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From "Jim Kellerman (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (HBASE-615) Region balancer oscillates during cluster startup
Date Wed, 18 Jun 2008 20:27:45 GMT

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Jim Kellerman commented on HBASE-615:

> Rong-En Fan - 11/Jun/08 09:43 AM
> Please correct me if I am wrong or overlook something.
> During startup, META will be requested more than other regions. Therefore,
> the RegionServer that serves META will be considered more "loaded" than
> others. So, we tends not to assign more regions to that one. However,
> our rebalance algo currently considers only # of loaded regions as the "load"
> for region servers. That's the cause of oscillation at startup.
> I'm thinking of the possibility that during startup, we just use assign
> evenly to all region servers. Once this is stabilized, we start to consider
>   1. of requests as part of the server load. Moreover, the "# of requests" here
>       should be calculated from a period of time, otherwise, we may moving regions
>       just because some spikes.

You are absolutely correct. During startup, the server hosting the meta region gets all the
so its one region gets multiplied by the number of requests giving a "load" that is far greater
than all
the other servers which are getting no requests and consequently their "load" == number of
they are serving.

Should be a fairly easy fix to ignore requests during startup.

BTW, I verified this by changing HServerLoad.getLoad() to just return the number of regions.
cluster had all regions on-line within a couple of minutes and they were balanced. When the
number of requests was factored in during startup, the cluster did not achieve a steady state
for 1/2 hour (after which I gave up).

just my 2 cents.

> Region balancer oscillates during cluster startup
> -------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: HBASE-615
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HBASE-615
>             Project: Hadoop HBase
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: master
>    Affects Versions: 0.2.0
>            Reporter: Jim Kellerman
>            Assignee: Bryan Duxbury
>            Priority: Blocker
>             Fix For: 0.2.0
>         Attachments: 615-lite.patch
> When starting a cluster with four region servers and a large table (49 regions) (+root
+meta) = 51 total regions, the region balancer oscillates for a very long time and does not
seem to reach a steady state.
> Additionally, for whatever reason, it seems reluctant to assign regions to the first
of four region servers, which may be the root cause. In my test, the first server had 10 regions
assigned, the second and fourth had 13 regions assigned, and the master would continually
assign and deassign 2 regions to the third server, which oscillated between 13 and 15 regions.
 If it assigned the two fluctuating regions to the first server, it would achieve the best
balance possible: 12, 13, 13, 13.
> After 20 minutes, it had not stopped oscillating. An application trying to work against
this cluster would run very slowly as it would be continually re-finding the two regions in
> When the table was being created, regions were nicely balanced. On restart, however,
it just would not settle down.
> Perhaps the balancer should set a target number of regions for each server which when
the server achieved +/- 1 regions, the rebalancer would not try to change unless the number
of regions changed.

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