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From "Todd Lipcon (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (HDFS-1780) reduce need to rewrite fsimage on statrtup
Date Thu, 14 Jul 2011 19:16:00 GMT

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Todd Lipcon commented on HDFS-1780:
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Yea, I agree the inconsistent units are a bit of a pain. But, as Eli says, the convention
elsewhere (eg 2NN and Checkpoiner) is to have checkpointPeriod in seconds, so I wanted to
be consistent with those other usages.

Also agree with Eli that the multiple parameters for the test cases cover both the positive
and negative cases.

Will commit this to the branch. Thanks to both of you for reviewing.

> reduce need to rewrite fsimage on statrtup
> ------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: HDFS-1780
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HDFS-1780
>             Project: Hadoop HDFS
>          Issue Type: Sub-task
>    Affects Versions: Edit log branch (HDFS-1073)
>            Reporter: Daryn Sharp
>            Assignee: Todd Lipcon
>             Fix For: Edit log branch (HDFS-1073)
>
>         Attachments: hdfs-1780.txt, hdfs-1780.txt
>
>
> On startup, the namenode will read the fs image, apply edits, then rewrite the fs image.
 This requires a non-trivial amount of time for very large directory structures.  Perhaps
the namenode should employ some logic to decide that the edits are simple enough that it doesn't
warrant rewriting the image back out to disk.
> A few ideas:
> Use the size of the edit logs, if the size is below a threshold, assume it's cheaper
to reprocess the edit log instead of writing the image back out.
> Time the processing of the edits and if the time is below a defined threshold, the image
isn't rewritten.
> Timing the reading of the image, and the processing of the edits.  Base the decision
on the time it would take to write the image (a multiplier is applied to the read time?) versus
the time it would take to reprocess the edits.  If a certain threshold (perhaps percentage
or expected time to rewrite) is exceeded, rewrite the image.
> Somethingalong the lines of the last suggestion may allow for defaults that adapt for
any size cluster, thus eliminating the need to keep tweaking a cluster's settings based on
its size.

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