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From "Mikhail Bautin (Created) (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Created] (HBASE-5263) Preserving cached data on compactions through cache-on-write
Date Mon, 23 Jan 2012 22:35:40 GMT
Preserving cached data on compactions through cache-on-write

                 Key: HBASE-5263
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HBASE-5263
             Project: HBase
          Issue Type: Improvement
            Reporter: Mikhail Bautin
            Assignee: Mikhail Bautin
            Priority: Minor

We are tackling HBASE-3976 and HBASE-5230 to make sure we don't trash the block cache on compactions
if cache-on-write is enabled. However, it would be ideal to reduce the effect compactions
have on the cached data. For every block we are writing for a compacted file we can decide
whether it needs to be cached based on whether the original blocks containing the same data
were already in cache. More precisely, for every HFile reader in a compaction we can maintain
a boolean flag saying whether the current key-value came from a disk IO or the block cache.
In the HFile writer for the compaction's output we can maintain a flag that is set if any
of the key-values in the block being written came from a cached block, use that flag at the
end of a block to decide whether to cache-on-write the block, and reset the flag to false
on a block boundary. If such an inclusive approach would still trash the cache, we could restrict
the total number of blocks to be cached per an output HFile, switch to an "and" logic instead
of "or" logic for deciding whether to cache an output file block, or only cache a certain
percentage of output file blocks that contain some of the previously cached data. 

Thanks to Nicolas for this elegant online algorithm idea!

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