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From Andrzej Bialecki ...@getopt.org>
Subject Re: Getting started with HBase
Date Fri, 19 Oct 2007 18:06:25 GMT
Michael Stack wrote:
> Andrzej Bialecki wrote:
>> If I'm not mistaken, there is no way right now to use HBase in a 
>> "local" mode similar to the Hadoop "local" mode, where we don't have 
>> to start any daemons and all necessary infrastructure runs inside a 
>> single JVM. What would it take to implement such mode? Would it 
>> require big changes to the codebase?
> Checkout MinHBaseCluster.  Its used in the bulk of the hbase unit 
> tests.  It runs a master and a configurable amount of region servers 
> each to its own thread.  Its modeled on MiniDFSCluster. 

That's excellent news - I just looked at the code, I think it would 
require only minimal tweaks to use it together with other Hadoop 
services running in "local" mode - e.g. it would be more convenient to 
have the MiniHBaseCluster (or its modified version, let's call it 
LocalHBaseCluster) handle the startup / shutdown itself, so that the 
user applications could assume that all necessary services are already 
running. I'm also going to check what is the startup time of 

> If the default 
> mode -- i.e. if the hbase.master was set to 'local' in hbase-default.xml 
> -- was to run a MiniHBaseCluster instance, would this suffice Andrzej?  
> Or do you need master and regionservers talking to each via direct 
> in-process method invocations rather than over sockets as is done in 
> "local" mapreduce?

Direct in-process pseudo-protocol would be probably more efficient and 
it would reduce the number of sockets in use, but we could implement it 
as a future enhancement if needed. For now I'm happy with them using 

Best regards,
Andrzej Bialecki     <><
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