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Cluster manager task throttling

For many cluster state updates, such as defining a mapping or creating an index, nodes submit tasks to the cluster manager. The cluster manager maintains a pending task queue for these tasks and runs them in a single-threaded environment. When nodes send tens of thousands of resource-intensive tasks, like put-mapping or snapshot tasks, these tasks can pile up in the queue and flood the cluster manager. This affects the cluster manager’s performance and may in turn affect the availability of the whole cluster.

The first line of defense is to implement mechanisms in the caller nodes to avoid task overload on the cluster manager. However, even with those mechanisms in place, the cluster manager needs a built-in way to protect itself: cluster manager task throttling.

To turn on cluster manager task throttling, you need to set throttling limits. The cluster manager uses the throttling limits to determine whether to reject a task.

The cluster manager rejects a task based on its type. For any incoming task, the cluster manager evaluates the total number of tasks of the same type in the pending task queue. If this number exceeds the threshold for this task type, the cluster manager rejects the incoming task. Rejecting a task does not affect tasks of a different type. For example, if the cluster manager rejects a put-mapping task, it can still accept a subsequent create-index task.

When the cluster manager rejects a task, the node performs retries with exponential backoff to resubmit the task to the cluster manager. If retries are unsuccessful within the timeout period, OpenSearch returns a cluster timeout error.

Setting throttling limits

You can set throttling limits by specifying them in the cluster_manager.throttling.thresholds object and updating the OpenSearch cluster settings. The setting is dynamic, so you can change the behavior of this feature without restarting your cluster.

By default, throttling is disabled for all task types.

The request has the following format:

PUT _cluster/settings
  "persistent": {
    "cluster_manager.throttling.thresholds" : {
      "<task-type>" : {
          "value" : <threshold limit>

The following table describes the cluster_manager.throttling.thresholds object.

Field Name Description
task-type The task type. See supported task types for a list of valid values.
value The maximum number of tasks of the task-type type in the cluster manager’s pending task queue. Default is -1 (no task throttling).

Supported task types

The following task types are supported:

  • create-index
  • update-settings
  • cluster-update-settings
  • auto-create
  • delete-index
  • delete-dangling-index
  • create-data-stream
  • remove-data-stream
  • rollover-index
  • index-aliases
  • put-mapping
  • create-index-template
  • remove-index-template
  • create-component-template
  • remove-component-template
  • create-index-template-v2
  • remove-index-template-v2
  • put-pipeline
  • delete-pipeline
  • create-persistent-task
  • finish-persistent-task
  • remove-persistent-task
  • update-task-state
  • put-script
  • delete-script
  • put-repository
  • delete-repository
  • create-snapshot
  • delete-snapshot
  • update-snapshot-state
  • restore-snapshot
  • cluster-reroute-api

Sample request

The following request sets the throttling threshold for the put-mapping task type to 100:

PUT _cluster/settings
  "persistent": {
    "cluster_manager.throttling.thresholds": {
      "put-mapping": {
        "value": 100

Set the threshold to -1 to disable throttling for a task type.