[SR-Users] Mitigation of unavailable rtpproxy

Daniel-Constantin Mierla miconda at gmail.com
Wed Nov 6 14:45:34 CET 2013


there are some parameters to control the timeout+retries for waiting a 
reply from rtpproxy:


Looking it the code, it seems the value for timeout parameter is sec, 
but could be easily made miliseconds, because the function used inside 
is poll() which takes timeout as milisec.


On 11/6/13 2:05 PM, Alex Balashov wrote:
> Hello,
> (Sorry for cross-posting to -users and -dev;  not really sure where 
> this post belongs most.)
> A few days ago, I ran into an issue with a Kamailio server being 
> somewhat unresponsive, during moderate call volume, on account of a 
> down rtpproxy--the only rtpproxy in the set.  This is rtpproxy 
> classic, not ngcp-mediaproxy-ng.
> Rtpproxy was not actually engaged on any of the initial INVITEs going 
> through the server;  the server is configured to invoke it 
> conditionally based on a setting, and the setting was not set for any 
> endpoints. rtpproxy_manage() was never called.
> However, I call unforce_rtp_proxy() unconditionally in my config when 
> handling CANCELs, reasoning that it can't do any harm if 
> rtpproxy_manage() was not called before[1].
> Nevertheless, it seemed to be the case that this situation was 
> clogging up SIP worker threads, because some SIP messages were 
> definitely dropped.  Periodic log messages about inability to reach 
> the rtpproxy were echoed as well.  This problem cleared up almost 
> immediately when the rtpproxy instance was restored into service.
> This raised some questions in my mind about the relationship between 
> rtpproxy management and SIP worker thread utilisation.  I assume it 
> was my indiscriminate unforce_rtp_proxy() calls that were actually 
> clogging up the worker threads, right?  If so, why? I figured that in 
> the unforce_rtp_proxy() case, the rtpproxy module simply sends 
> fire-and-forget UDP messages down the UDP control socket without any 
> sort of blocking for acknowledgement, since in this case the call must 
> be released on the rtpproxy side without doing any rewriting of SDP on 
> the Kamailio side (unlike in the case where rtpproxy is engaged).  
> Thus, there should be no need to wait for ports to substitute into the 
> message.  Or is the same response-wait mechanism used regardless, even 
> in the unforce_rtp_proxy() case, for programmatic reasons?
> More broadly, is there any way that this scenario can be prevented?  
> In other words, is there a way to work around an outage of all 
> rtpproxies in the set without tying up workers, or at least tying them 
> up less severely?
> Thanks!
> -- Alex
> [1] Is this a reasonable assumption?
>     The reason I do this is that I don't see a way to find out if
>     rtpproxy was engaged from the body of a CANCEL message.  I do check
>     for a ;proxy_media RR parameter when handling BYEs, but since a
>     CANCEL is not an in-dialog request, I'm not sure what to do except
>     to call unforce_rtp_proxy()/rtpproxy_manage() indiscriminately,
>     without resorting to storing state in htable or other complications
>     I don't want.

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