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What I Learned During My Summer Internship at Cloudera, Part 2

The guest post below is from Wei Yan, a 2013 summer intern at Cloudera. In this post, he helpfully describes his personal projects from this summer. Thanks for your contributions, Wei!

As a Ph.D. student at Vanderbilt University, I work on the Apache Hadoop MapReduce framework, with a focus on optimizing data intensive computing tasks. Although I’m very familiar with MapReduce itself, my curiosity about the use cases for MapReduce and where it generally fits in the Big Data are drew me to Cloudera for the summer of 2013.

Improvements in the Hadoop YARN Fair Scheduler

Starting in CDH 4.2, YARN/MapReduce 2 (MR2) includes an even more powerful Fair Scheduler. In addition to doing nearly all that it could do in MapReduce 1 (MR1), the YARN Fair Scheduler can schedule non-MapReduce jobs, schedule based on fine-grained memory instead of slots, and support hierarchical queues. In this post, you’ll learn what the Fair Scheduler’s role is and how it fulfills it, what it means to be a YARN “scheduler,” and dive into its new features and how to get them running on your cluster.

YARN/MR2 vs. MR1

YARN uses an updated terminology to reflect that it no longer just manages resources for MapReduce. From YARN’s perspective, a MapReduce job is an application. YARN schedules containers for map and reduce tasks to live in. What was referred to as pools in the MR1 Fair Scheduler has been updated to queue for consistency with the capacity scheduler. An excellent and deeper explanation is available here.

How Does it Work?

Apache Hadoop 2.0.3-alpha Released

Last week the Apache Hadoop PMC voted to release Apache Hadoop 2.0.3-alpha, the latest in the Hadoop 2 release series. This release fixes over 500 issues (covering the Common, HDFS, MapReduce and YARN sub-projects) since the 2.0.2-alpha release in October last year. In addition to bug fixes and general improvements the more noteworthy changes include:

Apache Hadoop in 2013: The State of the Platform

For several good reasons, 2013 is a Happy New Year for Apache Hadoop enthusiasts.

In 2012, we saw continued progress on developing the next generation of the MapReduce processing framework (MRv2), work that will bear fruit this year. HDFS experienced major progress toward becoming a lights-out, fully enterprise-ready distributed filesystem with the addition of high availability features and increased performance. And a hint of the future of the Hadoop platform was provided with the Beta release of Cloudera Impala, a real-time query engine for analytics across HDFS and Apache HBase data.

MR2 and YARN Briefly Explained

With CDH4 onward, the Apache Hadoop component introduced two new terms for Hadoop users to wonder about: MR2 and YARN. Unfortunately, these terms are mixed up so much that many people are confused about them. Do they mean the same thing, or not?

This post aims to clarify these two terms.

What is YARN?

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