MapTask Scheduling in MapReduce with Data Locality: Throughput and Heavy-Traffic Optimality

Weina Wang, Kai Zhu, Lei Ying, Jian Tan, Li Zhang

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MapReduce/Hadoop framework has been widely used to process large-scale datasets on computing clusters. Scheduling map tasks with data locality consideration is crucial to the performance of MapReduce. Many works have been devoted to increasing data locality for better efficiency. However, to the best of our knowledge, fundamental limits of MapReduce computing clusters with data locality, including the capacity region and theoretical bounds on the delay performance, have not been well studied. In this paper, we address these problems from a stochastic network perspective. Our focus is to strike the right balance between data locality and load balancing to simultaneously maximize throughput and minimize delay. We present a new queueing architecture and propose a map task scheduling algorithm constituted by the Join the Shortest Queue policy together with the MaxWeight policy. We identify an outer bound on the capacity region, and then prove that the proposed algorithm can stabilize any arrival rate vector strictly within this outer bound. It shows that the outer bound coincides with the actual capacity region, and the proposed algorithm is throughput-optimal. Furthermore, we study the number of backlogged tasks under the proposed algorithm, which is directly related to the delay performance based on Little's law. We prove that the proposed algorithm is heavy-traffic optimal, i.e., it asymptotically minimizes the number of backlogged tasks as the arrival rate vector approaches the boundary of the capacity region. Therefore, the proposed algorithm is also delay-optimal in the heavy-traffic regime. The proofs in this paper deal with random processing times with heterogeneous parameters and nonpreemptive task execution, which differentiate our work from many existing works on MaxWeight-type algorithms, so the proof techniques themselves for the stability analysis and the heavy-traffic analysis are also novel contributions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number6948282
Pages (from-to)190-203
Number of pages14
JournalIEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2016


  • Heavy-traffic analysis
  • MapReduce
  • queueing systems
  • scheduling
  • throughput optimality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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