The Apache Helix team would like to announce the release of Apache Helix 0.7.1.

This is the seventh release under the Apache umbrella, and the third as a top-level project.

Helix is a generic cluster management framework used for the automatic management of partitioned, replicated and distributed resources hosted on a cluster of nodes. Helix provides the following features:

  • Automatic assignment of resource/partition to nodes
  • Node failure detection and recovery
  • Dynamic addition of Resources
  • Dynamic addition of nodes to the cluster
  • Pluggable distributed state machine to manage the state of a resource via state transitions
  • Automatic load balancing and throttling of transitions



  • [HELIX-171] - handleNewSession() should wait on all left-over tasks to be cancelled successfully before start new session
  • [HELIX-178] - Flapping detection
  • [HELIX-311] - Run stress tests on Riemann
  • [HELIX-312] - Start Riemann as a thread within an existing Java process
  • [HELIX-319] - Manage monitoring configs for Helix and apps
  • [HELIX-329] - HelixAutoController isn't a very clear name, consider renaming
  • [HELIX-353] - Write an independent task rebalancer
  • [HELIX-360] - ClusterAccessor#initClusterStructure uses (incorrect) duplicated code
  • [HELIX-373] - Make it easier to do crud operations on high-level config classes
  • [HELIX-374] - Rebalancer config should be a complete user-specified concept
  • [HELIX-376] - Remove HelixConnection/HelixManager duplicate code
  • [HELIX-389] - Unify (Cluster|Resource|Participant)Accessor classes into a single Administrator class
  • [HELIX-417] - Support arbitrary-named target partitions in the task framework
  • [HELIX-422] - Simplify creation of single jobs
  • [HELIX-437] - Configurations at task, job, and cluster level
  • [HELIX-438] - Improve task framework retry logic
  • [HELIX-439] - Support thresholding for job success/failure
  • [HELIX-440] - Add scheduling layer to task framework
  • [HELIX-455] - Add REST API for submitting jobs
  • [HELIX-458] - Evaluate task recipe in a real YARN cluster
  • [HELIX-459] - Job context should include the instance that completed the job
  • [HELIX-468] - TaskDriver list should be more robust
  • [HELIX-477] - Some YARN container start requests fail
  • [HELIX-481] - Update cluster cache when the provisioning stage updates configs
  • [HELIX-482] - Support "smarter" task failure strategies
  • [HELIX-483] - Simplify logical config classes
  • [HELIX-484] - Remove CallbackHandler/ZkCallbackHandler code duplication
  • [HELIX-485] - Remove controller leader election duplicate code
  • [HELIX-486] - Remove StateModelFactory/HelixStateModelFactory code duplication
  • [HELIX-492] - Task should be its own rebalance mode
  • [HELIX-497] - Support named queues of jobs
  • [HELIX-499] - Helix controller should listen for resource config changes
  • [HELIX-501] - Skip website module in build
  • [HELIX-502] - App master and containers run out of memory
  • [HELIX-503] - ivy files are out of sync with dependencies
  • [HELIX-506] - Ensure that tasks are not placed on targets with pending transitions


  • [HELIX-132] - current-state and external-view are not cleaned up when a resource has been removed
  • [HELIX-164] - need a better name for STORAGE_DEFAULT_SM_SCHEMATA state model definition
  • [HELIX-320] - Some files have unresolved conflicts in comments
  • [HELIX-321] - Controller forgets that it's the leader
  • [HELIX-343] - fix trivial bugs
  • [HELIX-345] - Speed up the controller pipelines
  • [HELIX-350] - cluster status monitor should not be reset in FINALIZE type pipeline
  • [HELIX-356] - add a tool for grep zk transaction/snapshot logs based on time
  • [HELIX-363] - stopped working after graduation
  • [HELIX-364] - Controller current state change registration fails if two participants share a connection
  • [HELIX-382] - GenericHelixController should implement InstanceConfigChangeListener instead of ConfigChangeListener
  • [HELIX-383] - Javadoc for HelixManager references nonexistent start() method
  • [HELIX-390] - Race condition: Checking HelixManager#isConnected is unreliable
  • [HELIX-394] - Shutdown GenericHelixController#_eventThread when HelixManager disconnects
  • [HELIX-395] - Remove old Helix alert/stat modules
  • [HELIX-398] - Some helix-core tests are running again in the helix-admin-webapp set
  • [HELIX-399] - Make TestConsecutiveZkSessionExpiry less flaky
  • [HELIX-413] - ClusterStateVerifier should always return true if called with 0 resources
  • [HELIX-423] - Code duplication in controller leader election
  • [HELIX-425] - 0.7 does not honor partition transition throttling correctly
  • [HELIX-429] - Upgrade restlet to 2.2.0
  • [HELIX-430] - Restlet 2.2.0 causes failures
  • [HELIX-433] - Untagging may fail in FULL_AUTO mode
  • [HELIX-443] - Race condition in Helix register/unregister MessageHandlerFactory
  • [HELIX-445] - NPE in ZkPathDataDumpTask
  • [HELIX-448] - Call onCallback for CustomCodeCallbackHandler for FINALIZE type
  • [HELIX-453] - On session expiry/recovery, not all message types are re-registered
  • [HELIX-464] - rabbitmq recipe is broken
  • [HELIX-465] - ZkCopy skips paths already exist in destination namespace
  • [HELIX-466] - Speed up zkcopy by using asyn read/write
  • [HELIX-471] - ResourceMonitor never unregistered even if the resource is dropped
  • [HELIX-473] - TestLocalContainerProvider is slow and flaky
  • [HELIX-476] - ZNRecordStreamingSerializer.deserialize throw NullPointerException when 'id' property is not the first item in JSON
  • [HELIX-491] - ZKHelixManager#waitUntilConnected() bug
  • [HELIX-495] - TestPreferenceListAsQueue is flaky
  • [HELIX-498] - Remove "incubator" name from the pom files

Improvement * [HELIX-22] - Remove dependency on josql

  • [HELIX-327] - Simplify RebalancerConfig/RebalancerContext
  • [HELIX-333] - Support remove in ControllerContextProvider
  • [HELIX-334] - Refactor website code
  • [HELIX-335] - Minor improvements to docs, link to pyhelix
  • [HELIX-344] - Add app-specific ideal state validation
  • [HELIX-348] - Simplify website layout
  • [HELIX-349] - Coalesce different types of callbacks
  • [HELIX-381] - ClusterStateVerifier should support verifying a subset of resources
  • [HELIX-396] - Make REST api for /instances parseable
  • [HELIX-397] - Add tagging information to the REST GET response on /resourceGroups
  • [HELIX-444] - add per-participant partition count gauges to helix
  • [HELIX-446] - Remove ZkPropertyTransfer and restlet dependency from helix-core
  • [HELIX-452] - Increase frequency of status update cleanup
  • [HELIX-470] - Add performant IPC (Helix actors)
  • [HELIX-475] - Remove code duplication for Zk tests

New Feature

  • [HELIX-130] - ZkDumper should provide a copy option
  • [HELIX-245] - New Recipe: Auto-Scaling with Apache Helix and Apache Hadoop YARN
  • [HELIX-336] - Add support for task framework
  • [HELIX-378] - Add instance gauges to ClusterStatusMonitor
  • [HELIX-461] - Add a partitions without top state metric
  • [HELIX-463] - Add gauges for participant and controller message queue sizes


  • [HELIX-347] - Write a test for restarting nodes with a paused controller
  • [HELIX-377] - Ensure admin APIs work well with tagging
  • [HELIX-392] - Write a test to ensure that ZK connection loss is silent
  • [HELIX-427] - Write a test for using preference lists as execution queues

Cheers, -- The Apache Helix Team

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