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Roadmap to Hypertable 1.0

07.23.2012  |  Release Status

With the release of Hypertable version I thought I would take some time to describe where we are in terms of the Hypertable 1.0 release and what work is remaining.  We had intended to make the next Hypertable release our beta release.  However, it’s been four months since the release of and since the beta release is not quite ready to go, we decided to do one last alpha release and call it  In this release we’ve put in a considerable effort to fix a number of stability issues that have affected prior releases. Stability Improvements for HDFS deployments

The biggest source of instability for Hypertable deployments running on top of HDFS has do with the unclean shutdown of either the Master or RangeServer.   Upon restart after this situation has ocurred, the RangeServer (or Master) can fail to come up with an error message similar to the following in its log file:

1342810317 ERROR Hypertable.RangeServer : verify_backup 
(/root/src/hypertable/src/cc/Hypertable/Lib/MetaLogReader.cc:131): MetaLog 
file '/hypertable/servers/rs12/log/rsml/0' has length 0 < backup file 
'/opt/hypertable/ /run/log_backup/rsml/rs12/0' length 11376

This problem was due to a misunderstanding on our part of the HDFS API semantics.  Whenever the Master or RangeServer writes data to any of its log files, it makes a call to FSDataOutputStream.sync() to ensure that the data makes it in to the filesystem and is persistent.  However, after making this call, a call to the FileStatus.getLen() does not return the correct value.  FileStatus.getLen() only returns the correct file length if the file was properly closed.  HDFS provides an alternate API, DFSClient.DFSDataInputStream.getVisibleLength(), that returns the actual length of the file regardless of whether or not it was closed properly.  We’ve since modified the HDFSBroker length method to use this alternate API which has solved the problem with negligible performance impact.

There have been a number of other important, though more rare, issues that have been fixed in the release.  A brief description of each of these fixes can be found in the Hypertable Release Notes. “beta” Release – Automatic RangeServer Failover

The main feature that has been holding up our beta release is automatic RangeServer failover.  Currently, if a machine running a RangeServer dies, the portion of the data set managed by that machine will be unavailable until an operator intervenes and does one of two things:

  1. Bring the machine back online
  2. Replace the machine with a new one and assign it the same IP address and/or hostname

The “beta” release will include automatic RangeServer failover in which the Master will detect when a RangeServer dies and will orchestrate the recovery of that RangeServer.  Recovery will involve re-assigning the ranges managed by the failed RangeServer to other servers and enlisting the help of other RangeServers in the system to replay the failed server’s commit log in parallel.

We have been laying the groundwork for automatic RangeServer failover for five years and have been actively working on it full-time for the past nine months.  The difficult part of this work is not so much the basic failover logic, but handling all of the failure scenarios.  For example, after a RangeServer fails and recovery is initiated, the system needs to properly handle the case where one or more of the recovery participants fail.  We’ve put a tremendous effort into testing for and handling all of the various failure scenarios and have over seventy tests to verify correctness and prevent regressions.

We plan to release Hypertable with automatic RangeServer failover next month.

On to Hypertable 1.0 …

Once the beta release is out, we will have an approximately two month beta period in which we will resolve any remaining issues and then release version 1.0.  Thanks to everyone who has helped us get to this point and you can rest assured that we're working very hard to make 1.0 available as soon as possible.

Posted By:  Doug Judd, CEO, Hypertable Inc.

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c0bThe fact an entrance exam is being so ovlreaeuvd that people are letting a rank in an exam or the exam itself define them or the IITs should be a clear indicator that something needs to change here if one is to shape the IITs as centers of academic excellence. Mr. Sibal thinks by rooting out the tumor itself can help make a necessary change,perhaps he does not realize that it is malignant.Since the US is being so referenced here in this blog   no University admissions process here overvalues a Math/Science/robotics olympiad(leave alone think of them as indicators of innovation ) or a perfect SAT score or a >4.0 GPA or the number of Ap/College courses you finished or how early you finished them. If your resume indicates you achieved all that and more by overlooking school acitivities that is a sound reason to reject that resume. So one has to be well rounded and has to be able to do justice to whatever opportunities(most of all school) that came in one’s way. This is why though many come from very small farming town schools where there are not as many opportunities as say a magnet school in a city   they still stand a fair chance of making it to the best Universities if they are able to demonstrate how they excelled in using whatever opportunities taht came their way. It is a different matter that many from those kind of schools may not want to seek higher education but that again is a choice they make.If there is anything to be learned from the US model it is the higher ethical standards when pursuing or defining academic excellence. People do not usually adopt shortcuts here like coaching   tutoring to get better grades because those are meant for kids who are not able to keep up so are taken as indicators that a kid needs help just to keep up.As for repeatedly citing Outliers as evidence   hardly anyone in good academic standing gives that book so much importance. People know those kind of books (which examine factors of success/failure superficially ) are meant for nothing more, than to generate talkshow material.( Tiger mom is another example).Everyone knows the value and importance of hardwork/discipline but there are many more important factors like maintaining high ethical standards in not cutting corners or looking for shortcuts and bypasses and respecting the choice of the individual in determining how to shape his life. It is not every genius who thinks that getting published or cited repeatedly or getting recognition/money is an indicator of success. Many would rather let their work be accepted by the world when it is ready for accepting it but have full faith in the success of their pursuit of knowledge. Does not mean they are failures if they choose to stay out of the limelight and refuse to run in a rat race.

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