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From "Matt Corgan (Commented) (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (HBASE-4218) Data Block Encoding of KeyValues (aka delta encoding / prefix compression)
Date Wed, 04 Jan 2012 00:32:40 GMT

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Matt Corgan commented on HBASE-4218:
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{quote}Blocks read from existing HFiles will still be brought into cache using their original
encoding{quote}
awesome - I was just about to bring that up.  Will be very important for tables that go many
days between compactions

{quote}Another possible way to simplify things even further could be to get rid of the ENCODE_IN_CACHE_ONLY
option completely{quote}
I am leaning towards this as well.  It's a cool feature for development and testing, but i
can't think of a reason to use it in production.  As you mentioned, it makes more sense to
do encoding during flushes and compactions and not during the read path.  Storing unencoded
on disk and encoded in memory would make sense for workloads where the average block is read
less than once, but that's pretty uncommon and that scenario is not likely to make good usage
of the block cache anyway.
                
> Data Block Encoding of KeyValues  (aka delta encoding / prefix compression)
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: HBASE-4218
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HBASE-4218
>             Project: HBase
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: io
>    Affects Versions: 0.94.0
>            Reporter: Jacek Migdal
>            Assignee: Mikhail Bautin
>              Labels: compression
>             Fix For: 0.94.0
>
>         Attachments: 0001-Delta-encoding-fixed-encoded-scanners.patch, 0001-Delta-encoding.patch,
4218-v16.txt, D447.1.patch, D447.10.patch, D447.11.patch, D447.12.patch, D447.13.patch, D447.14.patch,
D447.15.patch, D447.16.patch, D447.17.patch, D447.2.patch, D447.3.patch, D447.4.patch, D447.5.patch,
D447.6.patch, D447.7.patch, D447.8.patch, D447.9.patch, Data-block-encoding-2011-12-23.patch,
Delta-encoding.patch-2011-12-22_11_52_07.patch, Delta_encoding_with_memstore_TS.patch, open-source.diff
>
>
> A compression for keys. Keys are sorted in HFile and they are usually very similar. Because
of that, it is possible to design better compression than general purpose algorithms,
> It is an additional step designed to be used in memory. It aims to save memory in cache
as well as speeding seeks within HFileBlocks. It should improve performance a lot, if key
lengths are larger than value lengths. For example, it makes a lot of sense to use it when
value is a counter.
> Initial tests on real data (key length = ~ 90 bytes , value length = 8 bytes) shows that
I could achieve decent level of compression:
>  key compression ratio: 92%
>  total compression ratio: 85%
>  LZO on the same data: 85%
>  LZO after delta encoding: 91%
> While having much better performance (20-80% faster decompression ratio than LZO). Moreover,
it should allow far more efficient seeking which should improve performance a bit.
> It seems that a simple compression algorithms are good enough. Most of the savings are
due to prefix compression, int128 encoding, timestamp diffs and bitfields to avoid duplication.
That way, comparisons of compressed data can be much faster than a byte comparator (thanks
to prefix compression and bitfields).
> In order to implement it in HBase two important changes in design will be needed:
> -solidify interface to HFileBlock / HFileReader Scanner to provide seeking and iterating;
access to uncompressed buffer in HFileBlock will have bad performance
> -extend comparators to support comparison assuming that N first bytes are equal (or some
fields are equal)
> Link to a discussion about something similar:
> http://search-hadoop.com/m/5aqGXJEnaD1/hbase+windows&subj=Re+prefix+compression

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