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Spark Streaming ML + Dashboard

What's this about ?

In this repository we will quickly set up an infrastructure capable of monitoring a Spark Streaming machine learning model. In a second time we will deploy the said model and finally produce some dashboards (see below).

Every step to get to the final solution are given in the next sections.


This repository is only a Proof Of Concept. It is only one way to put such a model in production and to monitor it, certainly not the only one.

In order to use this in a production environment a lot more considerations have to be taken into account. Each of the technology used here needs to be carefully configured and optimally used.


First an overview of the architecture we will be putting in place


And the kind of dashboard we were able to produce:

Final result

Both for the train and the test set we have the following visualizations:

  • The global MSE
  • The evolution of the MSE in function of time (represented by the offset in the corresponding kafka topic)
  • The data points streamed in along with their prediction

This dashboard is refreshed every 5 seconds to enable "real time" monitoring.

1. Launch the infrastructure

  1. Find your local ip. E.g. using ifconfig | grep inet. Keep it somewhere.
  2. In the docker-compose.yml file change the assignment of KAFKA_ADVERTISED_HOST_NAME with the previously found IP.
  3. Launch the infrastructure by running docker-compose build and docker-compose up
  4. Once the command-line standard output is static, in another terminal run docker ps. The output should look like
CONTAINER ID        IMAGE                              COMMAND                  CREATED             STATUS              PORTS                                                                              NAMES
3c71ec58b161        gwilym/wurstmeister-kafka-docker   ""         3 hours ago         Up About an hour>9092/tcp                                                             deploymentsparkml_kafka_1
e389fe1c32a5        xemuliam/zeppelin                  "/bin/sh -c ./star..."   31 hours ago        Up About an hour>4040/tcp,>8080/tcp,>8443/tcp             deploymentsparkml_zeppelin_1
34e8a8a344a4        sebp/elk                           "/usr/local/bin/st..."   4 days ago          Up About an hour>5044/tcp,>5601/tcp,>9200/tcp, 9300/tcp   deploymentsparkml_elk_1
7eb4cb5893b9        wurstmeister/zookeeper             "/bin/sh -c '/usr/..."   4 days ago          Up About an hour    22/tcp, 2888/tcp, 3888/tcp,>2181/tcp                                 deploymentsparkml_zookeeper_1

You can also try to access some UIs:


As we can see in the output, we start multiple services:

  • Zookeeper
  • Kafka
  • Zeppelin (with Spark on standalone)
  • The ELK stack (Elasticsearch Logstash Kibana)

If for one reason or another, one of these service fails to start try the following:

  • Restart the whole infrastructure (Kafka docker has a tendency to fail)
  • Allow more ressources to docker (6GB were enough in my case)

For the further steps We'll assume you have everything running.

2. Get the model running

Access the Zeppelin UI

Configure Zeppelin

Access the settings from Zeppelin

Zeppelin settings

  1. Add the Spark-Packages maven repository
    • In the interpreter tab (top right drop down menu, see above picture)
    • Top right: click Repository
    • Add a new one
      • ID : Spark-packages
      • URL :
      • Leave the rest empty and add.
  2. Add the necessary Maven dependencies for the spark interpreter.
    • Still in the interpreter tab
    • Search for the Spark interpreter (It's also the last one)
    • Click on edit
      • Change one of the properties master to local[1].
      • At the bottom add following artifacts (leaving the exclude part empty)
        • org.apache.spark:spark-streaming-kafka-0-10_2.11:2.1.0
        • org.apache.kafka:kafka_2.11:
        • org.elasticsearch:elasticsearch-spark-20_2.11:5.6.3
  3. Save the changes

Build the model

The notebooks directory contains the Zeppelin notebooks necessary to have a model running and a producer to create some data.

  1. Import the corresponding notebook
  2. Change the cell where the myIP variable is assigned, replace it with your own.
  3. Each cell is commented but you can also simply run the whole notebook.

In the end you should have a StreamingLinearModel running and producing results into Elasticsearch.

Produce some data

  1. Import the corresponding notebook
  2. Change the cell where the myIP variable is assigned, replace it with your own.
  3. Depending whether you want to produce train or test data, change the topic variable.
  4. Each cell is commented but you can also simply run the whole notebook.

You just created some train data and pushed it to the train kafka topic. This topic is consumed by our machine learning algorithm to train the model.

3. Explore the results and produce some dashboard.

We will now create some custom vizualisations on top of the data produced by the spark Streaming application. We focus on producing a dashboard for the train data. Similar steps can be followed to obtain the same vizualisations for the test data.

Access the Kibana UI

Add the spark index

In the management/indexed patternstab load all indexes containing spark.

Spark index

Add the Squarred Error as a scripted field

Once you've loaded the spark index. Add an extra field in the scripted field tab. We simply create the Squarred error field from the prediction (pred) and the actual value (y)

Add scripted field

Create the squarred error

For convenience, the formula is repeated here:

double diff = (doc["pred"].value - doc["y"].value);
return diff*diff;

Save everything.

Create the Train set search

Go in the Discover tab. You should be able to see the data created by the spark streaming application along with all the available fields.

  1. In the search bar type topic:train to only consider data comming from the train topic

Train set search

  1. Using the top right button, save your search for later use.

Create some visualization

Go in the Visualize tab. Choose to add a new visualization.

Select our previously created Train set source.

Choose source

Select the type of chart. In our case a Metric and fill in the different fields.

Create visualization

Save your visualization, give it a name.

Add your vizualisation to a dashboard.

Now that we have some available visualization(s), let's go in the Dashboard tab.

Create a new dashboard and add you previously created visualization

Add to dashboard

In order to have your dashboard "real-time" updated, in the top right corner click on Last 15 Minutes. The Auto-refresh tab just appeared. By selecting it, you can decide the refresh rate of your dashboard.

Refresh time

Save your dashboard.

With similar steps, it is possible to have a dashboard reporting both train and test data metrics. Every object created : searches, visualizations, dashboards can be imported using our export provided here