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What's the difference between Interactive Clusters and Job Cluster?

Van-DuyetLe
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I am new to databricks. I would like to know what is the difference between Interactive Clusters and Job Cluster? There are no official document now.

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Ritesh1
New Contributor II

As per the documentation

Interactive clusters are used to analyze data collaboratively with interactive notebooks. Job clusters are used to run fast and robust automated workflows using the UI or API.

So, while in development phase, you will mostly use interactive cluster. On the other hand once you move to production where things are more in a automated way, job clusters comes in picture.

rene_nadorp
New Contributor II

I think you meant "job clusters come in picture" at the end of your comment. 😉

Ritesh1
New Contributor II

Thanks for the correction 🙂

StacyKerkela
New Contributor II

The documentation is a bit clearer now - https://docs.databricks.com/clusters/index.html

Databricks makes a distinction between interactive clusters and automated clusters. You use interactive clusters to analyze data collaboratively using interactive notebooks. You use automated clusters to run fast and robust automated jobs.
  • You can create an interactive cluster using the UI, CLI, or REST API. You can manually terminate and restart an interactive cluster. Multiple users can share such clusters to do collaborative interactive analysis.
  • The Databricks job scheduler creates an automated cluster when you run a job on a new automated cluster and terminates the cluster when the job is complete. You cannot restart a job cluster.

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