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Chao Wang updated PIG-1077:
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    Release Note: 
In this jira, we plan to also resolve the dependency issue that Zebra 
record-based split needs Hadoop TFile split support to work. For this 
dependency, Zebra has to maintain its own copy of Hadoop jar in svn for it to 
be able to build. Furthermore, the fact that Zebra currently sits inside Pig in 
svn and Pig itself maintains its own copy of Hadoop jar in lib directory makes 
things even messier. Finally, we notice that Zebra is new and making many 
changes and needs to get new revisions quickly, while Hadoop and Pig are more 
mature and moving slowly and thus can't make new releases for Zebra all the 
time. 

After carefully thinking through all this, we plan to fork the TFile part off 
the Hadoop and port it into Zebra's own code base. This will greatly simply the 
building process of Zebra and also enable it to make quick revisions.

Last, we would like to point out that this is a short term solution for Zebra 
and we plan to: 
1) port all changes to Zebra TFile back into Hadoop TFile. 
2) in the long run have a single unified solution for this.


> [Zebra] to support record(row)-based file split in Zebra's TableInputFormat
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: PIG-1077
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/PIG-1077
>             Project: Pig
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>    Affects Versions: 0.4.0
>            Reporter: Chao Wang
>            Assignee: Chao Wang
>             Fix For: 0.6.0
>
>
> TFile currently supports split by record sequence number (see Jira 
> HADOOP-6218). We want to utilize this to provide record(row)-based input 
> split support in Zebra.
> One prominent benefit is that: in cases where we have very large data files, 
> we can create much more fine-grained input splits than before where we can 
> only create one big split for one big file.
> In more detail, the new row-based getSplits() works by default (user does not 
> specify no. of splits to be generated) as follows: 
> 1) Select the biggest column group in terms of data size, split all of its 
> TFiles according to hdfs block size (64 MB or 128 MB) and get a list of 
> physical byte offsets as the output per TFile. For example, let us assume for 
> the 1st TFile we get offset1, offset2, ..., offset10; 
> 2) Invoke TFile.getRecordNumNear(long offset) to get the RecordNum of a 
> key-value pair near a byte offset. For the example above, say we get 
> recordNum1, recordNum2, ..., recordNum10; 
> 3) Stitch [0, recordNum1], [recordNum1+1, recordNum2], ..., [recordNum9+1, 
> recordNum10], [recordNum10+1, lastRecordNum] splits of all column groups, 
> respectively to form 11 record-based input splits for the 1st TFile. 
> 4) For each input split, we need to create a TFile scanner through: 
> TFile.createScannerByRecordNum(long beginRecNum, long endRecNum). 
> Note: conversion from byte offset to record number will be done by each 
> mapper, rather than being done at the job initialization phase. This is due 
> to performance concern since the conversion incurs some TFile reading 
> overhead.

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