Warden is a light Java application that runs on all the nodes in a cluster and coordinates cluster services. Warden’s job on each node is to start, stop, or restart the appropriate services, and allocate the correct amount of memory to them. Warden makes extensive use of the znode abstraction discussed in the ZooKeeper section of this Guide to monitor the state of cluster services.

Each service running in a cluster has a corresponding znode in the ZooKeeper namespace, named in the pattern /services/<servicename>/<hostname>. Warden’s Watcher interface monitors znodes for changes and acts when a znode is created or deleted, or when child znodes of a monitored znode are created or deleted.

Warden configuration is contained in the warden.conf file, which lists service triplets in the form <servicename>:<number of nodes>:<dependencies>. The number of nodes element of this triplet controls the number of concurrent instances of the service that can run on the cluster. Some services are restricted to one running instance per cluster, while others, such as the FileServer, can run on every node. The Warden monitors changes to its configuration file in real time.

When a configuration triplet lists another service as a dependency, the Warden only starts that service after the dependency service is running.

Note: When warden is started/restarted, the irqbalancer is enabled on nodes running MapR Filesystem because it balances IRQ SMP affinities, which provide better performance.

Memory Management with the Warden

System administrators can configure how the cluster’s memory is allocated to running the operating system, MapR Filesystem, and Hadoop services. The configuration files /opt/mapr/conf/warden.conf and /opt/mapr/conf/conf.d/warden.<servicename>.conf include parameters that define how much of the memory on a node is allocated to the operating system, MapR Filesystem, and Hadoop services.

You can edit the following memory parameters to reserve memory:
  • The service.<servicename>.heapsize.percent parameter controls the percentage of system memory allocated to the named service.
  • The service.<servicename>.heapsize.max parameter defines the maximum heapsize used when invoking the service.
  • The service.<servicename>.heapsize.min parameter defines the minimum heapsize used when invoking the service.

For example, the service.command.os.heapsize.percent, service.command.os.heapsize.max, and service.command.os.heapsize.min parameters in the warden.conf file control the amount of memory that Warden allocates to the host operating system before allocating memory to other services.

The actual heap size used when invoking a service is a combination of the three parameters according to the formula:
max(heapsize.min, min(heapsize.max, total-memory * heapsize.percent / 100))

For more information, see Memory Allocation for Nodes.

The Warden and Failover

The Warden on each node watches appropriate znodes to determine whether to start or stop services during failover. The following paragraphs provide failover examples for the CLDB and ResourceManager. Note that not all failover involves the Warden; NFS failover is accomplished using VIPs.
CLDB Failover
The ZooKeeper contains a znode corresponding to the active master CLDB. This znode is monitored by the slave CLDBs. When the master CLDB znode is deleted, the slave CLDBs recognize that the master CLDB is no longer running. The slave CLDBs contact Zookeeper in an attempt to become the new master CLDB. The first CLDB to get a lock on the znode in Zookeeper becomes the new master.
ResourceManager Failover

Starting in version 4.0.2, if the node running the ResourceManager fails and the Warden on the ResourceManager node is unable to restart it, Warden starts a new instance of the ResourceManager on another node. The Warden on every ResourceManager node watches the ResourceManager’s znode for changes. When the active ResourceManager’s znode is deleted, the Wardens on other ResourceManager nodes attempt to launch the ResourceManager. The Warden on each ResourceManager node works with the Zookeeper to ensure that only one ResourceManager is running in the cluster.

In order for failover to occur in this manner, at least two nodes in the cluster should include the ResourceManager role and your cluster must be use the zero configuration failover implementation.

The Warden and Pluggable Services

Services can be plugged into the Warden’s monitoring infrastructure by setting up an individual configuration file for each supported service in the /opt/mapr/conf/conf.d directory, named in the pattern warden.<servicename>.conf. The <servicename>:<number of nodes>:<dependencies> triplets for a pluggable service are stored in the individual warden.<servicename>.conf files, not in the main warden.conf file.

The following services have configuration files pre-configured at installation:

As with other Warden services, the Warden daemon monitors the znodes for a configured component’s service and restarts the service as specified by the configuration triplet. The configuration file also specifies resource limits for the service, any ports used by the service, and a location for log files.