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R in the Cloud with Amazon Web Services

Hello everyone,

I'm excited to announce the next meetup: R in the Cloud using Amazon Web Services.

Amazon will be sponsoring the meetup and hosting us in their Herndon, VA offices (near Dulles Airport) where they'll give a very short overview about all of their cloud computing service offerings, which include EC2 - virtual machines, Elastic Map Reduce - a service offering that lets you start and stop a Hadoop cluster without having to deal with all the Hadoop management itself, S3 storage, etc. Many thanks to Amazon for having us and for providing food an refreshlemts. Amazon is hiring software developers here in Herndon. For more information, go to and change the location to US-VA-Herndon.

I will then be giving a presentation about my current work using R on the cloud with all of the services. I'll be talking about best practices, technical challenges, and the learnings, and give a short live demo.

Thanks to member feedback, we'll also have a short "The doctoR is IN" segment at the end where R users will be able to explain a problem they are working on and what questions they are having. The idea is to give a 1 minute overview about the problem, and then allow for 5 minutes of Q&A. The topic does not need to be realted to the meetup topic, it can be anything. Please participate and let me know if you'd like to ask for help. If we get 2-3 posing great questions and challenges to the group, we'll get great learnings.

See you on the 24th!

FYI - The building door closes at 6pm but someone will be downstairs to open the door.

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  • Hari D.

    Good job Marck! Always good to see working code.

    March 25, 2011

  • William

    Could be a game-changer for predictive modeling.

    March 25, 2011

  • Chida

    Great event with AWS features explained.

    March 25, 2011

  • Patrick M.

    It was really interesting; however, it was unfortunate that the main alternative RHIPE, was not contrasted to Segue. I know they both work with EC2; I was iterested in seeing which would be better.

    March 25, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I thought Mark did a great job explaining his current work with Amazon EC2, Hadoop, and S3.

    March 25, 2011

  • Patrick M.

    Excited to see a meeting right around the corner :)

    March 24, 2011

  • Bryan S.

    If anyone wants to carpool from College Park, let me know.

    March 24, 2011

  • Marck V.

    For MD/DC folks, I'll be leaving Rockville at about 5:45pm Thursday evening to head to Herndon. If you're near the Red line and want to carpool with me, please send me a note. I can pick/drop folks at Twinbrook or White Flint.

    March 22, 2011

  • Mike C.

    Might be driving from North West DC if anyone wants a ride, or if anyone else driving could pick me up instead :)

    March 16, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    @Owen - there's the small but distinct possibility of a carpool happening.

    1 · March 16, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Oy-- that's out in the sticks-- no way to get there.

    1 · March 11, 2011

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