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From "Todd Lipcon (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (MAPREDUCE-1800) using map output fetch failures to blacklist nodes is problematic
Date Wed, 19 May 2010 18:57:56 GMT

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Todd Lipcon commented on MAPREDUCE-1800:
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Hey Joydeep. Thanks for the further explanation - I agree we could do better here. There's
an old JIRA where we threw around some ideas similar to this maybe last August or so, but
can't seem to find it at the moment. Anyone remember the one I mean?

> using map output fetch failures to blacklist nodes is problematic
> -----------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: MAPREDUCE-1800
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/MAPREDUCE-1800
>             Project: Hadoop Map/Reduce
>          Issue Type: Bug
>            Reporter: Joydeep Sen Sarma
>
> If a mapper and a reducer cannot communicate, then either party could be at fault. The
current hadoop protocol allows reducers to declare nodes running the mapper as being at fault.
When sufficient number of reducers do so - then the map node can be blacklisted. 
> In cases where networking problems cause substantial degradation in communication across
sets of nodes - then large number of nodes can become blacklisted as a result of this protocol.
The blacklisting is often wrong (reducers on the smaller side of the network partition can
collectively cause nodes on the larger network partitioned to be blacklisted) and counterproductive
(rerunning maps puts further load on the (already) maxed out network links).
> We should revisit how we can better identify nodes with genuine network problems (and
what role, if any, map-output fetch failures have in this).

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