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From "Steve Loughran (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (HDFS-1120) Make DataNode's block-to-device placement policy pluggable
Date Mon, 26 Jul 2010 10:52:53 GMT

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Steve Loughran commented on HDFS-1120:

@Ambikeshwar -you make some good points. I think we should 
# start with some monitoring of what's going on, especially on 6-12 HDD servers
# do some plugin point where people can play with block placement
# Let people with time on their hands do the good plugins
For the complex decisions, you probably do want some history -filename, created, last read,

I think your point about rebalancing is a good one, it may be better to schedule some rebalancing
work on a DN that can spread stuff across the disks than try and do some smarter block placement
decisions. If you can rebalance the disks then you can just use roundrobin or roulette placement.
This handles the new-HDD problem better, and can allow for the block placer to be simple and
fast, rebalancing can be done on selective nodes at a time of choosing.

> Make DataNode's block-to-device placement policy pluggable
> ----------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: HDFS-1120
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HDFS-1120
>             Project: Hadoop HDFS
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: data-node
>            Reporter: Jeff Hammerbacher
> As discussed on the mailing list, as the number of disk drives per server increases,
it would be useful to allow the DataNode's policy for new block placement to grow in sophistication
from the current round-robin strategy.

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