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From Nick West <>
Subject Re: Adding MasterCompute object causes "failed to report status" errors
Date Tue, 21 Aug 2012 18:28:57 GMT
Thank you both for the replies.

I have checked out the most recent version of the code and am still having the same problem.
 (I also tried with the previous aggregator code with no luck either.)  Looking in the logs
it appears that It gets through superstep -1, and the block seems to occur on superstep 0.
 This is the end of the log file for the non-master task:

2012-08-21 14:14:15,620 INFO org.apache.giraph.graph.BspServiceWorker: finishSuperstep: Completed
superstep -1 with global stats (vtx=1248,finVtx=0,edges=2944,msgCount=0,haltComputation=true)
2012-08-21 14:14:15,621 INFO org.apache.giraph.comm.BasicRPCCommunications: prepareSuperstep:
Superstep 0 totalMem = 81.0625M, maxMem = 197.5M, freeMem = 68.69868M
2012-08-21 14:14:15,627 WARN org.apache.giraph.graph.BspService: process: Unknown and unprocessed
event (path=/_hadoopBsp/job_201208211408_0002/_applicationAttemptsDir/0/_superstepDir, type=NodeChildrenChanged,
2012-08-21 14:14:15,629 INFO org.apache.giraph.graph.BspServiceWorker: registerHealth: Created
my health node for attempt=0, superstep=0 with /_hadoopBsp/job_201208211408_0002/_applicationAttemptsDir/0/_superstepDir/0/_workerHealthyDir/nwest-mac.benchmark.local_1
and workerInfo= Worker(hostname=nwest-mac.benchmark.local, MRpartition=1, port=30001)
2012-08-21 14:14:15,657 INFO org.apache.giraph.graph.BspServiceWorker: processEvent: Job state
changed, checking to see if it needs to restart
2012-08-21 14:14:15,658 INFO org.apache.giraph.graph.BspService: getJobState: Job state already
exists (/_hadoopBsp/job_201208211408_0002/_masterJobState)

and these are the last lines of the master log:

012-08-21 14:14:15,617 INFO org.apache.giraph.graph.BspServiceMaster: aggregateWorkerStats:
Aggregation found (vtx=1248,finVtx=0,edges=2944,msgCount=0,haltComputation=false) on superstep
= -1
2012-08-21 14:14:15,652 INFO org.apache.giraph.graph.MasterThread: masterThread: Coordination
of superstep -1 took 0.945 seconds ended with state ALL_SUPERSTEPS_DONE and is now on superstep
2012-08-21 14:14:15,654 INFO org.apache.giraph.graph.BspServiceMaster: setJobState: {"_stateKey":"FINISHED","_applicationAttemptKey":-1,"_superstepKey":-1}
on superstep 0
2012-08-21 14:14:15,662 INFO org.apache.giraph.graph.BspServiceMaster: cleanup: Notifying
master its okay to cleanup with /_hadoopBsp/job_201208211408_0002/_cleanedUpDir/0_master
2012-08-21 14:14:15,662 INFO org.apache.giraph.graph.BspServiceMaster: cleanUpZooKeeper: Node
/_hadoopBsp/job_201208211408_0002/_cleanedUpDir already exists, no need to create.
2012-08-21 14:14:15,663 INFO org.apache.giraph.graph.BspServiceMaster: cleanUpZooKeeper: Got
1 of 2 desired children from /_hadoopBsp/job_201208211408_0002/_cleanedUpDir
2012-08-21 14:14:15,663 INFO org.apache.giraph.graph.BspServiceMaster: cleanedUpZooKeeper:
Waiting for the children of /_hadoopBsp/job_201208211408_0002/_cleanedUpDir to change since
only got 1 nodes.

Again, the only addition is the use of the aggregator, otherwise the code runs perfectly fine.


On Aug 21, 2012, at 4:06 AM, Maja Kabiljo wrote:

Hi Nick,

There were some very recent changes in the way aggregators are used. If your code below compiles
it means that you are using the version before the changes, and looking at the example after
them. The code which Kaushik attached shows how you should do it if you are not using the
newest Giraph code.

If you want to use newest code, here is how aggregators work there:

  *   You have to register aggregators only on master, just like you are doing now. You can
use registerAggregator or registerPersistentAggregator, depending on whether or not you want
it to be reset on every super step.
  *   You don't have getAggregator method anymore. During vertex computation you can only
call aggregate(name, value), and in master.compute you have setAggregatedValue(name, value).
  *   There is no more registerAggregator and useAggregator on workers, therefore you don't
have to use WorkerContext in order to use aggregators.

Hope this helps,

Reply-To: "<>" <<>>
Date: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 7:39 AM
To: "<>" <<>>
Subject: Re: Adding MasterCompute object causes "failed to report status" errors

Hi Nick,

Please refer to the SimpleMasterComputeWorkerContext class in the attached
file (This is from the snapshot of 0.2 that I am using. It is approx. 1 month old. It seems
that the WorkerContext class is different from the current svn version. I am not aware if
this change made in the current version to reflect some change in the API behaviour, but I
followed the WorkerContext definition from the attached file and my code worked.)

You will see that you need to register the aggregator twice - in the initialize() method of
MasterCompute (which you have done) and in the preApplication() method of the WorkerContext.
Moreover in the preSuperstep() method of the WorkerContext, you need to call useAggregator()

I am not sure if this is the problem with your code, but you can give it a try and see if
it solves your issue.


On Mon, Aug 20, 2012 at 3:04 PM, Nick West <<>>
I'm a little confused by the examples in

To me it looks like this is a simple example with one vertex and one aggregator with the following
- The vertex gets the value stored in the aggregator and then adds its previous value to it
and stores the result as the new vertex value; the result is also stored in the worker context
- The aggregator sets its value to superstep/2 + 1 every iteration and stops on the 10th superstep

The worker context seems to serve no other purpose but to hold the value of FINAL_SUM (not
related to the aggregator) at each iteration.  It also seems like the aggregator is registered
in the initialize method of the MasterCompute object, much like I have in my code.

I see one difference between the example and my code:
   1) I use the aggregate function in each vertex's compute method.  If this is not the way
to have the vertices combine values, what is?

If you can provide insight to either how I'm not following the example, or what else might
wrong, that'd be great.


On Aug 20, 2012, at 4:52 PM, KAUSHIK SARKAR wrote:

Hi Nick,

Are you using WorkerContext to register the aggregator? You need to override the preApplication()
method in WorkerContext to register the aggregator and then override the preSuperstep() method
to to tell the workers to use the aggregator (the useAggregator() method). Check the MasterCompute
and WorkerContext examples in Giraph.


On Mon, Aug 20, 2012 at 1:26 PM, Nick West <<>>

I have a giraph application that runs fine; however, when I add a MasterCompute object (definition
following) all of the map tasks time out. I have hadoop configured to run with 8 map processes
and giraph to use one worker.

Here's the definition of the MasterCompute object:

class BPMasterComputer extends MasterCompute{
  override def compute() {
    val agg = getAggregator("VOTE_TO_STOP_AGG").asInstanceOf[BooleanAndAggregator]
    val res = agg.getAggregatedValue.get
    if (res) haltComputation
  override def initialize() {
    registerAggregator("VOTE_TO_STOP_AGG", classOf[BooleanAndAggregator])
    val agg = getAggregator("VOTE_TO_STOP_AGG").asInstanceOf[BooleanAndAggregator]
  override def write(out: DataOutput) {}
  override def readFields(in: DataInput) {}

(as far as I can tell, there is no state that needs to be read/written.)  I then register
this class as the MasterCompute class in the giraph job:


and then use the aggregator in the compute method of my vertices:

class BPVertex extends EdgeListVertex[IntWritable, WrappedValue, Text, PackagedMessage] with
Loggable {
   override def compute(msgs: java.util.Iterator[PackagedMessage]) {
    var stop = false
    val agg = getAggregator("VOTE_TO_STOP_AGG").asInstanceOf[BooleanAndAggregator]
    ... code to modify stop and vote to halt ...

Is there some other method that I am not calling that I should?  Or some step that I'm missing?
 Any suggestions as to why/how these additions are causing the processes to block would be

Nick West

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Nick West

Benchmark Solutions
101 Park Avenue - 7th Floor
New York, NY 10178
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Nick West

Benchmark Solutions
101 Park Avenue - 7th Floor
New York, NY 10178
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