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From "Keith Turner (Updated) (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Updated] (ACCUMULO-516) Column family search with sparse files is painfully long
Date Thu, 19 Apr 2012 10:36:42 GMT


Keith Turner updated ACCUMULO-516:

    Fix Version/s: 1.5.0
> Column family search with sparse files is painfully long
> --------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: ACCUMULO-516
>                 URL:
>             Project: Accumulo
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: tserver
>    Affects Versions: 1.4.0, 1.3.5
>            Reporter: John Vines
>            Assignee: Keith Turner
>            Priority: Critical
>             Fix For: 1.5.0, 1.4.1
> Background: a tablet with 3 files, coming in at ~500MB, 200MB, and ~20MB. One of the
files (I believe smallest) did not have the column of interest at all. Running a query filtering
on a column family/qualifier pair. I can scan the entirety of the table in ~30 minutes. I
aborted a scan for just that column after 2 hours.
> Cause: Keith and I investigated, major compacting the tablet brought a column scan down
to under 7 minutes. Dumping the largest file and grepping for the column of interest resulted
in a large dead spot for that column which took minutes to grep over. After looking it over,
the problem is how we do column family filtering. We handle colf filtering below the multi-iterator,
which handles the merge read between multiple files. We do it at this level because we keep
column info in the RFile metadata for quick filtering of entire files. The problem here is
one of the files has that column, but does not have any relevant data in a large period. So
every time we seek, which is for each batch of the query, we go down to the multi-iterator
and seek for the first hit of the column(s) of interest. This means we are constantly spending
minutes grabbing a key of interest to us which is substantially far down in the stack, such
that we won't merge read it for many, MANY batches.
> Proposed Solution: Split the column family filter into two seperate pieces. Keep the
RFile optimized portion, as it can only occur at this level. But move the actual column family
filter for files with that column above the MultiIterator. This will prevent this constant
repetition of a large, painful seek.

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