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From paul-rogers <...@git.apache.org>
Subject [GitHub] drill pull request #717: DRILL-5080: Memory-managed version of external sort
Date Thu, 02 Feb 2017 22:45:13 GMT
Github user paul-rogers commented on a diff in the pull request:

    https://github.com/apache/drill/pull/717#discussion_r99067046
  
    --- Diff: exec/java-exec/src/main/java/org/apache/drill/exec/physical/impl/xsort/managed/ExternalSortBatch.java
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    +package org.apache.drill.exec.physical.impl.xsort.managed;
    +
    +import java.io.IOException;
    +import java.util.Collection;
    +import java.util.LinkedList;
    +import java.util.List;
    +
    +import org.apache.drill.common.AutoCloseables;
    +import org.apache.drill.common.config.DrillConfig;
    +import org.apache.drill.common.exceptions.UserException;
    +import org.apache.drill.exec.ExecConstants;
    +import org.apache.drill.exec.exception.OutOfMemoryException;
    +import org.apache.drill.exec.exception.SchemaChangeException;
    +import org.apache.drill.exec.memory.BufferAllocator;
    +import org.apache.drill.exec.ops.FragmentContext;
    +import org.apache.drill.exec.ops.MetricDef;
    +import org.apache.drill.exec.physical.config.ExternalSort;
    +import org.apache.drill.exec.physical.impl.sort.RecordBatchData;
    +import org.apache.drill.exec.physical.impl.xsort.MSortTemplate;
    +import org.apache.drill.exec.physical.impl.xsort.SingleBatchSorter;
    +import org.apache.drill.exec.physical.impl.xsort.managed.BatchGroup.InputBatch;
    +import org.apache.drill.exec.record.AbstractRecordBatch;
    +import org.apache.drill.exec.record.BatchSchema;
    +import org.apache.drill.exec.record.BatchSchema.SelectionVectorMode;
    +import org.apache.drill.exec.record.RecordBatch;
    +import org.apache.drill.exec.record.SchemaUtil;
    +import org.apache.drill.exec.record.VectorContainer;
    +import org.apache.drill.exec.record.VectorWrapper;
    +import org.apache.drill.exec.record.WritableBatch;
    +import org.apache.drill.exec.record.selection.SelectionVector2;
    +import org.apache.drill.exec.record.selection.SelectionVector4;
    +import org.apache.drill.exec.testing.ControlsInjector;
    +import org.apache.drill.exec.testing.ControlsInjectorFactory;
    +import org.apache.drill.exec.vector.ValueVector;
    +import org.apache.drill.exec.vector.complex.AbstractContainerVector;
    +
    +import com.google.common.collect.Lists;
    +
    +/**
    + * External sort batch: a sort batch which can spill to disk in
    + * order to operate within a defined memory footprint.
    + * <p>
    + * <h4>Basic Operation</h4>
    + * The operator has three key phases:
    + * <p>
    + * <ul>
    + * <li>The load phase in which batches are read from upstream.</li>
    + * <li>The merge phase in which spilled batches are combined to
    + * reduce the number of files below the configured limit. (Best
    + * practice is to configure the system to avoid this phase.)
    + * <li>The delivery phase in which batches are combined to produce
    + * the final output.</li>
    + * </ul>
    + * During the load phase:
    + * <p>
    + * <ul>
    + * <li>The incoming (upstream) operator provides a series of batches.</li>
    + * <li>This operator sorts each batch, and accumulates them in an in-memory
    + * buffer.</li>
    + * <li>If the in-memory buffer becomes too large, this operator selects
    + * a subset of the buffered batches to spill.</li>
    --- End diff --
    
    We write spill files of size 300 MB. Any gains from long disk writes have already been
gotten at that spill size. (That's 3 sec. of I/O for a spinning disk at 100 MB/s.)
    
    Drill handles big data. A sort might be given 10 GB of memory to buffer batches. Spilling
this entire amount, just because we need a small amount of room, does not make much sense.
If we have 10 GB and read 11 GB of data, we'd want to write just four spill files of 300 MB
each, then merge the in-memory and on-disk runs to avoid writing the other 10 GB.
    
    This assumes, of course, that merging many in-batch runs is faster than spilling, then
merging from disk a smaller set of spilled runs. This seems to be the case.
    
    So, we do achieve writing long spill runs (300 MB), but we don't dump the entire buffer
unless necessary.


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