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Performance Evaluation of a Big Data Application on Apache Spark

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posted on 2021-05-23, 09:18 authored by Jeanne Alcantara
Apache Spark enables a big data application—one that takes massive data as input and may produce massive data along its execution—to run in parallel on multiple nodes. Hence, for a big data application, performance is a vital issue. This project analyzes a WordCount application using Apache Spark, where the impact on the execution time and average utilization is assessed. To facilitate this assessment, the number of executor cores and the size of executor memory are varied across different sizes of data that the application has to process, and the different number of nodes in the cluster that the application runs on. It is concluded that different pairs (data size, number of nodes in the cluster) require different number of executor cores and different size of executor memory to obtain optimum results for execution time and average node utilization.





Master of Engineering


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Granting Institution

Ryerson University

LAC Thesis Type