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From Mark Hamstra <>
Subject Re: Infinite Loop in Spark
Date Thu, 27 Oct 2016 20:20:21 GMT
Using a single SparkContext for an extended period of time is how
long-running Spark Applications such as the Spark Job Server work (  It's an established

On Thu, Oct 27, 2016 at 11:46 AM, Gervásio Santos <> wrote:

> Hi guys!
> I'm developing an application in Spark that I'd like to run continuously.
> It would execute some actions, sleep for a while and go again. I was
> thinking of doing it in a standard infinite loop way.
> val sc = <initialize spark context>
> while (true) {
>   doStuff(...)
>   sleep(...)
> }
> I would be running this (fairly light weight) application on a cluster,
> that would also run other (significantly heavier) jobs. However, I fear
> that this kind of code might lead to unexpected beahavior; I don't know if
> keeping the same SparkContext active continuously for a very long time
> might lead to some weird stuff happening.
> Can anyone tell me if there is some problem with not "renewing" the Spark
> context or is aware of any problmes with this approach that I might be
> missing?
> Thanks!

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