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Re: Hadoop cluster network requirement

On Jul 31, 2011, at 12:08 PM, <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>

> I was asked by our IT folks if we can put hadoop name nodes storage using a shared disk storage unit.  

What do you mean by "shared disk storage unit"?  There are lots of products out there that would claim this, so actual deployment semantics are important.

> Does anyone have experience of how much IO throughput is required on the name nodes?

IO throughput is completely dependent dependent upon how many changes are being applied to the file system and frequency of edits log merging.  In the majority of cases it is "not much".  What tends to happen where the storage is shared (such as a NAS) is that the *other* traffic blocks the writes for too long because it is overloaded and the NN declares it dead.

>  What are the latency/data throughput requirements between the master and data nodes - can this tolerate network routing?

If you mean "different data centers", then no.  If you mean "same data center, but with routers in between", then probably yes, but you add several more failure points, so this isn't recommended.

> Did anyone published any throughput requirement for the best network setup recommendation?

Not that I know of.  It is very much dependent upon the actual workload being performed.  But I wouldn't deploy anything slower than a 1:4 overcommit (uplink-to-host) on the DN side for anything real/significant.

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