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Re: Questions on Table design for time series data
I'd suggest to think about manual major compactions and splits. Using
manual compactions and bulkload allows to split HFiles manually. Like if
you would like to read last 3 months more often that all others data, then
you could have three HFiles for each month and one HFile for whole other
stuff. Using scan.setTimestamps would allow to filter out only those three
HFiles, thus scan would be faster.

Moreover if you have TTL about one month there is no need to run it
everyday (as in auto mode). Especially, when using bulkloads you basically
control the size of output HFiles by having input of particular size. Say,
you give input for last two weeks and have one HFile per regions for last
two weeks.

Using this new feature known as Coprocessor, you could hook up to the
compactSelection process and alter the compaction chosing HFiles you would
like to process. That allow to combine particular HFiles.

All of that allow to run major compaction just once-twice in month - major
compaction over huge amount of data is a heavy operation - the rare, the

Though without monitoring and measurement it looks like early optimization.
On Wed, Oct 3, 2012 at 10:59 PM, Jacques <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

> We're all volunteers here so we don't always have the time to fully
> understand and plan others' schemas.
> In general your questions seemed to be worried about a lot of things that
> may or may not matter depending on the specifics of your implementation.
>  Without knowing those specifics it is hard to be super definitive.  You
> seem to be very worried about the cost of compactions and retention.  Is
> that because you're having issues now?
> Short answers:
> q1: Unless you have a good reason for splitting up into two tables, I'd
> keep as one.  Pros: Easier to understand/better matches intellectual
> understanding/allows checkAndPuts across both families/data is colocated
> (server, not disk) on retrieval if you want to work with both groups
> simultaneously using get, MR, etc.  Con: There will be some extra
> merge/flush activity if the two columns grow at substantially different
> rates.
> q2: 365*1000 regions is problematic (if that is what you're suggesting).
>  Even with HFilev2 and partially loaded multi-level indexes, there is still
> quite a bit of overhead per region.  I pointed you at the Jive thing in
> part since hashing that value as a bucket seems a lot more reasonable.
>  Additional Random idea: if you know retention policy on insert and your
> data is immutable post insertion, consider shifting the insert timestamp
> and maintain a single ttl.  Would require more client side code but would
> allow configurable ttls while utilizing existing HBase infrastructure.
> q3: Sounds like you're prematurely optimizing here.  Maybe others would
> disagree.  I'd use ttl until you find that isn't performant enough.  The
> tension between flexibility and speed is clear here.  I'd say you either
> need to pick specific ttls and optimize for that scenario via region
> pruning (e.g. separate tables for each ttl type) or you need to use a more
> general approach that leverages the per value ttl and compaction
> methodology.  There is enough operational work managing an HBase/HDFS
> cluster without having to worry about specialized region management.
> Jacques
> On Wed, Oct 3, 2012 at 11:31 AM, Karthikeyan Muthukumarasamy <
> > Hi Jacques,
> > Thanks for the response!
> > Yes, I have seen the video before. It suggets usage of TTL based
> retention
> > implementation. In their usecase, Jive has a fixed retention say 3 months
> > and so they can pre-create regions for so many buckets, their bucket id
> is
> > DAY_OF_YEAR%retention_in_days. But, in our usecase, the retention period
> is
> > configurable, so pre-creationg regions based on retention will not work.
> > Thats why we went for MMDD based buckets which is immune to retention
> > period changes.
> > Now that you know that Ive gone through that video from Jive, I would

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