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SR-D90367 · Issue 556687

Cleanup enhanced for long pyEditElement names

Resolved in Pega Version 8.5

A pyEditElement error relating to decision data was seen multiple times in a stack trace. Research showed that while the utility worked as expected for decision data rules with names of less than 30 characters, the pyEditElement section was truncated the name for the decision data. This meant that decision data with the name SampleIssueandSampleGroupTwosalkdjkightntbmkblffvfvfv would be saved as SampleIssueandSampleGroupT for the pyEditElement section. Because of this, the utility failed the match and did not clean up the pyEditElement section. To resolve this, the cleanup utility has been updated to handle pyEditElement sections of decision data with longer names. Additional logging has also been added to improve debugging.

SR-D71621 · Issue 533296

Real time processing picks up correct datetime for Capture Response records

Resolved in Pega Version 8.5

A Realtime Data flow for the Capture Response flow was configured with a strategy shape set to load previous decisions within the past 7 days. Once this Realtime DF was started, attempting to Capture Response for decisions made after that startup timepoint did not work. This was traced to the InteractionID being written with global properties for the datetimes, and has been resolved by making those datetime properties local so the start and end time are not cached and the time range is calculated based on "now”.

SR-D85558 · Issue 548286

Handling added for prolonged Heartbeat Update Queries

Resolved in Pega Version 8.5

After restart, the pyFTSIncrementalIndexer queue size had hundreds of thousands of entries even though it was empty prior to the restart.Investigation traced this to a job scheduler that checked all the database connections everyday at 1 EST by using a list that contained some connections which did not exist. Checking those invalid connections caused other update queries to queue and wait, resulting in the update heartbeat query taking longer than its default beat. This caused a Split Brain issue wherein other nodes considered the long-executing node to be dead and triggered a rebalance while the node itself continued to execute partitions thinking that it was healthy. This caused duplicate processing of records. To resolve this, a fail safe has been added: while updating heartbeat in Service Registry, nodes will enter safe mode when the update query is taking longer than the default beat.

SR-D66397 · Issue 530333

ADM out-of-sync corrected for multi-datacenter Cassandra cluster

Resolved in Pega Version 8.5

After setting up the multi-datacenter configuration for a Cassandra cluster that consisted of six nodes in datacenter 1 and three nodes in datacenter 2, failover testing revealed a mismatch in the number of ADM models stored in each datacenter. The mismatch was observed mostly in the number of records present in the "adm_scoringmodel" and "adm_response_commit_log_date_tiered" tables. When Cassandra nodes are down, the other nodes in the cluster will store hints (records to be written) for the down nodes. When these nodes come back online the hints are replayed to those nodes and the data is written. Hints are written for 3 hours, so if a node come back up within 3 hours data is recovered and repairs are not required. The gc_grace_seconds for the above tables that were getting out of sync across the two datacenters was set to zero seconds. The "gc_grace_seconds" attribute is not just used as the time for removal of tombstones, it's also used to set the TTL for records written to the system.hints table. That meant that when the hints were written for the ADM tables for the nodes that were down, they were immediately expired since it was set to 0 and not played back when the terminated nodes restarted and joined the cluster. This has been resolved with this fix for all customers new to this release. Existing customers already on v7.3 or higher will need to complete the local change detailed below:Connect to the Cassandra cluster using cqlsh in the Pega Cassandra distribution and then run ALTER TABLE adm_commitlog.adm_response_commit_log_date_tiered WITH gc_grace_seconds = 86400; to change the relevant setting from zero to the equivalent of one day - the same length of time that the data in the table lives for. This will mean that any hints written can still be used to replay data to another node while the data itself is alive. It does also mean, however, that, given a constant load, a day's worth of expired ADM event data in the table will always be present on the disk, as the tombstones can now not be cleaned up for a day.

SR-D85095 · Issue 546341

Updated COUNT logic for strategies with ssavm set to true

Resolved in Pega Version 8.5

An error was seen when attempting to save a strategy after setting ssavm to true, indicating an issue in the “COUNT” method in Group By shape. Since the source field is not used and does not need to be evaluated here, the system has been updated to ignore the source field if the operation is COUNT.

SR-D78940 · Issue 542927

Dataflow monitoring enhanced

Resolved in Pega Version 8.5

Enhanced monitoring and healthchecks have been added for dataflow and alerts.

SR-D89643 · Issue 548292

Old Tumbling Time data in event strategies given TTL for cleanup

Resolved in Pega Version 8.5

Old Tumbling Time data keys in event strategies were not being cleaned up, causing Cassandra timeouts after the dataflow run had been running for several months. The longer the dataflow was running using standard compaction, the more the data was potentially spread out across SSTables and the slower it became. This has been resolved by adding a 'time to live' value for tumbling time windows, and event strategies has been switched to use leveled compaction by default.

SR-D96836 · Issue 555749

Refinements made to MarkerNode memory use

Resolved in Pega Version 8.5

Significant memory usage can be observed when data join in strategies are missing the join conditions. E.g., when the primary source in the strategy can have up to 300 or even more propositions, the join without the join condition would perform a cartesian product with possibly up to 400 or even more records returned. This may cause performance degradation. To guard against this, an update has been made that seeks to prevent repetitive markers being accumulated under a MarkerNode while trying not to rely on any implementation of equality and hashCode for individual marker implementations.

SR-D94409 · Issue 553303

Strategy Explain message includes Component ID

Resolved in Pega Version 8.5

The Component ID has been restored to the Explain mode message for strategy results.

SR-D82727 · Issue 547724

Improved management for table pr_log_dataflow_events

Resolved in Pega Version 8.5

The Lifecycle event table was sometimes growing too large. This additional strain of database transaction volume caused poor performance on the Dataflow tier and lead to cluster instability and time-consuming cluster restarts. Due to problems in one of the Pulse tasks, the Pulse thread was not processing single case metrics properly and causing the unbounded queue for single case to grow. This has been addressed by switching to a fixed queue size, which is configurable with the DSS: dnode/single_case_queue_size. The default value of the DSS is 4000, and if changed a system restart is required. An error will be logged each 1000 queue misses, and metrics will be dropped if the queue is full. In addition, the Pulse task frequency has been improved and managed to prevent interference with other Pulse tasks and will be triggered only if a run is system-paused for a long interval. Rebalances now have a failsafe if something unexpected happens during the Pausing of the run, and If the cluster becomes unstable, the life cycle events logs may be disabled with dataflow/run/events/persist .

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