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From "Andrew Purtell (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (HBASE-32) [hbase] Add row count estimator
Date Mon, 21 Jul 2008 18:01:32 GMT

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Andrew Purtell commented on HBASE-32:

From: "stack" 
To: hbase-user@hadoop.apache.org
Andrew Purtell wrote:
> ..
> Maybe a map of MapFile to row count estimations can be stored in the 
> FS next to the MapFiles and can be updated appropriately during
> compactions. Then a client can iterate over the regions of a table,
> ask the regionservers involved for row count estimations, the
> regionservers can consult the estimation-map and send the largest
> count found there for the table plus the largest memcache count for
> the table, and finally the client can total all of the results.
I like this idea.  Suggest sticking it in the issue.  Each store already
has an accompanying 'meta' file under the sympathetic 'info' dir.  Could
stuff estimates in here.  Estimate of rows would also help sizing bloom
filters when the 'enable-bloomfilters' switch is thrown.  We'd have to
be clear this count an estimate particularly when rows of sparsely
populated columns.


> [hbase] Add row count estimator
> -------------------------------
>                 Key: HBASE-32
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HBASE-32
>             Project: Hadoop HBase
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>          Components: client
>            Reporter: stack
>            Priority: Minor
>         Attachments: 2291_v01.patch, Keying.java
> Internally we have a little tool that will do a rough estimate of how many rows there
are in a dataHbase.  It keeps getting larger and larger partitions running scanners until
it turns up > N occupied rows.  Once it has a number > N, it multiples by the partition
size to get an approximate row count.  
> This issue is about generalizing this feature so it could sit in the general hbase install.
 It would look something like:
> {code}
> long getApproximateRowCount(final Text startRow, final Text endRow, final long minimumCountPerPartition,
final long maximumPartitionSize)
> {code}
> Larger minimumCountPerPartition and maximumPartitionSize values would make the count
more accurate but would mean the method ran longer.

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