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Offline analysis of HDFS metadata

Introduction

HDFS is part of the core Hadoop ecosystem and serves as a storage layer for the Hadoop computational frameworks like Spark, MapReduce. Like other distributed file systems, HDFS is based on an architecture where namespace is decoupled from the data. The namespace contains the file system metadata which is maintained by dedicated server called namenode and the data itself resides on other servers called datanodes.

This blogpost is about dumping HDFS metadata into Impala/Hive table for examination and offline analysis using SQL semantics

Tool to visualise block distribution on Hadoop (HDFS) cluster

Distributed systems always bring new challenges for administrators and users. This is the case with HDFS, the default distributed file system that Hadoop uses for storing data.

In order to face these challenges, tools to facilitate administration and usage of these systems are developed. At CERN, a Hadoop service is provided and we have developed and deployed on our clusters some tools, today we present one of these tools.

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