Requirements for the EMRFS S3-optimized committer - Amazon EMR

Requirements for the EMRFS S3-optimized committer

The EMRFS S3-optimized committer is used when the following conditions are met:

  • You run Spark jobs that use Spark SQL, DataFrames, or Datasets to write files to Amazon S3. Starting with Amazon EMR 6.4.0, this committer can be used for all common formats including parquet, ORC, and text-based formats (including CSV and JSON). For releases prior to Amazon EMR 6.4.0, only the Parquet format is supported.

  • Multipart uploads are enabled in Amazon EMR . This is the default. For more information, see The EMRFS S3-optimized committer and multipart uploads.

  • Spark's built-in file format support is used. The built-in file format support is used in the following circumstances:

    • For Hive metastore tables, when spark.sql.hive.convertMetastoreParquet is set to true for Parquet tables, or spark.sql.hive.convertMetastoreOrc is set to true for Orc tables with Amazon EMR 6.4.0 or above. These are the default settings.

    • When jobs write to file format data sources or tables—for example, the target table is created with the USING parquet clause.

    • When jobs write to non-partitioned Hive metastore Parquet tables. Spark's built-in Parquet support does not support partitioned Hive tables, which is a known limitation. For more information, see Hive metastore Parquet table conversion in the Apache Spark SQL, DataFrames and Datasets Guide.

  • Spark job operations that write to a default partition location—for example, ${table_location}/k1=v1/k2=v2/—use the committer. The committer is not used if a job operation writes to a custom partition location—for example, if a custom partition location is set using the ALTER TABLE SQL command.

  • The following values for Spark must be used:

    • The spark.sql.parquet.fs.optimized.committer.optimization-enabled property must be set to true. This is the default setting with Amazon EMR 5.20.0 and later. With Amazon EMR 5.19.0, the default value is false. For information about configuring this value, see Enable the EMRFS S3-optimized committer for Amazon EMR 5.19.0.

    • If writing to non-partitioned Hive metastore tables, only Parquet and Orc file formats are supported. spark.sql.hive.convertMetastoreParquet must be set to true if writing to non-partitioned Paquet Hive metastore tables. spark.sql.hive.convertMetastoreOrc must be set to true if writing to non-partitioned Orc Hive metastore tables. These are the default settings.

    • spark.sql.parquet.output.committer.class must be set to This is the default setting.

    • spark.sql.sources.commitProtocolClass must be set to org.apache.spark.sql.execution.datasources.SQLEmrOptimizedCommitProtocol or org.apache.spark.sql.execution.datasources.SQLHadoopMapReduceCommitProtocol. org.apache.spark.sql.execution.datasources.SQLEmrOptimizedCommitProtocol is the default setting for the Amazon EMR 5.x series version 5.30.0 and higher, and for the Amazon EMR 6.x series version 6.2.0 and higher. org.apache.spark.sql.execution.datasources.SQLHadoopMapReduceCommitProtocol is the default setting for previous Amazon EMR versions.

    • If Spark jobs overwrite partitioned Parquet datasets with dynamic partition columns, then the partitionOverwriteMode write option and spark.sql.sources.partitionOverwriteMode must be set to static. This is the default setting.


      The partitionOverwriteMode write option was introduced in Spark 2.4.0. For Spark version 2.3.2, included with Amazon EMR release 5.19.0, set the spark.sql.sources.partitionOverwriteMode property.

Occasions when EMRFS S3-optimized committer is not used

Generally, the EMRFS S3-optimized committer isn't used in the following situations.

Situation Why the committer is not used
When you write to HDFS The committer only supports writing to Amazon S3 using EMRFS.
When you use the S3A file system The committer only supports EMRFS.
When you use MapReduce or Spark's RDD API The committer only supports using SparkSQL, DataFrame, or Dataset APIs.

The following Scala examples demonstrate some additional situations that prevent the EMRFS S3-optimized committer from being used in whole (the first example) and in part (the second example).

Example – Dynamic partition overwrite mode

The following Scala example instructs Spark to use a different commit algorithm, which prevents use of the EMRFS S3-optimized committer altogether. The code sets the partitionOverwriteMode property to dynamic to overwrite only those partitions to which you're writing data. Then, dynamic partition columns are specified by partitionBy, and the write mode is set to overwrite.

val dataset = spark.range(0, 10) .withColumn("dt", expr("date_sub(current_date(), id)")) dataset.write.mode("overwrite") .option("partitionOverwriteMode", "dynamic") .partitionBy("dt") .parquet("s3://EXAMPLE-DOC-BUCKET/output")

You must configure all three settings to avoid using the EMRFS S3-optimized committer. When you do so, Spark executes a different commit algorithm that's specified in Spark's commit protocol. For Amazon EMR 5.x releases earlier than 5.30.0 and for Amazon EMR 6.x releases earlier than 6.2.0, the commit protocol uses Spark's staging directory, which is a temporary directory created under the output location that starts with .spark-staging. The algorithm sequentially renames partition directories, which can negatively impact performance. For more information about Amazon EMR releases 5.30.0 and later and 6.2.0 and later, see Use the EMRFS S3-optimized commit protocol.

The algorithm in Spark 2.4.0 follows these steps:

  1. Task attempts write their output to partition directories under Spark's staging directory—for example, ${outputLocation}/spark-staging-${jobID}/k1=v1/k2=v2/.

  2. For each partition written, the task attempt keeps track of relative partition paths—for example, k1=v1/k2=v2.

  3. When a task completes successfully, it provides the driver with all relative partition paths that it tracked.

  4. After all tasks complete, the job commit phase collects all the partition directories that successful task attempts wrote under Spark's staging directory. Spark sequentially renames each of these directories to its final output location using directory tree rename operations.

  5. The staging directory is deleted before the job commit phase completes.

Example – Custom partition location

In this example, the Scala code inserts into two partitions. One partition has a custom partition location. The other partition uses the default partition location. The EMRFS S3-optimized committer is only used for writing task output to the partition that uses the default partition location.

val table = "dataset" val location = "s3://bucket/table" spark.sql(s""" CREATE TABLE $table (id bigint, dt date) USING PARQUET PARTITIONED BY (dt) LOCATION '$location' """) // Add a partition using a custom location val customPartitionLocation = "s3://bucket/custom" spark.sql(s""" ALTER TABLE $table ADD PARTITION (dt='2019-01-28') LOCATION '$customPartitionLocation' """) // Add another partition using default location spark.sql(s"ALTER TABLE $table ADD PARTITION (dt='2019-01-29')") def asDate(text: String) = lit(text).cast("date") spark.range(0, 10) .withColumn("dt", when($"id" > 4, asDate("2019-01-28")).otherwise(asDate("2019-01-29"))) .write.insertInto(table)

The Scala code creates the following Amazon S3 objects:


When writing to partitions at custom locations, Spark uses a commit algorithm similar to the previous example, which is outlined below. As with the earlier example, the algorithm results in sequential renames, which may negatively impact performance.

  1. When writing output to a partition at a custom location, tasks write to a file under Spark's staging directory, which is created under the final output location. The name of the file includes a random UUID to protect against file collisions. The task attempt keeps track of each file along with the final desired output path.

  2. When a task completes successfully, it provides the driver with the files and their final desired output paths.

  3. After all tasks complete, the job commit phase sequentially renames all files that were written for partitions at custom locations to their final output paths.

  4. The staging directory is deleted before the job commit phase completes.