Chapter 11. Spring for Apache Hadoop

Apache Hadoop is an open source project that originated in Yahoo! as a central component in the development of a new web search engine. Hadoop’s architecture is based on the architecture Google developed to implement its own closed source web search engine, as described in two research publications that you can find here and here. The Hadoop architecture consists of two major components: a distributed filesystem and a distributed data processing engine that run on a large cluster of commodity servers. The Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) is responsible for storing and replicating data reliably across the cluster. Hadoop MapReduce is responsible for providing the programming model and runtime that is optimized to execute the code close to where the data is stored. The colocation of code and data on the same physical node is one of the key techniques used to minimize the time required to process large amounts (up to petabytes) of data.

While Apache Hadoop originated out of a need to implement a web search engine, it is a general-purpose platform that can be used for a wide variety of large-scale data processing tasks. The combination of open source software, low cost of commodity servers, and the real-world benefits that result from analyzing large amounts of new unstructured data sources (e.g., tweets, logfiles, telemetry) has positioned Hadoop to be a de facto standard for enterprises looking to implement big data solutions.

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