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From Evert Lammerts <Evert.Lamme...@sara.nl>
Subject Hadoop workshop at SARA, December 7
Date Wed, 03 Nov 2010 16:13:08 GMT
What: SARA Apache Hadoop computing workshop
When: Tuesday, December 7th
Where: SARA, Science Park 121 Amsterdam, room TBA

Dear readers,

You are all invited to participate in the first Apache Hadoop "hackathon" in 
The Netherlands on Tuesday, December 7th. This event is also the kick-off of 
the SARA Proof-of-Concept Hadoop service. More information on the event and 
the technology can be found below.

If you are interested in participating, please register as soon as possible, 
and not later than December 1st by sending an email to evert.lammerts@sara.nl.

Best regards,
Evert Lammerts


SARA Apache Hadoop "Hackathon"

Back in 2004, driven by the need to process extreme amounts of data, Google 
developed a system that exists of the Google File System and MapReduce. Based 
on two papers that Google published on the topic[1,2], Doug Cutting[3] created 
what is now the Apache Hadoop software stack. Apache Hadoop is used in several 
capacities by a number of internet giants (e.g. Yahoo!, IBM, eBay, Facebook, 
Last.fm, LinkedIn, Twitter and many more[4]). It's ability to store and 
process extremely large datasets makes it particularly beneficial for sciences 
as Natural Language Processing, BioInformatics, Social Sciences and 
Humanities. SARA provides a Proof-of-Concept Apache Hadoop storage and 
computing service for scientific use[5].

The "hackathon" will be a hands-on introduction to Hadoop. You are invited to 
come spend a day at SARA to play with the system, with the support of two 
experienced users, Edgar Meij (UvA) and Djoerd Hiemstra (UT). You can work on 
your own or in groups and analyze your own dataset or play with for example 
the Wikipedia, ENRON or White House access records datasets. Programming 
skills will be assumed, and you need to take your own laptops.

Coffee and soft drinks will be provided throughout the day, and lunch will be 
served at 12.00 AM.


09:30 - 09:35   Introduction to the day
09:35 - 10:15   Examples of data analysis with Hadoop
10:30 - 17:00   Hackathon
17:00 - end     Presentation of results

[1] http://labs.google.com/papers/gfs.html
[2] http://labs.google.com/papers/mapreduce.html
[3] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doug_Cutting
[4] http://wiki.apache.org/hadoop/PoweredBy
[5] http://www.sara.nl/news/recent/20101103/Hadoop_proof-of-concept.html

Evert Lammerts
Consultant eScience Support
SARA Computing & Network Services
High Performance Computing & Visualization

Phone: +31 20 888 4101
Email: evert.lammerts@sara.nl

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