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From "Paul Joseph Davis (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (COUCHDB-568) When delayed_commits = true, keep updated btree nodes in memory until the commit
Date Wed, 11 Nov 2009 19:26:39 GMT

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Paul Joseph Davis commented on COUCHDB-568:
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Definitely an interesting idea. In the thread on parallelized b~trees I was basically thinking
that we could take Damien's modifications to couch_db_updater.erl and push all that logic
down into couch_btree.erl which would allow multiple mappers to make more efficient use of
btree updates in view generation.

Allowing a b~tree to hold new nodes in RAM for some duration before being synced should allow
for similar speedups in the  condensed tree writes like batch docs did.

Though, this could allow for readers to see a database in a state that was never on disk.
With batch writes we never allowed readers to see the docs in the write buffer, so the progression
of db state was unidirectional. With pending writes viewable, an error could make the btree
state go backwards. If that makes sense.

Much to contemplate.

> When delayed_commits = true, keep updated btree nodes in memory until the commit
> --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: COUCHDB-568
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/COUCHDB-568
>             Project: CouchDB
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>    Affects Versions: 0.10
>            Reporter: Adam Kocoloski
>
> rnewson reported on IRC that the new batch=ok implementation results in significantly
larger overhead in the .couch files.  This makes sense; the old batch mode waited 1 second
before saving, but the new implementation just updates the doc asynchronously.  With fast
hardware and moderate write rates it's likely that each document is being written separately.
> The overhead presumably arises from frequently updated btree inner nodes being written
to disk many times over.  I'm interested in exploring a modification of the delayed_commits
mode whereby the updated btree nodes are not actually written to disk immediately, but are
instead held in memory until the commit.  I'd like to think that this will result in more
compact files without any decrease in durability.  New read requests would still be able to
access these in-memory nodes.
> I realize the notion that updates go directly to disk is baked pretty deeply into couch_btree,
but I still thought this was worth bringing up to a wider audience.

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