Chapter 10. Spark Streaming

Many applications benefit from acting on data as soon as it arrives. For example, an application might track statistics about page views in real time, train a machine learning model, or automatically detect anomalies. Spark Streaming is Spark’s module for such applications. It lets users write streaming applications using a very similar API to batch jobs, and thus reuse a lot of the skills and even code they built for those.

Much like Spark is built on the concept of RDDs, Spark Streaming provides an abstraction called DStreams, or discretized streams. A DStream is a sequence of data arriving over time. Internally, each DStream is represented as a sequence of RDDs arriving at each time step (hence the name “discretized”). DStreams can be created from various input sources, such as Flume, Kafka, or HDFS. Once built, they offer two types of operations: transformations, which yield a new DStream, and output operations, which write data to an external system. DStreams provide many of the same operations available on RDDs, plus new operations related to time, such as sliding windows.

Unlike batch programs, Spark Streaming applications need additional setup in order to operate 24/7. We will discuss checkpointing, the main mechanism Spark Streaming provides for this purpose, which lets it store data in a reliable file system such as HDFS. We will also discuss how to restart applications on failure or set them to be automatically restarted.

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