure a system with three groups of three servers each, and we assign a weight of 1 to each server:
group.1=1:2:3 group.2=4:5:6 group.3=7:8:9 weight.1=1 weight.2=1 weight.3=1 weight.4=1 weight.5=1 weight.6=1 weight.7=1 weight.8=1 weight.9=1
When running the system, we are able to form a quorum once we have a majority of votes from a majority of non-zero-weight groups. Groups that have zero weight are discarded and not considered when forming quorums. Looking at the example, we are able to form a quorum once we have votes from at least two servers from each of two different groups.