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From "Nick Dimiduk (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (HBASE-13103) [ergonomics] add shell,API to "reshape" a table
Date Mon, 02 Mar 2015 19:50:05 GMT

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Nick Dimiduk commented on HBASE-13103:

I'd like to see the cluster make iterative attempts toward an ideal state, not require users
to track this stuff manually.

Just like we have a balancer chore in master that aims to keep assignment healthy, we could
have a split/merge chore that tries the same. Would need some way to decide if a region is
"hot" or not, but I think a simple bit of conservative logic might look like "region is 50%
smaller than average or 50% larger than average and hasn't served writes in the last hour".

> [ergonomics] add shell,API to "reshape" a table
> -----------------------------------------------
>                 Key: HBASE-13103
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HBASE-13103
>             Project: HBase
>          Issue Type: Brainstorming
>          Components: Usability
>            Reporter: Nick Dimiduk
> Often enough, folks miss-judge split points or otherwise end up with a suboptimal number
of regions. We should have an automated, reliable way to "reshape" or "balance" a table's
region boundaries. This would be for tables that contain existing data. This might look like:
> {noformat}
> Admin#reshapeTable(TableName, int numSplits);
> {noformat}
> or from the shell:
> {noformat}
> > reshape TABLE, numSplits
> {noformat}

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