Running Sparkling Water on Databricks Azure Cluster

Sparkling Water, PySparkling and RSparkling can be used on top of Databricks Azure Cluster. This tutorial is the Scala Sparkling Water.

For Pysparkling, please visit PySparkling on Databricks Azure Cluster and for RSparkling, please visit RSparkling on Databricks Azure Cluster.

To start Sparkling Water H2OContext on Databricks Azure, the steps are:

  1. Login into Microsoft Azure Portal

  2. Create Databricks Azure Environment

    In order to connect to Databricks from Azure, please make sure you have created user inside Azure Active Directory and using that user for the Databricks Login.

  3. Upload Sparkling Water assembly JAR as a library

    In order to create the library in Databricks, go to Libraries, select Upload Java/Scala JAR and upload the downloaded assembly jar. If you download the official distribution, the assembly jar is located in assembly/build/libs directory. The assembly Jar can be downloaded from our official download page.

    Uploading Sparkling Water assembly JAR

    You can configure each cluster manually and select which libraries should be attached or you can configure the library to be attached to all future clusters. It is advised to restart the cluster in case you attached the library to already running cluster to ensure the clean environment.

  4. Create the cluster

    • Make sure the assembly JAR is attached to the cluster
    • For Sparkling Water 2.1.25 select Spark 2.1.2

    It is advised to always use the latest Sparkling Water and Spark version for the given Spark major version.

    Configured cluster ready to be started
  5. Create Scala notebook and attach it to the created cluster. To start H2OContext, the init part of the notebook should be:

    import org.apache.spark.h2o._
    val hc = H2OContext.getOrCreate(spark)
  6. And voila, we should have H2OContext running

    Running H2O Context

    Please note that accessing H2O Flow is not currently supported on Azure Databricks.