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From "Alejandro Abdelnur (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (YARN-1404) Add support for unmanaged containers
Date Tue, 12 Nov 2013 14:38:18 GMT

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Alejandro Abdelnur commented on YARN-1404:

The idea for unmanaged containers is not to modify the lifecycle of a request/allocation/activation
of container requests. This means that an unmanaged container follow the exact same path that
regular containers with the sole exception that no process is started for it.

The {{ContainerLauncherContext}} would have a {{UNMANAGED_CONTAINER}} constant which is an
'empty' {{ContainerLauncherContext}} instance (no environment, no command, no local resources,

If the {{UNMANAGED_CONTAINER}} constant is used as the {{ContainerLauncherContext}} in a {{StartContainerRequest}}
when doing a {{ContainerManagementProtocol#startContainers(...)}} call, then the NodeManager
would not start the container process. 

In the NodeManager, there is one {{ContainerLaunch}} instance per running container which
blocks in its {{call()}} method while the container is running. And with the {{cleanUp()}}
container method ends the container. For unmanaged containers these 2 methods would simple
use a latch instead starting-blocking/stopping a process. By doing this, unmanaged containers
will also block as regular containers.

In addition, we need the {{ContainersMonitorImpl}} must ignore unmanaged containers as there
is not underlying process tree to monitor. This can be done adding an {{ContainersMonitorEvent.isUnmanagedContainer()}}
method that will indicate that here is no underlying process to monitor. 

> Add support for unmanaged containers
> ------------------------------------
>                 Key: YARN-1404
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/YARN-1404
>             Project: Hadoop YARN
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>          Components: nodemanager
>    Affects Versions: 2.2.0
>            Reporter: Alejandro Abdelnur
>            Assignee: Alejandro Abdelnur
>         Attachments: YARN-1404.patch
> Currently a container allocation requires to start a container process with the corresponding
NodeManager's node.
> For applications that need to use the allocated resources out of band from Yarn this
means that a dummy container process must be started.
> Impala/Llama is an example of such application which is currently starting a 'sleep 10y'
(10 years) process as the container process. And the resource capabilities are used out of
by and the Impala process collocated in the node. The Impala process ensures the processing
associated to that resources do not exceed the capabilities of the container. Also, if the
container is lost/preempted/killed, Impala stops using the corresponding resources.
> In addition, in the case of Llama, the current requirement of having a container process,
gets complicates when hard resource enforcement (memory -ContainersMonitor- or cpu -via cgroups-)
is enabled because Impala/Llama request resources with CPU and memory independently of each
other. Some requests are CPU only and others are memory only. Unmanaged containers solve this
problem as there is no underlying process with zero CPU or zero memory.

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