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From "Alex Loddengaard (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (HADOOP-3788) Add serialization for Protocol Buffers
Date Tue, 16 Sep 2008 03:17:44 GMT

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Alex Loddengaard commented on HADOOP-3788:
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FYI: from the PB discussion group [here|http://groups.google.com/group/protobuf/browse_thread/thread/19ab6bbb364fef35]:
{noformat}
At Google, we have lots of various container formats, for streaming, record-based files, database
tables,
etc., where each record is a protocol buffer.  All of these formats store the size of the
message before the
message itself.  Our philosophy is that because we have protocol buffers, all of these *other*
formats and
protocols can be designed to pass around arbitrary byte blobs, which greatly simplifies them.
 An arbitrary
byte blob is not necessarily self-delimiting, so it's up to these container formats to keep
track of the
size separately.
{noformat}

A possible solution would be to change the interface between _Message_ instances and the _PBSerialization_
framework such that a wrapping class, call it _PBMessageWrapper_ contains the length and logic
to delimit the stream.  Instances of this interface could create a new stream for deserializing,
though serializing would now become more tricky -- the _OutputStream_ when serializing would
need meta data included in it.  It might also be possible to create a general instance of
_PBMessageWrapper_, instead of creating wrappers for each _Message_.

Thoughts?

> Add serialization for Protocol Buffers
> --------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: HADOOP-3788
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HADOOP-3788
>             Project: Hadoop Core
>          Issue Type: Wish
>          Components: examples, mapred
>    Affects Versions: 0.19.0
>            Reporter: Tom White
>            Assignee: Alex Loddengaard
>             Fix For: 0.19.0
>
>         Attachments: hadoop-3788-v1.patch, hadoop-3788-v2.patch, protobuf-java-2.0.1.jar
>
>
> Protocol Buffers (http://code.google.com/p/protobuf/) are a way of encoding data in a
compact binary format. This issue is to write a ProtocolBuffersSerialization to support using
Protocol Buffers types in MapReduce programs, including an example program. This should probably
go into contrib. 

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