Heng Chen commented on HBASE-16698:

Numbers seems 20 regions on one RS.  If you have time,  please upload numbers 
one region on one RS.  I am very inerested about it.  As [~stack] said,  set it 
to off as default is good for me.

BTW.  The patch lgtm. +1 for it.  

> Performance issue: handlers stuck waiting for CountDownLatch inside 
> WALKey#getWriteEntry under high writing workload
> --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: HBASE-16698
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HBASE-16698
>             Project: HBase
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: Performance
>    Affects Versions: 1.1.6, 1.2.3
>            Reporter: Yu Li
>            Assignee: Yu Li
>             Fix For: 2.0.0, 1.3.0, 1.4.0
>         Attachments: HBASE-16698.branch-1.patch, HBASE-16698.patch, 
> HBASE-16698.v2.patch, hadoop0495.et2.jstack
> As titled, on our production environment we observed 98 out of 128 handlers 
> get stuck waiting for the CountDownLatch {{seqNumAssignedLatch}} inside 
> {{WALKey#getWriteEntry}} under a high writing workload.
> After digging into the problem, we found that the problem is mainly caused by 
> advancing mvcc in the append logic. Below is some detailed analysis:
> Under current branch-1 code logic, all batch puts will call 
> {{WALKey#getWriteEntry}} after appending edit to WAL, and 
> {{seqNumAssignedLatch}} is only released when the relative append call is 
> handled by RingBufferEventHandler (see {{FSWALEntry#stampRegionSequenceId}}). 
> Because currently we're using a single event handler for the ringbuffer, the 
> append calls are handled one by one (actually lot's of our current logic 
> depending on this sequential dealing logic), and this becomes a bottleneck 
> under high writing workload.
> The worst part is that by default we only use one WAL per RS, so appends on 
> all regions are dealt with in sequential, which causes contention among 
> different regions...
> To fix this, we could also take use of the "sequential appends" mechanism, 
> that we could grab the WriteEntry before publishing append onto ringbuffer 
> and use it as sequence id, only that we need to add a lock to make "grab 
> WriteEntry" and "append edit" a transaction. This will still cause contention 
> inside a region but could avoid contention between different regions. This 
> solution is already verified in our online environment and proved to be 
> effective.
> Notice that for master (2.0) branch since we already change the write 
> pipeline to sync before writing memstore (HBASE-15158), this issue only 
> exists for the ASYNC_WAL writes scenario.

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