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From CCAAT <>
Subject Re: Spark on Mesos / Executor Memory
Date Sat, 11 Apr 2015 20:05:01 GMT
Hello Tim,

Your approach seems most reasonable, particularly from an over arching 
viewpoint. However, it occurs to me the that as folks have several to 
many different frameworks (distributed applications)  running on a given 
mesos cluster, that the optimization of resource allocation 
(utilization) may ultimately need to be under some sort of tunable, 
dynamic scheme. Most distributed application, say it runs for a few 
hours, will usually not have a constant resource demand on memory  so 
how can any static configuration suffice for a dynamic mix of frequently 
changing distributed application work well with static configurations. 
This is particularly amplified as a problem, where
Apache-spark is an "in-memory" resource demand, that is very different
than other frameworks that may be active on the same cluster.

I really think we are just experiencing the tip of the iceberg here
as these mesos clusters grow, expand and take on a variety of problems,
or did I miss some already existing robustness in the codes?


On 04/11/2015 12:29 PM, Tim Chen wrote:
> (Adding spark user list)
> Hi Tom,
> If I understand correctly you're saying that you're running into memory
> problems because the scheduler is allocating too much CPUs and not
> enough memory to acoomodate them right?
> In the case of fine grain mode I don't think that's a problem since we
> have a fixed amount of CPU and memory per task.
> However, in coarse grain you can run into that problem if you're with in
> the spark.cores.max limit, and memory is a fixed number.
> I have a patch out to configure how much max cpus should coarse grain
> executor use, and it also allows multiple executors in coarse grain
> mode. So you could say try to launch multiples of max 4 cores with
> spark.executor.memory (+ overhead and etc) in a slave.
> (
> It also might be interesting to include a cores to memory multiplier so
> that with a larger amount of cores we try to scale the memory with some
> factor, but I'm not entirely sure that's intuitive to use and what
> people know what to set it to, as that can likely change with different
> workload.
> Tim
> On Sat, Apr 11, 2015 at 9:51 AM, Tom Arnfeld <
> <>> wrote:
>     We're running Spark 1.3.0 (with a couple of patches over the top for
>     docker related bits).
>     I don't think SPARK-4158 is related to what we're seeing, things do
>     run fine on the cluster, given a ridiculously large executor memory
>     configuration. As for SPARK-3535 although that looks useful I think
>     we'e seeing something else.
>     Put a different way, the amount of memory required at any given time
>     by the spark JVM process is directly proportional to the amount of
>     CPU it has, because more CPU means more tasks and more tasks means
>     more memory. Even if we're using coarse mode, the amount of executor
>     memory should be proportionate to the amount of CPUs in the offer.
>     On 11 April 2015 at 17:39, Brenden Matthews <
>     <>> wrote:
>         I ran into some issues with it a while ago, and submitted a
>         couple PRs to fix it:
>         Do these look relevant? What version of Spark are you running?
>         On Sat, Apr 11, 2015 at 9:33 AM, Tom Arnfeld <
>         <>> wrote:
>             Hey,
>             Not sure whether it's best to ask this on the spark mailing
>             list or the mesos one, so I'll try here first :-)
>             I'm having a bit of trouble with out of memory errors in my
>             spark jobs... it seems fairly odd to me that memory
>             resources can only be set at the executor level, and not
>             also at the task level. For example, as far as I can tell
>             there's only a *spark.executor.memory* config option.
>             Surely the memory requirements of a single executor are
>             quite dramatically influenced by the number of concurrent
>             tasks running? Given a shared cluster, I have no idea what %
>             of an individual slave my executor is going to get, so I
>             basically have to set the executor memory to a value that's
>             correct when the whole machine is in use...
>             Has anyone else running Spark on Mesos come across this, or
>             maybe someone could correct my understanding of the config
>             options?
>             Thanks!
>             Tom.

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