Affects Version/s: 0.11.0
Fix Version/s: 0.12.0
Right now NameNode keeps track of DataNodes with "hostname:port". One proposal is to keep track of datanodes with "ip:port". There are various concerns expressed regd hostnames and ip. Please add your experiences here so that we have better idea on what we should fix etc.
How should be calculate datanode ip:
1) Just like how we calculate hostname currently with "dfs.datanode.dns.interface" and "dfs.datanode.dns.nameserver". So if interface specified wrong, it could report ip like 127.0.0.1 which might or might not be intended.
2) Namenode can use the remove socket address when the datanode registers. Not sure how easy it to get this address in RPC or if this is desirable.
3) Namenode could just resolve the hostname when a datanode registers. It could print of a warning if the resolved ip and reported ip don't match.
One advantage of using IPs is that DFSClient does not need to resolve them when it connects to datanode. This could save few milliseconds for each block. Also, DFSClient should check all its ips to see if a given ip is local or not.
As far I see namenode does not resolve any DNS in normal operations since it does not actively contact datanodes. In that sense not sure if this have any change in Namenode performance.