Using Apache Spark in Amazon Athena - Amazon Athena
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Using Apache Spark in Amazon Athena

Amazon Athena makes it easy to interactively run data analytics and exploration using Apache Spark without the need to plan for, configure, or manage resources. Running Apache Spark applications on Athena means submitting Spark code for processing and receiving the results directly without the need for additional configuration. You can use the simplified notebook experience in Amazon Athena console to develop Apache Spark applications using Python or Athena notebook APIs. Apache Spark on Amazon Athena is serverless and provides automatic, on-demand scaling that delivers instant-on compute to meet changing data volumes and processing requirements.

Amazon Athena offers the following features:

  • Console usage – Submit your Spark applications from the Amazon Athena console.

  • Scripting – Quickly and interactively build and debug Apache Spark applications in Python.

  • Dynamic scaling – Amazon Athena automatically determines the compute and memory resources needed to run a job and continuously scales those resources accordingly up to the maximums that you specify. This dynamic scaling reduces cost without affecting speed.

  • Notebook experience – Use the Athena notebook editor to create, edit, and run computations using a familiar interface. Athena notebooks are compatible with Jupyter notebooks and contain a list of cells that are executed in order as calculations. Cell content can include code, text, Markdown, mathematics, plots and rich media.

For additional information, see Run Spark SQL on Amazon Athena Spark and Explore your data lake using Amazon Athena for Apache Spark in the Amazon Big Data Blog.

Considerations and limitations

  • Currently, Amazon Athena for Apache Spark is available in the following Amazon Web Services Regions:

    • Asia Pacific (Mumbai)

    • Asia Pacific (Singapore)

    • Asia Pacific (Sydney)

    • Asia Pacific (Tokyo)

    • Europe (Frankfurt)

    • Europe (Ireland)

    • US East (N. Virginia)

    • US East (Ohio)

    • US West (Oregon)

  • Amazon Lake Formation is not supported.

  • Tables that use partition projection are not supported.

  • Apache Spark enabled workgroups can use the Athena notebook editor, but not the Athena query editor. Only Athena SQL workgroups can use the Athena query editor.

  • Cross-engine view queries are not supported. Views created by Athena SQL are not queryable by Athena for Spark. Because views for the two engines are implemented differently, they are not compatible for cross-engine use.

  • MLlib (Apache Spark machine learning library) and the package are not supported. For a list of supported Python libraries, see the List of preinstalled Python libraries.

  • Currently, pip install is not supported in Athena for Spark sessions.

  • Only one active session per notebook is allowed.

  • When multiple users use the console to open an existing session in a workgroup, they access the same notebook. To avoid confusion, only open sessions that you create yourself.

  • The hosting domains for Apache Spark applications that you might use with Amazon Athena (for example, are registered in the internet Public Suffix List (PSL). If you ever need to set sensitive cookies in your domains, we recommend that you use cookies with a __Host- prefix to help defend your domain against cross-site request forgery (CSRF) attempts. For more information, see the Set-Cookie page in the developer documentation.

  • For information on troubleshooting Spark notebooks, sessions, and workgroups in Athena, see Troubleshooting Athena for Spark.