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From "Massimilian Mattetti" <>
Subject empty tablet direcoties on HDFS
Date Tue, 23 May 2017 09:04:20 GMT
Hi all,

I created a table with 3 initial split-points ( I used a sharding 
mechanism to evenly distribute the data between them) and started 
ingesting data using the batch writer API. At the end of the ingestion 
process I got around 1.01K tablets (threshold for splitting was set to 
1GB)  for a total of 600GB of space on HDFS ( measured using the command 
hadoop fs -du -h on the table directory). Digging into the table directory 
on HDFS I noticed that there are around 700 tablets (directory starting 
with t-) that are empty, other 300 tablets that have around 1GB or less of 
data and 3 tablets (default_tablet included) containing 130 GB of data 
each one.  Is this a normal behavior? (I am working with a cluster of 3 
servers running Accumulo 1.8.1).

I ran also another experiment importing the same data on a different table 
that was configured in the same way of the previous one, but this time 
using the bulk import. Eventually for this table I did not have empty 
tablets although most of them contains few MBs, and the final space on 
HDFS was around 450GB. What can be the reason for such big difference on 
the space on disk between the batch writer API and bulk import?

Best Regards,

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