We are running zookeeper 3.1.0

Recently we noticed the cpu usage on our machines becoming increasingly high 
and we believe the cause is 


However our solution when we noticed the problem was to kill the zookeeper 
process and restart it.

After doing that though it looks like the newly restarted zookeeper server is 
continually attempting to elect a leader even though one already exists.

The process responses with 'imok' when asked, but the stat command returns 
'ZooKeeperServer not running'.

I belive that killing the current leader should trigger all servers to do an 
election and solve the problem, but I'm not sure. Should that be the course of 
action in this situation?

Also we have 12 servers, but 5 are currently not running according to stat.  So 
I guess this isn't a problem unless we lose another one.  We have plans to 
upgrade zookeeper to solve the cpu issue but haven't been able to do that yet.

Any help appreciated,
Nick Bailey

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