Docker Networking for Hadoop/YARN Applications

This page summarizes the issues involved and possible approaches for the networking portion of Hadoop-Docker interface. Advantages of integrating Docker into YARN and the general issues are outlined here.

In the way of some quick background (for the benefit of Docker guys who may be unfamiliar), YARN applications consist of a set of Docker containers with one of them running the Application Master (AM) and the rest running its tasks. YARN resource manager (RM) launches AM which acts as the focal point for the application. Typically, AM starts listening on a dynamic port, launches the task containers and passes them application configuration. In particular, the configuration includes the IP address and port where AM listens. The AM container and its task containers could be scheduled on different hosts in the cluster based on data locality, resource availability etc.

In a multitenant cluster, applications belonging to different tenants should be securely isolated to prevent them from snooping each others traffic.

Possible approaches

Expose ports (on the fly)

Default Docker networking based on NAT'ed interfaces doesn't work well for inter-host container networking. One possibility, based on mechanisms currently supported by Docker, is to expose inbound container ports to the host and have application components talk to one another through their respective hosts. The problem though is that the port on which the application master listens on is not known when its container is created. Since Docker only supports exposing ports at the time of container creation, this option won't work. Conceivably, exposing ports on the fly can be implemented. It requires an API between the application and YARN/Docker to communicate the ports to be exposed. Even that won't help with existing YARN applications in the wild that expect seamless connectivity among their components.

Open vSwitch based L2 subnet

This figure shows the network topology. The IP address space of Docker subnet is partitioned among the hosts and containers on a particular host are assigned IP address from their partition. The host level bridges can then be weaved together into an L2-over-L3 Open vSwitch subnet through point-to-point GRE tunnels.

Once Docker bridges, IP ranges and the OVS layer are configured correctly, no other coupling between YARN and Docker is necessary. Existing and future YARN applications would work seamlessly.


This figure shows how a multitenant YARN cluster might look. Containers of each tenant are added to a separate Docker bridge, which is connected to its peers on other hosts through OVS tunneling to form an isolated L2 subnet. It requires Docker support to specify the bridge to which a container should be connected. The subrange of IP addresses used for each bridge should be specifiable as well.

If Docker natively supports OVS bridging, that would avoid an additional hop between the Linux bridges and the OVS bridge.

Use host networking

Docker 1.0 supports disabling network namespace for containers such that they simply share the host network including its IP address and port space. It provides a simple working solution if network isolation is not a concern.


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