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Spark Connector for Hazelcast

Spark Connector for Hazelcast

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Spark Connector for Hazelcast (BETA)

Spark Connector for Hazelcast allows your Spark applications to connect Hazelcast cluster with the Spark RDD API.


  • Read/Write support for Hazelcast Maps
  • Read/Write support for Hazelcast Caches


  • Hazelcast 3.7.x
  • Apache Spark 1.6.1


You can find the SBT and Maven dependencies for Spark Connector below.



libraryDependencies += "com.hazelcast" % "hazelcast-spark" % "0.1-SNAPSHOT"

Maven :




Add Sonatype resolver to the SBT

resolvers += "Sonatype OSS Snapshots" at "https://oss.sonatype.org/content/repositories/snapshots"


Add Sonatype repository to the pom.xml

   <name>Sonatype Snapshot Repository</name>


Spark Connector uses Hazelcast Client to talk with Hazelcast Cluster. You can provide configuration details of the client to be able to connect Hazelcast Cluster. If you have a complex setup, you can also provide a fully configured Hazelcast Client configuration XML to configure the Hazelcast Client.


You can set the options below for the SparkConf object:

Property nameDescriptionDefault value
hazelcast.server.addressesComma separated list of hazelcast server addresses127.0.0.1:5701
hazelcast.server.groupNameGroup name of the Hazelcast Clusterdev
hazelcast.server.groupPassGroup password of the Hazelcast Clusterdev-pass
hazelcast.spark.valueBatchingEnabledIf enabled, retrieves values from hazelcast in batches for better performance, if disabled, for each key, connector will make a retrieve call to the cluster for retrieving the most recent value.true
hazelcast.spark.readBatchSizeNumber of entries to read in for each batch1000
hazelcast.spark.writeBatchSizeNumber of entries to write in for each batch1000
hazelcast.spark.clientXmlPathLocation of the Hazelcast Client XML configuration file.N/A

Creating the SparkContext

Scala :

val conf = new SparkConf()
          .set("hazelcast.server.addresses", "")
          .set("hazelcast.server.groupName", "dev")
          .set("hazelcast.server.groupPass", "dev-pass")
          .set("hazelcast.spark.valueBatchingEnabled", "true")
          .set("hazelcast.spark.readBatchSize", "5000")
          .set("hazelcast.spark.writeBatchSize", "5000")

val sc = new SparkContext("spark://", "appname", conf)

Java :

SparkConf conf = new SparkConf()
          .set("hazelcast.server.addresses", "")
          .set("hazelcast.server.groupName", "dev")
          .set("hazelcast.server.groupPass", "dev-pass")
          .set("hazelcast.spark.valueBatchingEnabled", "true")
          .set("hazelcast.spark.readBatchSize", "5000")
          .set("hazelcast.spark.writeBatchSize", "5000")

JavaSparkContext jsc = new JavaSparkContext("spark://", "appname", conf);
// wrapper to provide Hazelcast related functions to the Spark Context.
HazelcastSparkContext hsc = new HazelcastSparkContext(jsc);

Reading Data from Hazelcast

After SparkContext is created, we can load data stored in Hazelcast Maps and Caches into Spark as RDDs like below.

Scala :

import com.hazelcast.spark.connector.{toSparkContextFunctions}

// read from map
val rddFromMap = sc.fromHazelcastMap("map-name-to-be-loaded")

// read from cache
val rddFromCache = sc.fromHazelcastCache("cache-name-to-be-loaded")

Java :

// read from map
HazelcastJavaRDD rddFromMap = hsc.fromHazelcastMap("map-name-to-be-loaded")

// read from cache
HazelcastJavaRDD rddFromCache = hsc.fromHazelcastCache("cache-name-to-be-loaded")

Writing Data to Hazelcast

After any computation you can save your PairRDDs to Hazelcast Cluster as Maps or Caches.

Scala :

import com.hazelcast.spark.connector.{toHazelcastRDDFunctions}
val rdd: RDD[(Int, Long)] = sc.parallelize(1 to 1000).zipWithIndex()

// write to map

// write to cache

Java :

import static com.hazelcast.spark.connector.HazelcastJavaPairRDDFunctions.javaPairRddFunctions;

JavaPairRDD<Object, Long> rdd = hsc.parallelize(new ArrayList<Object>() {{

// write to map

// write to cache

Code Samples

You can find the code samples for Hazelcast Spark Connector at https://github.com/hazelcast/hazelcast-code-samples/tree/master/hazelcast-integration/spark


Run sbt test command to execute the test suite.

Known Limitations

If Hazelcast's data structure is modified (keys inserted or deleted) while Apache Spark is iterating over it, the RDD may encounter the same entry several times and fail to encounter other entries, even if they were present at the time of construction and untouched during iteration. It is therefore recommended to keep the dataset stable while being read by Spark.

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