Don’t collect large RDDs

When a collect operation is issued on a RDD, the dataset is copied to the driver, i.e. the master node. A memory exception will be thrown if the dataset is too large to fit in memory; takeor takeSamplecan be used to retrieve only a capped number of elements instead.

Another way has been showed in [8] where you can get the array of partition indexes:

val parallel = sc.parallelize(1 to 9)
val parts = parallel.partitions

and then create a smaller rdd filtering out everything but a single partition. Collect the data from smaller rdd and iterate over values of a single partition:

for(p <- parts){
val idx = p.index
val partRDD = parallel.mapPartitionsWithIndex((index: Int, it: Iterator[Int]) => if(index == idx) it else Iterator(), true)
val data = partRDD.collect
// Data contains all values from a single partition in the form of array.
// Now you can do with the data whatever you want: iterate, save to a file, etc.
}
// You can use also the foreachPartition operation
parallel.foreachPartition(partition => {
partition.toArray
// Your code
})

Of cause, it will work only if the partitions are small enough. If they aren't, you can always increase the number of partitions with rdd.coalesce(numParts, true).