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From "Alejandro Abdelnur (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Created: (HADOOP-5303) Hadoop Workflow System (HWS)
Date Sun, 22 Feb 2009 03:43:01 GMT
Hadoop Workflow System (HWS)

                 Key: HADOOP-5303
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HADOOP-5303
             Project: Hadoop Core
          Issue Type: New Feature
            Reporter: Alejandro Abdelnur
            Assignee: Alejandro Abdelnur

This is a proposal for a system specialized in running Hadoop/Pig jobs in a control dependency
DAG (Direct Acyclic Graph), a Hadoop workflow application.

Attached there is a complete specification and a high level overview presentation.


A Workflow application is DAG that coordinates the following types of actions: Hadoop, Pig,
Ssh, Http, Email and sub-workflows. 

Flow control operations within the workflow applications can be done using decision, fork
and join nodes. Cycles in workflows are not supported.

Actions and decisions can be parameterized with job properties, actions output (i.e. Hadoop
counters, Ssh key/value pairs output) and file information (file exists, file size, etc).
Formal parameters are expressed in the workflow definition as {{${VAR}}} variables.

A Workflow application is a ZIP file that contains the workflow definition (an XML file),
all the necessary files to run all the actions: JAR files for Map/Reduce jobs, shells for
streaming Map/Reduce jobs, native libraries, Pig scripts, and other resource files.

Before running a workflow job, the corresponding workflow application must be deployed in

Deploying workflow application and running workflow jobs can be done via command line tools,
a WS API and a Java API.

Monitoring the system and workflow jobs can be done via a web console, command line tools,
a WS API and a Java API.

When submitting a workflow job, a set of properties resolving all the formal parameters in
the workflow definitions must be provided. This set of properties is a Hadoop configuration.

Possible states for a workflow jobs are: {{CREATED}}, {{RUNNING}}, {{SUSPENDED}}, {{SUCCEEDED}},
{{KILLED}} and {{FAILED}}.

In the case of a action failure in a workflow job, depending on the type of failure, HWS will
attempt automatic retries, it will request a manual retry or it will fail the workflow job.

HWS can make HTTP callback notifications on action start/end/failure events and workflow end/failure

In the case of workflow job failure, the workflow job can be resubmitted skipping previously
completed actions. Before doing a resubmission the workflow application could be updated with
a patch to fix a problem in the workflow application code.

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