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From Harsh J <qwertyman...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Hadoop - how exactly is a slot defined
Date Mon, 22 Nov 2010 16:52:06 GMT

On Mon, Nov 22, 2010 at 10:02 PM, Grandl Robert <rgrandl@yahoo.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I have troubles in understanding what exactly a slot is. Always we are talking about
tasks assigned to slots, but I did not found anywhere what exactly a slot is. I assume it
represent some allocation of RAM memory as well as with some computation power.
> However, can somebody explain me what exactly a slot means (in terms of resources allocated
for a slot) and how this mapping(between slot and physical resources) is done in Hadoop ?
Or give me some hints about the files in the Hadoop  where it may should be ?

A slot is of two types -- Map slot and Reduce slot. A slot represents
an ability to run one of these "Tasks" (map/reduce tasks) individually
at a point of time. Therefore, multiple slots on a TaskTracker means
multiple "Tasks" may execute in parallel.

Right now total slots in a TaskTracker is ==
mapred.tasktracker.map.tasks.maximum for Maps and
mapred.tasktracker.reduce.tasks.maximum for Reduces.

Hadoop is indeed trying to go towards the dynamic slot concept, which
could rely on the current resources available on a system, but work
for this is still in conceptual phases. TaskTrackers emit system
status (like CPU load, utilization, memory available/user, load
averages) in their heartbeats today (and is utilized by certain
schedulers, I think Capacity Scheduler uses it to determine stuff),
but the concept of slots is still fixed as a maximum to the above two
configurations on each TaskTracker.

For code on how slots are checked/utilized, see any Scheduler plugin's
code -- LimitTasksPerJobTaskScheduler, CapacityTaskScheduler for

> Thanks a lot,
> Robert

Harsh J

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