This article aims to provide a different approach to help connect and make distributed files systems like HDFS or cloud storage systems look like a local file system to data processing frameworks: the Alluxio POSIX API. To explain the approach better, we used the TensorFlow + Alluxio + AWS S3 stack as an example.
This whitepaper details how to leverage any public cloud (AWS, Google Cloud Platform, or Microsoft Azure) to scale analytics workloads directly on on-prem data without copying and synchronizing the data into the cloud. We will show an example of what it might look like to run on-demand Starburst Presto, Spark, and Hive with Alluxio in the public cloud using on-prem HDFS.
The paper also includes a real world case study on Two Sigma, a leading hedge fund based in New York City, who deployed large clusters of Google Compute Engine VMs with Spark and Alluxio using on-prem HDFS as the underlying storage tier.
The AWS EMR service has made it easy for enterprises to bring up a full-featured analytical stack in the cloud that elastically scales based on demand.
The EMR service along with S3 provides a robust yet flexible platform in the cloud with the click of a few buttons, compared to the highly complex and rigid deployment approach required for on-premise Hadoop Data platforms. However, because data on AWS is typically stored in S3, an object store, you lose some of the key benefits of compute frameworks like Apache Spark and Presto that were designed for distributed file systems like HDFS.
In this white paper, we’ll share some of the challenges that arise because of the impedance mismatch between HDFS and S3, the expectations of analytics workloads of the object store, and how Alluxio with EMR addresses them.
This webinar highlights a simple solution is to run Spark on Alluxio as a distributed cache for S3. Alluxio stores data in memory close to Spark, providing high performance, in addition to providing data accessibility and abstraction for deployments in both public and hybrid clouds.
Spark Summit SF 2017 – We briefly introduce Alluxio and present different ways Alluxio can help Spark jobs, along with best practices. We also discuss how Alluxio can be deployed and used with a Spark data processing pipeline in the cloud.
As the first meetup after the rebranding from Tachyon to Alluxio, we will first present exciting updates and new developments of the community. Followed by many new features and improvements in Alluxio 1.0 and 1.1 releases.