See how Apache Kafka®’s architecture has been greatly simplified by the introduction of Apache Kafka Raft (KRaft).
Apache Kafka Raft (KRaft) is the consensus protocol that was introduced in KIP-500 to remove Apache Kafka’s dependency on ZooKeeper for metadata management. This greatly simplifies Kafka’s architecture by consolidating responsibility for metadata into Kafka itself, rather than splitting it between two different systems: ZooKeeper and Kafka. KRaft mode makes use of a new quorum controller service in Kafka which replaces the previous controller and makes use of an event-based variant of the Raft consensus protocol.
The quorum controllers use the new KRaft protocol to ensure that metadata is accurately replicated across the quorum. The quorum controller stores its state using an event-sourced storage model, which ensures that the internal state machines can always be accurately recreated. The event log used to store this state (also known as the metadata topic) is periodically abridged by snapshots to guarantee that the log cannot grow indefinitely. The other controllers within the quorum follow the active controller by responding to the events that it creates and stores in its log. Thus, should one node pause due to a partitioning event, for example, it can quickly catch up on any events it missed by accessing the log when it rejoins. This significantly decreases the unavailability window, improving the worst-case recovery time of the system.
The event-driven nature of the KRaft protocol means that, unlike the ZooKeeper-based controller, the quorum controller does not need to load state from ZooKeeper before it becomes active. When leadership changes, the new active controller already has all of the committed metadata records in memory. What’s more, the same event-driven mechanism used in the KRaft protocol is used to track metadata across the cluster. A task that was previously handled with RPCs now benefits from being event-driven as well as using an actual log for communication.
If you want to try it yourself, follow the Kafka Local Quickstart. This quick start runs in KRaft combined mode, meaning that one process acts as both the broker and controller. Combined mode is only appropriate for local development and testing. Refer to the documentation here for details on configuring KRaft for production in isolated mode, meaning controllers run independently from brokers.
Right now you can swing your tools from getting metadata from ZooKeeper over to getting metadata from the brokers instead, as described in Preparing Your Clients and Tools for KIP-500: ZooKeeper Removal from Apache Kafka.
|With ZooKeeper||With KRaft (No ZooKeeper)|
|Configuring Clients and Services|
|Configuring Schema Registry|
|Kafka administrative tools|
|REST Proxy API||v1||v2 or v3|
|Getting the Kafka Cluster ID|
Learn more about the quorum controller and event-driven consensus in A First Glimpse of a Kafka without ZooKeeper, and how it enables Kafka to scale to millions of partitions.