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From "Jean-Daniel Cryans" <jdcry...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Question about how queries are distributed
Date Mon, 04 Aug 2008 01:56:30 GMT

The HBase Architecture page in the wiki does give this kind of information,
specifically here:
http://wiki.apache.org/hadoop/Hbase/HbaseArchitecture#metadata and since
HBase is a Bigtable clone, reading it's paper also gives useful information:

To make it short, the client queries the .META. table to find the users
tables regions to which it puts and gets data. Thrift only acts a as
decorator on the Java HBase client.

Until Zookeeper is integrated in HBase (like Chubby for Bigtable), the
Master is a SPOF but should not have any scalability-related problem.

Hope this helps,


On Sun, Aug 3, 2008 at 7:22 PM, Leon Mergen <leon@solatis.com> wrote:

> Hello,
> I'm looking for some information on hbase's architecture (out of pure
> interest), which i wasn't able to find anything about it on the Hbase site
> (including the architecture description).
> Specifically, I am curious how writes/mutations are distributed amongst the
> servers, and whether this is different when using an interface like Thrift.
> Is a server located for each mutateRow () operations "asked for" at the
> master server, or is that cached at some level ? If not, how is that
> problem
> solved that a client only connects to the master server but actually needs
> to talk to one of the slave servers ? Or is the master server a single weak
> spot that could introduce scalability problems on large (huge) scale ?
> Thanks in advance for any responses!
> Regards,
> Leon Mergen

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