From Application to Disk: Tracing I/O Through the Big Data Stack

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  • Typical applications in data science consume, process and produce large amounts of data, making disk I/O one of the dominating — and thus worthwhile optimizing — factors of their overall performance. Distributed processing frameworks, such as Hadoop, Flink and Spark, hide a lot of complexity from the programmer when they parallelize these applications across a compute cluster. This exacerbates reasoning about I/O of both the application and the framework, through the distributed file system, such as HDFS, down to the local file systems. We present SFS (Statistics File System), a modular framework to trace each I/O request issued by the application and any JVM-based big data framework involved, mapping these requests to actual disk I/O. This allows detection of inefficient I/O patterns, both by the applications and the underlying frameworks, and builds the basis for improving I/O scheduling in the big data software stack.

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Author:Robert SchmidtkeORCiD, Florian Schintke, Thorsten Schütt
Document Type:In Proceedings
Parent Title (English):High Performance Computing ISC High Performance 2018 International Workshops, Frankfurt/Main, Germany, June 24 - 28, 2018, Revised Selected Papers, Workshop on Performance and Scalability of Storage Systems (WOPSSS)
Year of first publication:2018