Optimizing Hadoop for MapReduce

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  • Learn about the factors that affect MapReduce performance
  • Utilize the Hadoop MapReduce performance counters to identify resource bottlenecks
  • Size your Hadoop cluster’s nodes
  • Set the number of mappers and reducers correctly
  • Optimize mapper and reducer task throughput and code size using compression and Combiners
  • Understand the various tuning properties and best practices to optimize clusters

MapReduce is the distribution system that the Hadoop MapReduce engine uses to distribute work around a cluster by working parallel on smaller data sets. It is useful in a wide range of applications, including distributed pattern-based searching, distributed sorting, web link-graph reversal, term-vector per host, web access log stats, inverted index construction, document clustering, machine learning, and statistical machine translation.

This book introduces you to advanced MapReduce concepts and teaches you everything from identifying the factors that affect MapReduce job performance to tuning the MapReduce configuration. Based on real-world experience, this book will help you to fully utilize your cluster’s node resources to run MapReduce jobs optimally.

This book details the Hadoop MapReduce job performance optimization process. Through a number of clear and practical steps, it will help you to fully utilize your cluster’s node resources.

Starting with how MapReduce works and the factors that affect MapReduce performance, you will be given an overview of Hadoop metrics and several performance monitoring tools. Further on, you will explore performance counters that help you identify resource bottlenecks, check cluster health, and size your Hadoop cluster. You will also learn about optimizing map and reduce tasks by using Combiners and compression.

The book ends with best practices and recommendations on how to use your Hadoop cluster optimally.

  • Optimize your MapReduce job performance
  • Identify your Hadoop cluster’s weaknesses
  • Tune your MapReduce configuration
Page Count 120
Course Length 3 hours 36 minutes
ISBN 9781783285655
Date Of Publication 21 Feb 2014


Khaled Tannir

Khaled Tannir has been working with computers since 1980. He began programming with the legendary Sinclair Zx81 and later with Commodore home computer products (Vic 20, Commodore 64, Commodore 128D, and Amiga 500). He has a Bachelor's degree in Electronics, a Master's degree in System Information Architectures, in which he graduated with a professional thesis, and completed his education with a Master of Research degree. He is a Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD) and has more than 20 years of technical experience leading the development and implementation of software solutions and giving technical presentations. He now works as an independent IT consultant and has worked as an infrastructure engineer, senior developer, and enterprise/solution architect for many companies in France and Canada. With significant experience in Microsoft .Net, Microsoft Server Systems, and Oracle Java technologies, he has extensive skills in online/offline applications design, system conversions, and multilingual applications in both domains: Internet and Desktops. He is always researching new technologies, learning about them, and looking for new adventures in France, North America, and the Middle-east. He owns an IT and electronics laboratory with many servers, monitors, open electronic boards such as Arduino, Netduino, RaspBerry Pi, and .Net Gadgeteer, and some smartphone devices based on Windows Phone, Android, and iOS operating systems. In 2012, he contributed to the EGC 2012 (International Complex Data Mining forum at Bordeaux University, France) and presented, in a workshop session, his work on "how to optimize data distribution in a cloud computing environment". This work aims to define an approach to optimize the use of data mining algorithms such as k-means and Apriori in a cloud computing environment. He is the author of RavenDB 2.x Beginner's Guide, Packt Publishing. He aims to get a PhD in Cloud Computing and Big Data and wants to learn more and more about these technologies. He enjoys taking landscape and night time photos, travelling, playing video games, creating funny electronic gadgets with Arduino/.Net Gadgeteer, and of course, spending time with his wife and family. You can reach him at contact@khaledtannir.net.