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From Andrew Purtell <apurt...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Improving Coprocessor postSplit/postOpen synchronization
Date Tue, 28 Aug 2012 09:53:07 GMT
What about writing a marker (a file) into the region at split (from
preSplit) which is then existence checked and read at open (postOpen)? This
file would contain whatever indexing metadata is required.

Also, splits are nearly instant because the daughters are created with
reference files to the parent, until a later compaction brings the data
from the parent over. Can you do the same with your indexes? Reason I ask
is this notion of "ignoring" new data until indexes are available seems

On Mon, Aug 27, 2012 at 11:29 PM, Kevin Shin <
kevin.shin@thinkbiganalytics.com> wrote:

> Hi everyone,
> A colleague and I were working with HBase coprocessors for secondary
> indexes and ran into an interesting problem regarding splits
> and synchronizing the corresponding parent/daughter regions.
> The goal with splits is to create two new daughter regions with the
> corresponding splits of the secondary indexes and lock these regions such
> that Puts/Deletes that occur while postSplit is in progress will be queued
> up so we don't run into consistency issues. IE, if a delete gets called
> before a daughter region receives the split index, that delete would
> essentially have been ignored, so we would want to wait until postSplit is
> finished before running any new Puts/Deletes on the split regions.
> As of right now, the HBase coprocessors do not easily support a way to
> achieve this level of consistency in that there is no way to distinguish a
> region being opened from a split or a regular open. If we could
> distinguish, we could open up the correct index from the start and stall
> until postSplit is finished in the background in the event of a split. I
> would thus like to propose a way to "lock" the daughter regions when
> postSplit is called. That is, when we open a daughter region from a split,
> we can pass in the parent region name alongside it (or Null if there is no
> parent) to distinguish a region being opened from a split or open. I am
> thinking about submitting a patch into JIRA but would greatly appreciate
> any thoughts or suggestions for another solution to the problem or perhaps
> a better patch. I am using HBase 0.92 for development at this moment.
> Best,
> Kevin

Best regards,

   - Andy

Problems worthy of attack prove their worth by hitting back. - Piet Hein
(via Tom White)

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