Comment #6 on issue 374 by ryano...@gmail.com: Add method in ByteString to avoid big buffer copy.
http://code.google.com/p/protobuf/issues/detail?id=374

I'm a little perplexed here. Protobuf is both intended to be used to transport all your data, but at the same time it can't handle large amounts of data (vis a vis large byte fields).

So, you want to use protobuf to carry your RPC data for a database? The solution seems to be adding out-of-band data that trails your protobuf RPC 'header'. For example, the work done in HBase: (http://hbase.apache.org/book/apjs03.html).

Maybe someone at Google could give a little insight as to how Bigtable uses protobuf to carry all the data traffic but also not suffer the insane penalty that comment #5 hints at?

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