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From "Ed Kohlwey (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Created] (ACCUMULO-731) Rework API's To Use java.nio Style Buffers
Date Thu, 16 Aug 2012 13:52:38 GMT
Ed Kohlwey created ACCUMULO-731:

             Summary: Rework API's To Use java.nio Style Buffers
                 Key: ACCUMULO-731
             Project: Accumulo
          Issue Type: Improvement
          Components: client
    Affects Versions: 1.5.0
            Reporter: Ed Kohlwey
            Assignee: Billie Rinaldi

I wanted to start a dialog around modernizing some of the Accumulo API's to use NIO style
buffers instead of the current access patterns.

Using ByteBuffers, CharBuffers, etc. can have a substantial impact on reducing garbage collector
load and make it easier to deploy Accumulo on lower-performance hardware. Additionally, a
large number of projects have begun moving their IO utilities to these classes so this will
increase interoperability with those projects (such as Avro) and will also ease the implementation
of implementing various serialization and deserialization protocols on top of Key and Value
types for projects such as Typo. It will also simplify the existing implementation of the
client API by implementing Key and Value directly on top of the TKey and TValue types.

The following is suggested:
* Deprecate the encode(byte[]) and decode(byte[]) methods of TypedValueCombiner.Encoder or
add a generic supertype to these so there can be "clean" forward-compatible implementations
while preserving backward-compatibility
* Add encode(ByteBuffer) and decode(ByteBuffer) methods to TypedValueCombiner.Encoder
* Add constructors and access methods to Key and Value that utilize ByteBuffer
* Deprecate all the non-nio-based accessors and setters on Key and Value or add a generic
supertype so that you can have backwards-compatible subclasses which can be deprecated.

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