Scenario: Grouping customer numerical data into clusters on HDFS - 6.1

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The scenario is inspired from a research paper on model-based clustering. Its data can be found at Wholesale customers Data Set. The research paper is available at Enhancing the selection of a model-based clustering with external categorical variables. This scenario is included in the Data Quality Demos project you can import into your Talend Studio. For further information, see the Talend Studio User Guide.

The Job in this scenario connects to a given Hadoop distributed file system (HDFS), groups customers of a "wholesale distributor" into two clusters using the algorithms in tMahoutClustering and outputs data on a given HDFS.

The data set has 440 samples that refer to clients of a wholesale distributor. It includes the annual spending in monetary units on diverse product categories like fresh and grocery products or milk.

The data set refers to customers from different channels - Horeca (Hotel/Restaurant/Cafe) or Retail (sale of goods in small quantities) channel, and from different regions (Lisbon/Oporto/other).

This Job uses:

  • tMahoutClustering to compute the clusters for the input data set.

  • two tAggregateRow components to count the number of clients in both clusters based on the region and channel columns.

  • three tMap components to map the channel and region input flows into two separate output flows. The components are also used to map the single clusterID column received from tMahoutClustering to two-column data flow that feed the region and the channel clusters.

  • two tHDFSOutput components to write data to HDFS in two output files.

Prerequisites: Before being able to use the tMahoutClustering component, you must have a functional Hadoop system.

Setting up the Job

  1. Drop the following components from the Palette onto the design workspace: tMahoutClustering, three tMap, two tAggregateRow and two tHDFSOutput components.

  2. Set the components as shown in the capture and connect them together using Main links.

Setting up Hadoop connection

  1. Click Run to open its view and then click the Hadoop Configuration tab to display its view for configuring the Hadoop connection for this Job.

    This view looks like the image below:

  2. From the Property type list, select Built-in. If you have created the connection to be used in Repository, then select Repository and thus the Studio will reuse that set of connection information for this Job.

    For further information about how to create an Hadoop connection in Repository, see the chapter describing the Hadoop cluster node of Talend Studio User Guide.

  3. In the Version area, select the Hadoop distribution to be used and its version. If you cannot find from the list the distribution corresponding to yours, select Custom so as to connect to a Hadoop distribution not officially supported in the Studio.

    For a step-by-step example about how to use this Custom option, see Connecting to a custom Hadoop distribution.

    Along with the evolution of Hadoop, please note the following changes:

    • If you use Hortonworks Data Platform V2.2, the configuration files of your cluster might be using environment variables such as ${hdp.version}. If this is your situation, you need to set the mapreduce.application.framework.path property in the Hadoop properties table with the path value explicitly pointing to the MapReduce framework archive of your cluster. For example:

    • If you use Hortonworks Data Platform V2.0.0, the type of the operating system for running the distribution and a Talend Job must be the same, such as Windows or Linux. Otherwise, you have to use Talend Jobserver to execute the Job in the same type of operating system in which the Hortonworks Data Platform V2.0.0 distribution you are using is run. For further information about Talend Jobserver, see Talend Installation Guide.

  4. In the Name node field, enter the location of the master node, the NameNode, of the distribution to be used. For example, hdfs://tal-qa113.talend.lan:8020.

    If you are using a MapR distribution, you can simply leave maprfs:/// as it is in this field; then the MapR client will take care of the rest on the fly for creating the connection. The MapR client must be properly installed. For further information about how to set up a MapR client, see the following link in MapR's documentation:

  5. In the Job tracker field, enter the location of the JobTracker of your distribution. For example, tal-qa114.talend.lan:8050.

    Note that the notion Job in this term JobTracker designates the MR or the MapReduce jobs described in Apache's documentation on

    If you use YARN in your Hadoop cluster such as Hortonworks Data Platform V2.0.0 or Cloudera CDH4.3 + (YARN mode), you need to specify the location of the Resource Manager instead of the Jobtracker. Then you can continue to set the following parameters depending on the configuration of the Hadoop cluster to be used (if you leave the check box of a parameter clear, then at runtime, the configuration about this parameter in the Hadoop cluster to be used will be ignored ):

    • Select the Set resourcemanager scheduler address check box and enter the Scheduler address in the field that appears.

    • Select the Set jobhistory address check box and enter the location of the JobHistory server of the Hadoop cluster to be used. This allows the metrics information of the current Job to be stored in that JobHistory server.

    • Select the Set staging directory check box and enter this directory defined in your Hadoop cluster for temporary files created by running programs. Typically, this directory can be found under the property in the configuration files such as yarn-site.xml or mapred-site.xml of your distribution.

    • Select the Use datanode hostname check box to allow the Job to access datanodes via their hostnames. This actually sets the dfs.client.use.datanode.hostname property to true. When connecting to a S3N filesystem, you must select this check box.

  6. If you are accessing the Hadoop cluster running with Kerberos security, select this check box, then, enter the Kerberos principal name for the NameNode in the field displayed. This enables you to use your user name to authenticate against the credentials stored in Kerberos.

    In addition, since this component performs Map/Reduce computations, you also need to authenticate the related services such as the Job history server and the Resource manager or Jobtracker depending on your distribution in the corresponding field. These principals can be found in the configuration files of your distribution. For example, in a CDH4 distribution, the Resource manager principal is set in the yarn-site.xml file and the Job history principal in the mapred-site.xml file.

    If you need to use a Kerberos keytab file to log in, select Use a keytab to authenticate. A keytab file contains pairs of Kerberos principals and encrypted keys. You need to enter the principal to be used in the Principal field and the access path to the keytab file itself in the Keytab field.

    Note that the user that executes a keytab-enabled Job is not necessarily the one a principal designates but must have the right to read the keytab file being used. For example, the user name you are using to execute a Job is user1 and the principal to be used is guest; in this situation, ensure that user1 has the right to read the keytab file to be used.

  7. In the User name field, enter the login user name for your distribution. If you leave it empty, the user name of the machine hosting the Studio will be used.

  8. In the Temp folder field, enter the path in HDFS to the folder where you store the temporary files generated during Map/Reduce computations.

  9. Leave the default value of the Path separator in server as it is, unless you have changed the separator used by your Hadoop distribution's host machine for its PATH variable or in other words, that separator is not a colon (:). In that situation, you must change this value to the one you are using in that host.

  10. Leave the Clear temporary folder check box selected, unless you want to keep those temporary files.

  11. Leave the Compress intermediate map output to reduce network traffic check box selected, so as to spend shorter time to transfer the mapper task partitions to the multiple reducers.

    However, if the data transfer in the Job is negligible, it is recommended to clear this check box to deactivate the compression step, because this compression consumes extra CPU resources.

  12. If you need to use custom Hadoop properties, complete the Hadoop properties table with the property or properties to be customized. Then at runtime, these changes will override the corresponding default properties used by the Studio for its Hadoop engine.

    For further information about the properties required by Hadoop, see Apache's Hadoop documentation on, or the documentation of the Hadoop distribution you need to use.

  13. If the Hadoop distribution to be used is Hortonworks Data Platform V1.2 or Hortonworks Data Platform V1.3, you need to set proper memory allocations for the map and reduce computations to be performed by the Hadoop system.

    In that situation, you need to enter the values you need in the Mapred job map memory mb and the Mapred job reduce memory mb fields, respectively. By default, the values are both 1000 which are normally appropriate for running the computations.

    If the distribution is YARN, then the memory parameters to be set become Map (in Mb), Reduce (in Mb) and ApplicationMaster (in Mb), accordingly. These fields allow you to dynamically allocate memory to the map and the reduce computations and the ApplicationMaster of YARN.

  14. If you are using Cloudera V5.5+, you can select the Use Cloudera Navigator check box to enable the Cloudera Navigator of your distribution to trace your Job lineage to the component level, including the schema changes between components.

    With this option activated, you need to set the following parameters:

    • Username and Password: this is the credentials you use to connect to your Cloudera Navigator.

    • Cloudera Navigator URL : enter the location of the Cloudera Navigator to be connected to.

    • Cloudera Navigator Metadata URL: enter the location of the Navigator Metadata.

    • Activate the autocommit option: select this check box to make Cloudera Navigator generate the lineage of the current Job at the end of the execution of this Job.

      Since this option actually forces Cloudera Navigator to generate lineages of all its available entities such as HDFS files and directories, Hive queries or Pig scripts, it is not recommended for the production environment because it will slow the Job.

    • Kill the job if Cloudera Navigator fails: select this check box to stop the execution of the Job when the connection to your Cloudera Navigator fails.

      Otherwise, leave it clear to allow your Job to continue to run.

    • Disable SSL validation: select this check box to make your Job to connect to Cloudera Navigator without the SSL validation process.

      This feature is meant to facilitate the test of your Job but is not recommended to be used in a production cluster.

For further information about this Hadoop Configuration tab, see the section describing how to configure the Hadoop connection for a Talend Map/Reduce Job of the Talend Big Data Getting Started Guide.

For further information about the Resource Manager, its scheduler and the ApplicationMaster, see YARN's documentation such as

For further information about how to determine YARN and MapReduce memory configuration settings, see the documentation of the distribution you are using, such as the following link provided by Hortonworks:

Configuring the clustering process

  1. Double-click tMahoutClustering to open its Component view.

  2. From the Schema list, select Built-In and then click the [...] button next to Edit Schema and describe the data structure in the input file.

  3. Add eight rows to the schema dialog box and define the input data as shown in the above capture.

    The component has one read-only column, clusterID.

  4. Click OK.

  5. In the File Configuration area:

    • Click the [...] button next to the Input HDFS file and browse to the HDFS file on the Hadoop system that holds the input numerical data you want to cluster.

    • Set the field separator used to separate the columns in the clustered data.

    • In the Cluster columns table, add rows to the table and click in each row to select a column from the input schema.

  6. In the Clustering Configuration area:

    • From the Clustering Type list, select what algorithm you want to use to cluster the numerical data, Fuzzy K-means in this example.

    • From the Distance Measure list, select the distance measure you want to use for clustering.

    • In the Number of clusters field, enter 3.

    • Leave the values in Max iterations and Convergence delta as they are.

Mapping data

  1. Double-click tMap to open the Map Editor.