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From java8964 java8964 <java8...@hotmail.com>
Subject Why the reducer's input group count is higher than my GroupComparator implementation
Date Tue, 29 Oct 2013 00:28:02 GMT
Hi, I have a strange question related to my secondary sort implementation in the MR job.Currently
I need to support 2nd sort in one of my MR job. I implemented my custom WritableComparable
like following:
public class MyPartitionKey implements WritableComparable<MyPartitionKey> {    String
type;    long id1;    String id2;    String id3;    String id4;    long timestamp1;    long
Then I implemented following methods for this class:
public int compareTo(); // sort the data based on all attributes listed above, sorted the
last 2 timestamps descendingpublic int hashCode(); // generate the hashcode using all attributes
abovepublic boolean equals(); // using all the attributes for equals checkpublic void write(DataOutput
out) // serialize all the attributes listed abovepublic void readFields(DataInput in) // deserialize
all the attributes listed above
For partition and grouping of my keys, I want the following logic:Based on the type, the data
could partition either by year or by day for timestamp1.
For sorting order, I want the data sort by (type, id1, id2, id3, id4), then reverse sorting
by (timestamp1, timestamp2).
I implemented my KeyComparator using my sorting order logic listed above, and my Partitioner
and GroupComparator based on my logic listed above.
Here is the pseudo code of the Partitioner and GroupComparator:
public class MyPartitioner implements Partitioner {    @Override    public int getPartition(MyPartitionKey
key, Value value, int numPartitions) {        int hashCode = key.getActivityType().name().hashCode();
       StringBuilder sb = new StringBuilder();        for (String subPartitionValue : key.getPartitionValue())
{            sb.append(subPartitionValue);        }        return Math.abs(hashCode * 127
+ sb.toString().hashCode()) % numPartitions;    }
    @Override    public void configure(JobConf job) {    }}
// The key getPartitionValue method will return array of string of either YYYY or {YYYY, MM,
DD} of the timestamp1.
For GroupComparator:
    public static class MyGroupComparator extends WritableComparator {        protected MyGroupComparator()
{            super(MyPartitionKey.class, true);        }
        @Override        public int compare(WritableComparable w1, WritableComparable w2)
{            MyPartitionKey key1 = (MyPartitionKey) w1;            MyPartitionKey key2 = (MyPartitionKey)
w2;            int cmp = key1.type.compareTo(key2.type);            // different type, send
to different group            if (cmp != 0)                return cmp;
            // for the same type, should have the same partition value array length      
     String[] partitionValue1 = key1.getPartitionValue();            String[] partitionValue2
= key2.getPartitionValue();            assert partitionValue1.length == partitionValue2.length;
           StringBuilder sb1 = new StringBuilder();            StringBuilder sb2 = new StringBuilder();
           for (String subValue : partitionValue1) {                sb1.append(subValue);
           }            for (String subValue : partitionValue2) {                sb2.append(subValue);
           }            return sb1.toString().compareTo(sb2.toString());        }
Now, here is the strange problem I don't understand. I tested with my MR job. I know in the
test data, I have 7 types data, 3 of them partitioned yearly, 4 of them partition daily. In
the test data, for the 3 types partitioned daily, there are 2 days data of each type. So I
expected the Input group count of the reducer should be 11, which is 4 x 2 + 3 = 11. In fact,
if I don't use this custom MyPartitionKey, just use  Text as the key type, with "type + YYYY"
for yearly dataset, "type + YYYYMMDD" for daily dataset, there are 11 input groups for the
reducer. But I have to support secondary sort. To my surprise, runtime MR job generates 51792
input groups for the reducer. This doesn't make sense. 
If I changed MyGroupComparator compare() method, to only compare the type, like following:
     @Override        public int compare(WritableComparable w1, WritableComparable w2) { 
          MyPartitionKey key1 = (MyPartitionKey) w1;            MyPartitionKey key2 = (MyPartitionKey)
w2;            return key1.type.compareTo(key2.type);       }The MR job generates 7 input
group for the reducer, which is what I expects. But when I start to add the comparing of the
YYYY or MM or DD data parsed out from the timestamp1, the input group count became very large.
What I think is that maybe Id1, Id2, Id3, and Id4 makes the input group large, because in
the test data, there are a lot of combination of unique (id1,id2,id3,id4). But they are NOT
part of my GroupComparator implementation. Why in this case, the input group count for the
reducer is so high? And in this case, the MR job won't do what I want, as same group of data
NOT being sent to the same reducer. Here are the summary of my questions:
1) My understanding is that GroupComparator is the only class to control the input groups
of the reducer, is that correct?2) If so, in my case above, I know MyGroupComparator will
return 11 unique values from my test data. Why there are 51792 input groups generated? This
big number must come from (Id1, Id2, Id3 and Id4), but these Ids are not used in MyGroupComparator,
why they affect the reducer input group count?3) If I only use type in my GroupComparator,
I got correct 7 input groups for the reducer. So in this case, it correctly ignored all other
data contains in the MyPartitionKey class, why? Is the order of the attributes make any difference?
I don't think so, but I cannot explain the above result.
If you have any idea, or my implementation has any problem, please let me know.
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