Paper Accepted @ The Journal of Supercomputing

Title: An Elastic and Traffic-Aware Scheduler for Distributed Data Stream Processing in Heterogeneous Clusters

Authors: Hamid Hadian, Mohammadreza Farrokh, Mohsen Sharifi, and Ali Jafari


Existing Data Stream Processing (DSP) systems perform poorly while encountering heavy workloads, particularly on clustered set of (heterogeneous) computers. Elasticity and changing application parallelism degree can limit the performance degradation in the face of varying workloads that negatively impact the overall application response time. Elasticity can be achieved by operator scaling, i.e., by replication and relocation of operators at runtime. However, scaling decisions at runtime is challenging, since it first increases the overall communication overhead between operators and secondly changes any initial scheduling that could lead to a non-optimal scheduling plan. In this paper, we investigate the problem of elasticity and scaling decisions and propose a DSP system called ER-Storm. To curb communication overhead, we propose a new 3-step mechanism for replication and relocation of operators upon detecting a bottleneck operator that overutilizes a worker node. The other challenge is to select the proper worker nodes to host relocated operators. By discretizing the input workload, we model the relocation of operators between worker nodes at runtime through a scalable Markov Decision Process (MDP) and use a model-free notion of reinforcement learning (Q-Learning) to find optimal solutions. We have implemented our propositions on the Apache Storm version 2.1.0. Our experimental results show that ER-Storm reduces the average topology response time by 20 to 60 percent based on the rate of input workload (low or high) compared to the R-Storm scheduler and the Online-Scheduler of Storm.