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From Adam Fuchs <>
Subject Re: Seeking Iterator
Date Mon, 12 Jan 2015 22:29:14 GMT
On Mon, Jan 12, 2015 at 4:10 PM, Josh Elser <> wrote:
> seek()'ing doesn't always imply an increase in performance -- remember that
> RFiles (the files that back Accumulo tables), are composed of multiple
> blocks/sections with an index of them. A seek is comprised of using that
> index to find the block/section of the RFile and then a linear scan forward
> to find the first key for the range you seek()'ed to.
> Thus, if you're repeatedly re-seek()'ing within the same block, you'll waste
> a lot of time re-read the same data. In your situation, it sounds like the
> cost of re-reading the data after a seek is about the same as naively
> consuming the records.
> You can try altering table.file.compress.blocksize (and then compacting your
> table) to see how this changes.

There is actually some fairly well-optimized code in the RFile seek
that minimizes the re-reading of RFile data and index blocks. Seeking
forward by one key adds a couple of key comparisons and function
calls, but that's about it. Incidentally, key comparisons are pretty
high up on my list of things that could use some performance


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