Hi,
I am facing issues while reading multiple HDFS directories. Please read the problem statement and current approach below

Problem Statement
There are N HDFS directories each having K files. We want to read data from all directories such that when we read data from directory D, we map all the data and augment it with additional information specific to that directory.

Current Approach
In current approach, we are iterating over the directories, reading it in RDD, mapping the RDD and the putting the RDD into a list.
After all N directories have been read, we have a list of N RDDs
We call spark Union on the list to merge them together.

This approach is causing data skewness because there is 1 directory of size 12 GBs whereas other RDDs are less than 1 GB. So when the large RDD's turn comes, spark submits its task on available executors causing the RDD to present on few executors instead of spreading on all.

Is there a way to avoid this data skewness ? I couldn't find any RDD API, spark config which could enforce the data reading tasks evenly on all executors.

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Regards
Kapil Garg

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