Monitoring hanging tasks in large cluster

In a large cluster, some un-expected long running task hold back the job’s runtime sometimes. And those long running tasks are hard to locate in such a large cluster. Some ideas are shown here to help to locate those long running tasks. One of them will be implemented in the coming released of OGL.

Customer complain:

  • DEV cluster: Customer want to check the issue SI to debug
  • Product cluster: customer complain the long running tasks
    • the job can not complete because of long running tasks
    • all other tasks are useless because some tasks (the long running tasks) are un-finished (killed)
      • when to check the long running task? If check the task when the job is almost closed, no much value because:
      • almost all tasks are done; the resource are waste
      • customer can check it by oglview

Condition of the long running task:

  • Task number
    • c1.1: one task
    • c1.2: multiple tasks
  • Task’s order of the job
    • c2.1: first task of the job
    • c2.2: last task of the job
    • c2.3: in the middle of the task queue of the job
  • Average of task run time
    • c3.1: Variance(runing time) is large
    • c3.2: Variance(runing time) ~ 0
  • The root cause of hang
    • c4.1: environment issue
    • c4.2: logic/data issue


  • Configure the timeout of the task; if one task did not finish within the duration, restart is and send SNMP notification
  • Configure the timeout of the task; if one task did not finish within the duration, only send SNMP notification; DEV will attach to the process in the compute host, oglctrl task jobId:taskId restart
  • Provide a new callback “onCheckStatus”; JobRunner will ping service to get its status, because only service known the status
    • StatusContext: isTimeOut
    • But how to deal with onCheckStatus timeout, SNMP?
  • Check the throughoutput of JobRunnerObject per min (or second?), report the JobRunner which has the lowest thoughoutput in a Job.
    • set the task count to zero when JobRunnerObject bind to a Job;
    • including success & failed tasks
Written on December 30, 2012