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From "T Jake Luciani (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (CASSANDRA-5020) Time to switch back to byte[] internally?
Date Thu, 19 Sep 2013 17:56:53 GMT

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T Jake Luciani commented on CASSANDRA-5020:
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I've been working on this along with CASSANDRA-5417, it's basically a wrapper on ByteBuffer
that turns the BB into a native type, works well for composites.   
                
> Time to switch back to byte[] internally?
> -----------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: CASSANDRA-5020
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/CASSANDRA-5020
>             Project: Cassandra
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: Core
>            Reporter: Jonathan Ellis
>             Fix For: 2.1
>
>
> We switched to ByteBuffer for column names and values back in 0.7, which gave us a short
term performance boost on mmap'd reads, but we gave that up when we switched to refcounted
sstables in 1.0.  (refcounting all the way up the read path would be too painful, so we copy
into an on-heap buffer when reading from an sstable, then release the reference.)
> A HeapByteBuffer wastes a lot of memory compared to a byte[] (5 more ints, a long, and
a boolean).
> The hard problem here is how to do the arena allocation we do on writes, which has been
very successful in reducing STW CMS from heap fragmentation.  ByteBuffer is a good fit there.

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