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From "Matei Zaharia (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (MAPREDUCE-2205) FairScheduler should only preempt tasks for pools/jobs that are up next for scheduling
Date Tue, 30 Nov 2010 20:56:13 GMT

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Matei Zaharia commented on MAPREDUCE-2205:
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Just to add a bit, one other complication with the "walk down the ordering" approach is that
the ordering may change over time as jobs get slots and as their old tasks finish. It's hard
to look at the ordering now and know exactly which jobs will launch tasks before the next
preemption interval. In contrast, with the way I proposed, you don't need any such estimation.
We just directly fix the issue that a timed-out job may not be at the head of the ordering.
Does this make sense?

> FairScheduler should only preempt tasks for pools/jobs that are up next for scheduling
> --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: MAPREDUCE-2205
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/MAPREDUCE-2205
>             Project: Hadoop Map/Reduce
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: contrib/fair-share
>            Reporter: Joydeep Sen Sarma
>
> We have hit a problem with the preemption implementation in the FairScheduler where the
following happens:
> # job X runs short of fair share or min share and requests/causes N tasks to be preempted
> # when slots are then scheduled - tasks from some other job are actually scheduled
> # after preemption_interval has passed, job X finds it's still underscheduled and requests
preemption. goto 1.
> This has caused widespread preemption of tasks and the cluster going from high utilization
to low utilization in a few minutes.
> Some of the problems are specific to our internal version of hadoop (still 0.20 and doesn't
have the hierarchical FairScheduler) - but i think the issue here is generic (just took a
look at the trunk assignTasks and tasksToPreempt routines). The basic problem seems to be
that the logic of assignTasks+FairShareComparator is not consistent with the logic in tasksToPreempt().
The latter can choose to preempt tasks on behalf of jobs that may not be first up for scheduling
based on the FairComparator. Understanding whether these two separate pieces of logic are
consistent and keeping it that way is difficult.
> It seems that a much safer preemption implementation is to walk the jobs in the order
they would be scheduled on the next heartbeat - and only preempt for jobs that are at the
head of this sorted queue. In MAPREDUCE-2048 - we have already introduced a pre-sorted list
of jobs ordered by current scheduling priority. It seems much easier to preempt only jobs
at the head of this sorted list.

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