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Professor Ion Stoica, Taming Big Data with BDAS (Berkeley Data Analytics Stack)

Event Type
The Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois
2405 Siebel Center
Nov 26, 2012   4:00 pm  
Professor Ion Stoica, University of Berkeley
Originating Calendar
Computer Science Distinguished Lectureship Series

Abstract: One of the most interesting developments over the past decade is the rapid increase in data; we are now deluged by data from on-line services (PBs per day), scientific instruments (PBs per minute), gene sequencing (250GB per person) and many other sources. Researchers and practitioners collect this massive data with one goal in mind: extract "value" through sophisticated exploratory analysis, and use it as the basis to make decisions as varied as personalized treatment and ad targeting. Unfortunately, today's data analytics tools are slow in answering even simple queries, as they typically require to sift through huge amounts of data stored on disk, and are even less suitable for complex computations, such as machine learning algorithms. These limitations leave the potential of extracting value of big data unfulfilled.

To address this challenge, we are developing BDAS, an open source data analytics stack that provides interactive response times for complex computations on massive data. To achieve this goal, BDAS supports efficient, large-scale in-memory data processing, and allows users and applications to trade between query accuracy, time, and cost. In this talk, I'll present the architecture, challenges, early results, and our experience with developing BDAS. Some BDAS components have already been released: Mesos, a platform for cluster resource management has been deployed by Twitter on 2,500+ servers, while Spark, an in-memory cluster computing frameworks, is already being used by tens of companies and research institutions.


Ion Stoica is a Professor in the EECS Department at University of California at Berkeley. He received his PhD from Carnegie Mellon University in 2000. He does research on cloud computing and networked computer systems. Past work includes the Dynamic Packet State (DPS), Chord DHT, Internet Indirection Infrastructure (i3), declarative networks, replay-debugging, and multi-layer tracing in distributed systems. His current research focuses on resource management and scheduling for data centers, cluster computing frameworks, and network architectures. He is the recipient of a SIGCOMM Test of Time Award (2011), the 2007 CoNEXT Rising Star Award, a Sloan Foundation Fellowship (2003), a PECASE Award (2002), and the 2001 ACM doctoral dissertation award. In 2006, he co-founded Conviva, a startup to commercialize technologies for large scale video distribution.


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