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From "Colin Patrick McCabe (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (HDFS-4953) enable HDFS local reads via mmap
Date Wed, 31 Jul 2013 17:57:51 GMT

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Colin Patrick McCabe commented on HDFS-4953:
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Just to comment about Phantom references specifically: I do believe that PR are better than
finalizers.  But they still suffer from the same problem of keeping the object around for
longer than it needs to be.  In this case, that translates into keeping the mmap around for
longer than it needs to be.  That consumes page table entries and may prevent us from unmapping
a memory map which really has not been used for a long time.  This in turn may lead to us
not creating another mmap that we should have created, because the cache is full.  etc.

My understanding of PR (correct me if I'm wrong) is that you generally have to have a thread
that keeps polling the PR to see if it's ready to be disposed of.  This is extra overhead
for the users who do remember to correctly call {{close()}}.
                
> enable HDFS local reads via mmap
> --------------------------------
>
>                 Key: HDFS-4953
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HDFS-4953
>             Project: Hadoop HDFS
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>    Affects Versions: 2.3.0
>            Reporter: Colin Patrick McCabe
>            Assignee: Colin Patrick McCabe
>         Attachments: benchmark.png, HDFS-4953.001.patch, HDFS-4953.002.patch, HDFS-4953.003.patch,
HDFS-4953.004.patch, HDFS-4953.005.patch, HDFS-4953.006.patch
>
>
> Currently, the short-circuit local read pathway allows HDFS clients to access files directly
without going through the DataNode.  However, all of these reads involve a copy at the operating
system level, since they rely on the read() / pread() / etc family of kernel interfaces.
> We would like to enable HDFS to read local files via mmap.  This would enable truly zero-copy
reads.
> In the initial implementation, zero-copy reads will only be performed when checksums
were disabled.  Later, we can use the DataNode's cache awareness to only perform zero-copy
reads when we know that checksum has already been verified.

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