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From "Steve Loughran (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Created: (MAPREDUCE-1603) Add a plugin class for the TaskTracker to determine available slots
Date Tue, 16 Mar 2010 22:00:27 GMT
Add a plugin class for the TaskTracker to determine available slots
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                 Key: MAPREDUCE-1603
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/MAPREDUCE-1603
             Project: Hadoop Map/Reduce
          Issue Type: New Feature
          Components: tasktracker
    Affects Versions: 0.22.0
            Reporter: Steve Loughran
            Priority: Minor


Currently the #of available map and reduce slots is determined by the configuration. MAPREDUCE-922
has proposed working things out automatically, but that is going to depend a lot on the specific
tasks -hard to get right for everyone.

There is a Hadoop cluster near me that would like to use CPU time from other machines in the
room, machines which cannot offer storage, but which will have spare CPU time when they aren't
running code scheduled with a grid scheduler. The nodes could run a TT which would report
a dynamic number of slots, the number depending upon the current grid workload. 

I propose we add a plugin point here, so that different people can develop plugin classes
that determine the amount of available slots based on workload, RAM, CPU, power budget, thermal
parameters, etc. Lots of space for customisation and improvement. And by having it as a plugin:
people get to integrate with whatever datacentre schedulers they have without Hadoop itself
needing to be altered: the base implementation would be as today: subtract the number of active
map and reduce slots from the configured values, push that out. 

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