Incident documentation/2021-11-18 codfw ipv6 network

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document status: in-review

Summary

After preemptively replacing one of codfw row B spine switch (asw-b7-codfw) for signs of disk failure, the new switch was silently discarding IPv6 traffic (through and within the switch).

As this switch was a spine, ~50% traffic toward that row (from cr2) was transiting through it.

Row B being at this time the row hosting the load-balancer in front of upload-lb.codfw, this was the most visible impact.

Monitoring triggered and the interface between asw-b7-codfw and cr2-codfw was disabled, forcing traffic through the cr1<->asw-b2-codfw link. Resolving the upload-lb issue.

Replacing the switch didn't solve the underlying IPv6 issue, showing that it was not a hardware issue. Forcing a virtual-chassis master failover solved what we think was a Junos (switch operating system) bug.

Note that at the time of the issue, our Juniper support contract was expired, preventing us from opening a JTAC case.


Impact: For 8 minutes, the Codfw cluster experienced partial loss of IPv6 connectivity for upload.wikimedia.org. Thanks to Happy Eyeballs there was no visible user impact (or, at worse, a slight latency increase). The Codfw cluster generally serves Mexico and parts of the US and Canada. The upload.wikimedia.org service serves photos and other media/document files, such as displayed in Wikipedia articles.

Documentation:

  • Original maintenance/incident task, T295118

Actionables

  • Icinga check for ipv6 host reachability, T163996