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From "Jason Rutherglen (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (HBASE-3529) Add search to HBase
Date Wed, 16 Feb 2011 15:03:57 GMT

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Jason Rutherglen commented on HBASE-3529:
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There's one possible issue that's come to mind and that is the possible overhead associated
with accessing the Lucene index if it's stored in HDFS.  Meaning, in Lucene today we have
implementations such as NIOFSDirectory which uses NIO's positional read underneath, and it's
made highly concurrent search apps much faster (as before we were sync'ing per byte[1024]
read call).  I'm curious if HDFS has effectively implemented something similar to NIOFSDir
underneath?  I see pread mentioned in HFile however I think it's referring to the HDFS specific
implementation?

> Add search to HBase
> -------------------
>
>                 Key: HBASE-3529
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HBASE-3529
>             Project: HBase
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>    Affects Versions: 0.90.0
>            Reporter: Jason Rutherglen
>
> Using the Apache Lucene library we can add freetext search to HBase.  The advantages
of this are:
> * HBase is highly scalable and distributed
> * HBase is realtime
> * Lucene is a fast inverted index and will soon be realtime (see LUCENE-2312)
> * Lucene offers many types of queries not currently available in HBase (eg, AND, OR,
NOT, phrase, etc)
> * It's easier to build scalable realtime systems on top of already architecturally sound,
scalable realtime data system, eg, HBase.
> * Scaling realtime search will be as simple as scaling HBase.
> Phase 1 - Indexing:
> * Integrate Lucene into HBase such that an index mirrors a given region.  This means
cascading add, update, and deletes between a Lucene index and an HBase region (and vice versa).
> * Define meta-data to mark a region as indexed, and use a Solr schema to allow the user
to define the fields and analyzers.
> * Integrate with the HLog to ensure that index recovery can occur properly (eg, on region
server failure)
> * Mirror region splits with indexes (use Lucene's IndexSplitter?)
> * When a region is written to HDFS, also write the corresponding Lucene index to HDFS.
> * A row key will be the ID of a given Lucene document.  The Lucene docstore will explicitly
not be used because the document/row data is stored in HBase.  We will need to solve what
the best data structure for efficiently mapping a docid -> row key is.  It could be a docstore,
field cache, column stride fields, or some other mechanism.
> * Write unit tests for the above
> Phase 2 - Queries:
> * Enable distributed Lucene queries
> * Regions that have Lucene indexes are inherently available and may be searched on, meaning
there's no need for a separate search related system in Zookeeper.
> * Integrate search with HBase's RPC mechanism

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