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From Josh Baer <jbae...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: How will Hadoop handle it when a datanode server with total hardware failure?
Date Sun, 05 Apr 2015 13:44:25 GMT
Three spindles failing on three different machines could potentially cause
data loss issues if they fail simultaneously-- which would be pretty
uncommon and affect only a small percentage of data. Otherwise if one
machine or individual spindle fails, the blocks that are stored on those
machines will get replicated on your remaining healthy machines after the
datanode is marked as dead by the namenode (this time is configurable in
settings). If the machine comes back online, you'll have 4 replications

You can read more about it here:

On Sun, Apr 5, 2015 at 7:54 AM, daemeon reiydelle <daemeonr@gmail.com>

> With rep of 3 you would have to lose 3 entire nodes to lose data. The rep
> factor is 3 nodes, not 3 spindles.. The number of disks (sort of) determine
> how hdfs spreads io across the spindles for the single copy of the data
> (one of 3 nodes with copies) that the node owns. Note that things get
> slightly complicated when the FIRST datum is written to a cluster. (But
> that was not your question ; {)
> On Apr 4, 2015 10:39 PM, "Arthur Chan" <arthur.hk.chan@gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I use the default replication factor 3 here, the cluster has 10 nodes,
>> each of my datanode has 8 hard disks.  If one of the nodes is down because
>> of hardware failure, i.e. the 8 hard disks will no longer be available
>> immediately during the down time of this machine, does it mean that I will
>> have data lost? (8 hard disks >  3 replicated)
>> Or what would be the maximum number of servers that are allowed to be
>> down without data lost here?
>> Regards
>> Arthur
>> On Wednesday, December 17, 2014, Harshit Mathur <mathursharp@gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>> Hi Arthur,
>>> In HDFS there will be block level replication, In case of total failure
>>> of a datanode the lost blocks will get under replicated hence the namenode
>>> will create copy of these under replicated blocks on some other datanode.
>>> BR,
>>> Harshit
>>> On Wed, Dec 17, 2014 at 11:35 AM, Arthur.hk.chan@gmail.com <
>>> arthur.hk.chan@gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> Hi,
>>>> If each of  my datanode servers has 8 hard disks (a 10-node cluster)
>>>> and I use the default replication factor of 3, how will Hadoop handle it
>>>> when a datanode with total hardware failure suddenly?
>>>> Regards
>>>> Arthur
>>> --
>>> Harshit Mathur

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