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From "Doug Cutting (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (HADOOP-1707) Remove the DFS Client disk-based cache
Date Tue, 30 Oct 2007 17:39:51 GMT

    [ https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HADOOP-1707?page=com.atlassian.jira.plugin.system.issuetabpanels:comment-tabpanel#action_12538867

Doug Cutting commented on HADOOP-1707:

This still appears to have the cascading timeout issue, no?  Each stage in the pipeline must
have a smaller timeout than the prior stage or else the whole pipeline will fail when any
node fails.  In particular, the client must use a much larger timeout, since it must permit
the primary to potentially replay the entire block downstream.  Perhaps there can be multiple
kinds of acks, some which just indicate that the primary is still alive and others that indicate
that replication is complete?  (Acks might include the current level of replication.)  That
might help distinguish the cases where the primary has actually gone down from those where
it is still doing productive work.  Then one timeout could be used for communications, and
a substantially longer one for awaiting replication.

I also wonder whether, instead of having so many threads, we might implement this with async
i/o.  Much of the processing seems simple enough that maintaining a state object for each
file being written and using a single thread that selects on sockets and then updates the
state might be more efficient.  Perhaps it will be simpler to write these with threads, then
convert them to async?

We discussed offline last week a different approach from what you've described here.  In that,
acks would only signal that the immediately downstream node had written the data, not all
downstream nodes.  Only at block end or flush would it check that sufficient replicas exist,
with a different command.  Why have you abandoned this plan?

An intermediate approach might be to use buffer pools on each datanode in the pipeline.  Each
would write the buffer locally and queue it to be written downstream.  The buffer would only
be returned to the pool when both writes complete.  A datanode could block when no buffers
are available.  That might improve throughput.

> Remove the DFS Client disk-based cache
> --------------------------------------
>                 Key: HADOOP-1707
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HADOOP-1707
>             Project: Hadoop
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: dfs
>            Reporter: dhruba borthakur
>            Assignee: dhruba borthakur
>             Fix For: 0.16.0
> The DFS client currently uses a staging file on local disk to cache all user-writes to
a file. When the staging file accumulates 1 block worth of data, its contents are flushed
to a HDFS datanode. These operations occur sequentially.
> A simple optimization of allowing the user to write to another staging file while simultaneously
uploading the contents of the first staging file to HDFS will improve file-upload performance.

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