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From Gaurav Dasgupta <gdsay...@gmail.com>
Subject Number of Maps running more than expected
Date Thu, 16 Aug 2012 14:13:07 GMT
Hi users,

I am working on a CDH3 cluster of 12 nodes (Task Trackers running on all
the 12 nodes and 1 node running the Job Tracker).
In order to perform a WordCount benchmark test, I did the following:

   - Executed "RandomTextWriter" first to create 100 GB data (Note that I
   have changed the "test.randomtextwrite.total_bytes" parameter only, rest
   all are kept default).
   - Next, executed the "WordCount" program for that 100 GB dataset.

The "Block Size" in "hdfs-site.xml" is set as 128 MB. Now, according to my
calculation, total number of Maps to be executed by the wordcount job
should be 100 GB / 128 MB or 102400 MB / 128 MB = 800.
But when I am executing the job, it is running a total number of 900 Maps,
i.e., 100 extra.
So, why this extra number of Maps? Although, my job is completing
successfully without any error.

Again, if I don't execute the "RandomTextWwriter" job to create data for my
wordcount, rather I put my own 100 GB text file in HDFS and run
"WordCount", I can then see the number of Maps are equivalent to my
calculation, i.e., 800.

Can anyone tell me why this odd behaviour of Hadoop regarding the number of
Maps for WordCount only when the dataset is generated by RandomTextWriter?
And what is the purpose of these extra number of Maps?

Gaurav Dasgupta

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