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An Introduction to Apache Spark with Amazon EMR
Our November meetup will be hosted at ACL with an in-house presenter on the topic of Apache Spark with Amazon EMR. Agenda: 6:00pm - Arrival, mingling, pizza eating 6:20pm - Welcome & Introductions 6:35pm - Presentation begins 7:40pm - Discussion and Q&A 8:00pm - Event concludes Talk Title: An Introduction to Apache Spark with Amazon EMR Description: This talk will provide an introduction to Apache Spark, a well-established framework for general-purpose data analytics. We’ll discuss the architecture of a Spark application and will see a number of simple queries, using the Scala language. We’ll finish with a demo of deploying and configuring Amazon EMR, which includes Spark as one of the supported frameworks. AWS Level: Intermediate, although no prior knowledge of Spark/EMR is expected. Presenter: Peter Smith, Principal Software Engineer, ACL. Bio: Dr. Peter Smith is a Principal Software Engineer at ACL, specializing in scalable and distributed systems. His day job is to keep up-to-date with new technology, finding ways to apply it to ACL’s software platform. For more information, see:

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