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From "stack (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Created] (HBASE-17739) BucketCache is inefficient/wasteful/dumb in its bucket allocations
Date Mon, 06 Mar 2017 23:49:32 GMT
stack created HBASE-17739:

             Summary: BucketCache is inefficient/wasteful/dumb in its bucket allocations
                 Key: HBASE-17739
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HBASE-17739
             Project: HBase
          Issue Type: Sub-task
          Components: BucketCache
            Reporter: stack

By default we allocate 14 buckets with sizes from 5K to 513K. If lots of heap given over to
bucketcache and say no allocattions made for a particular bucket size, this means we have
a bunch of the bucketcache that just goes idle/unused.

For example, say heap is 100G. We'll divide it up among the sizes. If say we only ever do
5k records, then most of the cache will go unused while the allocation for 5k objects will
see churn.

Here is an old note of [~anoop.hbase]'s' from a conversation on bucket cache we had offlist
that describes the issue:

"By default we have those 14 buckets with size range of 5K to 513K.
  All sizes will have one bucket (with size 513*4) each except the
last size.. ie. 513K sized many buckets will be there.  If we keep on
writing only same sized blocks, we may loose all in btw sized buckets.
Say we write only 4K sized blocks. We will 1st fill the bucket in 5K
size. There is only one such bucket. Once this is filled, we will try
to grab a complete free bucket from other sizes..  But we can not take
it from 9K... 385K sized ones as there is only ONE bucket for these
sizes.  We will take only from 513 size.. There are many in that...
So we will eventually take all the buckets from 513 except the last
one.. Ya it has to keep at least one in evey size..     So we will
loose these much size.. They are of no use."

We should set the size type on the fly as the records come in.

Or better, we should choose record size on the fly. Here is another comment from [~anoop.hbase]:

"The second is the biggest contributor.  Suppose instead of 4K
sized blocks, the user has 2 K sized blocks..  When we write a block to bucket slot, we will
reserve size equal to the allocated size for that block.
So when we write 2K sized blocks (may be actual size a bit more than
2K ) we will take 5K with each of the block.  So u can see that we are
loosing ~3K with every block. Means we are loosing more than half."

He goes on: "If am 100% sure that all my table having 2K HFile block size, I need to give
this config a value 3 * 1024 (Exact 2 K if I give there may be
again problem! That is another story we need to see how we can give
more guarantee for the block size restriction HBASE-15248)..  So here also ~1K loose for every
2K.. So some thing like a 30% loose !!! :-(“"

So, we should figure the record sizes ourselves on the fly.

Anything less has us wasting loads of cache space, nvm inefficiences lost because of how we
serialize base types to cache.

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