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From "Dave Latham (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Created] (HBASE-6072) Make TableRecordReaderImpl more easily extended
Date Wed, 23 May 2012 16:16:41 GMT
Dave Latham created HBASE-6072:

             Summary: Make TableRecordReaderImpl more easily extended
                 Key: HBASE-6072
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HBASE-6072
             Project: HBase
          Issue Type: Improvement
          Components: mapreduce
            Reporter: Dave Latham
            Priority: Minor

We have a MR job that is very memory bound.  It reads a potentially large row from hbase,
then deserializes it into an (even larger) object representation, then does a fair amount
of computation requiring memory.  After converting the Result into our object representation
we want to free the memory holding the Result to be available for the actual computation of
output values.

Currently we have our own custom modified copy of TableRecordReaderImpl to be able to set
the Result value to null after reading it, but it's almost entirely a duplicate of hbase's
TableRecordReaderImpl so we have to manually keep it up to date with changes to the hbase
version.  If the value field of TableRecordReaderImpl were protected instead of private we
could use a very simple subclass instead.

Are there any philosophical guidelines about what parts of HBase should or should not be easily

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