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From "Raghu Angadi (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (HADOOP-3288) Serial streaming performance should be Math.min(ideal client performance, ideal serial hdfs performance)
Date Wed, 23 Apr 2008 02:47:21 GMT

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Raghu Angadi commented on HADOOP-3288:
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> [...]I thought of why it is better to have multiple independent disks vs. RAID. Time
to prototype a read ahead client.

How does read-ahead achieve effect of striping? Does read-ahead also include reading multiple
segments of block from different replicas in parallel? 


> Serial streaming performance should be Math.min(ideal client performance, ideal serial
hdfs performance)
> --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: HADOOP-3288
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HADOOP-3288
>             Project: Hadoop Core
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: dfs
>    Affects Versions: 0.16.3, 0.18.0
>         Environment: Mac OS X  10.5.2, Java 6
>            Reporter: Sam Pullara
>             Fix For: 0.18.0
>
>
> I looked at all the code long and hard and this was my analysis (could be wrong, I'm
not an expert on this codebase):
> Current Serial HDFS performance = Average Datanode Performance
> Average Datanode Performance = Average Disk Performance (even if you have more than one)
> We should have:
> Ideal Serial HDFS Performance = Sum of Ideal Datanode Performance
> Ideal Datanode Performance = Sum of disk performance
> When you read a single file serially from HDFS there are a number of limitations that
come into play:
> 1) Blocks on multiple datanodes will be load balanced between them - averaging the performance
of the datanodes
> 2) Blocks on multiple disks in a single datanode are load balanced between them - averaging
the performance of the disks
> I think that all this could be fixed if we actually prefetched fully read blocks on the
client until the client can no longer keep up with the data or there is another bottleneck
like network bandwidth.
> This seems like a reasonably common use case though not the typical MapReduce case.

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