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Machine Learning with Spark - Second Edition by Nick Pentreath, Manpreet Singh Ghotra, Rajdeep Dua

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Spark clusters

A Spark cluster is made up of two types of processes: a driver program and multiple executors. In the local mode, all these processes are run within the same JVM. In a cluster, these processes are usually run on separate nodes.

For example, a typical cluster that runs in Spark's standalone mode (that is, using Spark's built-in cluster management modules) will have the following:

  • A master node that runs the Spark standalone master process as well as the driver program
  • A number of worker nodes, each running an executor process

While we will be using Spark's local standalone mode throughout this book to illustrate concepts and examples, the same Spark code that we write can be run on a Spark cluster. In the preceding example, ...

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