ORC, or Optimized Row Columnar, is a popular big data file storage format. Its rise in popularity is due to it being highly performant, very compressible, and progressively more supported by top-level Apache products, like Hive, Crunch, Cascading, Spark, and more.
I recently wanted/needed to write ORC files from my Spark pipelines, and found specific documentation lacking. So, here’s a way to do it. Continue reading →
I’ve been working with Hadoop, Map-Reduce and other “scalable” frameworks for a little over 3 years now. One of the latest and greatest innovations in our open source space has been Apache Spark, a parallel processing framework that’s built on the paradigm Map-Reduce introduced, but packed with enhancements, improvements, optimizations and features. You probably know about Spark, so I don’t need to give you the whole pitch.
You’re likely also aware of its main components:
Spark Core: the parallel processing engine written in the Scala programming language
Spark SQL: allows you to programmatically use SQL in a Spark pipeline for data manipulation
Spark MLlib: machine learning algorithms ported to Spark for easy use by devs
Spark GraphX: a graphing library built on the Spark Core engine
Spark Streaming: a framework for handling data that is live-streaming at high speed
Spark Streaming is what I’ve been working on lately. Specifically, building apps in Scala that utilize Spark Streaming to stream data from Kafka topics, do some on-the-fly manipulations and joins in memory, and write newly augmented data in “near real time” to HDFS.
As you progress in your big data journey with Hadoop, you may find that your datanodes’ hard drives are gradually getting more and more full. A tempting thing to do is simply plug in more hard drives to your servers: you’ve got extra slots on your racks and adding entirely new nodes is an expensive (and a little tedious) task. This is particularly relevant when hard drives start failing on your data nodes.
Unless you want to spend a long time fixing your cluster’s data distribution, I urge you,
If you’ve been running Spark applications for a few months, you might start to notice some odd behavior with the history server (default port 18080). Specifically, it’ll take forever to load the page, show links to applications that don’t exist or even crash. Three parameters take care of this once and for all. Continue reading →
This tutorial will accomplish a few key feats that make ingesting data to Hive far less painless. In this writeup, you will learn not only how to Sqoop a source table directly to a Hive table, but also how to Sqoop a source table in any desired format (ORC, for example) instead of just plain old text.
The rapid pace of the big data community can quickly leave Hadoop environments obsolete and out-of-date. Many great tools provide ways to simply upgrade your software without too much hassle. Unfortunately, earlier versions of the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) are a bit clunky to upgrade. A recent project of mine involved upgrading an older (<HDP2.1) version of HDP to v2.4. Upgrading the whole stack would have been very time consuming process (more than two weeks), so we decided to just transplant the edge node into a brand new cluster. Continue reading →
If you’ve spent any time with a Hortonworks Data Platform cluster, you’re familiar with Ambari. It’s one of the finest, open source cluster management tools that allows you to easily first launch a cluster, add or remove nodes, change configurations and add services to your cluster. Using Ambari takes a lot of the guesswork out of managing a hadoop cluster and I absolutely love it.
The one downside of Ambari is that it can be tedious to add functionality to the core client. For that reason, the smart people building the tool in Apache decided to add something called an Ambari View. An Ambari View is a way to extend the functionality of Ambari without going down the rabbit hole of modifying Ambari’s source code. Views are essentially plug-and-play tools that only require restarting your cluster to work.
In the following blog post, I’ll discuss getting your View off the ground and show you several tips about actually using them.