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From "Sandy Ryza (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Created] (YARN-371) Consolidate resource requests in AM-RM heartbeat
Date Fri, 01 Feb 2013 23:22:13 GMT
Sandy Ryza created YARN-371:

             Summary: Consolidate resource requests in AM-RM heartbeat
                 Key: YARN-371
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/YARN-371
             Project: Hadoop YARN
          Issue Type: Improvement
          Components: api, resourcemanager, scheduler
    Affects Versions: 2.0.2-alpha
            Reporter: Sandy Ryza
            Assignee: Sandy Ryza

Each AMRM heartbeat consists of a list of resource requests. Currently, each resource request
consists of a container count, a resource vector, and a location, which may be a node, a rack,
or "*". When an application wishes to request a task run in multiple localtions, it must issue
a request for each location.  This means that for a node-local task, it must issue three requests,
one at the node-level, one at the rack-level, and one with * (any). These requests are not
linked with each other, so when a container is allocated for one of them, the RM has no way
of knowing which others to get rid of. When a node-local container is allocated, this is handled
by decrementing the number of requests on that node's rack and in *. But when the scheduler
allocates a task with a node-local request on its rack, the request on the node is left there.
 This can cause delay-scheduling to try to assign a container on a node that nobody cares
about anymore.

Additionally, unless I am missing something, the current model does not allow requests for
containers only on a specific node or specific rack. While this is not a use case for MapReduce
currently, it is conceivable that it might be something useful to support in the future, for
example to schedule long-running services that persist state in a particular location, or
for applications that generally care less about latency than data-locality.

Lastly, the ability to understand which requests are for the same task will possibly allow
future schedulers to make more intelligent scheduling decisions, as well as permit a more
exact understanding of request load.

I would propose the tweak of allowing a single ResourceRequest to encapsulate all the location
information for a task.  So instead of just a single location, a ResourceRequest would contain
an array of locations, including nodes that it would be happy with, racks that it would be
happy with, and possibly *.  Side effects of this change would be a reduction in the amount
of data that needs to be transferred in a heartbeat, as well in as the RM's memory footprint,
becaused what used to be different requests for the same task are now able to share some common

While this change breaks compatibility, if it is going to happen, it makes sense to do it
now, before YARN becomes beta.

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