Oct 24, 2011

Apache Hama upcoming features

Hi all,

for me it is a pleasure to bring you a couple new things and announcements in this blog post.

Apache Hama 4.0 is on its way, and I want to introduce several pieces of fancyness before we dive into the realtime processing (will be the follow up blog post).
  1. Revised BSP execution flow
  2. Multiple Tasks per groom
  3. YARN integration 
Revised BSP execution flow

The first point is a very good improvement. Writing BSP is totally convenient now.
Let's take a look at the implementation of a BSP in Hama 3.0:

class OldBSP extends BSP{

  public void bsp(BSPPeerProtocol arg0) throws IOException, KeeperException,
      InterruptedException {
    // TODO Auto-generated method stub
  public void setConf(Configuration conf) {
    // TODO Auto-generated method stub
  public Configuration getConf() {
    // TODO Auto-generated method stub
    return null;

You see it in my eclipse generated subclass. You have to override a plenty of methods.
Two of them (if you are not familiar with Hadoop) seem to be very strange. What is that configuration? And why do I need to set this in my code?

Well, this is now history. We have revised the design and now shipping with default implementations of every method in the BSP class.

Additionally we have added a setup and a cleanup method. Setup is now called before the computation starts, cleanup after your computation has been done.

Let's see:

public class NewBSP extends BSP{

  public void setup(BSPPeer peer) throws IOException, KeeperException,
      InterruptedException {
  public void bsp(BSPPeer peer) throws IOException, KeeperException,
      InterruptedException {

  public void cleanup(BSPPeer peer) {


It is a lot more intuitive isn't it? Now YOU can control the methods you need to override. And it is fully transparent when the methods are called.

And the best side-effect is that you can send messages and trigger a barrier sync while in setup!
This enables you now to send initial messages to other tasks and distributed information which hasn't been set in the configuration.
BTW: Your jobs configuration can now be obtained via peer.getConfiguration().

Multiple Tasks per groom

Yeah, we made the step to multitasking. In Hama 3.0 we only had a single task inside the groom.
This didn't really utilize the machines, because while executing a single BSP, other cores might be unused.
Like in Hadoop this is now configurable per host. So you can set the number of tasks which should be executed on a machine.

YARN integration

If you don't know what YARN actually is, let me clarify a bit. YARN stands for Yet Another Resource Negotiator.
This is Hadoops new architecture. If you want to learn more, have a look at Aruns slides here.

If you now know what the new Hadoop is, I'm proud to tell you that Apache Hama will be a part of it.
We implemented our own application to fit with the new YARN module and bring Hama to your Hadoop 23.0 cluster.
No more setup and configuration of additional daemons!

We managed to get a first BSP (Serialize Printing) running on a YARN cluster.

Serialize Printing on YARN
That is soo great!

We are still in development, so please follow HAMA-431 if you are interested.

Thanks for your attention, and please follow us on the mailing list! We are happy to answer your questions if you have one.

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