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From "dhruba borthakur (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (HADOOP-4584) Slow generation of blockReport at DataNode causes delay of sending heartbeat to NameNode
Date Tue, 24 Feb 2009 19:37:01 GMT

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dhruba borthakur commented on HADOOP-4584:
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is it difficult to not hold the global lock while generating block reports? I guess it would
require the namenode to handle more subtle race conditions. Is it possible to break up the
datanode lock into read/write lock? A block report generation and a block read request can
keep the read lock while block creation may acquire the write lock. This might alleviate the
problem to some extent. Combined with the fact that a full scan occurs less frequently (maybe
once a day), it might be an workable solution.

> Slow generation of blockReport at DataNode causes delay of sending heartbeat to NameNode
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: HADOOP-4584
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HADOOP-4584
>             Project: Hadoop Core
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: dfs
>            Reporter: Hairong Kuang
>            Assignee: Suresh Srinivas
>             Fix For: 0.20.0
>
>         Attachments: 4584.patch, 4584.patch, 4584.patch, 4584.patch, 4584.patch, 4584.patch
>
>
> sometimes due to disk or some other problems, datanode takes minutes or tens of minutes
to generate a block report. It causes the datanode not able to send heartbeat to NameNode
every 3 seconds. In the worst case, it makes NameNode to detect a lost heartbeat and wrongly
decide that the datanode is dead.
> It would be nice to have two threads instead. One thread is for scanning data directories
and generating block report, and executes the requests sent by NameNode; Another thread is
for sending heartbeats, block reports, and picking up the requests from NameNode. By having
these two threads, the sending of heartbeats will not get delayed by any slow block report
or slow execution of NameNode requests.

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