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From "Colin Patrick McCabe (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (HDFS-5957) Provide support for different mmap cache retention policies in ShortCircuitCache.
Date Mon, 03 Mar 2014 23:31:21 GMT

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Colin Patrick McCabe commented on HDFS-5957:
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bq. This doesn't make sense to me – direct buffers are off-heap and allocating one is really
just a wrapper around Unsafe.allocateMemory(), which itself is just a regular old malloc.

{{ByteBuffer#allocateDirect}} is known to be a lot slower than {{ByteBuffer#allocate}}.  One
of the reasons is that if the constructor of  {{DirectByteBuffer}} calls {{Bits.reserveMemory(cap)}},
which sometimes does a {{System.gc}} and {{sleep(100ms)}}.

The code is here:
http://grepcode.com/file/repository.grepcode.com/java/root/jdk/openjdk/6-b14/java/nio/DirectByteBuffer.java

It does come down to a {{malloc}} at the end of the day, but it seems like the JDK (well,
openJDK 6 at least) makes some effort to share a single pool of space between the direct and
normal java memory, even going so far as to trigger a GC to keep things tidy.

bq. That's correct. Zero is interpreted as a special value meaning "don't do any mmaps".

Yeah.  I wonder if we should revisit that and create a separate 'enable' flag for the client,
before the configuration here gets set in stone.

> Provide support for different mmap cache retention policies in ShortCircuitCache.
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: HDFS-5957
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HDFS-5957
>             Project: Hadoop HDFS
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: hdfs-client
>    Affects Versions: 2.3.0
>            Reporter: Chris Nauroth
>
> Currently, the {{ShortCircuitCache}} retains {{mmap}} regions for reuse by multiple reads
of the same block or by multiple threads.  The eventual {{munmap}} executes on a background
thread after an expiration period.  Some client usage patterns would prefer strict bounds
on this cache and deterministic cleanup by calling {{munmap}}.  This issue proposes additional
support for different caching policies that better fit these usage patterns.



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