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Optimize number of block access tokens returned by getBlockLocations
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Key: HDFS-1353
URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HDFS-1353
Project: Hadoop HDFS
Issue Type: Improvement
Components: name-node
Affects Versions: 0.22.0
Reporter: Jakob Homan
Assignee: Jakob Homan
Fix For: 0.22.0


HDFS-1081 optimized the number of block access tokens (BATs) created in a single call to getBlockLocations, as this is an expensive operation. However, that JIRA put off another optimization which was then made possible, which is to just send a single block access token across the wire (and maintain a single BAT on the client side). This JIRA is for implementing that optimization. Since a single BAT is generated for all the blocks, we just write that single BAT to the wire, rather than writing n BATs for n blocks, as is currently done. This turns out to be a useful optimization for files with very large numbers of blocks, as the new lone BAT is much larger than was a BAT previously.

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