HConfig: Resource Adaptive Fast Bulk Loading in HBase

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10th IEEE International Conference on Collaborative Computing: Networking, Applications and Worksharing
Xianqiang Bao1, Ling Liu2, Nong Xiao1, Fang Liu1, Qi Zhang1, Tao Zhu1
1: State Key Laboratory of High Performance Computing,National University of Defense Technology
2: College of Computing,Georgia Institute of Technology
    Abstract

    NoSQL (Not only SQL) data stores become a vital component in many big data computing platforms due to its inherent horizontal scalability. HBase is an open-source distributed NoSQL store that is widely used by many Internet enterprises to handle their big data computing applications (e.g. Facebook handles millions of messages each day with HBase). Optimizations that can enhance the performance of HBase are of paramount interests for big data applications that use HBase or Big Table like key-value stores. In this paper we study the problems inherent in misconfiguration of HBase clusters, including scenarios where the HBase default configurations can lead to poor performance. We develop HConfig, a semi-automated configuration manager for optimizing HBase system performance from multiple dimensions. Due to the space constraint, this paper will focus on how to improve the performance of HBase data loader using HConfig. Through this case study we will highlight the importance of resource adaptive and workload aware auto-configuration management and the design principles of HConfig. Our experiments show that the HConfig enhanced bulk loading can significantly improve the performance of HBase bulk loading jobs compared to the HBase default configuration, and achieve 2~3.7x speedup in throughput under different client threads while maintaining linear horizontal scalability.

    http://dx.doi.org/10.4108/icst.collaboratecom.2014.257304