Yan Zhou updated PIG-997:
Status: Patch Available (was: Open)
> [zebra] Sorted Table Support by Zebra
> Key: PIG-997
> URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/PIG-997
> Project: Pig
> Issue Type: New Feature
> Reporter: Yan Zhou
> Assignee: Yan Zhou
> Fix For: 0.6.0
> Attachments: SortedTable.patch, SortedTable.patch, SortedTable.patch,
> This new feature is for Zebra to support sorted data in storage. As a storage
> library, Zebra will not sort the data by itself. But it will support creation
> and use of sorted data either through PIG or through map/reduce tasks that
> use Zebra as storage format.
> The sorted table keeps the data in a "totally sorted" manner across all
> TFiles created by potentially all mappers or reducers.
> For sorted data creation through PIG's STORE operator , if the input data is
> sorted through "ORDER BY", the new Zebra table will be marked as sorted on
> the sorted columns;
> For sorted data creation though Map/Reduce tasks, three new static methods
> of the BasicTableOutput class will be provided to allow or help the user to
> achieve the goal. "setSortInfo" allows the user to specify the sorted columns
> of the input tuple to be stored; "getSortKeyGenerator" and "getSortKey" help
> the user to generate the key acceptable by Zebra as a sorted key based upon
> the schema, sorted columns and the input tuple.
> For sorted data read through PIG's LOAD operator, pass string "sorted" as an
> extra argument to the TableLoader constructor to ask for sorted table to be
> For sorted data read through Map/Reduce tasks, a new static method of
> TableInputFormat class, requireSortedTable, can be called to ask for a sorted
> table to be read. Additionally, an overloaded version of the new method can
> be called to ask for a sorted table on specified sort columns and comparator.
> For this release, sorted table only supported sorting in ascending order, not
> in descending order. In addition, the sort keys must be of simple types not
> complex types such as RECORD, COLLECTION and MAP.
> Multiple-key sorting is supported. But the ordering of the multiple sort keys
> is significant with the first sort column being the primary sort key, the
> second being the secondary sort key, etc.
> In this release, the sort keys are stored along with the sort columns where
> the keys were originally created from, resulting in some data storage
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