-Utility of client gateways vs client libraries connecting directly to region servers & zookeeper ?
Simon Majou 2013-06-05, 13:03
I wonder, why spawing an extra process for the different gateways (thrift,
stargate, avoc ...), when you can make your app discuss directly with
region servers (and zookeeper) ?
If your app is in Java you can use the native client so your app
communicates directly with the region servers. That's great for Java, but
in all other languages you have to go through an additional gateway.
This additional gateway means doubling the burden in IO, and an extra step
of parsing (eg more CPU used & more latency).
Why not adding directly the REST / thrift / avoc interfaces directly into
the region servers ?
>From a development point of view it would be easier as you can use directly
the API of the region servers.
>From a load point of view, all the requests sent at those gateways go to
some region server afterward, so adding gateways really doesn't help.
Of course there is the cost of parsing data, but it is probably quite the
same as the current parsing. And you can spawn additional processes
directly from Java easily.
(BTW it would be great also to use some evented frameword (like
http://vertx.io/) to avoid wasting resource in IO)