Spark is distributed with the Metrics Java library which can greatly enhance your abilities to diagnose issues with your Spark jobs. In this post, we’ll cover how to configure Metrics to report to a Graphite backend and view the results with Grafana.
Optional, 20 Second Background
If you already know about Metrics, Graphite and Grafana, you can skip this section. But for those of you that do not, here is some quick background on these tools.
Metrics is described as “Metrics provides a powerful toolkit of ways to measure the behavior of critical components in your production environment”. Similar to other open source applications, such as Apache Cassandra, Spark is deployed with Metrics support. In this post, we’re going to configure Metrics to report to a Graphite backend. Graphite is described as “Graphite is an enterprise-ready monitoring tool that runs equally well on cheap hardware or Cloud infrastructure”. Finally, we’re going to view metric data collected in Graphite from Grafana which is “the leading tool for querying and visualizing time series and metrics”.
This post is just one approach on how Metrics can be utilized for Spark monitoring. Metrics is flexible and can be configured to report other options besides Graphite. Checkout the Metrics docs for more. Link in Reference section below.
Sample App Requirements
We’re going to move quickly. I assume you already have Spark downloaded and running. We’re going to configure your Spark environment to use Metrics reporting to a Graphite backend. We’ll download a sample application to use to collect metrics. Finally, for illustrative purposes and to keep things moving quickly, we’re going to use a hosted Graphite/Grafana service. YMMV. Please adjust accordingly.
- Sign up for Graphite/Grafana service
- Configure Metrics
- Clone and run sample application with Spark Components
- Confirm Graphite and Configure Grafana
- Eat, drink, be merry
Let’s do this.
1. Sign up for Graphite/Grafana Service
Sign up for a free trial account at http://hostedgraphite.com. At the time of this writing, they do NOT require a credit card during sign up. After signing up/logging in, you’ll be at the “Overview” page where you can retrieve your API Key as shown here
Done. Movin on.
2. Configure Metrics
Go to your Spark root dir and enter the conf/ directory. There should be a
metrics.properties.template file present. Copy this file to create a new one. For example on a *nix based machine,
cp metrics.properties.template metrics.properties. Open
metrics.properties in a text editor and do 2 things:
2.1 Uncomment lines at the bottom of the file
2.2 Add the following lines and update the
*.sink.graphite.prefix with your API Key from the previous step
Kapow. Done. Moving on.
3. Clone and run sample application
We’re going to use Killrweather for the sample app. It requires a Cassandra backend. If you don’t have Cassandra installed yet, do that first. Don’t complain, it’s simple.
3.1 Clone Killrweather
git clone https://github.com/killrweather/killrweather.git
3.2 Switch to
version_upgrade branch *
git checkout version_upgrade
* We’re using the version_upgrade branch because the Streaming portion of the app has been extrapolated into it’s own module.
3.3 Prepare Cassandra
To prepare Cassandra, we run two
cql scripts within
cqlsh. Super easy if you are familiar with Cassandra. And if not, watch the screencast mentioned in Reference section below to see me go through the steps. In essence, start
cqlsh from the killrvideo/data directory and then run
[crayon-587ff8498b1f0280640022 inline="true" ] cqlsh> source 'create-timeseries.cql';
cqlsh> source 'load-timeseries.cql';
3.4 Start-up app
3.5 Package Streaming Jar to deploy to Spark
3.6 Deploy JAR
Example from the killrweather/killrweather-streaming directory:
~/Development/spark-1.6.3-bin-hadoop2.6/bin/spark-submit --master spark://tmcgrath-rmbp15.local:7077 --packages org.apache.spark:spark-streaming-kafka_2.10:1.6.3,datastax:spark-cassandra-connector:1.6.1-s_2.10 --class com.datastax.killrweather.WeatherStreaming --properties-file=conf/application.conf target/scala-2.10/streaming_2.10-1.0.1-SNAPSHOT.jar
At this point, metrics should be recorded in hostedgraphite.com. Let’s go there now.
4. Confirm Graphite and Configure Grafana
Let’s go back to hostedgraphite.com and confirm we’re receiving metrics. There are few ways to do this as shown in the screencast avaialable in the References section of this post. One way to confirm is to go to Metrics -> Metrics Traffic as shown here:
Once metrics receipt is confirmed, go to Dashboard -> Grafana
At this point, I believe it will be more efficient to show you examples how to configure Grafana rather than describe it. Check out this short screencast
Eat, Drink, Be Merry
Seriously. Do that. Eat, drink and be merry. Because, as far as I know, we get one go around. So, make sure to enjoy the ride when you can. Hopefully, this ride worked for you and you can celebrate a bit. And if not, leave questions or comments below.
Screencast of key steps from this tutorial
You can also specify Metrics on a more granular basis during spark-submit; e.g.
~/Development/spark-1.6.3-bin-hadoop2.6/bin/spark-submit –master spark://tmcgrath-rmbp15.local:7077 –packages org.apache.spark:spark-streaming-kafka_2.10:1.6.3,datastax:spark-cassandra-connector:1.6.1-s_2.10 –class com.datastax.killrweather.WeatherStreaming –properties-file=conf/application.conf target/scala-2.10/streaming_2.10-1.0.1-SNAPSHOT.jar –conf spark.metrics.conf=metrics.properties –files=~/Development/spark-1.6.3-bin-hadoop2.6/conf/metrics.properties