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The prjob command is an internal, unsupported, experimental command. See About internal commands.


Use the prjob command for parallel reduce search processing of an SPL search in a distributed search environment. The prjob command analyzes the specified SPL search and attempts to reduce the search runtime by automatically placing a redistribute command in front of the first non-streaming SPL command like stats or transaction in the search. It provides the same functionality as the redistribute command, but with a simpler syntax. Similar to the redistribute command, use the prjob command to automatically speed up high cardinality searches that aggregate a large number of search results.


prjob [<subsearch>]
prjob [num_of_reducers=<int>] [subsearch]

Required arguments

Syntax: [<subsearch>]
Description: Specifies the search string that the prjob command attempts to process in parallel.

Optional arguments

Syntax: [num_of_reducers=<int>]
Description: Specifies the number of eligible indexers from the indexer pool that may function as intermediate reducers. For example: When a search is run on 10 indexers and the configuration is set to use 60% of the indexer pool (with a maximum value of 5), it implies that only five indexers may be used as intermediate reducers. If the value of num_of_reducers is set to greater than 5, only five reducers are available due to the limit. If the value of of num_of_reducers is set to less than 5, the number of reducers used shrinks from the maximum limit of 5.

The value for num_of_reducers is controlled by two groups of settings:

  • reducers:
  • maxReducersPerPhase + winningRate

The number of intermediate reducers is determined by the value set for reducers. If no value is set for reducers, the search uses the values set for maxReducersPerPhase and winningRate to determine the number of intermediate reducers.

For example: In a scenario where Splunk is configured so that the value of num_of_reducers is set to 50 percent of the indexer pool and the maxReducersPerPhase value is set to four indexers, a parallel reduce search that runs on six search peers will be assigned to run on three intermediate reducers. Similarly, a parallel reduce search that runs on four search peers, will be assigned to run on two intermediate reducers. However, searches that runs on ten search peers would be limited to the maximum of four intermediate reducers.


Use the prjob command instead of the redistribute command when you want to run a parallel reduce job without determining where to insert the redistribute command or managing the by-clause field.

The prjob command may be used only as the first command of a search. Additionally, you must include the entire search within the prjob command.

To use the prjob command, set the phased_execution_mode to multithreaded or auto and set enabled to true in the [search_optimization::pr_job_extractor] stanza of the limits.conf configuration file.

The prjob command does not support real time or verbose mode searches. Real time or verbose mode searches with the prjob command may run, but the redistribute operation will be ignored. Also, you may not use the prjob and the redistribute command within the same search.

The prjob command supports the same commands as the redistribute command. For more information, see redistribute. The prjob command only reduces the search runtime of an SPL search that contains at least one of the following non-streaming commands: …"

  • stats
  • tstats
  • streamstats
  • eventstats
  • sistats
  • sichart
  • sitimechart
  • transaction (only on a single field)


Example 1: Using the prjob command in a search automatically places the redistribute command before the first non-streaming SPL command in the search. This speeds up a stats search that aggregates a large number of results. The stats count by host portion of the search is processed on the intermediate reducers and the search head aggregates the results.

Therefore, the following search:

| prjob [search index=myindex | stats count by host]

is transformed to:

search index=myindex | redistribute | stats count by host

Example 2: Speeds up a search that includes eventstats and uses sitimechart to perform the statistical calculations for a timechart operation. The intermediate reducers process eventstats, where, and sitimechart operations. The search head runs the timechart command to turn the reduced sitimechart statistics into sorted, visualization-ready results.

| prjob [search index=myindex | eventstats count by user, source | where count>10 | sitimechart max(count) by source | timechart max(count) by source]

Example 3: Speeds up a search that uses tstats to generate events. The tstats command must be placed at the start of the subsearch, and uses prestats=t to work with the timechart command. The sitimechart command is processed on the intermediate reducers and the timechart command is processed on the search head.

| prjob [search index=myindex | tstats prestats=t count by _time span=1d | sitimechart span=1d count | timechart span=1d count]

Example 4: The eventstats and where commands are processed in parallel on the reducers, while the sort command and any other following commands are processed on the search head. This happens because the sort command is a non-streaming command that is not supported by the prjob command.

The prjob command does not have an impact on this search.

| prjob [ search index=myindex | eventstats count by user, source | where count >10 | sort 0 -num(count) | ...]

Last modified on 02 March, 2021

This documentation applies to the following versions of Splunk Cloud: 8.1.2008, 8.1.2009, 8.1.2011, 8.1.2012, 8.1.2101

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