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From "Josh Wills (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (CRUNCH-602) Combiner initialization repeatedly retrieves RT nodes from DistCache, leading to high NN load
Date Tue, 19 Apr 2016 07:13:25 GMT


Josh Wills commented on CRUNCH-602:

I'd like to avoid extra Guava deps wherever we can, but aside from that, I'm surprised by
how this happens-- are we somehow not caching this data as a local file on the data nodes
when the job runs? We actually have to hit the NN to get it?

> Combiner initialization repeatedly retrieves RT nodes from DistCache, leading to high
NN load
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: CRUNCH-602
>                 URL:
>             Project: Crunch
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: Core
>    Affects Versions: 0.12.0, 0.13.0, 0.14.0
>         Environment: Crunch 0.14-SNAPSHOT, CDH5.6.0
>            Reporter: Michael Rose
>            Assignee: Josh Wills
>              Labels: performance
>         Attachments: crunch-602.patch
> When running one of our Crunch pipelines, we noticed our NameNode under very heavy load.
We run our masters on pretty light hardware, so our NN was sitting at 100% CPU.
> Crunch reads the RTNodes during creation of a CrunchTaskContext. These are created when
Mappers and Reducers are created. Importantly, a CrunchCombiner is a subclass of a Reducer,
so each mapper will create R combiners where R is the number of reducers and thus R CrunchTaskContexts.
Consequently in highly parallel jobs, this means M*R semi-expensive calls to the NameNode.
> In the constructor for CrunchTaskContext, this is the read to the DistCache:
> this.nodes = (List<RTNode>), path);
> Which then leads to a read into the NN + deserialization.
> For now, we took the overly simplistic approach of caching the results of the DistCache
read in a Guava cache. The cache ensures combiners reuse RTNodes with only the overhead of
deserialization which is somewhat unavoidable as RTNodes are stateful and not reusable. However,
it's not configurable except by modifying code.
> I'll attach the patch, but given that it's not yet configurable I wouldn't call it a
"fix available." There may be much better ways of fixing this issue as well -- if you have
some guidance I'd be happy to do the legwork on a patch.

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