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From Corey Nolet <>
Subject Long pauses after writing to sequence files
Date Sat, 31 Jan 2015 01:52:07 GMT
We have a series of spark jobs which run in succession over various cached
datasets, do small groups and transforms, and then call
saveAsSequenceFile() on them.

Each call to save as a sequence file appears to have done its work, the
task says it completed in "xxx.xxxxx seconds" but then it pauses and the
pauses are quite significant- sometimes up to 2 minutes. We are trying to
figure out what's going on during this pause- if the executors are really
still writing to the sequence files or if maybe a race condition is
happening on an executor which is causing timeouts.

Any ideas? Anyone else seen this happening?

We also tried running all the saveAsSequenceFile calls in separate futures
to see if maybe the waiting would still only take 1-2 minutes but it looks
like the waiting still takes the sum of the amount  of time it would have
originally (several several minutes). Our job runs, in its entirety, 35
minutes and we're estimating that we're spending at least 16 minutes in
this paused state. What I haven't been able to do is figure out how to
trace through all the executors. Is there a way to do this? The event logs
in yarn don't seem to help much with this.

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