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2018 18th IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Cluster, Cloud and Grid Computing (CCGRID) (2018)
Washington, DC, USA
May 1, 2018 to May 4, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-5386-5815-4
pp: 1-10
In spite of many shuffle-heavy jobs in current commercial data-parallel clusters, few previous studies have considered the network traffic in the shuffle phase, which contains a large amount of data transfers and may adversely affect the cluster performance. In this paper, we propose a network-aware scheduler (NAS) that handles two main challenges associated with the shuffle phase for high performance: i) balancing cross-node network load, and ii) avoiding and reducing cross-rack network congestion. NAS consists of three main mechanisms: i) map task scheduling (MTS), ii) congestion-avoidance reduce task scheduling (CA-RTS) and iii) congestion-reduction reduce task scheduling (CR-RTS). MTS constrains the shuffle data on each node when scheduling the map tasks to balance the cross-node network load. CA-RTS distributes the reduce tasks for each job based on the distribution of its shuffle data among the racks in order to minimize cross-rack traffic. When the network is congested, CR-RTS schedules reduce tasks that generate negligible shuffle traffic to reduce the congestion. We implemented NAS in Hadoop on a cluster. Our trace-driven simulation and real cluster experiment demonstrate the superior performance of NAS on improving the throughput (up to 62%), reducing the average job execution time (up to 44%) and reducing the cross-rack traffic (up to 40%) compared with state-of-the-art schedulers.
computer networks, data handling, parallel processing, pattern clustering, resource allocation, scheduling

Z. Li, H. Shen and A. Sarker, "A Network-Aware Scheduler in Data-Parallel Clusters for High Performance," 2018 18th IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Cluster, Cloud and Grid Computing (CCGRID), Washington, DC, USA, 2018, pp. 1-10.
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