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One Click to Benchmark Spark + Alluxio + S3 Stack with TPC-DS queries on AWS

The Alluxio sandbox is the easiest way to test drive the popular data analytics stack of Spark, Alluxio, and S3 deployed in a multi-node cluster in a public cloud environment. The sandbox cluster is fully configured and ready for users to run applications ranging from the hello-world example to the TPC-DS benchmark suite. Don’t take our word for it; kick off the benchmark yourself to see the performance benefits of running Spark jobs that interface through Alluxio on S3 compared to running Spark jobs directly on S3. It is extremely easy to request and launch a sandbox cluster as a playground for 24 hours at no cost to you.

Alluxio Developer Tip: Why am I seeing the error “User yarn is not configured for any impersonation. impersonationUser: foo?”

Impersonation is simply the ability for one user to act on behalf of another user. For example, say user ‘yarn’ has the credentials to connect to a service, but user ‘foo’ does not. Therefore, user ‘foo’ would never be able to access the service. However, user ‘yarn’ can access the service and impersonate (act on behalf of) user ‘foo’, allowing access to user ‘foo’. Therefore, impersonation enables one user to access a service on behalf of another user.
The impersonation feature defines how users can act on behalf of other users. Therefore, it is important to know who the users are.

Testing Distributed Systems at 1000+ node Scale for the Cost of a Large Pizza, and yes, on AWS!

Testing distributed systems at scale is typically a costly yet necessary process. At Alluxio we take testing very seriously as organizations across the world rely on our technology, therefore, a problem we want to solve is how to test at scale without breaking the bank. In this blog we are going to show how the maintainers of the Alluxio open source project build and test our system at scale cost-effectively using public cloud infrastructure. We test with the most popular frameworks, such as Spark and Hive, and pervasive storage systems, such as HDFS and S3. Using Amazon AWS EC2, we are able to test 1000+ worker clusters, at a cost of about $16 per hour.

Presto on Alluxio: How Netease Games leveraged Alluxio to boost ad hoc SQL on HDFS

Netease Games is the operator for many popular online games in China like “World of Warcraft” and “Hearthstone”. Netease Games also has developed quite a few popular games on its own such as “Fantasy Westward Journey 2”, “Westward Journey 2”, “World 3”, “League of Immortals”. The strong growth of the business drives the demand to build and maintain a data platform handling a massive amount of data and delivering insights promptly from the data. Given our data scale, it is very challenging to support high-performance ad-hoc queries to the data with results generated in a timely manner.

Top 10 Tips for Making the Spark + Alluxio Stack Blazing Fast

The Apache Spark + Alluxio stack is getting quite popular particularly for the unification of data access across S3 and HDFS. In addition, compute and storage are increasingly being separated causing larger latencies for queries. Alluxio is leveraged as compute-side virtual storage to improve performance. But to get the best performance, like any technology stack, you need to follow the best practices. This article provides the top 10 tips for performance tuning for real-world workloads when running Spark on Alluxio with data locality giving the most bang for the buck.

Deploying Big Data Workloads on Object Storage Without Performance Penalty

As the amount of data being collected and analyzed by Enterprises continues to grow unabated, more attention is being placed on managing the cost of storing the data relative to performance. Hadoop provides a scalable and fast way of storing and analyzing data, however, the cost of storing data in Hadoop is typically higher compared to alternative technologies like Object Stores.

Developer Tip: Why Did My Job Fail with Error Message “Class alluxio.hadoop.FileSystem not found”?

From time to time, a question pops up on the user mailing list referencing job failures with the error message “java.lang.ClassNotFoundException: Class alluxio.hadoop.FileSystem not found”. This post explains the reason for the failure and the solution to the issue when it occurs.
This error indicates the Alluxio client is not available at runtime. This causes an exception when the job tries to access the Alluxio filesystem but fails to find the implementation of Alluxio client to connect to the service.

New York Meetup Recap – September 2018

we held our first New York City Alluxio Meetup! Work-Bench was very generous for hosting the Alluxio meetup in Manhattan. This was the first US Alluxio meetup outside of the Bay Area, so it was extremely exciting to get to meet Alluxio enthusiasts on the east coast!
The meetup focused on users of Alluxio with different applications from Hive and Presto. As an introduction, Haoyuan Li (creator and founder of Alluxio) and Bin Fan (founding engineer of Alluxio) gave an overview of Alluxio and the new features and enhancements of the new v1.8.0 release.