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RC = Release Critical (for next release)

  Documentation
    - Clarify node state signification, and consider renaming them in the code.
      Ideas:
        TEMPORARILY_DOWN becomes UNAVAILABLE
        BROKEN is removed ?
    - Clarify the use of each error codes:
      - NOT_READY removed (connection kept opened until ready)
      - Split PROTOCOL_ERROR (BAD IDENTIFICATION, ...)
RC  - Clarify cell state signification
    - Add docstrings (think of doctests)

  Code

    Code changes often impact more than just one node. They are categorised by
    node where the most important changes are needed.

    General
RC  - Review XXX in the code (CODE)
RC  - Review TODO in the code (CODE)
RC  - Review output of pylint (CODE)
    - Keep-alive (HIGH AVAILABILITY) (implemented, to be reviewed and tested)
      Consider the need to implement a keep-alive system (packets sent
      automatically when there is no activity on the connection for a period
      of time).
    - Factorise packet data when sending partition table cells (BANDWITH)
      Currently, each cell in a partition table update contains UUIDs of all
      involved nodes.
      It must be changed to a correspondance table using shorter keys (sent
      in the packet) to avoid repeating the same UUIDs many times.
    - Consider using multicast for cluster-wide notifications. (BANDWITH)
      Currently, multi-receivers notifications are sent in unicast to each
      receiver. Multicast should be used.
    - Remove sleeps (LATENCY, CPU WASTE)
      Code still contains many delays (explicit sleeps or polling timeouts).
      They must be removed to be either infinite (sleep until some condition
      becomes true, without waking up needlessly in the meantime) or null
      (don't wait at all).
    - Implements delayed connection acceptation.
      Currently, any node that connects to early to another that is busy for
      some reasons is immediately rejected with the 'not ready' error code. This
      should be replaced by a queue in the listening node that keep a pool a
      nodes that will be accepted late, when the conditions will be satisfied.
      This is mainly the case for :
        - Client rejected before the cluster is operational
        - Empty storages rejected during recovery process
      Masters implies in the election process should still reject any connection
      as the primary master is still unknown.
    - Connections must support 2 simultaneous handlers (CODE)
      Connections currently define only one handler, which is enough for
      monothreaded code. But when using multithreaded code, there are 2
      possible handlers involved in a packet reception:
      - The first one handles notifications only (nothing special to do
        regarding multithreading)
      - The second one handles expected messages (such message must be
        directed to the right thread)
      The second handler must be possible to set on the connection when that
      connection is thread-safe (MT version of connection classes).
      Also, the code to detect wether a response is expected or not must be
      genericised and moved out of handlers.
    - Implement transaction garbage collection API (FEATURE)
      NEO packing implementation does not update transaction metadata when
      deleting object revisions. This inconsistency must be made possible to
      clean up from a client application, much in the same way garbage
      collection part of packing is done.
    - Factorise node initialisation for admin, client and storage (CODE)
      The same code to ask/receive node list and partition table exists in too
      many places.
    - Clarify handler methods to call when a connection is accepted from a
      listening conenction and when remote node is identified
      (cf. neo/lib/bootstrap.py).
    - Choose how to handle a storage integrity verification when it comes back.
      Do the replication process, the verification stage, with or without
      unfinished transactions, cells have to set as outdated, if yes, should the
      partition table changes be broadcasted ? (BANDWITH, SPEED)
    - Implement proper shutdown (ClusterStates.STOPPING)
    - Review PENDING/HIDDEN/SHUTDOWN states, don't use notifyNodeInformation()
      to do a state-switch, use a exception-based mechanism ? (CODE)
    - Split protocol.py in a 'protocol' module ?
    - Review handler split (CODE)
      The current handler split is the result of small incremental changes. A
      global review is required to make them square.
    - Make handler instances become singletons (SPEED, MEMORY)
      In some places handlers are instanciated outside of App.__init__ . As a
      handler is completely re-entrant (no modifiable properties) it can and
      should be made a singleton (saves the CPU time needed to instanciates all
      the copies - often when a connection is established, saves the memory
      used by each copy).
    - Consider replace setNodeState admin packet by one per action, like
      dropNode to reduce packet processing complexity and reduce bad actions
      like set a node in TEMPORARILY_DOWN state.
    - Review node notfications. Eg. A storage don't have to be notified of new
      clients but only when one is lost.
    - Review transactional isolation of various methods
      Some methods might not implement proper transaction isolation when they
      should. An example is object history (undoLog), which can see data
      committed by future transactions.

    Storage
    - Use HailDB instead of a stand-alone MySQL server.
    - Notify master when storage becomes available for clients (LATENCY)
      Currently, storage presence is broadcasted to client nodes too early, as
      the storage node would refuse them until it has only up-to-date data (not
      only up-to-date cells, but also a partition table and node states).
    - Create a specialized PartitionTable that know the database and replicator
      to remove duplicates and remove logic from handlers (CODE)
    - Consider insert multiple objects at time in the database, with taking care
      of maximum SQL request size allowed. (SPEED)
    - Prevent from SQL injection, escape() from MySQLdb api is not sufficient,
      consider using query(request, args) instead of query(request % args)
    - Make listening address and port optionnal, and if they are not provided
      listen on all interfaces on any available port.
    - Make replication speed configurable (HIGH AVAILABILITY)
      In its current implementation, replication runs at lowest priority, not to
      degrades performance for client nodes. But when there's only 1 storage
      left for a partition, it may be wanted to guarantee a minimum speed to
      avoid complete data loss if another failure happens too early.
    - Pack segmentation & throttling (HIGH AVAILABILITY)
      In its current implementation, pack runs in one call on all storage nodes
      at the same time, which lcoks down the whole cluster. This task should
      be split in chunks and processed in "background" on storage nodes.
      Packing throttling should probably be at the lowest possible priority
      (below interactive use and below replication).
    - tpc_finish failures propagation to master (FUNCTIONALITY)
      When asked to lock transaction data, if something goes wrong the master
      node must be informed.
    - Verify data checksum on reception (FUNCTIONALITY)
      In current implementation, client generates a checksum before storing,
      which is only checked upon load. This doesn't prevent from storing
      altered data, which misses the point of having a checksum, and creates
      weird decisions (ex: if checksum verification fails on load, what should
      be done ? hope to find a storage with valid checksum ? assume that data
      is correct in storage but was altered when it travelled through network
      as we loaded it ?).
    - Check replicas: (HIGH AVAILABILITY)
      - Automatically tell corrupted cells to fix their data when a good source
        is known.
      - Add an option to also check all rows of trans/obj/data, instead of only
        keys (trans.tid & obj.{tid,oid}).

    Master
    - Master node data redundancy (HIGH AVAILABILITY)
      Secondary master nodes should replicate primary master data (ie, primary
      master should inform them of such changes).
      This data takes too long to extract from storage nodes, and losing it
      increases the risk of starting from underestimated values.
      This risk is (currently) unavoidable when all nodes stop running, but this
      case must be avoided.
    - Differential partition table updates (BANDWITH)
      When a storage asks for current partition table (when it connects to a
      cluster in service state), it must update its knowledge of the partition
      table. Currently it's done by fetching the entire table. If the master
      keeps a history of a few last changes to partition table, it would be able
      to only send a differential update (via the incremental update mechanism)
    - During recovery phase, store multiple partition tables (ADMINISTATION)
      When storage nodes know different version of the partition table, the
      master should be abdle to present them to admin to allow him to choose one
      when moving on to next phase.
    - Optimize operational status check by recording which rows are ready
      instead of parsing the whole partition table. (SPEED)
    - Improve partition table tweaking algorithm to reduce differences between
      frequently and rarely used nodes (SCALABILITY)
    - tpc_finish failures propagation to client (FUNCTIONALITY)
      When a storage node notifies a problem during lock/unlock phase, an error
      must be propagated to client.

    Client
    - Implement C version of mq.py (LOAD LATENCY)
    - Use generic bootstrap module (CODE)
    - Find a way to make ask() from the thread poll to allow send initial packet
      (requestNodeIdentification) from the connectionCompleted() event instead
      of app. This requires to know to what thread will wait for the answer.
    - Discuss about dead storage notification. If a client fails to connect to
      a storage node supposed in running state, then it should notify the master
      to check if this node is well up or not.
    - Implement restore() ZODB API method to bypass consistency checks during
      imports.
    - tpc_finish failures (FUNCTIONALITY)
      New failure cases during tpc_finish must be handled.
    - Fix and reenable deadlock avoidance (SPEED). This is required for
      neo.threaded.test.Test.testDeadlockAvoidance

    Admin
    - Make admin node able to monitor multiple clusters simultaneously
    - Send notifications (ie: mail) when a storage node is lost

    Tests
    - Use another mock library that is eggified and maintained.
      See http://garybernhardt.github.com/python-mock-comparison/
      for a comparison of available mocking libraries/frameworks.
    - Fix epoll descriptor leak.

  Later
    - Consider auto-generating cluster name upon initial startup (it might
      actualy be a partition property).
    - Consider ways to centralise the configuration file, or make the
      configuration updatable automaticaly on all nodes.
    - Consider storing some metadata on master nodes (partition table [version],
      ...). This data should be treated non-authoritatively, as a way to lower
      the probability to use an outdated partition table.
    - Decentralize primary master tasks as much as possible (consider
      distributed lock mechanisms, ...)
    - Choose how to compute the storage size
    - Make storage check if the OID match with it's partitions during a store
    - Investigate delta compression for stored data
      Idea would be to have a few most recent revisions being stored fully, and
      older revision delta-compressed, in order to save space.