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Hedged Read Option

Starting in MongoDB 4.4 for sharded clusters, you can specify the use of hedged reads for non-primary read preferences.

With hedged reads, the mongos instances can route read operations to two replica set members per each queried shard and return results from the first respondent per shard.

Hedged reads are supported for the following operations:

To specify hedged read for a read preference, MongoDB 4.4 introduces the hedged read option for read preferences.

Enable Hedged Reads

To use hedged reads, enable the hedge read option for non-primary read preferences. Read preference nearest specifies hedged read by default.

Additional Information

For more information on hedged reads, see Hedged Reads.

Member Selection with Hedged Reads

For details on member selection for hedged reads, see Read Preference and Shards.

Hedged Reads Diagnostics

The command serverStatus and its corresponding mongo shell method db.serverStatus() return hedgingMetrics.