Running Hadoop MapReduce on Alluxio

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This guide describes how to get Alluxio running with Apache Hadoop MapReduce, so that you can easily run your MapReduce programs with files stored on Alluxio.

Initial Setup

The prerequisite for this guide includes

Prepare the Alluxio client jar

For the MapReduce applications to communicate with Alluxio service, it is required to have the Alluxio client jar on their classpaths. We recommend you to download the tarball from Alluxio download page. Alternatively, advanced users can choose to compile this client jar from the source code by following the instructions here. The Alluxio client jar can be found at /<PATH_TO_ALLUXIO>/client/alluxio-1.7.1-client.jar.

Configuring Hadoop

Add the following two properties to the core-site.xml file of your Hadoop installation:

  <description>The Alluxio FileSystem (Hadoop 1.x and 2.x)</description>
  <description>The Alluxio AbstractFileSystem (Hadoop 2.x)</description>

This will allow your MapReduce jobs to recognize URIs with Alluxio scheme alluxio:// in their input and output files.

Distributing the Alluxio Client Jar

In order for the MapReduce applications to read and write files in Alluxio, the Alluxio client jar must be distributed on the classpath of the application across different nodes.

This guide on how to include 3rd party libraries from Cloudera describes several ways to distribute the jars. From that guide, the recommended way to distributed the Alluxio client jar is to use the distributed cache, via the -libjars command line option. Another way to distribute the client jar is to manually distribute it to all the Hadoop nodes. Below are instructions for the two main alternatives:

1.Using the -libjars command line option.

You can use the -libjars command line option when using hadoop jar ..., specifying /<PATH_TO_ALLUXIO>/client/alluxio-1.7.1-client.jar as the argument of -libjars. Hadoop will place the jar in the Hadoop DistributedCache, making it available to all the nodes. For example, the following command adds the Alluxio client jar to the -libjars option:

bin/hadoop jar share/hadoop/mapreduce/hadoop-mapreduce-examples-2.7.3.jar wordcount -libjars /<PATH_TO_ALLUXIO>/client/alluxio-1.7.1-client.jar <INPUT FILES> <OUTPUT DIRECTORY>

2.Distributing the client jars to all nodes manually.

To install Alluxio on each node, place the client jar /<PATH_TO_ALLUXIO>/client/alluxio-1.7.1-client.jar in the $HADOOP_HOME/lib (may be $HADOOP_HOME/share/hadoop/common/lib for different versions of Hadoop) directory of every MapReduce node, and then restart Hadoop. Alternatively, add this jar to mapreduce.application.classpath system property for your Hadoop deployment to ensure this jar is on the classpath. Note that the jars must be installed again for each update to a new release. On the other hand, when the jar is already on every node, then the -libjars command line option is not needed.

Running Hadoop wordcount with Alluxio Locally

For simplicity, we will assume a pseudo-distributed Hadoop cluster, started by running (depends on the hadoop version, you might need to replace ./bin with ./sbin.):


Start Alluxio locally:

bin/ local

You can add a sample file to Alluxio to run wordcount on. From your Alluxio directory:

bin/alluxio fs copyFromLocal LICENSE /wordcount/input.txt

This command will copy the LICENSE file into the Alluxio namespace with the path /wordcount/input.txt.

Now we can run a MapReduce job (using Hadoop 2.7.3 as example) for wordcount.

bin/hadoop jar share/hadoop/mapreduce/hadoop-mapreduce-examples-2.7.3.jar wordcount -libjars /<PATH_TO_ALLUXIO>/client/alluxio-1.7.1-client.jar alluxio://localhost:19998/wordcount/input.txt alluxio://localhost:19998/wordcount/output

After this job completes, the result of the wordcount will be in the /wordcount/output directory in Alluxio. You can see the resulting files by running:

bin/alluxio fs ls /wordcount/output
bin/alluxio fs cat /wordcount/output/part-r-00000