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From Alex Rukletsov <>
Subject Re: Executors and CPU allocations
Date Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:54:12 GMT
Regarding your second idea, you may have a "dummy" task with, say, 1.8 CPU
and "run" it iff there is at least another real task running, while
assigning 0.1 CPU for your executor. You can do some bookkeeping in the
executor to determine whether a certain executor is idle (and hence a
"dummy" task should be sent) when accepting an offer. This might be racy,
so you may want to "kill" the dummy task after a certain timeout on the

Similar to the above, you can also terminate executors from the scheduler
if you don't need them any more, or for a certain period of time.

On Mon, Jun 19, 2017 at 4:09 AM, Christopher Hunt <> wrote:

> Hi there,
> We have a framework that runs on Mesos and DC/OS. There is a core and an
> agent design to our framework which equates to a Mesos scheduler and
> executor respectively. The executor is responsible for forking and managing
> processes w.r.t. to our problem domain. Given that the executor is written
> in Scala and runs on the JVM, we find that it requires at least 1.9 CPUs to
> be allocated in order to function reasonably well. Also, given that it is a
> JVM process we also “warm up” the executors by starting them for each
> distinct node that we receive offers for. This keeps our domain of task
> management feeling responsive.
> Our problem is that our executor will consume 1.9 CPUs even when whether
> we have no further tasks. Given that Mesos deducts 1.9 from the number of
> available CPUs on each node, our users quickly complain that there’s no
> resource left to run anything else.
> I’m hoping to solicit ideas on how we can manage our executor more
> effectively. Clearly, consuming 1.9 cpus when effectively doing nothing is
> undesirable.
> Some ideas:
> * start the executor only when required - we tried this and the resulting
> experience felt sluggish given the overhead of starting the JVM based
> executor
> * start the executor with fewer CPU requirements (say, 1.0 CPUs), and then
> change its CPU share via ExecutorInfo when we have tasks to run - I’m not
> sure that this is possible - I think Mesos complains if ExecutorInfo is
> changed given that a previous task has supplied it
> * Given Mesos 1.3 and its support for multiple roles, have our framework
> register its own role so that the user has more control over where our
> executors are placed - at present we target all nodes where we receive an
> offer i.e. “*”.
> * re-write the executor off the JVM e.g. using Rust - this would be
> non-trivial
> Thoughts/more ideas?
> Thanks in advance.
> Kind regards,.
> Christopher
> Christopher Hunt
> *Technical Lead, Lightbend Enterprise Suite*
> @huntchr
> UTC+10

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