Spark Standalone Mode
In addition to running on top of Mesos, Spark also supports a standalone mode, consisting of one Spark master and several Spark worker processes. You can run the Spark standalone mode either locally (for testing) or on a cluster. If you wish to run on a cluster, we have provided a set of deploy scripts to launch a whole cluster.
Compile Spark with
sbt package as described in the Getting Started Guide. You do not need to install Mesos on your machine if you are using the standalone mode.
Starting a Cluster Manually
You can start a standalone master server by executing:
Once started, the master will print out a
spark://IP:PORT URL for itself, which you can use to connect workers to it,
or pass as the “master” argument to
SparkContext to connect a job to the cluster. You can also find this URL on
the master’s web UI, which is http://localhost:8080 by default.
Similarly, you can start one or more workers and connect them to the master via:
./run spark.deploy.worker.Worker spark://IP:PORT
Once you have started a worker, look at the master’s web UI (http://localhost:8080 by default). You should see the new node listed there, along with its number of CPUs and memory (minus one gigabyte left for the OS).
Finally, the following configuration options can be passed to the master and worker:
||IP address or DNS name to listen on|
||IP address or DNS name to listen on (default: 7077 for master, random for worker)|
||Port for web UI (default: 8080 for master, 8081 for worker)|
||Number of CPU cores to use (default: all available); only on worker|
||Amount of memory to use, in a format like 1000M or 2G (default: your machine's total RAM minus 1 GB); only on worker|
||Directory to use for scratch space and job output logs (default: SPARK_HOME/work); only on worker|
Cluster Launch Scripts
To launch a Spark standalone cluster with the deploy scripts, you need to set up two files,
conf/spark-env.sh file lets you specify global settings for the master and slave instances, such as memory, or port numbers to bind to, while
conf/slaves is a list of slave nodes. The system requires that all the slave machines have the same configuration files, so copy these files to each machine.
conf/spark-env.sh, you can set the following parameters, in addition to the standard Spark configuration settongs:
||Bind the master to a specific IP address, for example a public one|
||Start the master on a different port (default: 7077)|
||Port for the master web UI (default: 8080)|
||Start the Spark worker on a specific port (default: random)|
||Number of cores to use (default: all available cores)|
||How much memory to use, e.g. 1000M, 2G (default: total memory minus 1 GB)|
||Port for the worker web UI (default: 8081)|
||Directory to run jobs in, which will include both logs and scratch space (default: SPARK_HOME/work)|
conf/slaves, include a list of all machines where you would like to start a Spark worker, one per line. The master machine must be able to access each of the slave machines via password-less
ssh (using a private key). For testing purposes, you can have a single
localhost entry in the slaves file.
Once you’ve set up these configuration files, you can launch or stop your cluster with the following shell scripts, based on Hadoop’s deploy scripts, and available in
bin/start-master.sh- Starts a master instance on the machine the script is executed on.
bin/start-slaves.sh- Starts a slave instance on each machine specified in the
bin/start-all.sh- Starts both a master and a number of slaves as described above.
bin/stop-master.sh- Stops the master that was started via the
bin/stop-slaves.sh- Stops the slave instances that were started via
bin/stop-all.sh- Stops both the master and the slaves as described above.
Note that the scripts must be executed on the machine you want to run the Spark master on, not your local machine.
Connecting a Job to the Cluster
To run a job on the Spark cluster, simply pass the
spark://IP:PORT URL of the master as to the
To run an interactive Spark shell against the cluster, run the following command:
The standalone cluster mode currently only supports a simple FIFO scheduler across jobs.
However, to allow multiple concurrent jobs, you can control the maximum number of resources each Spark job will acquire.
By default, it will acquire all the cores in the cluster, which only makes sense if you run just a single
job at a time. You can cap the number of cores using
System.setProperty("spark.cores.max", "10") (for example).
This value must be set before initializing your SparkContext.
Monitoring and Logging
Spark’s standalone mode offers a web-based user interface to monitor the cluster. The master and each worker has its own web UI that shows cluster and job statistics. By default you can access the web UI for the master at port 8080. The port can be changed either in the configuration file or via command-line options.
In addition, detailed log output for each job is also written to the work directory of each slave node (
SPARK_HOME/work by default). You will see two files for each job,
stderr, with all output it wrote to its console.
Running Alongside Hadoop
You can run Spark alongside your existing Hadoop cluster by just launching it as a separate service on the machines. To access Hadoop data from Spark, just use a hdfs:// URL (typically
hdfs://<namenode>:9000/path, but you can find the right URL on your Hadoop Namenode’s web UI). Alternatively, you can set up a separate cluster for Spark, and still have it access HDFS over the network; this will be slower than disk-local access, but may not be a concern if you are still running in the same local area network (e.g. you place a few Spark machines on each rack that you have Hadoop on).