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From "Malcolm Matalka" <mmata...@millennialmedia.com>
Subject RE: Persistent HDFS On EC2
Date Wed, 11 Mar 2009 20:08:27 GMT
Haha, good to know I might be a guinea pig!

-----Original Message-----
From: Kris Jirapinyo [mailto:kris.jirapinyo@biz360.com] 
Sent: Wednesday, March 11, 2009 15:59
To: core-user@hadoop.apache.org
Subject: Re: Persistent HDFS On EC2

That was also the starting point for my experiment (Tom White's
article).
Note that the most painful part about this setup is probably writing and
testing the scripts that will enable this to happen (and also
customizing
your EC2 images).  It would be interesting to see someone else try it.


On Wed, Mar 11, 2009 at 12:04 PM, Adam Rose <adam@tubemogul.com> wrote:

> Tom White wrote a great blog post about some options here:
>
>
http://www.lexemetech.com/2008/08/elastic-hadoop-clusters-with-amazons.h
tml
>
> plus an Amazon article:
>
>
>
http://developer.amazonwebservices.com/connect/entry.jspa?externalID=873
&categoryID=112
>
> Regards,
>
> - Adam
>
>
>
> Kris Jirapinyo wrote:
>
>> Why would you lose the locality of storage-per-machine if one EBS
volume
>> is
>> mounted to each machine instance?  When that machine goes down, you
can
>> just
>> restart the instance and re-mount the exact same volume.  I've tried
this
>> idea before successfully on a 10 node cluster on EC2, and didn't see
any
>> adverse performance effects--and actually amazon claims that EBS I/O
>> should
>> be even better than the instance stores.  The only concerns I see are
that
>> you need to pay for EBS storage regardless of whether you use that
storage
>> or not.  So, if you have 10 EBS volumes of 1 TB each, and you're just
>> starting out with your cluster so you're using only 50GB on each EBS
>> volume
>> so far for the month, you'd still have to pay for 10TB worth of EBS
>> volumes,
>> and that could be a hefty price for each month.  Also, currently EBS
needs
>> to be created in the same availability zone as your instances, so you
need
>> to make sure that they are created correctly, as there is no direct
>> migration of EBS to different availability zones.
>>
>>
>> On Wed, Mar 11, 2009 at 6:39 AM, Steve Loughran <stevel@apache.org>
>> wrote:
>>
>>
>>
>>> Malcolm Matalka wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>> If this is not the correct place to ask Hadoop + EC2 questions
please
>>>> let me know.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> I am trying to get a handle on how to use Hadoop on EC2 before
>>>> committing any money to it.  My question is, how do I maintain a
>>>> persistent HDFS between restarts of instances.  Most of the
tutorials I
>>>> have found involve the cluster being wiped once all the instances
are
>>>> shut down but in my particular case I will be feeding output of a
>>>> previous days run as the input of the current days run and this
data
>>>> will get large over time.  I see I can use s3 as the file system,
would
>>>> I just create an EBS  volume for each instance?  What are my
options?
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>  EBS would cost you more; you'd lose the locality of
storage-per-machine.
>>>
>>> If you stick the output of some runs back into S3 then the next jobs
have
>>> no locality and higher startup overhead to pull the data down, but
you
>>> dont
>>> pay for that download (just the time it takes).
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>
>>
>>
>

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