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Performance Tuning Load of Partitioned Hive Tables on S3 with Spark

Dmitry Tolpeko walks us through a performance problem in Spark:

I have a Spark job that transforms incoming data from compressed text files into Parquet format and loads them into a daily partition of a Hive table. This is a typical job in a data lake, it is quite simple but in my case it was very slow.

Initially it took about 4 hours to convert ~2,100 input .gz files (~1.9 TB of data) into Parquet, while the actual Spark job took just 38 minutes to run and the remaining time was spent on loading data into a Hive partition.

Let’s see what is the reason of such behavior and how we can improve the performance.

Read on to see how.