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From "Bill Graham (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Commented: (CHUKWA-444) Redefine Chukwa time series storage
Date Mon, 28 Jun 2010 21:07:51 GMT


Bill Graham commented on CHUKWA-444:

I agree with Jerome, in that I think Chukwa should still be able to be used without HBase.
If you have an HBase install and want real-time, it can be enabled. Ideally we would have
the ability to configurable which data pipeline to follow. I like the idea of adding an HBase
component to the mix though.

> Redefine Chukwa time series storage
> -----------------------------------
>                 Key: CHUKWA-444
>                 URL:
>             Project: Hadoop Chukwa
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>          Components: Data Processors
>         Environment: Redhat EL 5.1, Java 6
>            Reporter: Eric Yang
>            Assignee: Eric Yang
>         Attachments: CHUKWA-444.patch
> The current Chukwa Record format is not suitable for data visualization.  It is more
like an archive format which combines data from multiple sources (hosts), and group them into
a sorted time partitioned sequence file.  Most of people collected data for two reasons, archive
and data analysis.  The current chukwa record format is fine for archive, but it is not so
great for data analysis.  Data analysis could be further break down into two different types.
 1) Data can be aggregated and summarized, such as metrics.  2) Data that can not be summarized,
like job history.  Type 1 data is useful for visualization by graph, and type 2 data is useful
by plain text viewing or search for a particular event.
> By the above rational, it probably makes sense to restructure Chukwa Records for data
analysis.  Outside of Hadoop world, rrdtools is great for time series data storage, and optimized
for metrics from a single source, i.e. a host.  RRD data file fragments badly when there are
hundred of thousands of sources.  Chukwa time series data storage should be able to combine
multiple data sources into one Chukwa file to combat file fragmentation problem.

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