The Apache TEZ® project is aimed at building an application framework which allows for a complex directed-acyclic-graph of tasks for processing data. It is currently built atop Apache Hadoop YARN.

The 2 main design themes for Tez are:

  • Empowering end users by:
    • Expressive dataflow definition APIs
    • Flexible Input-Processor-Output runtime model
    • Data type agnostic
    • Simplifying deployment
  • Execution Performance
    • Performance gains over Map Reduce
    • Optimal resource management
    • Plan reconfiguration at runtime
    • Dynamic physical data flow decisions

By allowing projects like Apache Hive and Apache Pig to run a complex DAG of tasks, Tez can be used to process data, that earlier took multiple MR jobs, now in a single Tez job as shown below.

Flow for a Hive or Pig Query on MapReduce Flow for a Hive or Pig Query on Tez

To download the Apache Tez software, go to the Releases page.