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From "Jonathan Gray (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (HBASE-68) [hbase] HStoreFiles needlessly store the column family name in every entry
Date Wed, 08 Jul 2009 19:15:15 GMT

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Jonathan Gray commented on HBASE-68:

Though not fixed/solved, I think we should close this issue as invalid.

KVs must always contain their families because they are self-contained.  Moving forward if
we ever do locality groups, we'll definitely need them.

By making them self-contained, we never have to rewrite/reallocate the data.  ie. our zero-copy
reads pass along KV references to the actual HFile block we read in.  Our Result is nothing
but a List<KV> and we do not care whether they are all the same family or multiple families
or whatever.  If our KV no longer stores the family we will have to undo the new optimizations
(of not building a big Map as we build the Result) and start to track everything per family
as we build the Result.

All other issues outlined above like gratuitous object creations are also gone.  This optimization
would only undo them.

+1 here for closing issue

> [hbase] HStoreFiles needlessly store the column family name in every entry
> --------------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: HBASE-68
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HBASE-68
>             Project: Hadoop HBase
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: regionserver
>            Reporter: Bryan Duxbury
>            Priority: Minor
>             Fix For: 0.20.0
> Today, HStoreFiles keep the entire serialized HStoreKey objects around for every cell
in the HStore. Since HStores are 1-1 with column families, this is really unnecessary - you
can always surmise the column family by looking at the HStore it belongs to. (This information
would ostensibly come from the file name or a header section.) This means that we could remove
the column family part of the HStoreKeys we put into the HStoreFile, reducing the size of
data stored. This would be a space-saving benefit, removing redundant data, and could be a
speed benefit, as you have to scan over less data in memory and transfer less data over the

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