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HBase: The Definitive Guide

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  1. HBase: The Definitive Guide
  2. Dedication
  3. Foreword
  4. Preface
    1. General Information
      1. HBase Version
      2. Building the Examples
      3. Hush: The HBase URL Shortener
      4. Running Hush
    2. Conventions Used in This Book
    3. Using Code Examples
    4. Safari® Books Online
    5. How to Contact Us
    6. Acknowledgments
  5. 1. Introduction
    1. The Dawn of Big Data
    2. The Problem with Relational Database Systems
    3. Nonrelational Database Systems, Not-Only SQL or NoSQL?
      1. Dimensions
      2. Scalability
      3. Database (De-)Normalization
    4. Building Blocks
      1. Backdrop
      2. Tables, Rows, Columns, and Cells
      3. Auto-Sharding
      4. Storage API
      5. Implementation
      6. Summary
    5. HBase: The Hadoop Database
      1. History
      2. Nomenclature
      3. Summary
  6. 2. Installation
    1. Quick-Start Guide
    2. Requirements
      1. Hardware
      2. Software
    3. Filesystems for HBase
      1. Local
      2. HDFS
      3. S3
      4. Other Filesystems
    4. Installation Choices
      1. Apache Binary Release
      2. Building from Source
    5. Run Modes
      1. Standalone Mode
      2. Distributed Mode
    6. Configuration
      1. hbase-site.xml and hbase-default.xml
      2. hbase-env.sh
      3. regionserver
      4. log4j.properties
      5. Example Configuration
      6. Client Configuration
    7. Deployment
      1. Script-Based
      2. Apache Whirr
      3. Puppet and Chef
    8. Operating a Cluster
      1. Running and Confirming Your Installation
      2. Web-based UI Introduction
      3. Shell Introduction
      4. Stopping the Cluster
  7. 3. Client API: The Basics
    1. General Notes
    2. CRUD Operations
      1. Put Method
      2. Get Method
      3. Delete Method
    3. Batch Operations
    4. Row Locks
    5. Scans
      1. Introduction
      2. The ResultScanner Class
      3. Caching Versus Batching
    6. Miscellaneous Features
      1. The HTable Utility Methods
      2. The Bytes Class
  8. 4. Client API: Advanced Features
    1. Filters
      1. Introduction to Filters
      2. Comparison Filters
      3. Dedicated Filters
      4. Decorating Filters
      5. FilterList
      6. Custom Filters
      7. Filters Summary
    2. Counters
      1. Introduction to Counters
      2. Single Counters
      3. Multiple Counters
    3. Coprocessors
      1. Introduction to Coprocessors
      2. The Coprocessor Class
      3. Coprocessor Loading
      4. The RegionObserver Class
      5. The MasterObserver Class
      6. Endpoints
    4. HTablePool
    5. Connection Handling
  9. 5. Client API: Administrative Features
    1. Schema Definition
      1. Tables
      2. Table Properties
      3. Column Families
    2. HBaseAdmin
      1. Basic Operations
      2. Table Operations
      3. Schema Operations
      4. Cluster Operations
      5. Cluster Status Information
  10. 6. Available Clients
    1. Introduction to REST, Thrift, and Avro
    2. Interactive Clients
      1. Native Java
      2. REST
      3. Thrift
      4. Avro
      5. Other Clients
    3. Batch Clients
      1. MapReduce
      2. Hive
      3. Pig
      4. Cascading
    4. Shell
      1. Basics
      2. Commands
      3. Scripting
    5. Web-based UI
      1. Master UI
      2. Region Server UI
      3. Shared Pages
  11. 7. MapReduce Integration
    1. Framework
      1. MapReduce Introduction
      2. Classes
      3. Supporting Classes
      4. MapReduce Locality
      5. Table Splits
    2. MapReduce over HBase
      1. Preparation
      2. Data Sink
      3. Data Source
      4. Data Source and Sink
      5. Custom Processing
  12. 8. Architecture
    1. Seek Versus Transfer
      1. B+ Trees
      2. Log-Structured Merge-Trees
    2. Storage
      1. Overview
      2. Write Path
      3. Files
      4. HFile Format
      5. KeyValue Format
    3. Write-Ahead Log
      1. Overview
      2. HLog Class
      3. HLogKey Class
      4. WALEdit Class
      5. LogSyncer Class
      6. LogRoller Class
      7. Replay
      8. Durability
    4. Read Path
    5. Region Lookups
    6. The Region Life Cycle
    7. ZooKeeper
    8. Replication
      1. Life of a Log Edit
      2. Internals
  13. 9. Advanced Usage
    1. Key Design
      1. Concepts
      2. Tall-Narrow Versus Flat-Wide Tables
      3. Partial Key Scans
      4. Pagination
      5. Time Series Data
      6. Time-Ordered Relations
    2. Advanced Schemas
    3. Secondary Indexes
    4. Search Integration
    5. Transactions
    6. Bloom Filters
    7. Versioning
      1. Implicit Versioning
      2. Custom Versioning
  14. 10. Cluster Monitoring
    1. Introduction
    2. The Metrics Framework
      1. Contexts, Records, and Metrics
      2. Master Metrics
      3. Region Server Metrics
      4. RPC Metrics
      5. JVM Metrics
      6. Info Metrics
    3. Ganglia
      1. Installation
      2. Usage
    4. JMX
      1. JConsole
      2. JMX Remote API
    5. Nagios
  15. 11. Performance Tuning
    1. Garbage Collection Tuning
    2. Memstore-Local Allocation Buffer
    3. Compression
      1. Available Codecs
      2. Verifying Installation
      3. Enabling Compression
    4. Optimizing Splits and Compactions
      1. Managed Splitting
      2. Region Hotspotting
      3. Presplitting Regions
    5. Load Balancing
    6. Merging Regions
    7. Client API: Best Practices
    8. Configuration
    9. Load Tests
      1. Performance Evaluation
      2. YCSB
  16. 12. Cluster Administration
    1. Operational Tasks
      1. Node Decommissioning
      2. Rolling Restarts
      3. Adding Servers
    2. Data Tasks
      1. Import and Export Tools
      2. CopyTable Tool
      3. Bulk Import
      4. Replication
    3. Additional Tasks
      1. Coexisting Clusters
      2. Required Ports
    4. Changing Logging Levels
    5. Troubleshooting
      1. HBase Fsck
      2. Analyzing the Logs
      3. Common Issues
  17. A. HBase Configuration Properties
  18. B. Road Map
    1. HBase 0.92.0
    2. HBase 0.94.0
  19. C. Upgrade from Previous Releases
    1. Upgrading to HBase 0.90.x
      1. From 0.20.x or 0.89.x
      2. Within 0.90.x
    2. Upgrading to HBase 0.92.0
  20. D. Distributions
    1. Cloudera’s Distribution Including Apache Hadoop
  21. E. Hush SQL Schema
  22. F. HBase Versus Bigtable
  23. Index
  24. About the Author
  25. Colophon
  26. Copyright
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Chapter 11. Performance Tuning

Thus far, you have seen how to set up a cluster and make use of it. Using HBase in production often requires that you turn many knobs to make it hum as expected. This chapter covers various advanced techniques for tuning a cluster and testing it repeatedly to verify its performance.

Garbage Collection Tuning

One of the lower-level settings you need to adjust is the garbage collection parameters for the region server processes. Note that the master is not a problem here as it does not handle any heavy loads, and data does not pass through it. These parameters only need to be added to the region servers.

You might wonder why you have to tune the garbage collection parameters to run HBase efficiently. The problem is that the Java Runtime Environment comes with basic assumptions regarding what your programs are doing, how they create objects, how they allocate the heap to handle data, and so on. These assumptions work well in a lot of cases. In addition, the JRE has heuristic algorithms that adjust these assumptions as your process is running. Even with those in place, the JRE is limited to the implementation of such heuristics and can handle some use cases better than others.

The bottom line is that the JRE does not handle region servers very well. This is caused by certain workloads, especially write-heavy ones, stressing the memory allocation mechanisms to a degree that it cannot safely rely on the JRE assumptions alone: you need to use the provided JRE ...

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