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  1. HBase
  2. HBASE-17963

RegionServers lose file locality on unplanned restart



    • Bug
    • Status: Resolved
    • Major
    • Resolution: Incomplete
    • 1.1.2
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    • Evident with HDP 2.4.3 running HBase 1.1.2


      When an HBase cluster crashes, HFile locality is lost.

      Crashes can happen for a variety of reasons, and in this event having a quick time to recover (both data and database performance) is critical.

      On cluster restore, region servers do not load their previous set of regions, which means all HFiles must be moved around until locality is achieved again. Performance is poor while file locality is not close to 100%.
      A major compaction must be run to move the regions around, which further impacts performance and will take longer the more data was in HBase at the time of the crash.

      There is a graceful_stop script which is useful for planned outages - you can first unload the regions from the region server, restart it, and then reload the regions to the same server. No HFiles need to be moved and file locality is quickly restored.

      However, with an unplanned outage, there is no locality kept of where the regions were. On a crash HBase randomly assigns regions to region servers and HFile locality is very low. We then need to move all the HFiles around until file locality is restored.

      This is fine for a small number of regions and small HFiles but becomes problematic when you have a large number of region servers or large files.

      This JIRA is a request to improve this behavior for unplanned outages by trying to restore the regions assigned per server, after a cluster restart.

      For example, HBase could keep a list of the region locality at regular intervals, and use this as an initial guideline when regions are restarted. Locality might still not be 100% immediately - but presumably better than 0%.
      It would be necessary to first disable the load balancer (if enabled) while this restore is happening and enable it afterward.


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              bjorn.olsen1@gmail.com Bjorn Olsen
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