Vincent BARAT commented on PIG-1029:

I have a small cluster of 1 master node + 3 MR nodes (virtual nodes) connected 
through a gigabit switch (network connexion if fast).
Each MR node runs also a HBase region server and zookeeper.

What I have noticed if that the HBase data is not always read from the local 
node  (according to the Hadoop web frontend). Most of the time the data is read 
from another node.

Anyway, I don't think that the slowness comes from this, I suspect 2 things:

1) reading from Hbase is just far slower than reading from a hadoop file
2) converting hbase records to PIG tuples (what is done in HBaseSlice object) 
is slow (this is a bunch of object instantiation)

Unfortunately, I have not performed additional test to figure out what is the 
exact reason.

> HBaseStorage is way too slow to be usable
> -----------------------------------------
>                 Key: PIG-1029
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/PIG-1029
>             Project: Pig
>          Issue Type: Bug
>    Affects Versions: 0.4.0
>            Reporter: Vincent BARAT
> I have performed a set of benchmarks on HBaseStorage loader, using PIG 0.4.0 
> and HBase 0.20.0 (using the patch referred in 
> https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/PIG-970) and Hadoop 0.20.0.
> The HBaseStorage loader is basically 10x slower than the PigStorage loader.
> To bypass this limitation, I had to read my HBase tables, write them to a 
> Hadoop file and then use this file as input for my subsequent computations.
> I report this bug for the track, I will try to sse if I can optimise this a 
> bit.

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