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      Consider how we might enable tiered HFile storage. If HDFS has the capability, we could create certain files on solid state devices where they might be frequently accessed, especially for random reads; and others (and by default) on spinning media as before. We could support the move of frequently read HFiles from spinning media to solid state. We already have CF statistics for this, would only need to add requisite admin interface; could even consider an autotiering option.

      Dhruba Borthakur did some early work in this area and wrote up his findings: http://hadoopblog.blogspot.com/2012/05/hadoop-and-solid-state-drives.html . It is important to note the findings but I suggest most of the recommendations are out of scope of this JIRA. This JIRA seeks to find an initial use case that produces a reasonable benefit, and serves as a testbed for further improvements. If I may paraphrase Dhruba's findings (any misstatements and errors are mine): First, the DFSClient code paths introduce significant latency, so the HDFS client (and presumably the DataNode, as the next bottleneck) will need significant work to knock that down. Need to investigate optimized (perhaps read-only) DFS clients, server side read and caching strategies. Second, RegionServers are heavily threaded and this imposes a lot of monitor contention and context switching cost. Need to investigate reducing the number of threads in a RegionServer, nonblocking IO and RPC.

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              Andrew Purtell
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