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From "Jeff Hammerbacher (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (HIVE-207) Change SerDe API to allow skipping unused columns
Date Tue, 06 Jan 2009 23:49:44 GMT

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Jeff Hammerbacher commented on HIVE-207:
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I learned a lot, too. Could someone with a handle on Hive compress this discussion into reusable
documentation and post it to the Hive site?

> Change SerDe API to allow skipping unused columns
> -------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: HIVE-207
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HIVE-207
>             Project: Hadoop Hive
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: Query Processor, Serializers/Deserializers
>            Reporter: David Phillips
>
> A deserializer shouldn't have to deserialize columns that are never used by the query
processor.  A serializer shouldn't have to examine unused columns that are known to always
be null.
> As an example, we store data as a Protocol Buffer structure with ~60 fields.  Running
a "select count(1)" currently requires deserializing all fields, which includes checking if
they exist and formatting the data appropriately.  This is expensive and unnecessary.

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