Feast and Spark

Configuring Feast to use Spark for ingestion.

Feast relies on Spark to ingest data from the offline store to the online store, streaming ingestion, and running queries to retrieve historical data from the offline store. Feast supports several Spark deployment options.

Option 1. Use Kubernetes Operator for Apache Spark

To install the Spark on K8s Operator

helm repo add spark-operator \
https://googlecloudplatform.github.io/spark-on-k8s-operator
‚Äč
helm install my-release spark-operator/spark-operator \
--set serviceAccounts.spark.name=spark

Currently Feast is tested using v1beta2-1.1.2-2.4.5version of the operator image. To configure Feast to use it, set the following options in Feast config:

Feast Setting

Value

SPARK_LAUNCHER

"k8s"

SPARK_STAGING_LOCATION

S3/GCS/Azure Blob Storage URL to use as a staging location, must be readable and writable by Feast. For S3, use s3a:// prefix here. Ex.: s3a://some-bucket/some-prefix/artifacts/

HISTORICAL_FEATURE_OUTPUT_LOCATION

S3/GCS/Azure Blob Storage URL used to store results of historical retrieval queries, must be readable and writable by Feast. For S3, use s3a:// prefix here. Ex.: s3a://some-bucket/some-prefix/out/

SPARK_K8S_NAMESPACE

Only needs to be set if you are customizing the spark-on-k8s-operator. The name of the Kubernetes namespace to run Spark jobs in. This should match the value of sparkJobNamespace set on spark-on-k8s-operator Helm chart. Typically this is also the namespace Feast itself will run in.

SPARK_K8S_JOB_TEMPLATE_PATH

Only needs to be set if you are customizing the Spark job template. Local file path with the template of the SparkApplication resource. No prefix required. Ex.: /home/jovyan/work/sparkapp-template.yaml. An example template is here and the spec is defined in the k8s-operator User Guide.

Lastly, make sure that the service account used by Feast has permissions to manage Spark Application resources. This depends on your k8s setup, but typically you'd need to configure a Role and a RoleBinding like the one below:

cat <<EOF | kubectl apply -f -
kind: Role
apiVersion: rbac.authorization.k8s.io/v1beta1
metadata:
name: use-spark-operator
namespace: default # replace if using different namespace
rules:
- apiGroups: ["sparkoperator.k8s.io"]
resources: ["sparkapplications"]
verbs: ["create", "delete", "deletecollection", "get", "list", "update", "watch", "patch"]
---
apiVersion: rbac.authorization.k8s.io/v1beta1
kind: RoleBinding
metadata:
name: use-spark-operator
namespace: default # replace if using different namespace
roleRef:
kind: Role
name: use-spark-operator
apiGroup: rbac.authorization.k8s.io
subjects:
- kind: ServiceAccount
name: default
EOF

Option 2. Use GCP and Dataproc

If you're running Feast in Google Cloud, you can use Dataproc, a managed Spark platform. To configure Feast to use it, set the following options in Feast config:

Feast Setting

Value

SPARK_LAUNCHER

"dataproc"

DATAPROC_CLUSTER_NAME

Dataproc cluster name

DATAPROC_PROJECT

Dataproc project name

SPARK_STAGING_LOCATION

GCS URL to use as a staging location, must be readable and writable by Feast. Ex.: gs://some-bucket/some-prefix

See Feast documentation for more configuration options for Dataproc.

Option 3. Use AWS and EMR

If you're running Feast in AWS, you can use EMR, a managed Spark platform. To configure Feast to use it, set at least the following options in Feast config:

Feast Setting

Value

SPARK_LAUNCHER

"emr"

SPARK_STAGING_LOCATION

S3 URL to use as a staging location, must be readable and writable by Feast. Ex.: s3://some-bucket/some-prefix

See Feast documentation for more configuration options for EMR.