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Re: Splitting input file - increasing number of mappers
More mappers will make it faster
     U can try this parameter
     This will control the input split size and force more mappers to run
Also ur usecase seems good candidate for defining a Combiner because u r grouping keys based on a criteria
But only gotcha is Combiners are  not guaranteed to be called to run

Give these shot

Good luck


From: parnab kumar <[EMAIL PROTECTED]<mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]>>
Date: Saturday, July 6, 2013 12:50 AM
Subject: Splitting input file - increasing number of mappers

Hi ,

        I have an input file where each line is of the form :

           <URL> <A NUMBER>

      URLs whose number is within a threshold are considered similar. My task is to group together all similar urls. For this i wrote a custom writable where i implemented the threshold check in the compareTo method.Therefore when Hadoop sorts the similar urls are grouped together.This seems to work fine .
      I have the following query :

   1>   Since i am relying more on the sort feature provided by Hadoop, am i decreasing the efficiency in any way  or using Hadoops sort feature which hadoop does best  i am actually doing the right thing.Now if this is the right thing too , then it seems my job  mostly relies on the map task.Thefore will increase in the number of mappers increase efficiency ?

     2> My file size is not more than 64 mb  i.e a Hadoop block size which means not more than 1 mapper will be invoked.Will splitting the file into smaller size increase the efficiency by invoking more mappers.

Can someone kindly provide some insight,advice regarding the above.

Thanks ,
MS student, IIT kharagpur

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