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AWS Data Pipeline
Developer Guide (API Version 2012-10-29)

Task Runner Threads and Preconditions

Task Runner uses a thread pool for each of tasks, activities, and preconditions. The default setting for --tasks is 2, meaning that there will be two threads allocated from the tasks pool and each thread will poll the AWS Data Pipeline service for new tasks. Thus, --tasks is a performance tuning attribute that can be used to help optimize pipeline throughput.

Pipeline retry logic for preconditions happens in Task Runner. Two precondition threads are allocated to poll AWS Data Pipeline for precondition objects. Task Runner honors the precondition object retryDelay and preconditionTimeout fields that you define on preconditions.

In many cases, decreasing the precondition polling timeout and number of retries can help to improve the performance of your application. Similarly, applications with long-running preconditions may need to have the timeout and retry values increased. For more information about precondition objects, see Preconditions.