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Dependable Cloud Resources with Guardian
Bara Abusalah, Derek Schatzlein, Julian James Stephen, Masoud Saeida Ardekani and Patrick Eugster
Purdue University, Purdue University, Purdue University, Purdue University, Purdue University

Despite advances in making datacenters dependable, failures still happen. This is particularly onerous for longrunning “big data” applications, where partial failures can lead to significant losses and lengthy recomputations. Big data processing frameworks like Hadoop MapReduce include fault tolerance (FT) mechanisms, but these are commonly targeted at specific system/failure models, and are often redundant between frameworks. This paper proposes the paradigm of dependable resources: big data processing frameworks are typically built on top of resource management systems (RMSs), and proposing FT support at the level of such an RMS yields generic FT mechanisms, which can be provided with low overhead by leveraging constraints on resources.We demonstrate our concepts through Guardian, a robust RMS based on YARN. Guardian allows frameworks to run their applications with individually configurable FT granularity and degree, with only minor changes to their implementation. We demonstrate the benefits of our approach by evaluating Hadoop, Tez, Spark and Pig on Guardian in Amazon-EC2, improving completion time by around 68% in the presence of failures, while maintaining around 6% overhead.