Submit work to a cluster - Amazon EMR

Submit work to a cluster

This section describes the methods for submitting work to an Amazon EMR cluster. You can submit work to a cluster by adding steps or by interactively submitting Hadoop jobs to the primary node. The maximum number of PENDING and RUNNING steps allowed in a cluster is 256. You can submit jobs interactively to the primary node even if you have 256 active steps running on the cluster. You can submit an unlimited number of steps over the lifetime of a long-running cluster, but only 256 steps can be RUNNING or PENDING at any given time.

With Amazon EMR versions 4.8.0 and later, except version 5.0.0, you can cancel pending steps using the AWS Management Console, the AWS CLI, or the Amazon EMR API.

With Amazon EMR versions 5.28.0 and later, you can cancel both pending and running steps. You can also choose to run multiple steps in parallel to improve cluster utilization and save cost.


For the best performance, we recommend that you store custom bootstrap actions, scripts, and other files that you want to use with Amazon EMR in an Amazon S3 bucket that is in the same AWS Region as your cluster.