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From "Jim Kellerman (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Created: (HADOOP-6038) On a busy cluster, it is possible for the client to believe it cannot fetch a block when the client or datanodes are running slowly
Date Sun, 14 Jun 2009 03:42:07 GMT
On a busy cluster, it is possible for the client to believe it cannot fetch a block when the
client or datanodes are running slowly

                 Key: HADOOP-6038
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HADOOP-6038
             Project: Hadoop Core
          Issue Type: Improvement
          Components: dfs
    Affects Versions: 0.20.0, 0.19.1, 0.19.0
         Environment: 100 node cluster, fedora, 1TB disk per machine available for HDFS (two
spindles) 16GB RAM, 8 cores
running datanode, TaskTracker, HBaseRegionServer and the task being executed by the TaskTracker.

            Reporter: Jim Kellerman
             Fix For: 0.19.2, 0.20.1, 0.21.0

On a heavily loaded node, the communication between a DFSClient can time out or fail leading
DFSClient to believe the datanode is non-responsive even though the datanode is, in fact,
healthy. It may run through all the retries for that datanode leading DFSClient to mark the
datanode "dead".  

This can continue as DFSClient iterates through the other datanodes for the block it is looking
for, and then DFSClient will declare that it can't find any servers for that block (even though
all n (where n = replication factor) datanodes are healthy (but slow) and have valid copies
of the block.

It is also possible that the process running the DFSClient is too slow and misses (or times
out) responses from the data node, resulting in the DFSClient believing that the datanode
is dead.

Another possibility is that the block has been moved from one or more datanodes since DFSClient$DFSInputStream.chooseDataNode()
found the locations of the block.

When the retries for each datanode and all datanodes are exhausted, DFSClient$DFSInputStream.chooseDataNode()
issues the warning:

          if (nodes == null || nodes.length == 0) {
            LOG.info("No node available for block: " + blockInfo);
          LOG.info("Could not obtain block " + block.getBlock() + " from any node:  " + ie);

It would be an improvement, and not impact performance under normal conditions if  when DFSClient
decides that it cannot find the block anywhere, for it to retry finding the block by calling

private static LocatedBlocks callGetBlockLocations()
*once* , to attempt to recover from machine(s) being too busy, or the block being relocated
since the initial call to callGetBlockLocations(). If the second attempt to find the block
based on what the namenode told DFSClient,  then issue the messages and give up by throwing
the exception it does today.

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