This document serves as a Root Cause Analysis for the Alma service interruption experienced by Ex Libris customers on October 2, 2022.
The goal of this document is to share our findings regarding the event, specify the root cause analysis, outline actions to be taken to solve the downtime event, as well as preventive measures Ex Libris is taking to avoid similar cases in future.
Service interruption was experienced by Ex Libris customers served by the Higher-Ed Platform NA01 instance at the Chicago Data Center between Oct 3, 2022, from 11:01 until 11:16 Chicago time
During this time frame the service was either slow or unresponsive for Primo VE.
Root Cause Analysis
Ex Libris engineers investigated this event to determine the root cause of this issue and concluded the following:
Multiple nodes were terminated during the event by Linux Out of Memory killer, a process that the Linux employs when the system is critically low on memory.
An in-depth investigation done by Exlibris engineers revealed a software issue causing a memory leak which eventually caused the OS to execute the Out of Memory killer mechanism.
Technical Action Items and Preventive Measures
Ex Libris has taken the following action and preventive measures to avoid such an occurrence in future:
During the event the killed front-end nodes were restarted to restore normal service
A software fix was applied on EU00 instance on the night of Oct 4, 2022, to prevent this from reoccurring
The software fix was also deployed on Oct 4, 2022 worldwide in accordance the Data Center night times
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