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From Tapas Sarangi <tapas.sara...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: disk used percentage is not symmetric on datanodes (balancer)
Date Tue, 19 Mar 2013 14:55:46 GMT

On Mar 18, 2013, at 11:50 PM, Harsh J <harsh@cloudera.com> wrote:

> What do you mean that the balancer is always active?

meaning, the same process is active for a long time. The process that starts may not be exiting
at all. We have a cron job set to run it every 10 minutes, but that's not in effect because
the process may never exit.


> It is to be used
> as a tool and it exits once it balances in a specific run (loops until
> it does, but always exits at end). The balancer does balance based on
> usage percentage so that is what you're probably looking for/missing.
> 

May be. How does the balancer look for the usage percentage ?

-Tapas


> On Tue, Mar 19, 2013 at 6:56 AM, Tapas Sarangi <tapas.sarangi@gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> 
>> On Mar 18, 2013, at 8:21 PM, 李洪忠 <lhztop@hotmail.com> wrote:
>> 
>> Maybe you need to modify the rackware script to make the rack balance, ie,
>> all the racks are the same size,  on rack by 6 small nodes, one rack by 1
>> large nodes.
>> P.S.
>> you need to reboot the cluster for rackware script modify.
>> 
>> 
>> Like I mentioned earlier in my reply to Bertrand, we haven't considered rack
>> awareness for the cluster, currently it is considered as just one rack. Can
>> that be the problem ? I don't know…
>> 
>> -Tapas
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 于 2013/3/19 7:17, Bertrand Dechoux 写道:
>> 
>> And by active, it means that it does actually stops by itself? Else it might
>> mean that the throttling/limit might be an issue with regard to the data
>> volume or velocity.
>> 
>> What threshold is used?
>> 
>> About the small and big datanodes, how are they distributed with regards to
>> racks?
>> About files, how is used the replication factor(s) and block size(s)?
>> 
>> Surely trivial questions again.
>> 
>> Bertrand
>> 
>> On Mon, Mar 18, 2013 at 10:46 PM, Tapas Sarangi <tapas.sarangi@gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>> 
>>> Hi,
>>> 
>>> Sorry about that, had it written, but thought it was obvious.
>>> Yes, balancer is active and running on the namenode.
>>> 
>>> -Tapas
>>> 
>>> On Mar 18, 2013, at 4:43 PM, Bertrand Dechoux <dechouxb@gmail.com> wrote:
>>> 
>>> Hi,
>>> 
>>> It is not explicitly said but did you use the balancer?
>>> http://hadoop.apache.org/docs/r1.0.4/commands_manual.html#balancer
>>> 
>>> Regards
>>> 
>>> Bertrand
>>> 
>>> On Mon, Mar 18, 2013 at 10:01 PM, Tapas Sarangi <tapas.sarangi@gmail.com>
>>> wrote:
>>>> 
>>>> Hello,
>>>> 
>>>> I am using one of the old legacy version (0.20) of hadoop for our
>>>> cluster. We have scheduled for an upgrade to the newer version within a
>>>> couple of months, but I would like to understand a couple of things before
>>>> moving towards the upgrade plan.
>>>> 
>>>> We have about 200 datanodes and some of them have larger storage than
>>>> others. The storage for the datanodes varies between 12 TB to 72 TB.
>>>> 
>>>> We found that the disk-used percentage is not symmetric through all the
>>>> datanodes. For larger storage nodes the percentage of disk-space used is
>>>> much lower than that of other nodes with smaller storage space. In larger
>>>> storage nodes the percentage of used disk space varies, but on average about
>>>> 30-50%. For the smaller storage nodes this number is as high as 99.9%. Is
>>>> this expected ? If so, then we are not using a lot of the disk space
>>>> effectively. Is this solved in a future release ?
>>>> 
>>>> If no, I would like to know  if there are any checks/debugs that one can
>>>> do to find an improvement with the current version or upgrading hadoop
>>>> should solve this problem.
>>>> 
>>>> I am happy to provide additional information if needed.
>>>> 
>>>> Thanks for any help.
>>>> 
>>>> -Tapas
>>>> 
>>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> --
>> Bertrand Dechoux
>> 
>> 
>> 
> 
> 
> 
> -- 
> Harsh J


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