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Replicate Incremental Data between TiDB Clusters in Real Time

This document describes how to configure a TiDB cluster and its secondary MySQL or TiDB cluster, and how to replicate the incremental data from the primary cluster to the secondary cluster in real time.

If you need to configure a running TiDB cluster and its secondary cluster for replicating incremental data in real time, use the Backup & Restore (BR), Dumpling and TiDB Binlog.

Implementation principles

Each transaction written to TiDB is allocated a unique commit timestamp (commit TS). Through this TS, you can get the global consistency status of a TiDB cluster.

The cluster data is exported using BR or Dumpling at a globally consistent point in time. Then starting from this point in time, TiDB Binlog is used to replicate incremental data. That is, the replication process is divided into two stages: full replication and incremental replication.

  1. Perform a full backup and get the commit TS of the backup data.
  2. Perform incremental replication. Make sure that the start time of incremental replication is the commit TS of the backup data.

Replication process

Suppose that the existing cluster A works properly. First, you need to create a new cluster B as the secondary cluster of cluster A and then replicate the incremental data in cluster A to cluster B in real time. See the following steps for instruction.

Step 1. Enable TiDB Binlog

Make sure that TiDB Binlog has been deployed and enabled in cluster A.

Step 2. Export all cluster data

  1. Export the data in cluster A (with global consistency ensured) to the specified path by using any of the following tools:

  2. Obtain a globally consistent timestamp COMMIT_TS:

    • Use the BR validate command to obtain the backup timestamp. For example:

      COMMIT_TS=`br validate decode --field="end-version" -s local:///home/tidb/backupdata | tail -n1`
    • Or check the Dumpling metadata and obtain Pos (COMMIT_TS).

      cat metadata
      Started dump at: 2020-11-10 10:40:19 SHOW MASTER STATUS: Log: tidb-binlog Pos: 420747102018863124 Finished dump at: 2020-11-10 10:40:20
  3. Export the data in cluster A to cluster B.

Step 3. Replicate incremental data

Modify the drainer.toml configuration file of TiDB Binlog by adding the following configuration to specify the COMMIT_TS from which TiDB Binlog starts replicating data to cluster B.

initial-commit-ts = COMMIT_TS [] host = {the IP address of cluster B} port = 3306

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