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From Doug Meil <doug.m...@explorysmedical.com>
Subject Re: [DISCUSSION] Accumulo, another BigTable clone, has shown up on Apache Incubator as a proposal
Date Fri, 02 Sep 2011 18:33:48 GMT

They apparently have a very strong relationship with HBase...    ;-)

"Apache Brand

Our interest in releasing this code as an Apache incubator project is due
to its
strong relationship with other Apache projects, i.e. Hadoop, Zookeeper,
and HBase."

It's disappointing that these guys watched HBase develop in public over
the last few years and they still went ahead with their own thing in
private despite the "strong relationship.

Not the first time this has happened in software, and won't be the last.


On 9/2/11 2:06 PM, "Stack" <stack@duboce.net> wrote:

>See here for the incubator proposal:
>Reactions probably better belong over on the incubator mailing list
>but I thought a discussion here first might be useful developing a
>Initial reaction, not having seen the code, is that it seems to be close
>HBase; so close, they call HBase out explicitly in their proposal.
>The cell based 'access labels' seem like a matter of adding
>an extra field to KV and their Iterators seem like a specialization on
>Coprocessors.  The ability to add column families on the fly seems too
>minor a difference to call out especially if online schema edits are
>now (soon) supported.  They talk of locality group like functionality
>too -- that
>could be a significant difference.  We would have to see the code but at
>first blush, differences look small.
>Yet another BT implementation further divides this contended space.
>If there were to be an effort integrating HBase into Accumulo or vice
>versa, its likely to distract significantly from project forward motion
>the Accumulo fellows were interested in integrating the two projects,
>I'd have thought they'd have tried to talk to us before this so thats
>probably not their intent).
>On other hand, if their once-secret project is out in the open, we can
>steal the Apache-licensed good bits and....
>What do folks think?

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