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From "Tim Broberg (Commented) (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (HDFS-2542) Transparent compression storage in HDFS
Date Sun, 06 Nov 2011 18:57:51 GMT

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Tim Broberg commented on HDFS-2542:
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Efficiency of compression seems like something that varies depending on the codec and available
hardware. Do we need some kind of metric to guide the tool in deciding when to compress? ...or
just provide appropriate controls to the user with reasonable defaults?

IN any event, I don't think it is a given that compression of hot data will always be inefficient
in all codecs for all hardware for all users at all times.
                
> Transparent compression storage in HDFS
> ---------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: HDFS-2542
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HDFS-2542
>             Project: Hadoop HDFS
>          Issue Type: Bug
>            Reporter: jinglong.liujl
>
> As HDFS-2115, we want to provide a mechanism to improve storage usage in hdfs by compression.
Different from HDFS-2115, this issue focus on compress storage. Some idea like below:
> To do:
> 1. compress cold data.
>    Cold data: After writing (or last read), data has not touched by anyone for a long
time.
>    Hot data: After writing, many client will read it , maybe it'll delele soon.
>    
>    Because hot data compression is not cost-effective,  we only compress cold data. 
>    In some cases, some data in file can be access in high frequency,  but in the same
file, some data may be cold data. 
> To distinguish them, we compress in block level.
> 2. compress data which has high compress ratio.
>    To specify high/low compress ratio, we should try to compress data, if compress ratio
is too low, we'll never compress them.
> 2. forward compatibility.
>     After compression, data format in datanode has changed. Old client will not access
them. To solve this issue, we provide a mechanism which decompress on datanode.
> 3. support random access and append.
>    As HDFS-2115, random access can be support by index. We separate data before compress
by fixed-length (we call these fixed-length data as "chunk"), every chunk has its index.
> When random access, we can seek to the nearest index, and read this chunk for precise
position.   
> 4. async compress to avoid compression slow down running job.
>    In practice, we found the cluster CPU usage is not uniform. Some clusters are idle
at night, and others are idle at afternoon. We should make compress 
> task running in full speed when cluster idle, and in low speed when cluster busy.
> Will do:
> 1. client specific codec and support  compress transmission.

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