Autoscaling for Hadoop Clusters

TitleAutoscaling for Hadoop Clusters
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsGandhi, Anshul, Thota Sidhartha, Dube Parijat, Kochut Andrzej, and Zhang Li

Unforeseen events such as node failures and re- source contention can have a severe impact on the performance of data processing frameworks, such as Hadoop, especially in cloud environments where such incidents are common. SLA compliance in the presence of such events requires the ability to quickly and dynamically resize infrastructure resources. Unfortunately, the distributed and stateful nature of data processing frameworks makes it challenging to accurately scale the system at run-time. In this paper, we present the design and implementation of a model-driven autoscaling solution for Hadoop clusters. We first develop novel gray-box performance models for Hadoop workloads that specifically relate job execution times to resource allocation and workload parameters. We then employ these models to dynamically determine the resources required to successfully complete the Hadoop jobs as per the user-specified SLA under various scenarios including node failures and multi-job executions. Our experimental results on three different Hadoop cloud clusters and across different workloads demonstrate the efficacy of our models and highlight their autoscaling capabilities.