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Workshop - Introduction to Big Data Analytics Using Spark


Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 21:30 PST to Friday, March 11, 2016 - 0:30 PST

Speaker Info:

Belaid Moa
Advanced Research Computing Specialist
Compute Canada / WestGrid / University Systems, University of Victoria


From February to May, WestGrid staff at the University of Victoria will be hosting a series of free workshops that cover a wide spectrum of techniques and tools to help researchers deal with small and big data challenges. Each session will include hands-on exercises.

Pre-requisite experience:
Basic programming knowledge is required to participate in each session's hands-on exercises. If you have questions about what specific knowledge or skill is required, please contact Belaid Moa:

You do not need to be a current WestGrid account holder to participate in this workshop. Any researcher who is interested in learning more about advanced programming is invited to attend. All disciplines are welcome.

Session Descrption:
In this second workshop, we will embrace big data analytics. We dive into the mapreduce and illustrate why Hadoop’s mapreduce is taken over by Spark. Spark’s machinery including RDDs, transformations and actions will be fully studied. We will also discuss how to set up your Spark cluster. Hands-on examples and exercises will be included. Attendees are required to have basic programming knowledge if they are interested in following the hands-on examples.

Please note: This is an in-person session only, delivered on the University of Victoria campus (ECS 660). The workshop is not being webstreamed or recorded.

If you have any questions regarding the presenter's slides attached below, please contact Belaid Moa:

Seminar Slides