Multicast allows a single transmission to be delivered to multiple servers at the same time.
This is the basis for cluster communications in Proxmox VE 2.0 and higher, which uses corosync and cman, and would apply to any other solution which utilizes those clustering tools.
If multicast does not work in your network infrastructure, you should fix it so that it does. If all else fails, use unicast instead, but beware of the node count limitations with unicast.
IGMP snooping prevents flooding multicast traffic to all ports in the broadcast domain by only allowing traffic destined for ports which have solicited such traffic. IGMP snooping is a feature offered by most major switch manufacturers and is often enabled by default on switches. In order for a switch to properly snoop the IGMP traffic, there must be an IGMP querier on the network. If no querier is present, IGMP snooping will actively prevent ALL IGMP/Multicast traffic from being delivered!
If IGMP snooping is disabled, all multicast traffic will be delivered to all ports which may add unnecessary load, potentially allowing a denial of service attack.
An IGMP querier is a multicast router that generates IGMP queries. IGMP snooping relies on these queries which are unconditionally forwarded to all ports, as the replies from the destination ports is what builds the internal tables in the switch to allow it to know which traffic to forward.
IGMP querier can be enabled on your router, switch, or even linux bridges.
Ensuring IGMP Snooping and Querier are enabled on your network (recommended)
Juniper - JunOS
Juniper EX switches, by default, enable IGMP snooping on all vlans as can be seen by this config snippet:
[edit protocols] user@switch# show igmp-snooping vlan all;
However, IGMP querier is not enabled by default. If you are using RVIs (Routed Virtual Interfaces) on your switch already, you can enabled IGMP v2 on the interface which enables the querier. However, most administrators do not use RVIs in all vlans on their switches and should be configured instead on the router. The below config setting is the same on Juniper EX switches using RVIs as it is on Juniper SRX service gateways/routers, and effectively enables IGMP querier on the specified interface/vlan. Note you must set this on all vlans which require multicast!:
set protocols igmp $iface version 2
Linux: Enabling Multicast querier on bridges
If your router or switch does not support enabling a multicast querier, and you are using a classic linux bridge (not Open vSwitch), then you can enable the multicast querier on the Linux bridge by adding this statement to your /etc/network/interfaces bridge configuration:
post-up ( echo 1 > /sys/devices/virtual/net/$IFACE/bridge/multicast_querier )
Disabling IGMP Snooping (not recommended)
Juniper - JunOS
set protocols igmp-snooping vlan all disable
Cisco Managed Switches
# conf t # no ip igmp snooping
Netgear Managed Switches
the following are pics of setting to get multicast working on our netgear 7300 series switches. for more information see http://documentation.netgear.com/gs700at/enu/202-10360-01/GS700AT%20Series%20UG-06-18.html
Multicast with Infiniband
IP over Infiniband (IPoIB) supports Multicast but Multicast traffic is limited to 2044 Bytes when using connected mode even if you set a larger MTU on the IPoIB interface.
Corosync has a setting, netmtu, that defaults to 1500 making it compatible with connected mode Infiniband.
Changing the netmtu can increase throughput The following information is untested.Edit the /etc/pve/cluster.conf file Add the section:
<totem netmtu="2044" />
<?xml version="1.0"?> <cluster name="clustername" config_version="2"> <totem netmtu="2044" /> <cman keyfile="/var/lib/pve-cluster/corosync.authkey"> </cman> <clusternodes> <clusternode name="node1" votes="1" nodeid="1"/> <clusternode name="node2" votes="1" nodeid="2"/> <clusternode name="node3" votes="1" nodeid="3"/></clusternodes> </cluster>
Note: not all hosting companies allow multicast traffic.
First, check your cluster multicast address:
#pvecm status|grep "Multicast addresses" Multicast addresses: 22.214.171.124
Install on all nodes
aptitude install omping
start omping on all nodes with the following command and check the output, e.g:
omping -m yourmulticastadress node1 node2 node3
Install on all nodes
aptitude install ssmping
run this on Node A:
then on Node B:
asmping yourmulticastadress ip_for_NODE_A_here
asmping joined (S,G) = (*,126.96.36.199) pinging 192.168.8.6 from 192.168.8.5 unicast from 192.168.8.6, seq=1 dist=0 time=0.221 ms unicast from 192.168.8.6, seq=2 dist=0 time=0.229 ms multicast from 192.168.8.6, seq=2 dist=0 time=0.261 ms unicast from 192.168.8.6, seq=3 dist=0 time=0.198 ms multicast from 192.168.8.6, seq=3 dist=0 time=0.213 ms unicast from 192.168.8.6, seq=4 dist=0 time=0.234 ms multicast from 192.168.8.6, seq=4 dist=0 time=0.248 ms unicast from 192.168.8.6, seq=5 dist=0 time=0.249 ms multicast from 192.168.8.6, seq=5 dist=0 time=0.263 ms unicast from 192.168.8.6, seq=6 dist=0 time=0.250 ms multicast from 192.168.8.6, seq=6 dist=0 time=0.264 ms unicast from 192.168.8.6, seq=7 dist=0 time=0.245 ms multicast from 192.168.8.6, seq=7 dist=0 time=0.260 ms
for more information see
There are a few other programs included in ssmping which may be of use. here is a list of the files in the package:
apt-file list ssmping ssmping: /usr/bin/asmping ssmping: /usr/bin/mcfirst ssmping: /usr/bin/ssmping ssmping: /usr/bin/ssmpingd ssmping: /usr/share/doc/ssmping/README.gz ssmping: /usr/share/doc/ssmping/changelog.Debian.gz ssmping: /usr/share/doc/ssmping/copyright ssmping: /usr/share/man/man1/asmping.1.gz ssmping: /usr/share/man/man1/mcfirst.1.gz ssmping: /usr/share/man/man1/ssmping.1.gz ssmping: /usr/share/man/man1/ssmpingd.1.gz
cman & iptables
In case cman crashes with cpg_send_message failed: 9 add those to your rule set:
iptables -A INPUT -m addrtype --dst-type MULTICAST -j ACCEPT iptables -A INPUT -p udp -m state --state NEW -m multiport –dports 5404,5405 -j ACCEPT
Use unicast instead of multicast (if all else fails)
Unicast is a technology for sending messages to a single network destination. In corosync, unicast is implemented as UDP-unicast (UDPU). Due to increased network traffic (compared to multicast) the number of supported nodes is limited, do not use it with more that 4 cluster nodes.
- just create the cluster as usual (pvecm create ...)
- follow this howto to create a cluster.conf.new Fencing#General_HowTo_for_editing_the_cluster.conf
- add the new transport="udpu" in /etc/pve/cluster.conf.new (don't forget to increment the version number)
<cman keyfile="/var/lib/pve-cluster/corosync.authkey" transport="udpu"/>
- activate via GUI
- add all nodes you want to join in /etc/hosts and reboot
- before you add a node, make sure you add all other nodes in /etc/hosts