I was a bit apprehensive with my decision to attend Tuesday’s Strata tutorial “An Introduction to the Berkeley Data Analytics Stack (BDAS) Featuring Spark, Spark Streaming, and Shark.” I’m more a stats guy than computer scientist and generally shy away from conference presentations by “vendors.”

But I’ve had great experience with U.C. Berkeley open source software over the years, working extensively with Berkeley Unix, Ingres and PostgreSQL. And I’m glad I participated. Berkeley professor and AMP (Algorithms, Machines, People) Lab co-director Ion Stoica and grad students Matei Zaharia, Reynold Xin, Shivaram Venkataraman and Tathagata Das presented a lucid introduction to what might well become the foundation for a next-generation big data platform that extends the current Hadoop ecosystem.

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