Big Data Showdown: Spark vs. MBrace on Azure

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Apache Spark ( ) was designed to be 'a fast and general engine for large-scale data processing', and is enjoying tremendous popularity in the big data area. {MBrace} ( ), its younger and lesser-known sibling, was similarly built for 'scalable cloud data scripting and programming with F# and C#'.

So... which one is bigger, better, faster?

Come to this session to find out! We will execute comparable tasks on both Spark and MBrace against Azure clusters, running live-code interactively, comparing and contrasting the general programming model for both frameworks, as well as the performance executing these tasks.
At the end of this session, you will walk away with an opinion (your own, of course) on which framework is a better fit for your big data/big compute needs on Azure.

About the speakers:
Mathias Brandewinder has been developing software for about 10 years, and loving every minute of it, except maybe for a few release days. His language of choice was C#, until he discovered F# and fell in love with it. He enjoys arguing about code and how to make it better, and gets very excited when discussing TDD or functional programming. His other professional interests include machine learning and applied math. Mathias is a Microsoft F# MVP and the founder of Clear Lines Consulting. He is based in San Francisco, blogs at, and can be found on Twitter as @brandewinder. He's the author of "Machine Learning Project for .NET Developers" (Apress).

Eugene Chuvyrov is a Cloud Solutions Architect with Microsoft based in San Francisco, where he works with startups and established companies helping them optimize compute and data workloads with the help of Microsoft Cloud. His personal opinions can be found on Twitter, where he posts as @EugeneChuvyrov. Although Machine Learning is his passion, he's convinced that AI will not turn into Skynet but reserves the right to delete this statement should that actually happen.

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