Hadoopy: Python wrapper for Hadoop using Cython

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Hadoopy is a Python wrapper for Hadoop Streaming written in Cython. It is simple, fast, and readily hackable. It has been tested on 700+ node clusters. The goals of Hadoopy are

  • Similar interface as the Hadoop API (design patterns usable between Python/Java interfaces)
  • General compatibility with dumbo to allow users to switch back and forth
  • Usable on Hadoop clusters without Python or admin access
  • Fast conversion and processing
  • Stay small and well documented
  • Be transparent with what is going on
  • Handle programs with complicated .so’s, ctypes, and extensions
  • Code written for hack-ability
  • Simple HDFS access (e.g., reading, writing, ls)
  • Support (and not replicate) the greater Hadoop ecosystem (e.g., Oozie, whirr)

Killer Features (unique to Hadoopy)

  • Automated job parallelization ‘auto-oozie’ available in the hadoopy flow project (maintained out of branch)
  • Local execution of unmodified MapReduce job with launch_local
  • Read/write sequence files of TypedBytes directly to HDFS from python (readtb, writetb)
  • Allows printing to stdout and stderr in Hadoop tasks without causing problems (uses the ‘pipe hopping’ technique, both are available in the task’s stderr)
  • Works on clusters without any extra installation, Python, or any Python libraries (uses Pyinstaller that is included in this source tree)

Additional Features

  • Works on OS X
  • Critical path is in Cython
  • Simple HDFS access (readtb and ls) inside Python, even inside running jobs
  • Unit test interface
  • Reporting using status and counters (and print statements! no need to be scared of them in Hadoopy)
  • Supports design patterns in the Lin&Dyer book
  • Typedbytes support (very fast)
  • Oozie support
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