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Robert Joseph Evans commented on YARN-611:
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Why is the reset policy created on a per app ATTEMPT basis? Shouldn't it be on 
a per application basis.  Wouldn't having more then one 
WindowsSlideAMRetryCountResetPolicy per application be a waste as they will 
either be running in parallel racing with each other, or there will be extra 
overhead to stop and start them for each application attempt?

Inside WindowsSlideAMRetryCountResetPolicy you create a new Timer.  Timer 
instances create a new thread, I am not sure we really need a new thread for 
potentially each application, just so the thread can wakeup every few seconds 
to reset a counter.

Inside WindowsSlideAMRetryCountResetPolicy.amRetryCountReset we call 
rmApp.getCurrentAppAttempt() in a loop.  Why don't we cache it?

I also don't really like how the code handles locking.  To me it always feels 
bad to hold a lock while calling into a class that may call back into you, 
especially from a different thread.  The WindowsSlideAMRetryCountResetPolicy 
calls into getAppAttemptId, shouldCountTowardsMaxAttemptRetry, 
mayBeLastAttempt, and setMaybeLastAttemptFlag of RmAppAttemptImpl. 
RmAppAttemptImpl calls into start, stop, and recover for the resetPolicy.  
Right now I don't think there are any potential deadlocks because 
RmAppAttemptImpl never holds a lock while interacting directly with 
resetPolicy, but if it ever does then it could deadlock.  I'm not sure of a 
good way to fix this, except perhaps through comments in the ResetPolicy 
interface specifying that start/stop/recover will never be called while holding 
a lock for RMAppAttempt or RMApp.

> Add an AM retry count reset window to YARN RM
> ---------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: YARN-611
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/YARN-611
>             Project: Hadoop YARN
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: resourcemanager
>    Affects Versions: 2.0.3-alpha
>            Reporter: Chris Riccomini
>            Assignee: Xuan Gong
>         Attachments: YARN-611.1.patch, YARN-611.2.patch, YARN-611.3.patch
>
>
> YARN currently has the following config:
> yarn.resourcemanager.am.max-retries
> This config defaults to 2, and defines how many times to retry a "failed" AM 
> before failing the whole YARN job. YARN counts an AM as failed if the node 
> that it was running on dies (the NM will timeout, which counts as a failure 
> for the AM), or if the AM dies.
> This configuration is insufficient for long running (or infinitely running) 
> YARN jobs, since the machine (or NM) that the AM is running on will 
> eventually need to be restarted (or the machine/NM will fail). In such an 
> event, the AM has not done anything wrong, but this is counted as a "failure" 
> by the RM. Since the retry count for the AM is never reset, eventually, at 
> some point, the number of machine/NM failures will result in the AM failure 
> count going above the configured value for 
> yarn.resourcemanager.am.max-retries. Once this happens, the RM will mark the 
> job as failed, and shut it down. This behavior is not ideal.
> I propose that we add a second configuration:
> yarn.resourcemanager.am.retry-count-window-ms
> This configuration would define a window of time that would define when an AM 
> is "well behaved", and it's safe to reset its failure count back to zero. 
> Every time an AM fails the RmAppImpl would check the last time that the AM 
> failed. If the last failure was less than retry-count-window-ms ago, and the 
> new failure count is > max-retries, then the job should fail. If the AM has 
> never failed, the retry count is < max-retries, or if the last failure was 
> OUTSIDE the retry-count-window-ms, then the job should be restarted. 
> Additionally, if the last failure was outside the retry-count-window-ms, then 
> the failure count should be set back to 0.
> This would give developers a way to have well-behaved AMs run forever, while 
> still failing mis-behaving AMs after a short period of time.
> I think the work to be done here is to change the RmAppImpl to actually look 
> at app.attempts, and see if there have been more than max-retries failures in 
> the last retry-count-window-ms milliseconds. If there have, then the job 
> should fail, if not, then the job should go forward. Additionally, we might 
> also need to add an endTime in either RMAppAttemptImpl or 
> RMAppFailedAttemptEvent, so that the RmAppImpl can check the time of the 
> failure.
> Thoughts?



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