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From Lin Ma <lin...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: how client location a region/tablet?
Date Sun, 19 Aug 2012 11:36:26 GMT
Thank you Stack, especially for the smart 6 round trip guess for the
puzzle. :-)

1. "Yeah, we client cache's locations, not the data." -- does it mean for
each client, it will cache all location information of a HBase cluster,
i.e. which physical server owns which region? Supposing each region has
128M bytes, for a big cluster (P-bytes level), total data size / 128M is
not a trivial number, not sure if any overhead to client?
2. A bit confused by what do you mean "not the data"? For the client cached
location information, it should be the data in table METADATA, which is
region / physical server mapping data. Why you say not data (do you mean
real content in each region)?


On Sun, Aug 19, 2012 at 12:40 PM, Stack <stack@duboce.net> wrote:

> On Sat, Aug 18, 2012 at 2:13 AM, Lin Ma <linlma@gmail.com> wrote:
> > Hello guys,
> >
> > I am referencing the Big Table paper about how a client locates a tablet.
> > In section 5.1 Tablet location, it is mentioned that client will cache
> all
> > tablet locations, I think it means client will cache root tablet in
> > METADATA table, and all other tablets in METADATA table (which means
> client
> > cache the whole METADATA table?). My question is, whether HBase
> implements
> > in the same or similar way? My concern or confusion is, supposing each
> > tablet or region file is 128M bytes, it will be very huge space (i.e.
> > memory footprint) for each client to cache all tablets or region files of
> > METADATA table. Is it doable or feasible in real HBase clusters? Thanks.
> >
> Yeah, we client cache's locations, not the data.
> > BTW: another confusion from me is in the paper of Big Table section 5.1
> > Tablet location, it is mentioned that "If the client’s cache is stale,
> the
> > location algorithm could take up to six round-trips, because stale cache
> > entries are only discovered upon misses (assuming that METADATA tablets
> do
> > not move very frequently).", I do not know how the 6 times round trip
> time
> > is calculated, if anyone could answer this puzzle, it will be great. :-)
> >
> I'm not sure what the 6 is about either.  Here is a guesstimate:
> 1. Go to cached location for a server for a particular user region,
> but server says that it does not have a region, the client location is
> stale
> 2. Go back to client cached meta region that holds user region w/ row
> we want, but its location is stale.
> 3. Go to root location, to find new location of meta, but the root
> location has moved.... what the client has is stale
> 4. Find new root location and do lookup of meta region location
> 5. Go to meta region location to find new user region
> 6. Go to server w/ user region
> St.Ack

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