Stephan Erb


Posted February 6, 2017

0.17.0 Released

The latest Apache Aurora release, 0.17.0, is now available for download. Here are some highlights in this release.

Major new features:

  • Use the RUNNING state of a task to indicate it is healthy and behaving as expected. A service will remain in STARTING state until a configurable amount of consecutive health checks have passed. Job updates can therefore rely purely on health checks rather than watch_secs timeout when deciding an individial instance update state, by setting watch_secs to 0.
  • The Aurora Scheduler API supports volume mounts per task for the Mesos Containerizer if the scheduler is running with the -allow_container_volumes flag.
  • Resolve docker tags to concrete identifiers for DockerContainerizer, so that job configuration is immutable across restarts. The feature introduces a new {{docker.image[name][tag]}} binder that can be used in the Aurora job configuration to resolve a docker image specified by its name:tag to a concrete identifier specified by its registry/name@digest. It requires version 2 of the Docker Registry.

Performance improvements:

  • Scheduling performance has been improved by scheduling multiple tasks per scheduling round.
  • Preemption slot search logic is modified to improve its performance.
    • Multiple reservations are made per task group per round.
    • Multiple reservations are evaluated per round.
  • The default logging output has been changed to remove line numbers and inner class information in exchange for faster logging.
  • The Aurora client is now using the Thrift binary protocol to communicate with the scheduler.
  • Added a new flag --snapshot_hydrate_stores that controls which H2-backed stores to write fully hydrated into the Scheduler snapshot. Can lead to significantly lower snapshot times for large clusters if you set this flag to an empty list. Old behavior is preserved by default, but see for which stores we currently have duplicate writes for.
  • New scheduler metrics are added to facilitate monitoring and performance studies (AURORA-1832).

Additional changes:

  • Upgraded Mesos to 1.1.0.
  • A task’s tier is now mapped to a label on the Mesos TaskInfo proto.
  • Introduce a new --ip option to bind the Thermos observer to a specific rather than all interfaces.
  • Fix error that prevents the scheduler from being launched with -enable_revocable_ram.
  • The executor will send SIGTERM to processes that self daemonize via double forking.
  • Support the deployment of the Aurora scheduler behind HTTPS-enabled reverse proxies: By launching scheduler via -serverset_endpoint_name=https you can ensure the Aurora client will correctly discover HTTPS support via the ZooKeeper-based discovery mechanism.

Full release notes are available in the release CHANGELOG.

Getting Involved

We encourage you to try out this release and let us know what you think. If you run into any issues, please let us know on the user mailing list and IRC.


Thanks to the 22 contributors who made Apache Aurora 0.17.0 possible:

  • Andrew Jorgensen
  • Bing-Qian Luan
  • David McLaughlin
  • Dmitriy Shirchenko
  • Jake Smullin
  • Jing Chen
  • John Sirois
  • Joshua Cohen
  • Justin Pinkul
  • Kai Huang
  • Maxim Khutornenko
  • Mehrdad Nurolahzade
  • Nicol├ís Donatucci
  • Pierre Cheynier
  • Pradyumna Kaushik
  • Renan DelValle
  • Reza Motamedi
  • Rogier Dikkes
  • Santhosh Kumar Shanmugham
  • Stephan Erb
  • Steve Niemitz
  • Zameer Manji