Introducing… Tez: Accelerating processing of data stored in HDFS

Introducing… Tez: Accelerating processing of data stored in HDFS by Arun Murthy.

From the post:

MapReduce has served us well. For years it has been THE processing engine for Hadoop and has been the backbone upon which a huge amount of value has been created. While it is here to stay, new paradigms are also needed in order to enable Hadoop to serve an even greater number of usage patterns. A key and emerging example is the need for interactive query, which today is challenged by the batch-oriented nature of MapReduce. A key step to enabling this new world was Apache YARN and today the community proposes the next step… Tez

What is Tez?

Tez – Hindi for “speed” – (currently under incubation vote within Apache) provides a general-purpose, highly customizable framework that creates simplifies data-processing tasks across both small scale (low-latency) and large-scale (high throughput) workloads in Hadoop. It generalizes the MapReduce paradigm to a more powerful framework by providing the ability to execute a complex DAG (directed acyclic graph) of tasks for a single job so that projects in the Apache Hadoop ecosystem such as Apache Hive, Apache Pig and Cascading can meet requirements for human-interactive response times and extreme throughput at petabyte scale (clearly MapReduce has been a key driver in achieving this).

With the emergence of Apache Hadoop YARN as the basis of next generation data-processing architectures, there is a strong need for an application which can execute a complex DAG of tasks which can then be shared by Apache Pig, Apache Hive, Cascading and others. The constrained DAG expressible in MapReduce (one set of maps followed by one set of reduces) often results in multiple MapReduce jobs which harm latency for short queries (overhead of launching multiple jobs) and throughput for large-scale queries (too much overhead for materializing intermediate job outputs to the filesystem). With Tez, we introduce a more expressive DAG of tasks, within a single application or job, that is better aligned with the required processing task – thus, for e.g., any given SQL query can be expressed as a single job using Tez.

If you are familiar with Michael Sperberg-McQueen and Claus Huitfeldt’s work on DAGs, you would be as excited as I am! (Goddag for example.)

On any day this would be awesome work.

Even more so coming on the heels of two other major project announcements. Securing Hadoop with Knox Gateway and The Stinger Initiative: Making Apache Hive 100 Times Faster, both from Hortonworks.

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