Installation Requirements for Self-Managed Deployments

When working with self-managed deployments, you take full control of procuring the resources needed to run a Transformer engine. You must set up the machine and complete the installation prerequisites required by the engine.

Before launching a Transformer engine for a self-managed deployment, set up a machine with the following minimum requirements. Then, review the Transformer general requirements.

System Requirements

For self-managed deployments, install Transformer on a machine that meets the following requirements:

Component Minimum System Requirement
Cores 2
Disk space 6 GB
Note: StreamSets does not recommend using NFS or NAS to store Transformer files.
File descriptors 32768
Operating system One of the following operating systems and versions:
  • CentOS 6.x or 7.x
  • Oracle Linux 6.x - 8.x
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.x - 8.x
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS or 16.04 LTS

Tarball Requirement

Transformer requires a large number of file descriptors to work correctly with all stages. Most operating systems provide a configuration to limit the number of files a process or a user can open. The default values are usually less than the Transformer requirement of 32768 file descriptors.

Use the following command to verify the configured limit for the current user:
ulimit -n

Most operating systems use two ways of configuring the maximum number of open files - the soft limit and the hard limit. The hard limit is set by the system administrator. The soft limit can be set by the user, but only up to the hard limit.

Increasing the open file limit differs for each operating system. Consult your operating system documentation for the preferred method.

Increase the Limit on Linux

To increase the open file limit on Linux, see the following solution: How to set ulimit values.

This solution should work on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Oracle Linux, CentOS, and Ubuntu. However, refer to the administrator documentation for your operating system for the preferred method.

Increase the Limit on Mac OS

The method you use to increase the limit on Mac OS can differ with each version. Refer to the documentation for your operating system version for the preferred method.

To increase the limit for the computer so that the limits are retained after relaunching the terminal and restarting the computer, create a property list file. The following steps are valid for Mac OS Yosemite, El Capitan, and Sierra:

  1. Use the following command to create a property list file named limit.maxfiles.plist:
    sudo vim /Library/LaunchDaemons/limit.maxfiles.plist
  2. Add the following contents to the file, modifying the maxfiles attribute as needed.

    The maxfiles attribute defines the open file limit. The first value in the file is the soft limit. The second value is the hard limit.

    For example, in the following limit.maxfiles.plist file, both the soft and hard limit are set to 32,768:

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
    <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "">
    <plist version="1.0">
  3. Use the following commands to load the new settings:
    sudo launchctl unload -w /Library/LaunchDaemons/limit.maxfiles.plist
    sudo launchctl load -w /Library/LaunchDaemons/limit.maxfiles.plist
  4. Use the following command to check that the system limits were modified:
    launchctl limit maxfiles
  5. Use the following command to set the session limit:
    ulimit -n 32768

Docker Image Requirement

For a Docker image installation of Transformer, the machine must also have Docker installed.