Yea this is a good suggestion; also check 25th percentile, median, and 75th percentile to see how skewed the input data is.

If you find that the RDD’s partitions are skewed you can solve it either by changing the partitioner when you read the files like already suggested, or call repartition(<int>) on the RDD before the bottleneck to redistribute the data amongst the partitions by executing a shuffle.

On Jul 19, 2016, at 6:19 PM, Kuchekar <> wrote:


Can you check if the RDD is partitioned correctly with correct partition number (if you are manually setting the partition value.) . Try using Hash partitioner while reading the files.

One way you can debug is by checking the number of records that executor has compared to others in the Stage tab of the Spark UI.

Kuchekar, Nilesh

On Tue, Jul 19, 2016 at 8:16 PM, Aaron Jackson <> wrote:

I have a cluster with 15 nodes of which 5 are HDFS nodes.  I kick off a job that creates some 120 stages.  Eventually, the active and pending stages reduce down to a small bottleneck and it never fails... the tasks associated with the 10 (or so) running tasks are always allocated to the same executor on the same host.

Sooner or later, it runs out of memory ... or some other resource.  It falls over and then they tasks are reallocated to another executor.

Why do we see such heavy concentration of tasks onto a single executor when other executors are free?  Were the tasks assigned to an executor when the job was decomposed into stages?