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From Keith Wiley <kwi...@keithwiley.com>
Subject Re: Oozie vs. YARN "application"
Date Fri, 18 May 2012 02:29:46 GMT
On May 17, 2012, at 17:49 , Arun C Murthy wrote:

> Currently YARN doesn't offer anything to manage a DAG of applications.

Well, there is the following webpage:

which suggests that YARN supports a dag of MR jobs within a YARN application (second paragraph,
last sentence).  True, it is a dag of jobs within an application, not a dag of applications,
but that wasn't really my original question.  My question was how the dag structure offered
by YARN differs from that offered by Oozie.

It doesn't seem like the responses to my question so far have adequately reconciled Oozie's
dag of jobs with YARN's dag of jobs.  To the contrary, the only response I've gotten so far
seems to suggest that the webpage above is simply wrong and YARN offers no form of multi-job
dag at all; no response in this thread has confirmed it for example.

> It's fairly easy to implement a DAGApplicationMaster to manage a set of applications
(whether MR or others).

Right, but that applies to whole applications.  Isn't a dag *of* jobs within an application
rather analogous to what Oozie does?  Bear in mind, that is the entire premise of my original
question (the degree of similarity between these two multi-job dag coordination systems).
 The distinction between jobs and applications is only relevant after the relationship to
Oozie has been established, since that was my original question.

I'm really sorry about the apparent misunderstanding.  I didn't intend any confusion on the
matter.  I simply read the webpage at all and was immediately curious about its implications
for Oozie, that's all.

> Arun
> PS: Please use mapreduce-dev@ for technical discussions, general@ is used for project
discussions/announcements. Thanks.

Oof, sorry about that.  It's hard to move a thread mid-discussion of course since that messes
up the archives and I still don't feel that the text on the webpage quoted above, which clearly
describes YARN's dag of jobs, has been addressed, so I'm carrying on for the sake of "the
historical record", but I apologize for not targeting my question at the most relevant mailing
list.  A mailing list named "general" struck me as, well, general, but I must have misinterpreted

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