Re: Packaging CF app as bosh-release

Paul Bakare

Yes Amit. Thanks

I'm trying the 2 approaches since the both have their pros and cons.

is your compute environment a multi-tenant one that will be running
multiple different workloads?
Yes. dev can push their own spark-based apps and non-spark apps. The
spark-based apps would rely on the existing Spark cluster.

it's also likely to be a more efficient use of resources, since a BOSH VM
can only run one of these spark-job-processors,
I think a Spark cluster(using YARN) of BOSH VMs should be able to run
multiple spark jobs concurrently.

With the app deployment approach, I did setup a UPS for the Spark cluster
and I've been able to submit Spark jobs to the cluster programmatically
through the Spark API. I'll stay with app deployment for now until I get a
stronger use case for a boshrelease.

On Tue, Sep 22, 2015 at 12:21 AM, Amit Gupta <agupta(a)> wrote:

Hey Kayode,

Were you able to make any progress with the deployments you were trying to


On Wed, Sep 16, 2015 at 12:48 PM, Amit Gupta <agupta(a)> wrote:

My very limited understanding is that NFS writes to the actual
filesystem, and achieves persistence by having centralized NFS servers
where it writes to a real mounted device, whereas the clients write to an
ephemeral nfs-mount.

My very limited understanding of HDFS is that it's all userland FS, does
not write to the actual filesystem, and relies on replication to other
nodes in the HDFS cluster. Being a userland FS, you don't have to worry
about the data being wiped when a container is shut down, if you were to
run it as an app.

I think one main issue is going to be ensuring that you never lose too
many instances (whether they are containers or VMs), since you might then
lose all replicas of a given data shard. Whether you go with apps or BOSH
VMs doesn't make a big difference here.

Deploying as an app may be a better way to go, it's simpler right now to
configure and deploy and app, than to configure and deploy a full BOSH
release. It's also likely to be a more efficient use of resources, since a
BOSH VM can only run one of these spark-job-processors, but a CF
container-runner can run lots of other things. That actually brings up a
different question: is your compute environment a multi-tenant one that
will be running multiple different workloads? E.g. could someone also use
the CF to push their own apps? Or is the whole thing just for your spark
jobs, in which case you might only be running one container per VM anyways?

Assuming you can make use of the VMs for other workloads, I think this
would be an ideal use case for Diego. You probably don't need all the
extra logic around apps, like staging and routing, you just need Diego to
efficiently schedule containers for you.

On Wed, Sep 16, 2015 at 1:13 PM, Kayode Odeyemi <dreyemi(a)>

Thanks Dmitriy,

Just for clarity, are you saying multiple instances of a VM cannot share
a single shared filesystem?

On Wed, Sep 16, 2015 at 6:59 PM, Dmitriy Kalinin <dkalinin(a)>

BOSH allocates a persistent disk per instance. It never shares
persistent disks between multiple instances at the same time.

If you need a shared file system, you will have to use some kind of a
release for it. It's not any different from what people do with nfs

On Wed, Sep 16, 2015 at 7:09 AM, Amit Gupta <agupta(a)> wrote:

The shared file system aspect is an interesting wrinkle to the
problem. Unless you use some network layer to how you write to the shared
file system, e.g. SSHFS, I think apps will not work because they get
isolated to run in a container, they're given a chroot "jail" for their
file system, and it gets blown away whenever the app is stopped or
restarted (which will commonly happen, e.g. during a rolling deploy of the
container-runner VMs).

Do you have something that currently works? How do your VMs currently
access this shared FS? I'm not sure BOSH has the abstractions for choosing
a shared, already-existing "persistent disk" to be attached to multiple
VMs. I also don't know what happens when you scale your VMs down, because
BOSH would generally destroy the associated persistent disk, but you don't
want to destroy the shared data.

Dmitriy, any idea how BOSH can work with a shared filesystem (e.g.


On Wed, Sep 16, 2015 at 6:54 AM, Kayode Odeyemi <dreyemi(a)>

On Wed, Sep 16, 2015 at 3:44 PM, Amit Gupta <agupta(a)>

Are the spark jobs tasks that you expect to end, or apps that you
expect to run forever?
They are tasks that run forever. The jobs are subscribers to RabbitMQ
queues that process
messages in batches.

Do your jobs need to write to the file system, or do they access a
shared/distributed file system somehow?
The jobs write to shared filesystem.

Do you need things like a static IP allocated to your jobs?

Are your spark jobs serving any web traffic?

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