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Re: Using HBase on other file systems
Amandeep Khurana 2010-05-09, 20:56
I have HBase running over Ceph on a small cluster here at UC Santa Cruz and
am evaluating its performance as compared to HDFS. You'll see some numbers
soon. Theoretically, HBase can work on any filesystem. It should either have
a posix client that you can mount and HBase can use it as a raw filesystem
(file:///mount/filesystem) or you'll need to extend the FileSystem class to
write a client that Hadoop Core can use.

-Amandeep
Amandeep Khurana
Computer Science Graduate Student
University of California, Santa Cruz
On Sun, May 9, 2010 at 9:44 AM, Andrew Purtell <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

> Our experience with Gluster 2 is that self heal when a brick drops off the
> network is very painful. The high performance impact lasts for a long time.
> I'm not sure but I think Gluster 3 may only rereplicate missing sections
> instead of entire files. On the other hand I would not trust Gluster 3 to be
> stable (yet).
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> I've also tried KFS. My experience seem to bear out other observations that
> it is ~30% slower that HDFS. Also I was unable to keep the chunkservers up
> on my CentOS 5 based 64 bit systems. I give Sriram shell access so he could
> poke around coredumps with gdb but there was no satisfactory resolution.
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> Another team at Trend is looking at Ceph. I think it is a highly promising
> filesystem but at the moment it is an experimental filesystem undergoing a
> high rate of development that requires another experimental filesystem
> undergoing a high rate of development (btrfs) for recovery semantics, and
> the web site warns "NOT SAFE YET" or similar. I doubt it has ever been
> tested on clusters > 100 nodes. In contrast, HDFS has been running in
> production on clusters with 1000s of nodes for a long time.
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> There currently is not a credible competitor to HDFS in my opinion. Ceph is
> definitely worth keeping an eye on however. I wonder if HDFS will evolve to
> offer a similar scalable metadata service (NameNode) to compete. Certainly
> that would improve its scalability and availability story, both issues today
> presenting barriers to adoption, and barriers for anything layered on top,
> like HBase.
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>   - Andy
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> > From: Kevin Apte
> > Subject: Using HBase on other file systems
> > To: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
> > Date: Sunday, May 9, 2010, 5:08 AM
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> > I am wondering if anyone has thought
> > about using HBase on other file systems like "Gluster".  I
> > think Gluster may offer much faster performance without
> > exorbitant cost.  With Gluster, you would have to
> > fetch the data from the "Storage Bricks" and process it in
> > your own environment. This allows the
> > servers that are used as storage nodes very cheap.
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