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Introduction to Big Data Hadoop Ecosystems: Hadoop, HBase, and Spark


Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 21:30 PST to Friday, February 12, 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 Description:
Have you heard the term "big data" and wondered what exactly it is? Are you interested in knowing what tools you can use to leverage your data? Do you want some hands-on practice with handling big data? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this workshop is for you. In this first workshop, we will together explore the big data realm and provide attendees with the necessary background before embarking on their big data initiatives. We will then go in more details through the big data workflow and show how the Hadoop ecosystem fit in. More specifically, we will dive into Hadoop, Spark and HBase as well as other big data tools. Hands-on examples and exercises will be used to get acquainted with the big data realm. Attendees are required to have basic programming knowledge if they are interested in following the hands-on examples.