Orca Known Issues#

Estimator Issues#

UnkownError: Could not start gRPC server#

This error occurs while running Orca TF2 Estimator with spark backend, which may because the previous pyspark tensorflow job was not cleaned completely. You can retry later or you can set spark config spark.python.worker.reuse=false in your application.

If you are using init_orca_context(cluster_mode="yarn-client"):

conf = {"spark.python.worker.reuse": "false"}
init_orca_context(cluster_mode="yarn-client", conf=conf)

If you are using init_orca_context(cluster_mode="spark-submit"):

spark-submit --conf spark.python.worker.reuse=false

RuntimeError: Inter op parallelism cannot be modified after initialization#

This error occurs if you build your TensorFlow model on the driver rather than on workers. You should build the complete model in model_creator which runs on each worker node. You can refer to the following examples:

Wrong Example

model = ...

def model_creator(config):
    model.compile(...)
    return model

estimator = Estimator.from_keras(model_creator=model_creator,...)
...

Correct Example

def model_creator(config):
    model = ...
    model.compile(...)
    return model

estimator = Estimator.from_keras(model_creator=model_creator,...)
...

OrcaContext Issues#

Exception: Failed to read dashbord log: [Errno 2] No such file or directory: ‘/tmp/ray/…/dashboard.log’#

This error occurs when initialize an orca context with init_ray_on_spark=True. We have not locate the root cause of this problem, but it might be caused by an atypical python environment.

You could follow below steps to workaround:

  1. If you only need to use functions in ray (e.g. bigdl.orca.learn with backend="ray", bigdl.orca.automl for pytorch/tensorflow model, bigdl.chronos.autots for time series model’s auto-tunning), we may use ray as the first-class.

    1. Start a ray cluster by ray start --head. if you already have a ray cluster started, please direcetly jump to step 2.

    2. Initialize an orca context with runtime="ray" and init_ray_on_spark=False, please refer to detailed information here.

    3. If you are using bigdl.orca.automl or bigdl.chronos.autots on a single node, please set:

      ray_ctx = OrcaContext.get_ray_context()
      ray_ctx.is_local=True
      
  2. If you really need to use ray on spark, please install bigdl-orca under a conda environment. Detailed information please refer to here.

Other Issues#

OSError: Unable to load libhdfs: ./libhdfs.so: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory#

This error is because PyArrow fails to locate libhdfs.so in default path of $HADOOP_HOME/lib/native when you run with YARN on Cloudera. To solve this issue, you need to set the path of libhdfs.so in Cloudera to the environment variable of ARROW_LIBHDFS_DIR on Spark driver and executors with the following steps:

  1. Run locate libhdfs.so on the client node to find libhdfs.so

  2. export ARROW_LIBHDFS_DIR=/opt/cloudera/parcels/CDH-5.15.2-1.cdh5.15.2.p0.3/lib64 (replace with the result of locate libhdfs.so in your environment)

  3. If you are using init_orca_context(cluster_mode="yarn-client"):

    conf = {"spark.executorEnv.ARROW_LIBHDFS_DIR": "/opt/cloudera/parcels/CDH-5.15.2-1.cdh5.15.2.p0.3/lib64"}
    init_orca_context(cluster_mode="yarn-client", conf=conf)
    

    If you are using init_orca_context(cluster_mode="spark-submit"):

    # For yarn-client mode
    spark-submit --conf spark.executorEnv.ARROW_LIBHDFS_DIR=/opt/cloudera/parcels/CDH-5.15.2-1.cdh5.15.2.p0.3/lib64
    
    # For yarn-cluster mode
    spark-submit --conf spark.executorEnv.ARROW_LIBHDFS_DIR=/opt/cloudera/parcels/CDH-5.15.2-1.cdh5.15.2.p0.3/lib64 \
                 --conf spark.yarn.appMasterEnv.ARROW_LIBHDFS_DIR=/opt/cloudera/parcels/CDH-5.15.2-1.cdh5.15.2.p0.3/lib64
    
    

Spark Dynamic Allocation#

By design, BigDL does not support Spark Dynamic Allocation mode, and needs to allocate fixed resources for deep learning model training. Thus if your environment has already configured Spark Dynamic Allocation, or stipulated that Spark Dynamic Allocation must be used, you may encounter the following error:

requirement failed: Engine.init: spark.dynamicAllocation.maxExecutors and spark.dynamicAllocation.minExecutors must be identical in dynamic allocation for BigDL

Here we provide a workaround for running BigDL under Spark Dynamic Allocation mode.

For spark-submit cluster mode, the first solution is to disable the Spark Dynamic Allocation mode in SparkConf when you submit your application as follows:

spark-submit --conf spark.dynamicAllocation.enabled=false

Otherwise, if you can not set this configuration due to your cluster settings, you can set spark.dynamicAllocation.minExecutors to be equal to spark.dynamicAllocation.maxExecutors as follows:

spark-submit --conf spark.dynamicAllocation.enabled=true \
             --conf spark.dynamicAllocation.minExecutors 2 \
             --conf spark.dynamicAllocation.maxExecutors 2

For other cluster modes, such as yarn and k8s, our program will initiate SparkContext for you, and the Spark Dynamic Allocation mode is disabled by default. Thus, generally you wouldn’t encounter such problem.

If you are using Spark Dynamic Allocation, you have to disable barrier execution mode at the very beginning of your application as follows:

from bigdl.orca import OrcaContext

OrcaContext.barrier_mode = False

For Spark Dynamic Allocation mode, you are also recommended to manually set num_ray_nodes and ray_node_cpu_cores equal to spark.dynamicAllocation.minExecutors and spark.executor.cores respectively. You can specify num_ray_nodes and ray_node_cpu_cores in init_orca_context as follows:

init_orca_context(..., num_ray_nodes=2, ray_node_cpu_cores=4)