Apache Spark

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Apache Spark is an open-source cluster computing framework originally developed in the AMPLab at UC Berkeley. In contrast to Hadoop's two-stage disk-based MapReduce paradigm, Spark's in-memory primitives provide performance up to 100 times faster for certain applications. By allowing user programs to load data into a cluster's memory and query it repeatedly, Spark is well-suited to machine learning algorithms.


Install the apache-sparkAUR package.


Some environment variables are set in /etc/profile.d/apache-spark.sh.

ENV Value Description
PATH $PATH:/opt/apache-spark/bin Spark binaries

You may need to adjust your PATH environment variable if your shell inhibits /etc/profile.d:

export PATH=$PATH:/opt/apache-spark/bin

Enable R support

The R package sparkR is distributed with the package but not built during installation. To connect to Spark from R you must first build the package by running

# $SPARK_HOME/R/install-dev.sh

as described in $SPARK_HOME/R/README.md. You may also wish to build the package documentation following the instructions in $SPARK_HOME/R/DOCUMENTATION.md.

Once the sparkR R package has been built you can connect using /usr/bin/sparkR.