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From Ryan Rawson <ryano...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: random timestamp insert
Date Tue, 16 Jun 2009 20:16:10 GMT

So the issue there was when you are using the row-lock support built in, the
waiters for a row lock use up a IPC responder thread. There is only so many
of them. Then your clients start failing as regionservers are busy waiting
for locks to be released.

The suggestion there was to use zookeeper-based locks.  The suggestion is
still valid.

I don't get your question about if timestamp is better than "Long
versioning".  A timestamp is a long - it's default value is
System.currentTimeMillis(), thus it's the milliseconds since epoch 1970 - a
slight variation on the time_t.

Generally I would recommend people avoid setting timestamps unless they have
special needs.  Timestamps order multiple version for a given row/column,
thus if you 'mess it up', you get wrong data returned.

I personally believe that timestamps are not necessairly the best way to
store time-series data.  While in 0.20 we have better query mechanisms (all
values between X and Y is the general mechanism), you can probably do better
with indexes.


On Tue, Jun 16, 2009 at 1:04 PM, Alexandre Jaquet <alexjaquet@gmail.com>wrote:

> Hello,
> I'm also evaluting hbase for some applications and found an old post about
> transactions and concurrent access
> http://osdir.com/ml/java.hadoop.hbase.user/2008-05/msg00169.html
> Does timestamp is really better than Long versioning ?
> Any workaround ?
> 2009/6/16 Xinan Wu <wuxinan@gmail.com>
> > I am aware that inserting data into hbase with random timestamp order
> > results indeterminate result.
> >
> > e.g. comments here
> > https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HBASE-1249#action_12682369
> >
> > I've personally experienced indeterminate results before when I insert
> > in random timestamp order (i.e., multiple versions with same timestamp
> > in the same cell, out-of-order timestamp when getting multiple
> > versions).
> >
> > In other words, we don't want to go back in time in inserting cells.
> > Deletion is ok. But is updating pretty much the same story as
> > inserting?
> >
> > i.e., if I make sure the timestamp does exist in the cell, and then I
> > _update_ it with that timestamp (and same value length), sometimes
> > hbase still just inserts a new version without touching the old one,
> > and of course timestamps of this cell becomes out of order. Even if I
> > delete all versions in that cell and reinsert in the time order, the
> > result is still out of order. I assume if I do a major compact between
> > delete all and reinsert, it would be ok, but that's not a good
> > solution. Is there any good way to update a version of a cell in the
> > past? or that simply won't work?
> >
> > Thanks,
> >

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