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From "Matei Zaharia (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (HADOOP-3412) Refactor the scheduler out of the JobTracker
Date Tue, 15 Jul 2008 23:31:31 GMT

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Matei Zaharia commented on HADOOP-3412:
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bq. an api to the scheduler that breaks down the queues and order within the queue, because
the scheduler is the only place that has the order of jobs within the queue.

What other pieces of code needs to use order within a queue except the scheduler? In fact,
I think "order within a queue" doesn't even make sense for all schedulers. Some schedulers,
such as the fair scheduler in HADOOP-3746, make all jobs runnable as soon as they are submitted
and give them different fractions of the cluster.

Similarly, I don't understand what getQueueNames() would be used for by pieces of code external
to the scheduler. In fact, if the list of jobs is stored in the JobTracker (which I think
we've said it should be), then the JobTracker has all the information it needs to figure out
the queue names - it can scan through all jobs and get the queue name of each one from its
getQueueName().

Basically the scheduler should be a box whose only "output" is to assign a task, and whose
only "input" is whatever state of the world it needs to know about in order to do its job
(i.e. events for jobs being modified, etc). That makes it possible to separate the code that
persists jobs from the code that schedules them.

> Refactor the scheduler out of the JobTracker
> --------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: HADOOP-3412
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HADOOP-3412
>             Project: Hadoop Core
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: mapred
>            Reporter: Brice Arnould
>            Assignee: Brice Arnould
>            Priority: Minor
>             Fix For: 0.19.0
>
>         Attachments: JobScheduler-v10.patch, JobScheduler-v9.1.patch, JobScheduler-v9.2.patch,
JobScheduler-v9.patch, JobScheduler.patch, JobScheduler_v2.patch, JobScheduler_v3.patch, JobScheduler_v3b.patch,
JobScheduler_v4.patch, JobScheduler_v5.patch, JobScheduler_v6.1.patch, JobScheduler_v6.2.patch,
JobScheduler_v6.3.patch, JobScheduler_v6.4.patch, JobScheduler_v6.patch, JobScheduler_v7.1.patch,
JobScheduler_v7.patch, JobScheduler_v8.patch, RackAwareJobScheduler.java, SimpleResourceAwareJobScheduler.java
>
>
> First I would like warn you that my proposition is assumed to be very naive. I just hope
that reading it won't make you lose time.
> h4. The aim
> It seems to me that improving Hadoop scheduling could be very profitable. But, it is
hard to implement and compare schedulers, because the scheduling logic is mixed within the
rest of the JobTracker.
> This bug is the first step of an attempt to improve the Hadoop scheduler. It re-implements
the current scheduling algorithm in a separate class called JobScheduler. This new class is
instantiated in the JobTracker.
> h4. Bug fixed as a side effects
> This patch probably cannot be submited as it is.
> A first difficulty is that it does not have exactly the same behaviour than the current
JobTracker. More precisely, it doesn't re-implement things like code that seems to be never
called or concurency problems.
> I wrote TOCONFIRM where my proposition differ from the current implementation, so you
can find them easily.
> I know that fixing bugs silently is bad. So, independently of what you decide about this
patch, I will open issues for bugs that you confirm.
> h4. Other side effects
> Another side effect of this patch is to add documentation about each step of the scheduling.
I hope that it will help future improvement by lowering the level required to contribute to
the scheduler.
> It also reduces the complexity and the granularity of the JobTracker (making it more
parallel).
> h4. The future
> If you feel that this is a step the right direction, I will try to propose a JobSchedulerInterface
that many JobSchedulers could implement and to propose alternatives to the current « FifoJobScheduler
».  If some of you have ideas about that please tell ^^ I will also open issues for things
marked as FIXME in the patch.

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