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From lars hofhansl <la...@apache.org>
Subject Re: HBase Thrift inserts bottlenecked somewhere -- but where?
Date Sat, 02 Mar 2013 20:56:32 GMT
They are flushed to 3 nodes (but not sync'ed to disk on those replicas), so you'll eat 3 network

I wrote a bit about this here: http://hadoop-hbase.blogspot.com/2012/05/hbase-hdfs-and-durable-sync.html

You can switch a column family to deferred log flush. In that case the edit is flushed to
the 3 replication asynchronously with 1 or 2 secs.
(And if even get to finish HBASE-7801, one can control this per mutation).

-- Lars

 From: Dan Crosta <dan@magnetic.com>
To: "user@hbase.apache.org" <user@hbase.apache.org> 
Sent: Saturday, March 2, 2013 10:47 AM
Subject: Re: HBase Thrift inserts bottlenecked somewhere -- but where?
On Mar 2, 2013, at 12:38 PM, lars hofhansl wrote:
> "That's only true from the HDFS perspective, right? Any given region is 
> "owned" by 1 of the 6 regionservers at any given time, and writes are 
> buffered to memory before being persisted to HDFS, right?"
> Only if you disabled the WAL, otherwise each change is written to the WAL first, and
then committed to the memstore.
> So in the sense it's even worse. Each edit is written twice to the FS, replicated 3 times,
and all that only 6 data nodes.

Are these writes synchronized somehow? Could there be a locking problem somewhere that wouldn't
show up as utilization of disk or cpu?

What is the upshot of disabling WAL -- I assume it means that if a RegionServer crashes, you
lose any writes that it has in memory but not committed to HFiles?

> 20k writes does seem a bit low.

I adjusted dfs.datanode.handler.count from 3 to 10 and now we're up to about 22-23k writes
per second, but still no apparent contention for any of the basic system resources.

Any other suggestions on things to try?

- Dan
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