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From "Todd Lipcon (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (HBASE-2294) Enumerate ACID properties of HBase in a well defined spec
Date Tue, 16 Mar 2010 03:12:27 GMT

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Todd Lipcon commented on HBASE-2294:
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On further thought, the "no time travel" guarantee is actually a bit tricky to implement in
the face of failure. For example, a RS can enter GC pause, have region reassigned, then come
back to life. Before it finds out from ZK that it's been determined to be dead, it could serve
some reads of stale data to a client that has cached the old region location. So we should
think carefully about this requirement.

> Enumerate ACID properties of HBase in a well defined spec
> ---------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: HBASE-2294
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HBASE-2294
>             Project: Hadoop HBase
>          Issue Type: Task
>          Components: documentation
>            Reporter: Todd Lipcon
>            Priority: Blocker
>             Fix For: 0.20.4, 0.21.0
>
>
> It's not written down anywhere what the guarantees are for each operation in HBase with
regard to the various ACID properties. I think the developers know the answers to these questions,
but we need a clear spec for people building systems on top of HBase. Here are a few sample
questions we should endeavor to answer:
> - For a multicell put within a CF, is the update made durable atomically?
> - For a put across CFs, is the update made durable atomically?
> - Can a read see a row that hasn't been sync()ed to the HLog?
> - What isolation do scanners have? Somewhere between snapshot isolation and no isolation?
> - After a client receives a "success" for a write operation, is that operation guaranteed
to be visible to all other clients?
> etc
> I see this JIRA as having several points of discussion:
> - Evaluation of what the current state of affairs is
> - Evaluate whether we currently provide any guarantees that aren't useful to users of
the system (perhaps we can drop in exchange for performance)
> - Evaluate whether we are missing any guarantees that would be useful to users of the
system

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