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From "Gary Helmling (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (HBASE-4755) HBase based block placement in DFS
Date Fri, 15 Mar 2013 23:20:15 GMT

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Gary Helmling commented on HBASE-4755:
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Sanjay's idea seems like a useful capability in itself, but I don't think it solves the whole
problem.  For certain use cases, being able to fail a region over to a host that already has
data locality for the store files is going to be critical.  Adding the capability to pull
blocks local on demand would shorten the period of high latency due to remote HDFS reads,
but it doesn't eliminate it.  So I think that having HDFS-2576 in place would still be extremely
valuable.
                
> HBase based block placement in DFS
> ----------------------------------
>
>                 Key: HBASE-4755
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HBASE-4755
>             Project: HBase
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>    Affects Versions: 0.94.0
>            Reporter: Karthik Ranganathan
>            Assignee: Christopher Gist
>            Priority: Critical
>         Attachments: 4755-wip-1.patch, hbase-4755-notes.txt
>
>
> The feature as is only useful for HBase clusters that care about data locality on regionservers,
but this feature can also enable a lot of nice features down the road.
> The basic idea is as follows: instead of letting HDFS determine where to replicate data
(r=3) by place blocks on various regions, it is better to let HBase do so by providing hints
to HDFS through the DFS client. That way instead of replicating data at a blocks level, we
can replicate data at a per-region level (each region owned by a promary, a secondary and
a tertiary regionserver). This is better for 2 things:
> - Can make region failover faster on clusters which benefit from data affinity
> - On large clusters with random block placement policy, this helps reduce the probability
of data loss
> The algo is as follows:
> - Each region in META will have 3 columns which are the preferred regionservers for that
region (primary, secondary and tertiary)
> - Preferred assignment can be controlled by a config knob
> - Upon cluster start, HMaster will enter a mapping from each region to 3 regionservers
(random hash, could use current locality, etc)
> - The load balancer would assign out regions preferring region assignments to primary
over secondary over tertiary over any other node
> - Periodically (say weekly, configurable) the HMaster would run a locality checked and
make sure the map it has for region to regionservers is optimal.
> Down the road, this can be enhanced to control region placement in the following cases:
> - Mixed hardware SKU where some regionservers can hold fewer regions
> - Load balancing across tables where we dont want multiple regions of a table to get
assigned to the same regionservers
> - Multi-tenancy, where we can restrict the assignment of the regions of some table to
a subset of regionservers, so an abusive app cannot take down the whole HBase cluster.

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