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STONITH ("Shoot The Other Node In The Head" or "Shoot The Offending Node In The Head"), sometimes called STOMITH ("Shoot The Other Member/Machine In The Head"), is a technique for fencing in computer clusters.
Fencing is the isolation of a failed node so that it does not cause disruption to a computer cluster. As its name suggests, STONITH fences failed nodes by resetting or powering down the failed node.
Multi-node error-prone contention in a cluster can have catastrophic results, such as if both nodes try writing to a shared storage resource. STONITH provides effective, if rather drastic, protection against these problems.
Single node systems use a comparable mechanism called a watchdog timer. A watchdog timer will reset the node if the node does not tell the watchdog circuit that it is operating well. A STONITH decision can be based on various decisions which can be customer specific plugins.
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- "Alan Robertson Resource fencing using STONITH" (PDF). IBM Linux Research Center, 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2021-01-05.
- "Word list | Google developer documentation style guide". Google Developers. Retrieved 2021-05-25.
- Definition from the Linux-HA Project
- STONITH Deathmatch Explained (and Some Hints for Resource Agent Authors and Systems Engineers)