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Apache Spark Interview Questions and Answers For Freshers Part-3

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apache21.List the functions of Spark SQL.
Spark SQL is capable of:
• Loading data from a variety of structured sources
• Querying data using SQL statements, both inside a Spark program and from external tools that connect to Spark SQL through standard database connectors (JDBC/ODBC). For instance, using business intelligence tools like Tableau
• Providing rich integration between SQL and regular Python/Java/Scala code, including the ability to join RDDs and SQL tables, expose custom functions in SQL, and more

22.What are benefits of Spark over MapReduce?
• Due to the availability of in-memory processing, Spark implements the processing around 10-100x faster than Hadoop MapReduce. MapReduce makes use of persistence storage for any of the data processing tasks.
• Unlike Hadoop, Spark provides in-built libraries to perform multiple tasks form the same core like batch processing, Steaming, Machine learning, Interactive SQL queries. However, Hadoop only supports batch processing.
• Hadoop is highly disk-dependent whereas Spark promotes caching and in-memory data storage
• Spark is capable of performing computations multiple times on the same dataset. This is called iterative computation while there is no iterative computing implemented by Hadoop.

23.Is there any benefit of learning MapReduce, then?
Yes, MapReduce is a paradigm used by many big data tools including Spark as well. It is extremely relevant to use MapReduce when the data grows bigger and bigger. Most tools like Pig and Hive convert their queries into MapReduce phases to optimize them better.

24.What is Spark Executor?
When SparkContext connect to a cluster manager, it acquires an Executor on nodes in the cluster. Executors are Spark processes that run computations and store the data on the worker node. The final tasks by SparkContext are transferred to executors for their execution.

25.Name types of Cluster Managers in Spark.
The Spark framework supports three major types of Cluster Managers:
• Standalone: a basic manager to set up a cluster
• Apache Mesos: generalized/commonly-used cluster manager, also runs Hadoop MapReduce and other applications
• Yarn: responsible for resource management in Hadoop

26.What do you understand by worker node?
Worker node refers to any node that can run the application code in a cluster.

27.What is PageRank?
A unique feature and algorithm in graph, PageRank is the measure of each vertex in the graph. For instance, an edge from u to v represents endorsement of v’s importance by u. In simple terms, if a user at Instagram is followed massively, it will rank high on that platform.

28.Do you need to install Spark on all nodes of Yarn cluster while running Spark on Yarn?
No because Spark runs on top of Yarn.

29.Illustrate some demerits of using Spark.
Since Spark utilizes more storage space compared to Hadoop and MapReduce, there may arise certain problems. Developers need to be careful while running their applications in Spark. Instead of running everything on a single node, the work must be distributed over multiple clusters.

30.How to create RDD?
Spark provides two methods to create RDD:

• By parallelizing a collection in your Driver program. This makes use of SparkContext’s ‘parallelize’ method

val IntellipaatData = Array(2,4,6,8,10)
val distIntellipaatData = sc.parallelize(IntellipaatData)

• By loading an external dataset from external storage like HDFS, HBase, shared file system

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