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Seattle Spark Meetup Kick Off with Databricks

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We have the honor of having Matei Zaharia and Pat McDonough from Databricks coming up to Bellevue to help us with the Seattle Spark Meetup Kick Off!


Matei Zaharia started the Apache Spark project at UC Berkeley, and is currently CTO of Databricks.

Pat McDonough is Director of Client Solutions at Databricks. He was previously at Cloudera and Red Hat.


Introduction to Apache Spark

Apache Spark has quickly grown to be one of the most active projects in big data, with more contributors in the past year than Hadoop MapReduce. In this talk, we’ll introduce you to the core concepts behind the engine, recent additions, and where it’s going next. While the Spark engine is designed for ease of use and speed, its most unique strength is generality, in that it can efficiently support and combine many workloads that usually required separate engines (e.g. MapReduce, SQL and machine learning). We’ll show how we are taking advantage of this strength with higher-level libraries built on Spark like Shark for SQL, MLib for machine learning, and Spark Streaming.


Microsoft City Center Room[masked]. Address:[masked]th Ave NE (btwn NE 4th & NE 6th St.), Bellevue, WA 98004


- You can park at Microsoft City Center Visitor parking by coming in on the 108th Ave NE entrance.

- You can also park in Bravern building visitor parking (any shop can validate your parking)


Come into the Microsoft City Center Building through the El Gaucho door entrance. There will be someone there to help guide you to the room.


6pm - 7pm: Doors open, networking, and pizzas

7pm - 8pm: Presentation by Databricks

8pm-8:30pm: Make a break! (vacate, abdicate, etc.)