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Subject [jira] [Commented] (SPARK-732) Recomputation of RDDs may result in duplicated accumulator updates
Date Sat, 29 Mar 2014 18:31:16 GMT


ASF GitHub Bot commented on SPARK-732:

Github user kayousterhout commented on the pull request:
    Can we just add the accumulator update to TaskSetManager, in the handleSuccessfulTask()
method?  This seems much simpler because the TaskSetManager already has all of the state about
which tasks are running, which ones have been resubmitted or speculated, etc.  I think this
change would be much simpler.
    Over time, a lot of functionality has leaked into the DAGScheduler, such that there's
a lot of state that's kept in multiple places: in the DAGScheduler and in the TaskSetManager
or the TaskSchedulerImpl.  The abstraction is supposed to be that the DAGScheduler handles
the high level semantics of scheduling stages and dealing with inter-stage dependencies, and
the TaskSetManager handles the low-level details of the tasks for each stage.  There are some
parts of this abstraction that are currently broken (where the DAGScheduler knows too much
about task-level details) and refactoring this is on my todo list, but in the meantime I think
we should try not to make this problem any worse, because it makes the code much more complicated,
more difficult to understand, and buggy.

> Recomputation of RDDs may result in duplicated accumulator updates
> ------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: SPARK-732
>                 URL:
>             Project: Apache Spark
>          Issue Type: Bug
>    Affects Versions: 0.7.0, 0.6.2, 0.7.1, 0.8.0, 0.7.2, 0.7.3, 0.8.1, 0.9.0, 0.8.2
>            Reporter: Josh Rosen
>            Assignee: Nan Zhu
>             Fix For: 1.0.0
> Currently, Spark doesn't guard against duplicated updates to the same accumulator due
to recomputations of an RDD.  For example:
> {code}
>     val acc = sc.accumulator(0)
> => acc += 1; f(x))
>     data.count()
>     // acc should equal data.count() here
>     data.foreach{...}
>     // Now, acc = 2 * data.count() because the map() was recomputed.
> {code}
> I think that this behavior is incorrect, especially because this behavior allows the
additon or removal of a cache() call to affect the outcome of a computation.
> There's an old TODO to fix this duplicate update issue in the [DAGScheduler code|].
> I haven't tested whether recomputation due to blocks being dropped from the cache can
trigger duplicate accumulator updates.
> Hypothetically someone could be relying on the current behavior to implement performance
counters that track the actual number of computations performed (including recomputations).
 To be safe, we could add an explicit warning in the release notes that documents the change
in behavior when we fix this.
> Ignoring duplicate updates shouldn't be too hard, but there are a few subtleties.  Currently,
we allow accumulators to be used in multiple transformations, so we'd need to detect duplicate
updates at the per-transformation level.  I haven't dug too deeply into the scheduler internals,
but we might also run into problems where pipelining causes what is logically one set of accumulator
updates to show up in two different tasks (e.g. += x; ...) and
+= x; ...).count() may cause what's logically the same accumulator update to be applied from
two different contexts, complicating the detection of duplicate updates).

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