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From "ryan rawson (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (HBASE-2294) Enumerate ACID properties of HBase in a well defined spec
Date Tue, 23 Mar 2010 00:49:27 GMT

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ryan rawson commented on HBASE-2294:
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right now the way we implement some of this stuff is via the JMM, we use locks and other things
to essentially create an order of events that a client will see.  For example in my 2248 patch,
the ReadWriteConcurrencyControl uses an atomic incrementing long to move the state in one
direction only.  Users won't have time travel problems in this regime.

In terms of crashes and log recovery, the sequential log recovery id solves this problem,
no?

> 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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