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From "Shrinivas Joshi (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (MAPREDUCE-4381) Make PROGRESS_INTERVAL of org.apache.hadoop.mapred.Task a tunable
Date Mon, 02 Jul 2012 22:40:57 GMT

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Shrinivas Joshi commented on MAPREDUCE-4381:
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Thanks for the code review.
I agree about the possibility of creating scalability issues. Setting progress interval to
a very small value may lead to excessive status update events. Can we address this by setting
a lower bound requirement on the value of progress interval that the user can set? If so,
how does 500 milliseconds sound as the lower bound?
I will address your comments in the 1st and 2nd bullet above in the revised version of this
patch along with other changes. 
As you may have seen I  have included a short description of the new property in src/mapred/mapred-default.xml
file. Is there any other more appropriate file/location where this needs to be documented?
Since this patch only makes progress_interval a tunable, would it suffice to test whether
the value returned by JobConf matches the one set in mapred-site.xml?

                
> Make PROGRESS_INTERVAL of org.apache.hadoop.mapred.Task a tunable
> -----------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: MAPREDUCE-4381
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/MAPREDUCE-4381
>             Project: Hadoop Map/Reduce
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: task, tasktracker
>            Reporter: Shrinivas Joshi
>            Priority: Minor
>         Attachments: progress_interval.patch
>
>
> Currently PROGRESS_INTERVAL is a hard-coded value and is set to 3000 msec. We tried making
it a tunable and experimented with different values. In some cases setting it to a smaller
value like 1000 msec helps significantly improve performance of short running jobs such as
piEstimator. This is because the task threads do not end up blocking for as many as 3 seconds
for their last progress update event. We also noticed close to 14% improvement on Mahout KMeans
iteration jobs which take more than 5 minutes on the test cluster that we are using. Please
let me know if this seems to be a good idea. I have an initial patch that I have attached
here. This is based on branch-1 tree. It may need some rework on MRv2 based branches I think.
Also note that I have not changed the variable naming style for PROGRESS_INTERVAL even though
it is not a public static final anymore. I can revise the patch if there are no objections
to this idea. 
> Thanks.

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