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Setup Hive LLAP

How to Setup Hive LLAP on Hadoop Cluster


In this blog, we will share our experiences running LLAP as a YARN Service. First, check whether you have installed the following programs before getting started:

Hadoop 3.3.1
Hive 3.1.2
ZooKeeper 3.6.3
Java 1.8

Apache Hive LLAP is a long-running query processing program that runs on a multi-tenant Apache Hadoop YARN cluster. We'll talk about how we moved LLAP from Apache Slider to the YARN Service framework. LLAP is a series of processes that run in the background. LLAP extends Apache Hive by adding asynchronous spindle-aware IO, column chunk prefetching and caching, and multi-threaded JIT-friendly operator pipelines. It's critical for the Apache Hive/LLAP community to concentrate on the application's key features. This implies less time spent dealing with the application's deployment paradigm and less time spent learning about YARN internals for creation, security, upgrading, and other aspects of the application's lifecycle management. For this reason, Apache Slider was chosen to do the job. Since its first version, LLAP has been running on Apache Hadoop YARN 2.x using Slider.

This is how LLAP’s Apache Slider wrapper scripts and configuration files directory looked in a recursive view –

├── app_config.json

├── metainfo.xml

├── package

   └── scripts






└── resources.json

With the introduction of first-class services support in Apache Hadoop 3, it was important to migrate LLAP seamlessly from Slider to the YARN Service framework – HIVE-18037 covers this work. Now with the YARN Service framework, this is how the recursive directory view looks – clean!

├── Yarnfile
LLAP architecture

Step 1: hive --service llap

Firstly, you have to fix the issue in in the hive/bin folder, and change from "python" to "python2". Now, I will be executing two instances with 2GB memory and name it llap0:
$ hive --service llap --name llap0 --instances 2 --size 2g --loglevel INFO --cache 1g --executors 2 --iothreads 5 --args "-XX:+UseG1GC -XX:+ResizeTLAB -XX:+UseNUMA -XX:-ResizePLAB" --javaHome $JAVA_HOME
It creates a directory in your current directory and shows us the following message:
Prepared llap-yarn-28Feb2022/ for running LLAP on Yarn

Step 2: Modify Hive-site.xml and yarn-site.xml

In Hive-site.xml, Change some properties' values
Give the name of your LLAP cluster name, or YARN registry, with @ character prefixed. 
<value>@llap0</value> in our example.
Lastly, you need to add some more properties to your yarn-site.xml

Step 3: Start LLAP Daemons

As you run the code below, you can check jps to see that two LLAP Daemons are running live.
$ llap-yarn-$ddmmmyyyy/

Check LLAP Status

If you want to check the current llap status, you can run this command:
$ hive --service llapstatus

Why it was introduced?

The main problem which was faced on Hive was that every time a SQL job runs, it creates a new YARN application hence it adds up to the initial running time. Many improvements were introduced to fasten this process including Tez, a complex DAG which speeds up the execution time. Another problem was container-reusing, such that when a query is executed using a container, the upcoming queries will use the same container hence if you are looking at the output, you are consuming the container and wasting valuable time.


💠 Persistent Daemon

This daemon runs on slave nodes to decrease initial running time and ease the caching process and helps with just-in-time optimization. Since it runs as a Yarn process, so it’s stateless. LLAP nodes are able to communicate data with each other and they are resilient to failures. 

💠 Execution Engine

LLAP works with the Hive execution engine enhancing its versatility and scalability. It has a configurable footprint that is, one can define the resources to be allocated to LLAP, enables for minimal latency for short queries while dynamically scaling for larger queries without wasting too many resources due to tight resource provisioning.

💠 Query Fragment Execution

LLAP is NOT a query engine instead it improvises the execution of Hive. LLAP usually executes partial queries and not the whole query. It allows parallel execution of multiple queries, since the daemon is running on slave nodes and dynamically allocating resources, it can prove useful for concurrency.

💠 I/O

The daemon asynchronously works with I/O as it works on allocating threads to processes as soon as the I/O threads get the data ready. It accepts a variety of file formats such as ORC, and Parquet.

💠 Caching

The metadata for input files, as well as the data, are cached by the daemon. Metadata is stored in the form of Java objects, and cached data is retained off-heap. Since it runs longer, the data is cached so query execution is faster than Hive.

💠 Workload Management

LLAP collaborates with Yarn in allocating resources such as providing containers to the running processes.


Since it’s not an execution engine like MR, Tez or Spark neither it is a storage layer like HDFS, hence it's optional for us to use as it improves the performance of Hive. So we tried this tool to optimize our query execution and it proved really useful in drastically increasing the performance.

What’s next

This blog post provided details on how simple it is to run complex applications such as LLAP on the YARN Service framework and what are its advantages and disadvantages. In subsequent blog posts, we will start to deep dive into query optimization and many more. Stay tuned!


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