Two years after the first release of Apache Spark, Databricks announced the technical preview of Apache Spark 2.0 , based on upstream branch 2.0.0-preview. The preview is not ready for production, neither in terms of stability nor API, but is a release intended to gather feedback from the community ahead of the general availability of the release.
Amazon has recently announced an update to their Amazon Kinesis Service. In this update, three new features have been added to Amazon Kinesis Streams and Amazon Kinesis Firehose including support for Elasticsearch Service Integration, Shard-Level Metrics and Time-Based Iterators.
AWS engineers Christopher Crosbie and Ujjwal Ratan detail using Spark on EMR for precision medicine data analysis on the ADAM platform with data from the 1000 genomes project.
Genomic data sequencing and subsequent analysis faces large data volume challenges that several organizations are solving with cloud services. The Broad Institute detailed their experience with petabyte scale sequencing pipelines last month through the Google Research Blog and is detailed here by InfoQ.
After months of awaiting details about the NHS and Google DeepMind partnership InfoQ gains insights into recent claims of widespread patient data access.
Hadoop and other big data technologies revolutionized the way organizations run data analytics but the organizations are still facing challenges with operating costs of using these technologies for on-premise data processing. Ashish Thusoo recently spoke at Enterprise Data World Conference about Hadoop as a service offering that helps organizations bridge the gaps with these capabilities.
AirFlow recently joined the Apache Incubator program. AirFlow is a workflow and scheduling system designed to manage data pipelines. Developed by AirBnb for their internal usage, it was open sourced last September, as previously reported by InfoQ.
Operational Data Stream and Batch Processing at Netflix with Mantis
Today at GraphConnect Europe 2016, Neo Technology announced the release of Neo4j 3.0, which includes a new binary protocol for transmitting data between server and client, and a new set of standardised drivers for interacting with the database, along with stored procedure support and higher performance and capacity. InfoQ spoke to Neo Technology to find out more.
Late last month Google released an alpha version of their TensorFlow (TF) integrated cloud machine learning service as a response to a growing need to make their Tensor Flow library to run at scale on the Google Cloud Platform (GCP). Google describes several new feature sets around making TF usage scale by integrating several pieces of the GCP like Dataproc, a managed Hadoop and Spark service.
InfoQ's Rags Srinivas caught up with Stephan Ewen, a project committer for Apache Flink about the 1.0.0 Release and the roadmap
Funnel analysis is used to analyze a sequence of events to help with user engagement on a website or a mobile application. Data Science team at Twitter uses this concept to learn how users interact with user interfaces during sign up or tweeting for improving user engagement with Twitter.
A game simulation at Google's Deep Mind defeated expert humans at Go last month in a breakthrough for AI. Go is considered one of the great unsolved problems in AI.
Last year, Netflix Cloud Database Engineering (CDE) team introduced Dynomite. Dynomite is a proxy layer, aiming to turn any non-distributed database into a sharded, multi-region replication aware distributed database system. Now Netflix released a benchmark using Dynomite with Redis in AWS infrastructure.
Net Promoter Score (NPS) is a customer loyalty metric used to determine the likelihood that a customer will return to a company's website or use their service again. Airbnb uses NPS extensively in measuring the customer loyalty, as a more effective measurement to determine the likelihood that a customer will return to book again or recommend the company to their friends.