Pedal to the Metal: Accelerating Apache Spark with Innovations in Silicon Technology

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Intel, a leading contributor to the Apache Spark project, is pioneering the creation of a highly optimized foundation built on the Intel architecture for large-scale distributed analytics with Spark. Learn how Intel’s forward-thinking innovations in silicon technology and continued open source software contributions, from machine learning libraries for Spark to the Trusted Analytics Platform (TAP), is redefining the art of the possible by enabling breakthroughs across industries and unleashing the potential of data analytics to enrich lives throughout the world.

About Ziya Ma

Ziya Ma is Intel vice president and the director of Big Data Software Technologies organization in Intel's Software and Services Group (SSG), System Technologies and Optimization (STO) Division. Her organization focuses on optimizing big data software on Intel platforms, leading open source efforts in the Apache community, linking innovation in industry analytics to bring about the best and the most complete big data experiences. Her organization has provided many consultations to industry companies on implementation and optimization on Intel platforms for Hadoop and Spark ecosystems. Ziya started her career at Motorola and moved to Intel in 2000. She has held various management positions in Intel’s Technology Manufacturing Group (TMG), where she was responsible for delivering embedded software for factory equipment, databases for manufacturing execution and process control, UI software, and more. Ziya was also product development software director of Intel IT, where she delivered software life-cycle management tools and infrastructure and analytics solutions to Intel software teams worldwide before her recent role within SSG. Ziya has received her Ph.D. and M.S. in CSE from Arizona State.