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From "Heng Chen (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (HBASE-14790) Implement a new DFSOutputStream for logging WAL only
Date Fri, 04 Dec 2015 06:17:11 GMT

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Heng Chen commented on HBASE-14790:
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And for keeping an "acked length", I think we could make use of the fsync method in HDFS.
We could call fsync asynchronously to update length on namenode. The replication source should
not read beyond the length gotten from namenode(do not trust the visible length read from
datanode). 
{quote}

So if we can not avoid fsync every time, maybe this way [~Apache9] mentioned is the best solution?
  Shall we begin?

> Implement a new DFSOutputStream for logging WAL only
> ----------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: HBASE-14790
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HBASE-14790
>             Project: HBase
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>            Reporter: Duo Zhang
>
> The original {{DFSOutputStream}} is very powerful and aims to serve all purposes. But
in fact, we do not need most of the features if we only want to log WAL. For example, we do
not need pipeline recovery since we could just close the old logger and open a new one. And
also, we do not need to write multiple blocks since we could also open a new logger if the
old file is too large.
> And the most important thing is that, it is hard to handle all the corner cases to avoid
data loss or data inconsistency(such as HBASE-14004) when using original DFSOutputStream due
to its complicated logic. And the complicated logic also force us to use some magical tricks
to increase performance. For example, we need to use multiple threads to call {{hflush}} when
logging, and now we use 5 threads. But why 5 not 10 or 100?
> So here, I propose we should implement our own {{DFSOutputStream}} when logging WAL.
For correctness, and also for performance.



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