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Adaface Sample Site Reliability Engineering Questions

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🧐 Question

Medium

Error Budget Management
Latency Monitoring
Error Budgets
Distributed Tracing
Solve
You are a site reliability engineer responsible for maintaining a microservices-based e-commerce platform. Your system consists of several independent services, each deployed on its separate container within a Kubernetes cluster.
            
            Your organization follows a strict Service Level Objective (SLO) to maintain user satisfaction, which mandates that the 95th percentile latency for all requests over a 30-day period should not exceed 200 ms.
            
            The following pseudo-code represents a simplified version of the request processing in your system:
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You realize that over the first two weeks of the current 30-day window, the 95th percentile latency has risen to 250 ms. Analyzing further, you discover that out of 10 million requests, 600,000 requests took more than 200 ms to complete.
            
            Given these facts, which of the following is the most effective course of action that you can take to troubleshoot and reduce the system's latency issues?
A: Change the latency log level to debug to gather more information.
            B: Increase the SLO for latency to 250 ms to accommodate the current system performance.
            C: Introduce more instances of each microservice to handle the increased load.
            D: Implement a distributed tracing mechanism to identify the microservices contributing most to the latency.
            E: Implement request throttling to reduce the overall number of requests.

Medium

Incident Response Procedure
Incident Management
Disaster Recovery
System Optimization
Solve
You are an SRE for a large-scale distributed system. The system architecture includes five primary servers (P1 to P5) and three backup servers (B1 to B3). The system uses an advanced load balancer that distributes the workload across the primary servers evenly. 
            
            One day, the monitoring system triggers an alert that server P5 is not responding. The pseudo-code for the current incident response procedure is as follows:
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The function 'replaceServer(server)' replaces the failed server with a new one from a pool of spare servers, which takes around 30 minutes. 
            
            The current discussion revolves around modifying this procedure to improve system resilience and minimize potential downtime. The backup servers are underutilized and could be leveraged more effectively. Also, the load balancer can dynamically shift workloads based on server availability and response time.
            
            Based on the situation above, what is the best approach to optimize the incident response procedure?
A: Implement an early warning system to predict server failures and prevent them.
            B: Upon failure detection, immediately divert traffic to backup servers, then attempt to reboot the primary server, and replace if necessary.
            C: Replace the failed server without attempting a reboot and keep the traffic on primary servers.
            D: Enable auto-scaling to add more servers when a primary server fails.
            E: Switch to a more advanced load balancer that can detect and handle server failures independently.

Medium

Service Balancer Decision-making
Load Balancing
Distributed Systems
Concurrent Processing
Solve
You are a Site Reliability Engineer (SRE) working on a distributed system with a load balancer that distributes requests across a number of servers based on the current load. The decision algorithm for load balancing is written in pseudo-code as follows:
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The system receives a large burst of requests. In response to this, some engineers propose increasing the `threshold` value to allow for more requests to be handled concurrently by each server. Others argue that instead, we should increase the number of servers to distribute the load more evenly. 
            
            Consider that the system has auto-scaling capabilities based on the average load of all servers, but the scaling operation takes about 15 minutes to add new servers to the pool. Also, the servers' performance degrades sharply if the load is much above the threshold.
            
            One of the engineers also proposes modifying the getServer function logic to distribute the incoming load one by one across all servers to trigger the average load to rise faster.
            
            Based on this scenario, what is the best approach?
A: Increase the `threshold` value to allow more requests on each server.
            B: Add more servers to distribute the load, regardless of the auto-scaling delay.
            C: Modify the getServer function to distribute the incoming load one by one across all servers to trigger the average load to rise faster.
            D: Increase the `threshold` and add more servers simultaneously.
            E: Manually trigger the auto-scaling process before the load increases.
🧐 Question🔧 Skill

Medium

Error Budget Management
Latency Monitoring
Error Budgets
Distributed Tracing

3 mins

Site Reliability Engineering
Solve

Medium

Incident Response Procedure
Incident Management
Disaster Recovery
System Optimization

3 mins

Site Reliability Engineering
Solve

Medium

Service Balancer Decision-making
Load Balancing
Distributed Systems
Concurrent Processing

2 mins

Site Reliability Engineering
Solve
🧐 Question🔧 Skill💪 Difficulty⌛ Time
Error Budget Management
Latency Monitoring
Error Budgets
Distributed Tracing
Site Reliability Engineering
Medium3 mins
Solve
Incident Response Procedure
Incident Management
Disaster Recovery
System Optimization
Site Reliability Engineering
Medium3 mins
Solve
Service Balancer Decision-making
Load Balancing
Distributed Systems
Concurrent Processing
Site Reliability Engineering
Medium2 mins
Solve

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