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xceiver count, regionserver shutdown
I am trying to resolve an issue with my cluster when I am loading a bunch of data into HBase. I am reaching the "xciever" limit on the data nodes. Currently I have this set to 4096. The data node is logging "xceiverCount 4097 exceeds the limit of concurrent xcievers 4096". The regionservers eventually shut down. I have read the various threads on this issue.

I have 4 datanodes/regionservers. Each regionserver has only around 200 regions. The table has 2 column families. I have the region file size set to 500mb, and I'm using Snappy compression. This problem is occurring on HBase 0.90.4 and Hadoop 0.20.2 (both Cloudera cdh3u3).

From what I have read, the number of regions on a node can cause the xceiver limit to be reached, but it doesn't seem like I have an excessive number of regions. I want the table to scale higher, so simply upping the xceiver limit could perhaps get my table functional for now, but it seems it will only be a temporary fix.

Are number of regions the only factor that can cause this problem, or are there other factors involved that I may be able to adjust?