The following known limitations exist for Group Replication. Note that the limitations and issues described for multi-primary mode groups can also apply in single-primary mode clusters during a failover event, while the newly elected primary flushes out its applier queue from the old primary.
Group Replication is built on GTID based replication, therefore you should also be aware of Section 126.96.36.199, “Restrictions on Replication with GTIDs”.
--upgrade=MINIMALoption. Group Replication cannot be started following a MySQL Server upgrade that uses the MINIMAL option (
--upgrade=MINIMAL), which does not upgrade system tables on which the replication internals depend.
Unless you rely on
REPEATABLE READsemantics in your applications, we recommend using the
READ COMMITTEDisolation level with Group Replication. InnoDB does not use gap locks in
READ COMMITTED, which aligns the local conflict detection within InnoDB with the distributed conflict detection performed by Group Replication.
Table Locks and Named Locks. The certification process does not take into account table locks (see Section 13.3.6, “LOCK TABLES and UNLOCK TABLES Syntax”) or named locks (see
Replication Event Checksums. Due to a design limitation of replication event checksums, Group Replication cannot currently make use of them. Therefore set
SERIALIZABLE Isolation Level.
SERIALIZABLEisolation level is not supported in multi-primary groups by default. Setting a transaction isolation level to
SERIALIZABLEconfigures Group Replication to refuse to commit the transaction.
Concurrent DDL versus DML Operations. Concurrent data definition statements and data manipulation statements executing against the same object but on different servers is not supported when using multi-primary mode. During execution of Data Definition Language (DDL) statements on an object, executing concurrent Data Manipulation Language (DML) on the same object but on a different server instance has the risk of conflicting DDL executing on different instances not being detected.
Foreign Keys with Cascading Constraints. Multi-primary mode groups (members all configured with
group_replication_single_primary_mode=OFF) do not support tables with multi-level foreign key dependencies, specifically tables that have defined
CASCADINGforeign key constraints. This is because foreign key constraints that result in cascading operations executed by a multi-primary mode group can result in undetected conflicts and lead to inconsistent data across the members of the group. Therefore we recommend setting
group_replication_enforce_update_everywhere_checks=ONon server instances used in multi-primary mode groups to avoid undetected conflicts.
In single-primary mode this is not a problem as it does not allow concurrent writes to multiple members of the group and thus there is no risk of undetected conflicts.
Multi-primary Mode Deadlock. When a group is operating in multi-primary mode,
SELECT .. FOR UPDATEstatements can result in a deadlock. This is because the lock is not shared across the members of the group, therefore the expectation for such a statement might not be reached.
Replication Filters. Global replication filters cannot be used on a MySQL server instance that is configured for Group Replication, because filtering transactions on some servers would make the group unable to reach agreement on a consistent state. Channel specific replication filters can be used on replication channels that are not directly involved with Group Replication, such as where a group member also acts as a replication slave to a master that is outside the group. They cannot be used on the
Encrypted Connections. Support for the TLSv1.3 protocol is available in MySQL Server as of MySQL 8.0.16, and requires compiling MySQL using OpenSSL 1.1.1 or higher. Group Replication does not currently support TLSv1.3, and if the server was compiled with this support, it is explicitly disabled in the group communication engine.
The maximum number of MySQL servers that can be members of a single replication group is 9. If further members attempt to join the group, their request is refused. This limit has been identified from testing and benchmarking as a safe boundary where the group performs reliably on a stable local area network.
If an individual transaction results in message contents which are large enough that the message cannot be copied between group members over the network within a 5-second window, members can be suspected of having failed, and then expelled, just because they are busy processing the transaction. Large transactions can also cause the system to slow due to problems with memory allocation. To avoid these issues use the following mitigations:
If unnecessary expulsions occur due to large messages, use the system variable
group_replication_member_expel_timeoutto allow additional time before a member under suspicion of having failed is expelled. You can allow up to an hour after the initial 5-second detection period before a suspect member is expelled from the group.
Where possible, try and limit the size of your transactions before they are handled by Group Replication. For example, split up files used with
LOAD DATAinto smaller chunks.
Use the system variable
group_replication_transaction_size_limitto specify a maximum transaction size that the group will accept. In MySQL 8.0, this system variable defaults to a maximum transaction size of 150000000 bytes (approximately 143 MB). Transactions above this size are rolled back and are not sent to Group Replication's Group Communication System (GCS) for distribution to the group. Adjust the value of this variable depending on the maximum message size that you need the group to tolerate, bearing in mind that the time taken to process a transaction is proportional to its size.
Use the system variable
group_replication_compression_thresholdto specify a message size above which compression is applied. This system variable defaults to 1000000 bytes (1 MB), so large messages are automatically compressed. Compression is carried out by Group Replication's Group Communication System (GCS) when it receives a message that was permitted by the
group_replication_transaction_size_limitsetting but exceeds the
group_replication_compression_thresholdsetting. For more information, see Section 18.6.3, “Message Compression”.
Use the system variable
group_replication_communication_max_message_sizeto specify a message size above which messages are fragmented. This system variable defaults to 10485760 bytes (10 MiB), so large messages are automatically fragmented. GCS carries out fragmentation after compression if the compressed message still exceeds the
group_replication_communication_max_message_sizelimit. In order for a replication group to use fragmentation, all group members must be at MySQL 8.0.16 or above, and the Group Replication communication protocol version in use by the group must allow fragmentation. For more information, see Section 18.6.4, “Message Fragmentation”.
The maximum transaction size, message compression, and message
fragmentation can all be deactivated by specifying a zero value
for the relevant system variable. If you have deactivated all
these safeguards, the upper size limit for a message that can be
handled by the applier thread on a member of a replication group
is the value of the member's
variable, which has a default and maximum value of 1073741824
bytes (1 GB). A message that exceeds this limit fails when the
receiving member attempts to handle it. The upper size limit for
a message that a group member can originate and attempt to
transmit to the group is 4294967295 bytes (approximately 4 GB).
This is a hard limit on the packet size that is accepted by the
group communication engine for Group Replication (XCom, a Paxos
variant), which receives messages after GCS has handled them. A
message that exceeds this limit fails when the originating
member attempts to broadcast it.