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From Adrian Tanase <>
Subject Re: Notification on Spark Streaming job failure
Date Wed, 07 Oct 2015 13:51:10 GMT
We’re deploying using YARN in cluster mode, to take advantage of automatic restart of long
running streaming app. We’ve also done a POC on top of Mesos+Marathon, that’s always an

For monitoring / alerting, we’re using a combination of:

  *   Spark REST API queried from OpsView via nagios style checks
     *   Here, we have thresholds on things like number of successful jobs / tasks, total
execution time, etc
  *   Custom business/operational metrics logged manually from the streaming app to OpenTSDB
     *   we’re using a combination of spark accumulators and custom RDDs – after summarizing
some counters we’re pushing them to OpenTSDB via the REST API
     *   we’re using dashboards built with Grafana that poll OpenTSDB – nicer looking,
same functionality
     *   We have a custom opsview check that queries OpenTSDB and looks for some successful
number of events processed by the job over a period of time
     *   This is coupled with  a stable stream of data from a canary instance

Hope this helps – feel free to google around for all the above buzzwords :). I can get into
more details on demand.


From: Chen Song
Date: Monday, September 28, 2015 at 5:00 PM
To: Krzysztof Zarzycki
Cc: user
Subject: Re: Notification on Spark Streaming job failure

I am also interested specifically in monitoring and alerting on Spark streaming jobs. It will
be helpful to get some general guidelines or advice on this, from people who implemented anything
on this.

On Fri, Sep 18, 2015 at 2:35 AM, Krzysztof Zarzycki <<>>
Hi there Spark Community,
I would like to ask you for an advice: I'm running Spark Streaming jobs in production. Sometimes
these jobs fail and I would like to get email notification about it. Do you know how I can
set up Spark to notify me by email if my job fails? Or do I have to use external monitoring
I'm thinking of the following options:
1. As I'm running those jobs on YARN, monitor somehow YARN jobs. Looked for it as well but
couldn't find any YARN feature to do it.
2. Run Spark Streaming job in some scheduler, like Oozie, Azkaban, Luigi. Those are created
rather for batch jobs, not streaming, but could work. Has anyone tried that?
3. Run job driver under "monit" tool and catch the failure and send an email about it. Currently
I'm deploying with yarn-cluster mode and I would need to resign from it to run under monit....
4. Implement monitoring tool (like Graphite, Ganglia, Prometheus) and use Spark metrics. And
then implement alerting in those. Can I get information of failed jobs in Spark metrics?
5. As 4. but implement my own custom job metrics and monitor them.

What's your opinion about my options? How do you people solve this problem? Anything Spark
I'll be grateful for any advice in this subject.

Chen Song

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