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From André Hacker <andrephac...@gmail.com>
Subject Integrate ZooKeeper in another master-worker application
Date Fri, 29 Nov 2013 11:57:50 GMT

I work for the Stratosphere project [1] (think of it as an extended
Hadoop/MapReduce system) and currently look whether it makes sense to use
ZooKeeper to implement some functionality. First we consider to use it for
counters (hadoop-like counters), and later for coordination, e.g. of
iterative tasks.

We would not want to require our customers to manually deploy ZK so my
question is whether there is any best practice how to integrate ZK into
another (java) application?

I saw that Giraph deploys the zookeeper jar file and on startup creates a
config-file and then starts a jvm using ProcessBuilder [2]. They also allow
you to use your existing zookeeper. Do you think this is a good approach?
Are there others (e.g. run ZK in our existing jvm)?

FYI: Stratosphere is a master-worker system. Initially we would start ZK on
the master only, later we could start it at multiple nodes to ensure
fault-tolerance. As far as I understood, the number of nodes should depend
on the read/write behaviour and on the desired level of fault-tolerance,
but we also have full functionality with a single node.

Thank you for any hints,

André Hacker

[1] http://stratosphere.eu/

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