Proper configuration of your Python environment is a critical pre-condition for using Apache Spark’s Python API.
One of the most enticing aspects of Apache Spark for data scientists is the API it provides in non-JVM languages for Python (via PySpark) and for R (via SparkR). There are a few reasons that these language bindings have generated a lot of excitement: Most data scientists think writing Java or Scala is a drag,
Erasure coding, a new feature in HDFS, can reduce storage overhead by approximately 50% compared to replication while maintaining the same durability guarantees. This post explains how it works.
HDFS by default replicates each block three times. Replication provides a simple and robust form of redundancy to shield against most failure scenarios. It also eases scheduling compute tasks on locally stored data blocks by providing multiple replicas of each block to choose from.
Thanks to Holden Karau (@holdenkarau), Software Engineer at Alpine Data Labs (also a Spark contributor and book author), for providing the following post about her work on new base classes for testing Apache Spark programs.
Testing in the world of Apache Spark has often involved a lot of hand-rolled artisanal code, which frankly is a good way to ensure that developers write as few tests as possible. I’ve been doing some work with Spark Testing Base (also available on Spark Packages) to try and make testing Spark jobs as easy as “normal”
The super-active Apache Spark community is exerting a strong gravitational pull within the Apache Hadoop ecosystem. I recently had that opportunity to ask Cloudera’s Apache Spark committers (Sean Owen, Imran Rashid [PMC], Sandy Ryza, and Marcelo Vanzin) for their perspectives about how the Spark community has worked and is working together, and the work to be done via the One Platform initiative to make the Spark stack enterprise-ready.
Recently, Apache Spark has become the most currently active project in the Apache Hadoop ecosystem (measured by number of contributors/commits over time),
Recent Impala testing demonstrates its scalability to a large number of concurrent users.
Impala, the open source MPP query engine designed for high-concurrency SQL over Apache Hadoop, has seen tremendous adoption across enterprises in industries such as financial services, telecom, healthcare, retail, gaming, government, and advertising. Impala has unlocked the ability to use business intelligence (BI) applications on Hadoop; these applications support critical business needs such as data discovery,