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Cluster size distribution

Dear friends I want to understand how based on cluster size what memory is distributed to executor, for example is 7 node and 4 core and it is 250 gb how the distribution happens with each executor and node and how much would be reserved how databricks decides on please

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Azure Databricks worker nodes run the Spark executors and other services required for the proper functioning of the clusters. When you distribute your workload with Spark, all of the distributed processing happens on worker nodes. Azure Databricks runs one executor per worker node; therefore the terms executor and worker are used interchangeably in the context of the Azure Databricks architecture.

By default, the amount of memory available for each executor is allocated within the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) memory heap. This is controlled by the spark.executor.memory property.


However, some unexpected behaviors were observed on instances with a large amount of memory allocated. As JVMs scale up in memory size, issues with the garbage collector become apparent. These issues can be resolved by limiting the amount of memory under garbage collector management.

Selected Azure Databricks cluster types enable the off-heap mode, which limits the amount of memory under garbage collector management. This is why certain Spark clusters have the spark.executor.memory value set to a fraction of the overall cluster memory.


For more details, refer to Apache Spark executor memory allocation and Azure Databricks - configure clusters.

Resource Allocation is an important aspect during the execution of any spark job.

This third-party blog helps to understand the basic flow in a Spark Application and then how to configure the number of executors, memory settings of each executors and the number of cores for a Spark Job.

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