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MapReduce Design Patterns

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  1. MapReduce Design Patterns
  2. Dedication
  3. Preface
    1. Intended Audience
    2. Pattern Format
    3. The Examples in This Book
    4. Conventions Used in This Book
    5. Using Code Examples
    6. Safari® Books Online
    7. How to Contact Us
    8. Acknowldgements
  4. 1. Design Patterns and MapReduce
    1. Design Patterns
    2. MapReduce History
    3. MapReduce and Hadoop Refresher
    4. Hadoop Example: Word Count
    5. Pig and Hive
  5. 2. Summarization Patterns
    1. Numerical Summarizations
      1. Pattern Description
      2. Numerical Summarization Examples
    2. Inverted Index Summarizations
      1. Pattern Description
      2. Inverted Index Example
    3. Counting with Counters
      1. Pattern Description
      2. Counting with Counters Example
  6. 3. Filtering Patterns
    1. Filtering
      1. Pattern Description
      2. Filtering Examples
    2. Bloom Filtering
      1. Pattern Description
      2. Bloom Filtering Examples
    3. Top Ten
      1. Pattern Description
      2. Top Ten Examples
    4. Distinct
      1. Pattern Description
      2. Distinct Examples
  7. 4. Data Organization Patterns
    1. Structured to Hierarchical
      1. Pattern Description
      2. Structured to Hierarchical Examples
    2. Partitioning
      1. Pattern Description
      2. Partitioning Examples
    3. Binning
      1. Pattern Description
      2. Binning Examples
    4. Total Order Sorting
      1. Pattern Description
      2. Total Order Sorting Examples
    5. Shuffling
      1. Pattern Description
      2. Shuffle Examples
  8. 5. Join Patterns
    1. A Refresher on Joins
    2. Reduce Side Join
      1. Pattern Description
      2. Reduce Side Join Example
      3. Reduce Side Join with Bloom Filter
    3. Replicated Join
      1. Pattern Description
      2. Replicated Join Examples
    4. Composite Join
      1. Pattern Description
      2. Composite Join Examples
    5. Cartesian Product
      1. Pattern Description
      2. Cartesian Product Examples
  9. 6. Metapatterns
    1. Job Chaining
      1. With the Driver
      2. Job Chaining Examples
      3. With Shell Scripting
      4. With JobControl
    2. Chain Folding
      1. The ChainMapper and ChainReducer Approach
      2. Chain Folding Example
    3. Job Merging
      1. Job Merging Examples
  10. 7. Input and Output Patterns
    1. Customizing Input and Output in Hadoop
      1. InputFormat
      2. RecordReader
      3. OutputFormat
      4. RecordWriter
    2. Generating Data
      1. Pattern Description
      2. Generating Data Examples
    3. External Source Output
      1. Pattern Description
      2. External Source Output Example
    4. External Source Input
      1. Pattern Description
      2. External Source Input Example
    5. Partition Pruning
      1. Pattern Description
      2. Partition Pruning Examples
  11. 8. Final Thoughts and the Future of Design Patterns
    1. Trends in the Nature of Data
      1. Images, Audio, and Video
      2. Streaming Data
    2. The Effects of YARN
    3. Patterns as a Library or Component
    4. How You Can Help
  12. A. Bloom Filters
    1. Overview
    2. Use Cases
      1. Representing a Data Set
      2. Reduce Queries to External Database
      3. Google BigTable
    3. Downsides
    4. Tweaking Your Bloom Filter
  13. Index
  14. About the Authors
  15. Colophon
  16. Copyright

Chapter 7. Input and Output Patterns

In this chapter, we’ll be focusing on what is probably the most often overlooked way to improve the value of MapReduce: customizing input and output. You will not always want to load or store data the way Hadoop MapReduce does out of the box. Sometimes you can skip the time-consuming step of storing data in HDFS and just accept data from some original source, or feed it directly to some process that uses it after MapReduce is finished. Sometimes the basic Hadoop paradigm of file blocks and input splits doesn’t do what you need, so this is where a custom InputFormat or OutputFormat comes into play.

Three patterns in this chapter deal with input: generating data, external source input, and partition pruning. All three input patterns share an interesting property: the map phase is completely unaware that tricky things are going on before it gets its input pairs. Customizing an input format is a great way to abstract away details of the method you use to load data.

On the flip side, Hadoop will not always store data in the way you need it to. There is one pattern in this chapter, external source output, that writes data to a system outside of Hadoop and HDFS. Just like the custom input formats, custom output formats keep the map or reduce phase from realizing that tricky things are going on as the data is going out.

Customizing Input and Output in Hadoop

Hadoop allows you to modify the way data is loaded on disk in two major ways: configuring how contiguous ...

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