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short scans in one RPC
I was recently dealing with a situation of the META table being slammed
with queries for a long time.  While evaluating the problem I saw the IPCs
being in a cycle like the following:

HRegionInterface#getClosestRowBefore queueTime=200 processingTime=1 ... 444
HRegionInterface#openScanner queueTime=191 processingTime=0 ... 22 bytes.
HRegionInterface#next queueTime=154 processingTime=1 ...  4551 bytes.
HRegionInterface#close queueTime=216 processingTime=0 ... 16 bytes.
(rinse, repeat)

I'm bumping our prefetching from 10 rows to 50 rows to help cut down on the
number of cycles, but it also occurs to me that it's a bit painful to
require 3 RPCs to do a short scan.

What would people think about adding method for short scans which
encapsulates (openScanner / next / close) in a single RPC?