edX has just announced a new series of Big Data courses. The series consists of 2 courses focused around Apache Spark. If you are not familiar with Spark, it is a very fast engine for large-scale data processing. It claims to perform up to 100 times faster than hadoop. Here are the 2 courses:
- Introduction to Big Data with Apache Spark
- Scalable Machine Learning
The first course starts June 1, 2015, and lasts four weeks. The second course starts in late June and lasts five weeks.
The courses are free but verifiable certificates can be purchased for $50 per course.
If you have been hoping to learn Spark, this might be just the opportunity your were waiting for.
The annual Strata Conference in California is this week. The workshops have already started, but the conference does not begin until Thursday, February 19, 2015. At that time, a number of the keynote speeches will be live streamed for free. The keynotes are always great so be sure to tune in.
Strata + Hadoop World 2014 is currently going on in New York City this week. Some of the keynotes will be live streamed this morning. The live streaming starts at 8:45 Eastern Standard Time. Also, keynotes will be live streamed tomorrow (Oct. 17, 2014) as well.
The keynotes are always great, and the line-up this year includes speakers from Cloudera, Pinterest, Platfora, Intel and others. So, if you did not make it to NYC, the live stream is the next best thing.
Enjoy the keynotes!
I have frequently been hearing the term data lake. Being the curious person that I am, I decided to go in search of a definition.
Currently, the company Pivotal is responsible for marketing the term. However, I believe the term was originally coined by Dan Woods of CITO Research back in 2011. Anyhow, here is a basic description of a data lake.
A data lake is an information system consisting of the following 2 characteristics
- A parallel system able to store big data
- A system able to perform computations on the data without moving the data
Currently, Hadoop is the most common technology to implement a data lake, but it might not be that way forever. Thus it is important to distinguish the difference between Hadoop and a data lake. A data lake is a concept, and Hadoop is a technology to implement the concept.
The following is a recent Strata Talk by Kaushik Das of Pivotal. He discusses how a data lake can be used to create the digital brain.
I recently received the following information.
International School of Engineering is announcing their 3rd batch of live e-Learning certificate programs starting 4-Sep-2013 in “Engineering Big Data with R and Hadoop Ecosystem” and “Essentials of Applied Predictive Analytics” (http://goo.gl/kHckP).
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Are you confused on what hadoop is? What about Hbase, Pig Hive? Well, this link will help you out.
Hadoop Toolbox: When to Use What | SmartData Collective.
It provides a nice short explaination for the following terms:
The videos for the Hadoop World/Strata 2012 Conference in New York City are posted on Youtube. Enjoy some video viewing experience. I may be posting some of my favorites in the coming days.
The 2012 edition of Hadoop World and Strata Conference is underway. The conference is in New York City and if you are not lucky enough to attend, then at least you can watch the live video feed.
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The International School of Engineering is launching 2 new online programs. Both are certificate programs and last 7 or 8 weeks. Both programs just started this week.
- Engineering Big Data with R and Hadoop Ecosystem This program will cover Hadoop, R, map reduce and NoSQL
- Essential Predictive Analytic Techniques: What Every Aspiring Data Scientist Must Know This program aims to teach a student how to “analyze, forecast and predict using data”.
I am not familiar with the International School of Engineering, so I would love some comments about the quality of programs they offer. Thanks.
This is a lengthy but very good slide deck on the what/why of the tools used at Twitter.
Note: The slide deck is about 2 years old.