Introducing Uno and Muchos
Author: Mike Walch
Date: 21 Apr 2017
While Accumulo’s installation instructions are simple, it can be time consuming to install Accumulo given its requirement on Hadoop and Zookeeper being installed and running. For a one-time production installation, this set up time (which can take up to an hour) is not much of an inconvenience. However, it can become a burden for developers who need to frequently set up Accumulo to test code changes, switch between different versions, or start a fresh instance on a laptop.
Uno and Muchos are tools that ease the burden on developers of installing Accumulo and its dependencies. The names of Uno and Muchos indicate their use case. Uno is designed for running Accumulo on a single node while Muchos is designed for running Accumulo on a cluster. While Uno and Muchos will install by default the most recent stable release of Accumulo, Hadoop, and Zookeeper, it is easy to configure different versions to match a production cluster.
The sections below show how to use these tools. For more complete documentation, view their respective GitHub pages.
Uno is a command line tool that sets up Accumulo on a single machine. It can be installed by cloning the Uno git repo.
git clone https://github.com/astralway/uno.git cd uno
Uno works out of the box but it can be customized by modifying
First, download the Accumulo, Hadoop, and Zookeeper tarballs from Apache by using the command below:
./bin/uno fetch accumulo
The fetch command places all tarballs in the
downloads/ directory. Uno can be configured (in
to build an Accumulo tarball from a local git repo when
fetch is called.
After downloading tarballs, the command below sets up Accumulo, Hadoop & Zookeeper in the
./bin/uno setup accumulo
Accumulo, Hadoop, & Zookeeper are now ready to use. You can view the Accumulo monitor at http://localhost:9995. You can configure your shell using the command below:
eval "$(./bin/uno env)"
uno stop accumulo to cleanly stop your cluster and
uno start accumulo to start it again.
If you need a fresh cluster, you can run
uno setup accumulo again. To kill your cluster, run
Muchos is a command line tool that launches an AWS EC2 cluster with Accumulo set up on it. It is installed by cloning its git repo.
git clone https://github.com/astralway/muchos.git cd muchos
Before using Muchos, create
conf/ and edit it for your AWS environment.
cp conf/muchos.props.example conf/muchos.props vim conf/muchos.props
Next, run the command below to launch a cluster in AWS.
muchos launch -c mycluster
After launching the cluster, set up Accumulo on it using the following command.
muchos ssh to ssh to the cluster and
muchos terminate to terminate all EC2 nodes when you are finished.
Uno and Muchos automate installing Accumulo for development and testing. While not recommended for production use at this time, Muchos is a great reference for running Accumulo in production. System administrators can reference the Ansible code in Muchos to automate management of their own clusters.
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