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From Apache Wiki <wikidi...@apache.org>
Subject [Hadoop Wiki] Trivial Update of "Hbase/FAQ" by stack
Date Tue, 02 Sep 2008 17:41:37 GMT
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The following page has been changed by stack:

The comment on the change is:
Fixup on file limit spec.

  Currently Hbase is a file handle glutton.  Running an Hbase loaded w/ more than a few regions,
its possible to blow past the common 1024 default file handle limit for the user running the
process.  Running out of file handles is like an OOME, things start to fail in strange ways.
 To up the users' file handles, edit '''/etc/security/limits.conf''' on all nodes and restart
your cluster.
+ {{{# Each line describes a limit for a user in the form:
+ #
+ # domain    type    item    value
+ #
+ hbase     hard    nofile  32768}}}
  The math runs roughly as follows: Per column family, there is at least one mapfile and possibly
up to 5 or 6 if a region is under load (lets say 3 per column family on average).  Multiply
by the number of regions per region server.  So, for example, say you have a schema of 3 column
familes per region and that you have 100 regions per regionserver, the JVM will open 3 * 3
* 100 mapfiles -- 900 file descriptors not counting open jar files, conf files, etc (Run 'lsof
-p REGIONSERVER_PID' to see for sure).
  '''7. [[Anchor(7)]] What can I do to improve hbase performance?'''

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