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tweeter & cd-demo combo
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Tweeter is a sample service that demonstrates how easy it is to run a Twitter-like service on DCOS.


  • Stores tweets in Cassandra
  • Streams tweets to Kafka as they come in
  • Real time tweet analytics with Spark and Zeppelin

Install and Configure Prerequisites on the Cluster

You'll need a DCOS cluster with one public node and at least five private nodes, DCOS CLI, and DCOS package CLIs.

Install package CLIs:

$ dcos package install cassandra --cli
$ dcos package install kafka --cli

Demo steps

Install packages for DCOS UI:

  • kafka
  • cassandra
  • zeppelin
  • marathon-lb

Wait until the Kafka and Cassandra services are healthly. You can check their status with:

$ dcos kafka connection
$ dcos cassandra connection

Edit the Tweeter Service Config

Edit the HAPROXY_0_VHOST label in tweeter.json to match your public ELB hostname. Be sure to remove the leading http:// and the trailing / For example:

  "labels": {
    "HAPROXY_0_VHOST": ""

Run the Tweeter Service

Launch three instances of Tweeter on Marathon using the config file in this repo:

$ dcos marathon app add tweeter.json

The service talks to Cassandra via node-0.cassandra.mesos:9042, and Kafka via broker-0.kafka.mesos:9557 in this example.

Traffic is routed to the service via marathon-lb. Navigate to http://<public_elb> to see the Tweeter UI and post a Tweet.

Post a lot of Tweets

Post a lot of Shakespeare tweets from a file:

dcos marathon app add post-tweets.json

This will post more than 100k tweets one by one, so you'll see them coming in steadily when you refresh the page. Take a look at the Networking page on the UI to see the load balancing in action.

Streaming Analytics

Next, we'll do real-time analytics on the stream of tweets coming in from Kafka.

Navigate to Zeppelin at https://<master_public_ip>/service/zeppelin/, click Import note and import tweeter-analytics.json. Zeppelin is preconfigured to execute Spark jobs on the DCOS cluster, so there is no further configuration or setup required.

Run the Load Dependencies step to load the required libraries into Zeppelin. Next, run the Spark Streaming step, which reads the tweet stream from Zookeeper, and puts them into a temporary table that can be queried using SparkSQL. Next, run the Top Tweeters SQL query, which counts the number of tweets per user, using the table created in the previous step. The table updates continuously as new tweets come in, so re-running the query will produce a different result every time.

NOTE: if /service/zeppelin is showing as Disconnected (and hence can’t load the notebook), make sure you're using HTTPS instead of HTTP, until this PR gets merged. Alternatively, you can use marathon-lb. To do this, add the following labels to the Zeppelin service and restart:

HAPROXY_0_VHOST = [elb hostname]

HAPROXY_GROUP = external

You can get the ELB hostname from the CCM “Public Server” link. Once Zeppelin restarts, this should allow you to use that link to reach the Zeppelin GUI in “connected” mode.

Developing Tweeter

You'll need Ruby and a couple of libraries on your local machine to hack on this service. If you just want to run the demo, you don't need this.

Homebrew on Mac OS X

Using Homebrew, install rbenv, a Ruby version manager:

$ brew update
$ brew install rbenv

Run this command and follow the instructions to setup your environment:

$ rbenv init

To install the required Ruby version for Tweeter, run from inside this repo:

$ rbenv install

Then install the Ruby package manager and Tweeter's dependencies. From this repo run:

$ gem install bundler
$ bundle install
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